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Featured Whovian: Gillian Taylor (aka dark_aegis)

For the next two weeks, dark_aegis will be your featured author and answer whatever questions you may have. Don't be shy - feel free to ask even the silly ones. Questions can go in the comments for the next two weeks.

dark_aegis crashed into Doctor Who with the Seventh Doctor, though it was the Ninth Doctor that made her fall in love with it as only a rocket scientist can. You can tell how much she enjoys it by the sheer length of her stories, something that ensures you're never short of good reading. So what makes dark_aegis merrily tinker about with OT3s and the Brigadier? Only she can tell.

Tell us ten facts about yourself.

1. My nickname comes from Star Trek. The Aegis are essentially the Time Lords of the Star Trek universe. The dark is because I couldn't come up with anything else. :)
2. I'm a rocket scientist by degree (really :))
3. I lived overseas for the first fourteen years of my life.
4. This is my third fandom in which I've written fan fiction (Before that, X-Files and Star Wars)
5. I adore the Seventh Doctor - he was my first Doctor, and though he tends to get a bit of bashing from others, he's still up among my favourites.
6. When I was younger, I wanted to be an archaeologist, a paleontologist, and an astronaut. (All at the same time, too)
7. I can memorise plots from any television episode after one/two viewings. Give me a vague reference from MacGyver, for example, like 'the one in Budapest?' And I can come up with 'Mac's licking an ice cream cone, and he used a credit card to change the stop signal lights.' Can do the same for the X-Files. It's an odd talent, admittedly, but fun. :)
8. My cube at work has an eclectic collection of toys: a TARDIS, a worm-guy from MIB, the One Ring, and Indiana Jones.
9. I used to be heavily involved in Play-By-Email games, including a Star Trek game and a Stargate SG-1 game.
10. Of all the severe weather that I've experienced, tornadoes scare me the most.

What seduced you to the show in the first place?

While I watched the show in the late eighties, it wasn't until a friend of mine introduced me to the Ninth Doctor that I became, well, obsessed. I adored what I had seen and it swiftly replaced Stargate SG-1 as my favourite scifi series on air. I think what really drew me to the show was the Doctor. I just love his dark, brooding moments and how Rose affected him throughout the series. That I could definitely see the attraction between the Doctor and Rose was just an added bonus, but I'm a hopeless romantic. :)

What made you start writing Doctor Who fanfic?

Dalek. There was no question about it. Once I saw that episode, I just couldn't help myself. I had to write, and so I put my pen to the metaphorical paper for the first time in two years.

Do you think writing for Doctor Who has added anything to your writing style or made you try things you wouldn't otherwise have?

Oh, definitely! Compared to what I'm writing today, my earlier fan fics were, well, rubbish. While I am my own worst critic, I cringe when I re-read some of it. Though, I must say, that experience and befriending a certain author has definitely enhanced my writing skills and encouraged me to try styles that I never would have tried before. Run and Phoenix Rising are fics that never would've been written had I kept within my 'box.' Then again, those fics were written while I was working crazy hours...maybe sleep-deprivation caused me to try out new things too. Who knows? :)

BBC volunteers to make an episode out of just one of your fics. Which would you like it to be?

Oh, hard one! Of my stories, I think that Holiday would be best, especially since it has the classic elements of a DW episode: cliffhangers, danger, classic references, etc. And who was it that came up with some of these questions? *shakes her head*

Tell us a bit about the process of writing a fanfic for you.

Generally, I get a plot idea and talk it out with friends before I ever start writing. Once I have a vague idea of what I'd like to write about, I start with a sentence. Sometimes it's at the beginning, sometimes not, but it starts the juices flowing. I generally like to write stories in sequence, beginning, middle, and end, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way. I'll skip down a few scenes and write what I'm inspired on first and then go back to where I was to link the two together. Though, a lot of times what I've plotted gets thrown out the window. I've been trying to write another story in the Brigadier-universe, for example, that deals with just what happened with Ten's severed hand for a long time. However, when I try to write it, the story goes in a completely different direction. That's actually how Homecoming and Holiday came about.

I'll also share the story with my wonderful betas as I'm writing it, just to get their reactions and to make sure that I'm not completely off my rocker. :)

What do you think you as a writer add to a fic that makes it distinctly yours?

Another hard one. I'm not sure, really. Maybe lots of classic references, some sort of reference to the Seventh Doctor (or Ace), and (more recently) the Brig. :)

What's your most embarrassing moment in Doctor Who fandom?

I don't think I've really had one. But I'm still a relative newbie to Who-dom, so give me time :)

Which character comes easiest for you to write and why do you think that is?

Of all the characters, I'd have to say the Doctor. Nine or my version of Ten, really. Though Seven comes easily as do some of the other Doctors (still trying to do a multi-doc fic, darnit). And the reason why the Doctor is so easy is because there's so much substance to the character. He's lived 900-plus centuries (never mind the whole how old is he debate, he's as old as he thinks he is :)), all that experience, all those companions, all those adventures...there's just so much to play with. Especially when it comes to Nine. He's so damaged, but getting better, after the war. His relationship with Rose and later with Jack just fascinates me. So, because of that, I write.

And which character drives you to get out the alcohol and bash your head against the keyboard when trying to write?

For the longest time, it was Jack. That's part of the reason that in Distantly in Love my lovely and talented co-author nnwest ended up writing him for me. When I tried writing him, he always ended up sounding like Jack O'Neill from Stargate SG-1. But, I finally managed to get over that character block so he's relatively easy to write. I think it also helps that I crossed that threshold of 'smut' fic, which somehow helped me channel him better. Then again, it is Jack we're talking about here...

Now? Well, I can't think of anyone but give me time. I'm bound to come up with a new character to bang my head against the keyboard over. (And it'll probably be Mickey)

What's the best Doctor Who fic you haven't yet written?

Hmmm. I have dreams of writing a disutopia fic starring Nine and Rose (probably Jack too) on a distant planet colonised by humans who idolised the Nazis. Though, I'd also throw in my mega-crossover with all the Doctors and as many classic references that you can shake a stick at. Or there's the Seven/Ace meet the Doctor and Rose fic... Really, there are so many :) I'm hard pressed to select just one since my brain's generally brimming with new ideas and new plotlines. Whether they go anywhere after that is a good question. *g*

Where's a good place to find your writing for the unaware?

My archive page at A Teaspoon and an Open Mind: here. Also, my Doctor/Rose (and Doctor/Rose/Jack) fics are starting to get archived on Better With Two, though the Brig-universe has yet to be added. Actually, a lot needs to be added there *makes a mental note*.

This space is yours. What would you like to say?

I want to be a producer, with a top hat and a cane...

Finally, we'll know to take away your keyboard the day you write...?

A Mary Sue, Dalek!porn, Seventh Doctor/Ace relationship for anything other than an urple fic*squick*, Doctor mpreg, Brigadier mpreg, heck all males on Who mpreg, Brigadier smut, Rose and the Doctor settling down anywhere and getting domestic ('specially with kids), or the Doctor was really Rose's father so they've been committing omg incest all along!
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