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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I just like the idea of him. He has a great attitude to life — sunny, lazy days by the river, a bit of rowing, and then getting down to the serious stuff like gins and tonics and a decent picnic with plenty of bloater sandwiches, pies, cold meats, pickled gherkins and ginger beer. I am giving it lots of David Niven…

I watched Ring of Bright Water because it was the closest to researching rat behaviour I could find. Did you know that there aren’t many movies with water rats as stars? But otters are brown and furry and like water, so that was my preparation. I decided to give him tics and scratches and sniffs. We are humans with whiskers and in real life they do tickle my cheeks, so I’m forever scratching and that got me into character.

My real nose looks like a prosthetic nose and I have sticky-out ratty ears, which looked very convincing. I wore a wig; without it I looked like a sewer rat, not a water rat, because my real hair is dark and has been shaved. The teeth were a bit uncomfortable because they were on wire and clip-on, but they gave such a good look. The costume, we decided, would not be terribly neat. Ratty would be suave, but he would have watermarks on his trousers and shoes. It’s a bit Bohemian/Edwardian-casual.

Mark Gatiss on playing Rat in The Wind in the Willows [x]

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    I really like this movie. Rat and Mole were SO cute. Toad was annoying, predictably.
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