So we’re into week 2 of October 2013… and our Halloween celebrations continue here at the ol’ Litterbox despite a stumble in my momentum due to some seriously busy days at work over the weekend. For little ol’ me, for the most part, life continues as usual at home, with me getting into the spirit of things all in anticipation of Halloween night itself and daydreaming about the “dress up” fun to come. Goodness… I really am such a goofy lil’ geek!!
So what’s in store for the week coming up? Hmmm? Guess you’ll just have to “Read On” to find out, won’t you?
So…. I’ve been thinking. (Uh-oh…. You just know that’s dangerous, right?) Oh yeah. Now while I’d been seriously looking at the idea of doing the “Gotham Sirens” trio of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn, in the back of my mind, I still sort of wanted to do Dr. Who’s amazing Victorian couple Madam Vastra and Jenny. My blogging friend Novia from Polychrome Interest kind of poked at me in comments, saying how I really ought to do them. Like me, she a big Dr Who fangirl and it got me to thinking about the possibilities once again…. Originally I’d dismissed them because I really wanted my friend Samantha to join us again this year for the fun and although Vastra and Jenny are a part of the “Paternoster Trio” of Victorian detectives, I was really fairly certain that Sam wouldn’t like spending an evening dressed up as the “potato headed” Mr Strax the Sontaran warrior nurse. Nope… not the sort of thing to do to my poor friend, especially on a night when we want to party, maybe harmlessly flirt and tease a wee bit…. and maybe…. just maybe… attract a potential romantic interest for perennially single Sam that can turn out to be something special. Nope… nobody’s going to want to score a date with a Sontaran. (Probably why the show says they clone themselves… )
But… then I got a thought. What about a version of the Paternoster Trio re-imagined as being alternate versions from one of Dr. Who’s famous “alternate universe” parallel realities? One where one of those massive alien invasions during the 19th century ends up shaping the world into a new age by stimulating a renaissance in “steampunk” science rather than somehow being swept under the rug and forgotten like most of those numerous alien incursions seem to be here in our universe. In that alternate Earth, maybe an entirely different Paternoster Trio came to be….. Yep. My crazy lil’ imagination is churning now!!
Cue the theme music!!
First up… Madam Meesha, a genetically engineered Catgirl hybrid soldier from the far side of the galaxy, stranded on Earth by a misdirected transmat beam, warped away from it’s trajectory by a rogue black hole and instead sent to Victorian Earth, millions of miles from her intended destination. Alone, and out of contact with her superiors, she’s been forced to seek her fortunes and make some kind of life for herself among the humans of London in the year 1887. Designed as a scout and infiltration specialist, her advanced scientific knowledge, combat training, and genetic gifts makes her fearsome adversary now that she plies her trade as a “consulting detective” alongside her new human friends.
Now…. I see this character not as one of the Catkin we’ve seen already on Dr. Who… mostly because I’m not all that crazy about the idea of a full furry facial makeup. For one thing…. it’s waaaay out of my level of skill given the time I’ll have to throw this together and for another…. I wanna be sexy! What’s the fun of dressing up for Halloween if you can’t be just a wee bit sexy? So instead, I’m thinking something more along the lines of the traditional nekomimi appearance… but a little more wild and dangerous looking. Something inspired by the character of Kat Manx from “Power Rangers”…. The advantage to that is that I already have my old cat-ears and tail along with my vampire fangs and contacts from last year. The spotted makeup looks neat… so I’ll definitely do something like that. Add a nice period dress and some “steampunky” bits and I’m thinking this will work great. I’m wanting some sort of cool melee weapon too. Something weird and crazy like a Klingon batlef… or even the whip I was going to use for my Catwoman costume, left over from an old “Indiana Jones” thing I did waaaay back in college.
Next… Miss Evelyn Davenport, a dashing jewel thief and “femme fatale” cat burglar, suspected, but never convicted, by Scotland Yard of some of the most daring art robberies in London’s recent history. Daring, feisty, and a proud champion of the idea of women’s suffrage, she flaunts convention by making her living in a “man’s world” completely on her own terms. Nearly disintegrated by a Martian battle drone she accidentally awoke from hibernation while attempting to steal the Circlet of Bastet from the Egyptology display in the London Museum, she was only saved by the serendipitous arrival of Meesha’s transmat beam and the warrior Catgirl’s advanced weaponry. Instantly intrigued by the exotic Meesha, they soon became inseparable friends… and in time even more. Evelyn is smart and savvy, an expert acrobat, trapeze artist, and locksmith, with a good working knowledge of exotic Eastern martial arts, learned in the tong dens of Limehouse from her criminal contacts there. Now reformed… mostly… she’s become Meesha’s partner in service to her old nemesis Inspector LeGrangé of Scotland Yard tasked with dealing with some of the odder problems besetting London… from alien brain thieves to inter-dimensional organ devouring parasites. All in a days work….
Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes character of Irene Adler mixed with a little Lara Croft, I’m thinking Carolyn will love the elegant sophisticated look of the Victorian clothing… the feathers and the corset and those gorgeous accessories along with the steampunk influences I’m thinking to add. That Jessica Rabbit wig might still work, but I’m going to keep looking for something a little more stylish…. just in case.
And finally… Miss Jemima Pettigrew, personal maidservant and companion. Badly injured as a young child, during the 1st Martian Invasion of Earth, she was terribly crippled, losing her right arm and both legs along with suffering horrible debilitating lung damage from exposure to the Black Smoke gas attacks. Orphaned by the Invasion and raised in a public Charity Institution , her body was later restored by back engineered alien cybernetic technology as part of Queen Victoria’s humanitarian initiatives following the foundation of the Torchwood Institute. Those repairs, while allowing her to regain much of her activity, came at a cost well beyond Jemima’s ability to ever pay them back. That left her living as an indentured servant, at the mercy of wealthy aristocrats looking for “curiosities” to adorn their estates as expensive toys. That life would have continued if not for her crossing the paths of Meesha and Evelyn and aiding them during the evil Professor Q’s attempt to overthrow the British Empire by shattering the space/ time continuum and besieging London with hordes of Mesozoic dinosaurs. Her valiant self defense of Queen Victoria herself, by single-handedly battling three velociraptors during the climax of the incident resulted in her being freed from her debt at long last. Seeking a place to live with those who wouldn’t look upon her as a “broken doll”… as less than human… she gratefully accepted the offer of position at 33 Paternoster and has been with the two ever since.
Yep. Here I’m thinking “Upstairs/ Downstairs” meets “Robocop” for this one. A Victorian maid, with that black costume, mop cap, and white apron… along with neat brass and copper “bionic” bits. Elements of “Star Trek”s Borg fused with Cyberman stuff. All suitably primitive and steampunk of course. Lots of clockwork bits, brass tubing and the like. Maybe even a Gatling gun arm (Complete with crank, naturally, Hehehe!!)…. Hmmmmm. These characters are actually starting to sound really fun!!
Yes… yes… I know. All that “background” stuff probably isn’t necessary for a couple of costumes we’ll probably only wear once…. and I imagine Carolyn and Sam won’t care a bit about any of it, but for this wee lady, those details help me get the “feel” for a costume. Part of playing them will be getting into the right mood and “becoming” them. Even if it’s just for one night only. Told you I’m a cosplay geek…..
So…. that’s the new plan. Looks like I’d better get my little butt on things if I want to pull this off. I may need to reach out to a couple other cosplay obsessed friends and see what they can do to help. Cross your fingers for me!
As for movies and reviews. Worry not, I’m working to try to keep those coming too. Hopefully today I’ll get another one ready so we can keep on track to make this year a success, Review wise. Keep the faith o’ Gentle Visitors, Neko’s got this.
Whew. Well I’m thinking that covers it all for this time out, and until next time, I’m hoping you are planning some Halloween fun and frolics for your own self. I can’t be the only lady so darn wacky…… “Meow, meow for now!!”