"I’m not part of the war. I swear to you - I never was."
Pronounced "ska-lya." A little curated space for my interests. Primary fandoms: Spider-Man and Doctor Who. Proportion of political content may vary.
I also run @#$% Yeah, Spider-Wife!, a Mary Jane Watson tumblog.
Icon credit: made by me using art by Andie Tong.
otpancake asked: Hello ! What is body horror ? (i don't want to google it because i'm scared it will scare me so can you explain it to me pretty please?)
Hi! It’s a subgenre of horror fiction in which the horror comes from nasty things happening to the human body — mutilation, mutation, decay, parasitism, stuff like that. Probably the most famous example is the chest-bursting alien from Alien, if you’ve seen or heard of that. Someone who’s actually a horror fan could give you a better definition, but despite my fondness for Doctor Who I am very much not a horror person.
Anyway, Eight’s novels and audios have way more body horror in them than either version of the TV show; presumably it’s easier to get away with that stuff when you don’t have to show it (also, no SFX budget required).
There’s actually a fair amount of body horror in the TVM now that I think about it—there was the regeneration that was caused by failed surgery, and of course gooey!Master. It didn’t register as terrifying because it was so fantastically ridicuous, but body horror is a weirdly consistent thread in Eight stuff.
(Also, gooey!Master was part of a general 90s obsession with slime, ooze, gack etc. I’m still trying to figure out where that comes from.)
Most of it is pretty laughable, but the actual moment where Grace “kills” Seven as well as the part where Eight pulls surgical bits out of his chest still get to me.
I’m curious. Which one of Eight’s audio adventures would you most like to see redone in live action on screen, if such a thing were possible? :)
Seasons of Fear, probably. It would need half a season’s budget all on its own.
The Doctor’s head appeared between the rungs, his face in darkness, his brown hair made golden by the sun. ‘Hello!’ he said. ‘I’m – oops!’
Fitz crouched into a ball and covered his head with his arms as Doctor, ladder and an avalanche of soil and turf fell on top of him.
When he opened his eyes it was to see the Doctor, head downward and feet pointing up into the sky, still clinging on to the ladder, the top of which was rather conveniently resting on the lip of what was now a bowl-shaped crater.
The ceiling of the spherical hole had completely collapsed.
Fitz clapped slowly and, he hoped, sardonically."
Fitz falls in a hole and the Doctor comes to the rescue. From Dominion, by Nick Walters.