EnigmaticPenguin (of death)

Here be lots of Mark Gatiss-obsession, Sherlock reblogging, random appreciation of Things-What-Be-Awesome and gif-experimentation. Most of my gifs are Gatiss themed and are tagged. Old gif dump posts can be found here and here. I like to spam the place with Mark-related things, particularly on Wednesdays.

The basics about me:

Folks usually call me Nicola - what with that being my name. I'm from Bristol in the UK, am 29 years old and apparently should know better. I've been in a variety of interweb fandoms over the years but am happily parked between the Gatissian and Sherlockian circles on the Venn diagram at the moment. I have two pet hamsters and one rather moth-eaten taxidermy squirrel. I go by alocin42 in a few other places online. I'm always happy to respond to queries or random questions; drop me an ask. I'm on twitter too but it's not particularly fandom related. My Gatiss-wife is the lovely Holly aka deathbygatiss. Penguins mate for life. <3

When I've remembered to tag them fic recs can be found here and here. I'm a multi-shipper in the sense that if it involves Mycroft hooking up with anyone (or indeed anything) then I'm all for it; from Holmescest to Johncroft to Mystrade (or all three combined) - seeing Irene for some recreational scolding or bizarre situations involving cake. He's my fandom little black dress and you'll get no shipping judgement here.


The Gatiss Guild is a loose, primarily carbon-based group of Mark Gatiss admirers on tumblr. If you're interested in Mark for his work, his life or his gorgeous ginger physical form then come on over to the Guild blog, follow the Guild twitter feed or join us by checking out the tag.

I also recommend checking out the Gatiss Wednesday tag as it's just about the most concentrated location of Gatissian goodness on the web. Wednesdays are happy days.
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Re Mark's interview in DNA magazine. Please tell me I'm not the only one who when I read the words "I've not tried half of what they do", immediately thought "so you've tried the OTHER half then"?! Oh Mark you wicked thing!
enigmaticpenguinofdeath enigmaticpenguinofdeath Said:

If anyone in Australia happens to get DNA magazine or anyone anywhere happens to have an online subscription and wants to share the content of the interview with Mark Gatiss in issue #172 then I for one would be most delighted and thankful. It’s that or forking out £9 for a copy on ebay! ;D

They trail the interview as “Mad Gay Genius - Meet Mark Gatiss (okay he’s not mad)” on the front cover, so I’m liking them already. [In case you couldn’t tell from the cover it’s a gay interest magazine btw.] Registering on their website only gets that preview and I’ve love to see what else it says beyond the quotes that have been circulating today in the tabloid press about the slashy fanwork he gets sent:

"Oh my God. I get sent things that would make your hair turn white. It’s not just Sherlock and Watson holding hands on a park bench, I can tell you that… Some of them are incredibly graphic but my goodness I’ve not tried half the things they’re doing."

My views on people not being dicks sending producers/cast members unsolicited graphic fanwork are known so the whole thing of it being an issue is a bit sigh inducing, but Mark that’s a helluva tease of an answer!

I’m more interested in where they say about the geeking out and sci-fi esoterica, and describe him as sentimental and about the good grammar winning his heart - so it looks like he was talking about meeting Ian and that’s always sweet.

What you realize is it doesn’t matter at all. I just want to say to people who are sweating the small things, don’t worry, get on with it, and don’t be nasty to people.

Beautiful life advice on making amends from Mark Gatiss


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"What case could possibly justify this?"
"Magnussen. Charles Augustus Magnussen."

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Not for the first time, my brain woke me up in the middle of the night and this time it whispered “What lessons would they teach at the Sherlock School of Dance?” It then refused to let me go back to sleep until I’d written this silly list. So are you prepared to burn… the dancefloor?

It’s still kitten baby steps, but four weeks on and Monty is starting to enjoy just about tolerate some very light stroking for twenty seconds or so if he’s otherwise distracted by scoffing a bowl of food. The expression on his face here will tell you what he thinks about that cruel torment, but progress!

The little porker will also grudgingly come and half-stand on my lap to get offerings of hand-fed chicken as a treat. Aren’t I a giant meanie.

(Rolo meanwhile barely stops rubbing around my ankles long enough to eat the chicken, but somehow manages to inhale his portion…)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi I was gazing at the lovely picture of mark eating ice cream in Bath when it occurred to me the friend sitting next to him looks suspiciously like Elliot Levey who played Junius Brutus in Coriolanus. Any thoughts?
enigmaticpenguinofdeath enigmaticpenguinofdeath Said:

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Hi Anon - I’m not great with faces, but I confess I did do a brief double check on the other chap with him because I thought he looked a bit familiar for some reason. I’ve only seen Elliot in Coriolanus so wouldn’t like to say either way - if anyone else wants to compare profiles, go for it!


Something awful happened me today:

I thought of unrequited Johncroft.

Imagine if Mycroft was as taken with John as Sherlock is.

He must be so intrigued by John for capturing Sherlock’s attention so wholly, and fascinated by him for not being frightened of Mycroft, for actually standing his ground against him and not even batting an eye.

And for the first time ever, Mycroft has met someone else who understands his brother and worries about him all the time, too, someone else who would do anything to keep Sherlock safe.

What if Mycroft was in love with John, too, but he saw how much Sherlock loved him and so never spoke a word of it to anyone? What if John loved him back, but they both put Sherlock ahead of themselves?

Unrequited Johncroft everyone.

Don’t think about it too much or it will make you cry.