A gentleman never takes off his tie.
You Had Me At Hello:

As the typist/writer/mun, tell us about what exact moment made you fall in writery love with your character (if they are a canon char) and realize you had to write them.

I've been a fan of Doctor Who since 1996, when my mother's online friend (from the alt.prisoner forum, OH 1996 ILU) from the UK, told her she should check it out. He'd always been a huge fan of the classic series, and he was psyched that his favorite Doctor, Sylv McCoy, would be in it. She turned it on over dinner, we enjoyed it, and watching Saturday night midnight Doctor Who became a ritual for the two of us until I went to college. I even wrote a little Doctor Who fanfiction when I was a kid, my first full-length DW novel written when I was 11. I look back on it now (because, oh yes, it is still on my harddrive) and cringe, but fanfiction is what got me interested in becoming a writer.

When I started writing at [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse in 2005, I'd been interested in playing someone from the classic series. I hadn't yet seen the new series, convinced it would be crapping all over my childhood. I wrote for the Second Doctor for a while, but could never really find his voice. During that time, I discovered the new series was awesome and not suck at all, and decided I had to play someone from there, just to see if I could. Nine, I figured, because I had a wealth of classic Who knowledge I could put to use. But not Ten. Eww, no. He looked like a ferret and he wasn't Nine. (It wasn't until "Girl in the Fireplace" that I actually cared for Ten at all, actually.)

Then, after playing the Ninth Doctor (and totally loving it) at [livejournal.com profile] apharsites, I mentioned joining TM with him to write prompts. My friend, [livejournal.com profile] ibringlife said she'd prefer it if I picked up the Tenth Doctor. "Doomsday" had just aired and I had a new affection for the Tenth Doctor, so I decided, "Why not?" After all, if it didn't work out, I could always drop him after a few months, like I did with the Second Doctor. And, instead, he took off like a missile and was easy to write, fun, and interacted wonderfully with everyone who tagged him. He even interacts wonderfully with himself, so I've had some lovely Ten-chats-with-Ten threads in a few games.

And, it's been a few years, and I'm still loving it. &hearts
In the style of post secret...

From left to right, beginning at upper right.

First line
1) Sonic screwdriver. Pretty much a necessity.
2) Psychic paper. To get out of sticky situations.
3) Banana. I had meant to eat this at some point.
Second line
1) Mobile. It's technically Martha's.
2) Paper clips. I don't know why I have these, but they're useful in a pinch!
3) Keys. One of these is to the TARDIS, there are a few various and sundry, and one is to the back gate at George Clooney's house.
4) Towel. Every good traveler has one.
5) Can opener. I don't know why I have this.
6) Hair gel. A necessity.
Bottom line
1) Glasses.
2) I...don't actually know what this is to.
3) Fob watch. For nostalgia's sake.
My outfit, as found in the TARDIS wardrobe. Though the likelihood that any of these clothes will ever be so neat and pressed is very, very low.

Muse's Name: The Doctor
Mun name / nickname: MJ
Muse's Fandom: Doctor Who
Summary of Muse: Thousand-year old alien time traveller with a sweet jacket, an overzealous sense of righteousness, and a phone-box-shaped time machine. He's like fire and ice and rage and the night, but he's wonderful (apparently!) Travels with a plethora of companions, saves the universe and has tea.
Journal Content / Warnings: Fanfic and roleplay threads, public without filters. Anything adult content (sexuality or violence) will be clearly marked.
Looking for: New friends, new RP partners
Any other information: I love shiny things!
So tell us about your name. Do you have a middle name? Do you have several? Do you go by a pseudonym? A nickname? Why? What about your username? Give us a story. There’s got to be some reason you’re called what you are called.

He has a name. It is not a particularly unpleasant or embarrassing name. It's not even a particularly special name, except for how it is special to him.

He has the name cooed to him from infanthood and he is called it when it's time for dinner. He is taught how to write it and he learns when it's said in a certain tone of voice he's in very, very deep trouble. His mother pats his head and murmurs his name as she gives him a kiss goodnight. His father stands by the bedroom door, distant and cold, then says his name once as a gesture of goodnight and walks away.

His mother tells him that his name is unique. That he should cherish his name, it's the only name he'll ever have. It's the only time in his life he can remember his mother being wrong.

Not many people know that name, now. )

Muse: The Doctor (Ten)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Word Count: 751
Right, well, speaking from a strict beginning-of-the-21st-century line, here's a few favorites. Did my best to reach a range of dates, here, but I think I might've been stuck in the 50's for a good number of them.

Playlist under cut... )
Army & Navy?

Oh, they're all right. A bit hard, though? And just a little bitter.

But to be honest, I'm not a fan of boiled sweets. I'm not patient enough with them and next thing you know I'm back off to Doc Holliday (again) to get my teeth worked on. You should see these crowns I had to put in to this incarnation! Here---twwakke a foook! IIIIIIIII haaaaaaaaafffdd taaa guuut fiiiifsh d----No, no, sorry, that's enough looking. Had to get these done because of biting into a boiled sweet, chipped a tooth.

I think when it comes to boiled candies, you really do have to have patience. I remember Ian used to love them, he'd sit around the TARDIS with a bag on his lap while he read. Couldn't understand it back then and I can't understand it now.

I also can't understand chewy sweets. They get all stuck in the spaces between your teeth and you're wandering around licking your teeth or picking it out and if you have a big smile like me it's not particularly attractive to be picking out little bits of sweet from your teeth!

You know what I like? Jelly babies. They're all around delicious candies. Not too chewy, not too hard, and deliciously flavored like fruit. And you know what they don't have? Pear-flavored jelly babies. They're just conveniently delicious that way.

Though I can say, Americans may go for cough drops, but a liquorice sweet does take away the average tickle in the back of the throat.

Muse: The Doctor (Ten)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Word Count: 258
1) Do you ever 'talk' to your characters?
Actually, I don't. I've tried, but it doesn't really work for me. I write for the Doctor, all right? He doesn't listen to anybody but the Doctor.

2) Do they talk back?
I've had "chatty muse" syndrome before. But for me it's like a constant ongoing story. Stories tend to come to me fully formed but in mix-matched pieces and I have to put the whole thing together later. I get the stream-of-consciousness stories sometimes, but they're generally in story form. I don't do very well with first person in writing and the Doctor doesn't "speak" to me, per say, but I do get stories for him.

3) Is there a particular ritual you have that lets you get in touch with your inner voices?
I re-read old threads that I thought were particularly good and watch episodes of the tone that I would like to write. This one clip tends to help as well, as it gives a good cadence on the Tenth Doctor's voice and speech pattern. It's basically two minutes of continuous talking.

There you go!


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