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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Mark Gatiss was on The Film Programme again this week, talking about lesser-known movie detectives. His pick this time around was Donald Pleasence’s Inspector Calhoun from the 1972 horror film “Death Line” which is about a family of cannibal railway workers living on the London Underground, picking off passengers for food. Notable also for featuring Christopher Lee as a shady MI5 agent (basically Mycroft, Mark points out!) it sounds like just his sort of ridiculous cup of tea and is going on my recommended-by-Mark to-watch list.

You can listen to this on the iPlayer website here or as a download from their podcast site here. Mark’s section is around 18 minutes in.


Just saw Mark Gatiss and friend toasting their ice creams in Bath.

Expectation vs. Reality (x)

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Um, sorry if I just didn't see him, but what does Mycroft look like? I think he would look absolutely in you style, you make me want to hug every single character you've drawn<3
enigmaticpenguinofdeath enigmaticpenguinofdeath Said:



Mycroft needs all the hugs

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, photograph by Charlie Gray

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I’m a big fan of Teen!Giles. Normal Giles is cool too, obviously, but I can clearly see how Teen!Giles could steal a car, get a cool guitar and a couple of weapons and set off on a vampire and demons slaying roadtrip. probably he would get along with Spike.

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but look at how cute sherlock’s thinking face is



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And exactly how many times did he fall out the window?
Greg Lestrade showing wonderful concern for his new prisoner. From A Scandal in Belgravia.

"Oh, it’s all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count." (via chasingriversong)

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Mycroft in the style of René Magritte  

Based on The Son of Man and Hegel’s Holiday. 
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Mycroft in the style of René Magritte  

Based on The Son of Man and Hegel’s Holiday

Requested by enigmaticpenguinofdeath

I am a quitter. I come from a long line of quitters. It’s amazing I’m here at all.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hellooooooo... 'Balance of probability' gifset, far left column, second from the bottom - I don't remember THAT! With the leaning over his back and the glove-caressing. Rowr. I'm sure I'd've noticed that happening. Blink-and-you-miss-it frame of subliminal Holmescest, or the sheer power of fangirling making things appear on film retrospectively?
enigmaticpenguinofdeath enigmaticpenguinofdeath Said:

Turns out if you wish for Holmescest hard enough, it magically appears on-screen. That’s basically what happened with series three.


Hannibal cinematography: inspiration from visual art

Production designer Patti Podesta credits visual artists including Gustave Caillebotte, Francis Bacon, Edward Hopper, Todd Hido and Andrew Wyeth as inspiration for the lighting and palette of Hannibal. [x]

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Happy four-year anniversary, BBC Sherlock and Sherlock Fandom!