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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Gift for Gatiss. One month to go.

17th October 2014 

It’s that time of year again. A date for your diaries. Mark Gatiss’ birthday. The man who makes you laugh, and cry. Who writes for your favourite shows, and stars in them too. 

Mark will be 48 this year and once again we wanted to give something back to this wonderful and help him celebrate his birthday.

Get involved however you can, this blog is now yours. Leave birthday messages in our ask and we’ll publish them for him to see. Our submit box is also open so go mad and post a photo or video, you can also send things via happybirthdaymarkgatiss@gmail.com. It’s totally up to you. We’ll accept any sort of ‘Happy Birthday’. If we can bring a smile to his face, even for a second, our work is done.

We also have a donation page open if you’d like to do a little more than just say Happy Birthday. As many of you may know, Mark is a patron of The London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, LLGS, a voluntary organisation who have been providing support and information for the LGBT community since 1974.

Mark became a patron for LLGS a number of years ago and this is why we’ve set up a donation page in honour of his birthday. If you have a bit of money to spare and wish to donate to this small, but essential, organisation you can do so here. They operate on the generosity of volunteers, every day of the year, but still need support for running costs. On average it costs just £3 to answer a call, but it could make a huge different to the person that needs help or support. 

Donate Here

How to donate: Click on the Virgin Giving Link and follow the instructions. You can choose how much you give. Paypal, Visa, Mastercard and American Express are all accepted. If you are a tax payer in the UK please don’t forget to ‘gift aid’ your donation, this will allow LLGS to claim back tax on your donation. You don’t have to live in the UK to donate. Virign will accept transactions from all over the world, however the donation will be taken in UK pounds sterling. So the amount you donate in your currency will differ to the amount in pounds. Please go here for up to date currency conversion rates

For example to donate £5, the amount you would *actually* donate would be $8.11/€6.27 

£10 would be $15.90/€11.92.

£20 would be $31.84/€23.84

£50 would be $79.51/€59.61

Please double check the exchange rate, these figures were correct at the time of writing but exchange rates change all the time. 

Charity Auction

 Have you ever wanted to commission a piece of art, or a fic? Now maybe your chance. 

We ran this last year and it was very successful. However first we need something to auction! If your an artist, writer, photoshopper or podficcer that would be willing to donate your skills to help raise money then please get in contact. 

You can specify before the auction exactly what your offering and anything you won’t do.

For example an artist might offer: 2 characters in colour, no background. Nothing explict. Sherlock characters only. 

A writer may offer: A 221b drabble. Any characters. 

It is for you to decide what you’re willing to offer.

If you’d like to take part we need a description of what you’re willing to offer and a couple of links to previous pieces of work for reference.

I’m hoping to run the auction on the weekend beginning 11th so signups will be closing on the 8th October.

Once signups are over there will be an auction site created where people can bid on the skills on offer. Once the bid is over, winners will be required to make the winning bid as a donation and the artist/writer/ect will be given the URL of the winner.

We will make it clear that there is no time limit on when commissions must be finished, and for those concerned the finished work will not be linked on the birthday blog so there will be no chance of Mark seeing it.

If anyone has any questions regarding this please contact us. Please PLEASE share this with your talented friends, we would like to get as many people involved as possible. 

What if I can’t donate? That’s ok, we know not everyone will be able to. You can still send in your birthday messages and celebrate with us.

If everyone can reblog this post to get it out there, that’d be great. 

Thank you!

17th October, put it in your diary!

Moriarty’s Police Law, Nineteenth Edition

Moriarty’s Police Law, Nineteenth Edition

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Why is no one talking about this?

They’re lyrics from the song "Interesting Drugs" by Morrissey if that’s of particular note…

Mark Gatiss in MR James: Ghost Writer documentary (x)


A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (Part II)

Walking *U*


Perfect Mark Gatiss pictures are perfect (x)


"You taste delicious. Fresh… Mine


Edmund and Matthew Chinnery for your pleasure


Making Of The League Of Gentlemen

Happy Gatiss Wednesday!


Making Of The League Of Gentlemen

Happy Gatiss Wednesday!

Mark Gatiss hands appreciation post - Happy Gatiss Wednesday

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Cast of "Lewis MacLeod is Not Himself",
Lewis Macleod is Not Himself S1E01 (Comedy Sketch Show)


An Attempt to Eff the Ineffable - Transcript of “Knock, knock. Who’s There? Benedict Cumberbatch.” from BBC comedy sketch show “Lewis Macleod is Not Himself ” S1E01  (x)

It does a great job with imitating Benedict’s and Martin’s voice and delivery - and its observations are hilariously absurd yet not untrue at the same time. 

“Ricky Gervais”: [as David Brent] Morning, Tim! Tim Bowler, Timbory-Tim, Timbory, Tim, Timbory Tim, Timboree! What are you doing?

“Martin”: Oh, er, you know, I’m just, you know, er … gazing despairingly at the camera like a perplexed hamster, as is my duty as the put-upon everyman character.

“Ricky Gervais”: Well, well, you know, just to whisper in your shell-like [?] *laughs raucously* - the new guy starts today. I said you could show him the ropes.

“Martin”: Fine, er … when’s he coming?

“Benedict”: [Sherlock voice] I’ve been observing you from the reception area for the last half an hour. That is to say, I’m already here. Don’t feel bad for not noticing me sooner. When I stand very still and don’t speak, I can easily be mistaken for an incredibly ornate and attractive hat stand. The kind you find in an antique shop that doesn’t have any price tags. Don’t touch - you can’t afford. Hello.

“Martin”: Good … er … yeah, good gracious. Erm, what are you?

“Benedict”: My name is long and ridiculous, like my face. They call me Benedict Cumberbatch.

*fairy tale harp chords* [medieval choral chant] Ben-ne-dict Cum-ber-baaatch!

“Benedict”: Don’t worry, that always happens.

“Martin”: Uh, OK, right, yeah. Um, OK, well, so, let’s give you the tour. Well, we’ve got, you know, the photocopier here …

“Benedict”: Pish, posh, and Duchy biscuits. You don’t think I actually care about your tedious office, do you?

“Martin”: Well, no, but I sort of imagined you’re here because -

“Benedict”: Oh, you beautifully obtuse little turnip of a man. I’m here because after Sherlock and the Hobbit, I’m now contractually obliged to appear in everything you ever do, shall do, have done, have so much as considered doing – don’t you understand, we go together like bangers and mash, like cream tea and scones, like a put-upon everyman character actor and a big posh flamboyant manic pixie dream boy with cheekbones you could balance a BAFTA on.

Is it a man? Is it several hyper-intelligent cats sitting on one another’s shoulders wearing a latex man-suit? Or is it an incredibly sexy horse that’s learned to walk on its hind legs and talk very very very fast?

“Martin”: Um … sorry, could you repeat all that please?

“Benedict”: No time, get down with me beneath this desk.

“Martin”: Why? Is there someone going to try to kill us or something? Or …

“Benedict”: [dramatic low voice] No, we just need to get uncomfortably close to one other and gaze homoerotically into each other’s eyes. Can you feel the tension? Can you? Can you … do you want to give me a little kiss? Oh you mustn’t - I’m an alabaster Adonis, don’t touch me!

“Martin”:  Um, yeah, OK.  Erm, bit weird, er … but still, less annoying than that Gervais guy. Erm, look, erm … how much longer is this going to go on for?

“Benedict”: For the rest of your life.

“Martin”:  What?

“Benedict”: Now, if you don’t mind, I have to exit dramatically through a window or something, for no reason other than it looks fantastic. Goodbye for now, put-upon everyman character actor. Remember my name.

“Martin”: *sighs* Ahhhh - I’ll never forget you, Bumblebee Cuttlefish! 

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Mark looking ridiculously dapper in Horror Europa

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Submission by Anonymous

Sometimes the most wtf bat-crap crazy headcanons are the best headcanons.