But seeing as I have very little to think on at the moment apart from finding a bloody house, my thoughts have been taking a bit of a meta-y route.
So...it might just be my long-term exposure to the Harry Potter fandom, with it's obsession for minor characters, and throwaway references to names create huge amounts of fic and debate (Hello, Blaise Zabini), but I am completely bewildered by the fact that there is almost no post-The Christmas Invasion fic that doesn't focus around the main characters.
I mean, I understand perfectly well why there is so much fic focused around the Doctor and Rose, shippy or not. We finally have some idea of the characterisation of the Tenth Doctor, and so all those people who have been holding off writing him can get started. So we get introspective Ten fics, and Rose reacting to the new Doctor fics. There are even a few "Jack catches up with them and reacts to the Doctor" fics.
And, of course, the absolute explosion of Doctor/Rose shipfics. From reacting to the apparent loss of a loved one, to new relationships developing, from the canon-esque subtext to out and out smut, there is now heaps of it.
Don't get me wrong, I like shipperfics, I wouldn't be a member of of time_and_chips if I didn't. Look at all the shipfic on my Links Lists, and all that.
It's just...I also really like genfic. And minor character fics.
And the thing is, TCI has created this absolutely massive opportunity for gen and minor character fic. And yet there is hardly any out there. And believe me, I've looked.
What I mean by opportunity is the immense amount of characters and ideas that fic could be worked around that aren't all about Rose and the Doctor.
I mean, if you still want to write about those two, fine. But move out a little more. We have Jackie and Mickey. Where are all the fics detailing their reaction to the changed Doctor? You have Jackie who seems to have done a complete 180 in her opinion of the Doctor. From slapping him to hugging him, nursing him, calling him sweetheart. When did this happen, why did this happen? What were her thought processes when she was caring for him, when he showed up better, or at the dinner, or the ending when he took Rose away again? And what on earth was she thinking about Rose's breakdown?
And I will get seriously annoyed if there isn't a single Jackie POV fic for the time between when the TARDIS is beamed onto the Sycorax ship, and when she sees Rose again.
Look at Mickey, who has changed so much in one season, from utter coward to defender from Trees Of Doom and the guy who rushes to see what Rose is screaming about. What was he thinking when this all happened? And you can't not have his reaction to the regeneration (that snark about him not changing his face really endeared Mickey to me, despite loving the Doctor), and to Rose and Jackie's nursing, to his time on the Sycorax ship,watching the fight - and bringing himself to actually hug the Doctor...
Though the Mickathon gives me hope, I still say there could be so much more Mickey fic out there. Particularly considering the spoilers for the upcoming season...
What about taking another step back? There we have Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (we know who you are...). How is it possible there is so little Harriet fic around? I mean, what about the backstory, her election to Prime Minister, the political angle of it all (for someone who can't stand RL politics, it fascinates me in fic)? How did she find out about Torchwood? And her thoughts on the events of TCI, from the Sycorax threats to witnessing Death on the Sycorax ship, to re-meeting the Doctor and seeing the sword fight and all.
To the big thing: her order to Torchwood, and it's fall out. It obviously grieved her hugely to do this, so what was she thinking here, why? What about in the face of the Doctor's anger, the fear and sadness when he is whispering to Alex and walking away. And once those six words get out...
Take another step back. RTD has a genius for minor characters, I think, and TCI's were no exception. Where are the stories on them? I mean, take a look at them all...
- Daniel Llewellyn, the nervous, skeptical scientist, who if you take the Guinevere website as canonical, has a background, a family, interests and aspirations. Who takes on the guilt of the blood control, and is killed in trying to appeal to the Sycorax's better instincts.
- Major Richard Blake of UNIT, authoritative, in charge and it seems with a strong sense of justice which got him killed. Who comes off as a big Doctor fanboy: "...the stuff of legend." Personally, he sees to me as someone who has never actually met the Doctor before, but who had heard stories and gossip and read the UNIT files, and oh, how very much I want to know how he knows these things, who he spoke to.
- Alex Klien, who seems to be Harriet's assistant, yet has access to UNIT files (UNIT liason to the PM, perhaps?). Who had contact with Torchwood, that fascinating mystery. Who denied it to Harriet's face, yet let out those six little words that caused so much trouble.
These people are perfect for fic, and yet I haven't seen any. Well, maybe one with Alex in a minor role, but never getting deep into his motivations.
Take another step back. We have Jason and Sandra, the couple from Rose's estate who Rose knows, who were on the roof (Jason under control). Or Sally from UNIT. Or Howard the grocer who keeps fruit in his dressing gown. (Come on, if there ever was a set up for a humour fic, that was it) Or the Royal family on the roof, for God's sake!
Take another step back. What about all the people on the Powell Estate, who saw the TARDIS crash? You know some of them are going to start wondering about how that thing always turns up when a disaster's about to happen. What about the people in the market with the Santa attack? What about the UNIT people, reacting to a third of their staff being out of commission? What about the bloody Sycorax? (There needs to be more Sycorax writing)
Or even to Harriet Jones's television appeal, which as numerous people have pointed out, looks very, very odd if you don't know of the Doctor. And what about the Doctor's old companions, how would they react to the Prime Minister asking for the Doctor? This is one of the ideas that fascinates me the most, and I am dying to read a good fic where Sarah Jane sees the appeal (though this I am willing to wait until after School Reunion to see, so it remains canon-esque and all) But come on, to all those people who have known the Doctor, that TV appeal must have brought back some fascinating memories.
Take another step back, and look at the everyday people of Britain. How would they react to alien attacks, those who are unfamiliar to strangeness? To the proof of alien life. The entire universe is a new place now, and I would love to see how things change, what games the kids play, how lessons are taught at school, what the news and radio and papers are full of, how pop culture gets affected...
Take another step back, to a real wide view. The entire world was effected by the Sycorax. The entire freaking world. You couls write anything and everything in response to that. Don't know anything about Britain? What about people reacting to the blood-controlled people, to the news reports, to the eventual discovery that aliens are real, and they have been here? That happened everywhere. You could write a reaction of people from Paris, Rome, Cairo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne, your home town. Anywhere. Because the Sycorax came and the world turned upside down and everything has changed.
But no-one is writing it!
And this disappoints me greatly.
Come on, fandom, get to work! Use some of these ideas, or start your own, but please, please show me that this fandom really is as good as I always thought it was.
And before anyone asks why I'm not writing these things, I would like to inform that I have certainly considered it. I'd like to, and I probably will at some point in the future. BUT RL is somewhat hectic right now, and so I don't have the time or the energy to concentrate on writing fic right now.
But who knows, maybe one of you will inspire me...
If this makes no sense, than I blame nostalgia_lj, who kept on distracting me when I was trying to write it.