So, way, way back in April I became a sock puppet. As you'll probably guess if you go back and read my journal, I had been following askworld for a while, and created this identity ever more way back in March. I was waiting for the right moment to spring upon the other socks, partially because I was nervous (the Doctor isn't, strictly speaking, a Torchwood character, but he is one people would recognize, so I worried about pushing the boundaries too far and not screwing up the character completely) and partially because I knew that my intro was going to be time consuming. I think I decided on the day because I had no early classes, and sent out the email to Rhys the night before.
I still ended up being a bit late. It was so worth it, though.
I decided on the pre-Rose 9th Doctor for two reasons A) I didn't think I had it in me to explain where Rose was and why she wasn't with me and B) the 9th Doctor is my doctor. He's fantastic! Plus, we could have timey-wimey hi-jinks that way. The introduction post was... harrowing. I don't think anyone was quite sure how to play my appearance, since normally in Torchwood the Doctor is merely the elephant in the room, as opposed to a slightly depressed, angry and visible persona, who wanted his TARDIS back now, kthanxbai. Oh, and you couldn't talk to him abot pretty much anything that wasn't Classic Canon, or he'd flip out about spoilers. All things considered, he didn't really fit, since technically he didn't know anyone who was playing at the time.
But as the old saying goes, on the Internet no one can see you naked. If things didn't work out, I could go right back to being a civilian without too much trouble and very little wounded pride. Thankfully, though, the tactic of defeating aliens with keyfobs and dancing worked fairly well.
The original idea was to hang out in Cardiff, trying to rebuild the TARDIS and figure out why she was being so uncooperative. (The short answer is because it was funny.) There were a few things I wanted to get covered (figuring out that there was a Rift in Cardiff, the baby TARDIS on Jack's desk) but beyond that, it was more like "What strange thing can I do to myself and Torchwood today? How about an attack bidet?" It quickly became apparent that there wasn't much in the way of organization, which was fine by me. I love improv!
It wasn't long, though, before I felt the need to go out and roam the universe, because as we all know, the universe ends when the Doctor stops running. I wanted to kidnap someone, but I didn't know who until I ran into Andy. He was very good as the straight man, very down to Earth and logical and coming to all the logical conclusions that were wrong, and so there was a TARDIS gif.
Our early adventures were conducted via one-shot posts, sort of after the fact, but that didn't really give me much leeway to interact with Andy, and I began to post the first part of our adventures, and then make up the rest as we went along. I learned very quickly not to keep any sort of solid expectations, because no one was driving this crack van, and it was so much better that way.
That being said, we began to plan the de-anoning/endgame fairly early on. I was having Real Life Issues, and so thought I'd be dropping out much earlier than I ended up doing (that, and we ended up having the endgame much sooner than we thought we would). But by that point I knew that I'd become the oddball plot generator of the group, and I needed to go out with a bang.
And thus, the Master.
Now, I'm one of those people who, sadly, hasn't very much of a chance to watch Classic Who. Actually, Doctor Who has only been on my radar for roughly a year (I had TARDIS wiki open in another tab pretty much every other post.) So, I understand in theory why Classic Who fans found Simm!Master so unmasterly, but... I have a weakness for OTT villains who destroy the world to soundtracks. I LOVE him. He's crazy!
I began commenting upon my fellow sock's posts under the guise of of_tarminster
, who, apparently, everyone thought might be the Master, might just be a n00b. Originally, I had planned to write Doctor/Master fanfiction under that handel, if only to provok more shock when I revealed myself, but it never happened, as did much of the Master's scheming- most of those plans were crush somewhere between sockworld and RL. Since he was going to be around for a short time, we did do some planning for the LOLbattle. I do, however, take complete and utter credit for River Song. Until proven otherwise, my personal canon is that she's a fobwatched Master.
When it came to playing off the other socks, Ianto, and Martha were the easiest to banter with. Communicating with Andy was made more difficult by the fact that he and I are several time zones removed from one another, I loved having a hand in creating the backstory for QEII, T was amazingly professional when it came to being a TARDIS companion, I really enjoyed doing slapstick with Hart, Gwen and Rhys I didn't have as much contact with as I would have liked, and I never could get interacting with Jack right. The two of them have a complicated relationship at the best of times, and I didn't know how to parody it, other than ducking out on fixing his wrist strap for him.
When it came to the one-shot socks, I wish that Donna had hung around more, I would have loved to see more of Suzie, and I want to know who was Stephen Colbert, because right now I've deluded myself that he was played by "Stephen Colbert", and I know that if that were true we would have heard something by now. I never got to meet Myfanwy, which is a shame because I think I might be able to pronounce her name now.
When it comes to me, myself, I'm not going to put my RL internet name out there. I'm still writing other stuff in various fandoms under it, and since this will easily be the biggest thing I do in any fandom, I don't want this overshadowing anything- or inviting people to wank on it. But, this is the most fun I've ever had, and I am so friending all of you who have de-anoned.