Log in

Meet the family (with first_in_time)

Ian frowned as he pulled up outside his parent's house. "What's Tom's car doing here?" he said, mainly to himself. He wasn't supposed to here, as far as he knew. And he was sure his parents wouldn't have invited him and Barbara to Sunday lunch if they had other guests. "He didn't mention anything about being here," he said to Barbara.

Once he got out of the car he could hear shouting and laughter from the back of the house that told him it wasn't just Tom here, but that he'd brought his whole family.

"We can always just turn around and go back home," he said to Barbara, going round the car to the pavement but not going any closer to the house. Meeting his brother and his parents at once might be a bit much.


"I think that's a record for the amount of time John's spent in the bathroom," Ian commented, looking up at the clock, having heard the bathroom door open, followed by John tramping down the stairs. Up until now John had never really cared that much about his appearance, so Ian was amused by him doing so now because there was a girl involved. When he appeared downstairs John looked smart and clean, dressed in a shirt and trousers that matched.

"Aren't you going to wear a tie?" Ian asked him.

John gave him a look that was reminiscent of Barbara's looks when Ian had said something stupid. "I don't want to look like a teacher."

Ian was sure that was a criticism of his dress sense but couldn't really complain given that he wore a tie when teaching.

Not a girl (for first_in_time)

"I don't want to see the baby," Katy said when Ian opened the front door to her and Alice. "I don't care about another boy cousin." She sounded moody.

Alice was trying hard not to laugh and Ian gave her a questioning look.

"I want to see the baby," was all Alice said.

Ian stepped aside so she could come in, then he asked Katy, "Don't I get a hug?"

She shook her head vehemently. "No." She stomped in after her mother, much to Ian's amusement.

What's in your wardrobe (for first_in_time)

Sometime this morning John had turned from a sweet boy hugging Barbara and wishing her a happy Mother's Day, into one that wasn't going to do as he was told. Currently he had crawled behind the sofa and was sitting there laughing.

"We'll go to Nan's and leave you behind if you don't come out." John grinned at his father.

The cause of the argument had been Ian's attempts to put John's shoes on. Now Ian sighed and went to put his own shoes on. "Let's pretend to go," he said quietly to Barbara, "and see if he comes out if it's all quiet."

Birthday party

Ian yawned as he went into John's room and turned the light on. "I'll make you a deal," he said to John, as he picked him up, "I'll get up at six o'clock if you'll sleep until seven o'clock by the time you're two."

John's crying stopped now he had the attention he wanted, but Ian wrinkled his nose. "You smell." He sighed, but didn't have any choice but to change John's nappy. Which was becoming an increasingly difficult task, as John didn't like keeping still for it.

"I can't wait until you're potty trained," Ian told him. John burbled in reply.

Once that was done, Ian decided to take him into see Barbara. "Say good morning to the birthday boy!" he said, feeling more awake now that he had to be.

((OOC: I've gone for the bottom one here with John's first birthday, and just Ian's parents and Barbara's mother coming round to celebrate, to stop it getting too unwieldy)


Mambo number one

Ian made sure he was dressed for the occasion. Not that he thought John or his girlfriend would care whether or not he was wearing a tie, but it was an important dinner and important dinners required ties. It was John's first proper girlfriend (the girl they'd teased him about when he was six didn't count). John had only had good things to say about her, but then he was biased.

"We're not going to be like your mother," he said to Barbara when he was dressed and back in the kitchen, expecting to be put to work. "Whatever she's like we don't complain in front of John." Anything they had to complain about with John they'd say to him when he was alone.


It was a rare period of quiet on Stacy. It was probably just the calm before the storm, but Ian intended to take full advantage of it. He'd invited Barbara to the media library. They were supposedly there to see what might be of use for Youth Services and had taken over one of the pods, but Ian had quickly got sidetracked and now he came across a particularly interesting entry on the terminal he was looking through.

"Barbara, look at this." He gestured for her to come over and see for herself. The entry was labelled 'Apollo 11 moon landing' and dated 1969.

((Details on the media library at the T9 wiki))


Dinner. With aliens. (for first_in_time)

They were only going to the couple over the road for dinner, but that still required some dressing up. Or at least a clean shirt and a tie. The Smiths had always been friendly, especially to John. They always gave him sweets when they saw him and exclaimed over everything he did, so it wasn't a surprise that he liked them. Or that he wanted to go to dinner with them too.

"Why can't I go?" he asked, sitting on Ian and Barbara's bed and watching Ian knot his tie.

"Because it's for adults and you'll be bored," he said, turning to face his son.

"I won't. I'm nearly an adult." He threw himself back on the bed.

"Not even halfway." Ian reached out to grab John's arm. "Get off the bed and go and see what your mother's doing in the bathroom that's taking so long."


An alien at the zoo

Ian woke to the sound of John's singing. Theoretically he was supposed to be playing quietly. He probably was, except for the singing. Ian didn't object in principle to being serenaded first thing in the morning, it was John's idea of morning, he disliked. Ian pulled the covers up over his head.

Ian and Barbara hadn't mentioned the plan to go to the zoo on a nice day, because that meant John wouldn't be pestering them about it, or waking them up early. At least, waking them up early by bouncing on their bed.

The singing only lasted one song before John came to open his parents' bedroom door. "Are you awake?" he asked, in what could best be described as a stage whisper.

"No, I'm not," Ian replied, his voice muffled from the covers.


Jan. 12th, 2012

The Dancin' Days meme is an excuse to use this icon


My head canon for Ian

Since first_in_time did it, I thought I should do it too and put down what I have in my head for Ian that's not in TV canon. I've not bothered with canon events, or things that first_in_time has in Barbara's head canon because there's no point in having it down twice.

Read more...Collapse )


John's first Christmas (with first_in_time)

Ian was woken by the familiar sound of John crying. He moved over to look at the clock and with one eye half-open he could see that it was around 5am. He groaned. "I know children are supposed to wake up early on Christmas Day, but I didn't expect that for a few years," he said to Barbara, sure she was awake too. This was too early in the morning to be getting up, so he didn't make a move towards getting out of bed.


Treasure Hunt (with first_in_time)

You don't realise how much stuff you have until you need to pack it. Ian was going through his records, determined to fit them all in a box that was clearly too small to fit them all in. Although it didn't help that he kept stopping to read the backs of them and remember the songs. Some of them he'd had a long time, some of them he'd forgotten he had. He ended up standing up and putting one of them on the record player. His excuse would be that he wanted some music to pack with.


Trans 9 app

Brief (around 300 words) personality outline of your character:
Ian's a typical hero-type. He feels it's his job to protect others (especially his friends) and to lead them. He's the one who comes up with the rescue plans - either by himself or with others. Yet he's fairly modern - he doesn't expect women to be more in need of rescue and he's not going to complain about them being the rescuers. Yet he's a secondary school science teacher. He's mild-mannered, easy-going and enjoys teaching. He almost has two separate sides to his personality: the hero and the teacher. Although they do cross, often you wouldn't be able to tell that he knows how to handle teenagers or is handy in a fight if you hadn't seen him do it. They're not two things that are usually found in the same person.

He makes friends easily. He's charming and chats with new people quite happily. It helps that he also has a terrible sense of humour - his jokes are often more likely to make you roll your eyes than laugh. He knows it too and is quick to apologise if the joke is too groan-worthy.

Although he's generally easy-going, he does worry when his friends are in danger. Even when he's worried he tries to maintain his usual attitude to avoid worrying others, but there's only so long he can keep it up and those that know him well will be able to spot the signs easily.

Brief (around 500 words) history and background of your character OR link to a really good wiki page with their history. In either case, explain where they cut off from the timeline:


Ian's coming from right at the beginning of The Chase, when he's relaxed and they're not in any danger.

Sample post (just a general, everyday, puttering-around-the-ship post; please include a snippet of dialogue):

As Ian enters the Obs Deck the statue greets him and he stops to wonder if it's alive. "Are you some sort of artificial intelligence?" he asks it. The statue doesn't answer, but it's just another example of the futuristic technology on this ship. It makes him feel more like he's living in a science fiction novel than the TARDIS ever did. Perhaps because this one feels more like a ship.

The view helps too.

He gazes at it, eyes wide. "It's amazing." The TARDIS didn't have any windows - at least not on the inside - so the only time he's seen space from space was when they were in orbit around the Sensorium. And then there were more important things to do than stargaze. There are probably more important things to do here too, but nothing seems urgent at the moment.

"I wonder if the sky was so colourful when the TARDIS was in flight." He makes a mental note to ask the Doctor sometime. Then he drops his gaze and realises he was talking to himself and there are other people about who probably think he's crazy by now. Not that any of them are looking at him, being busy with their own business, but the statue is.

Ian walks over to it and has his mouth open before it occurs to him that asking it a question might not be the best idea. It's unlikely to get him an answer any way. So he leaves the room in search of more answers elsewhere.

If the character has magic, mutant, or otherwise metahuman abilities, please explain what they are and outline EXACTLY how they function, as their powers may not work due to the nature of the ship or may need to be limited somehow: N/A

Non-superhuman special abilities of note (Is your character a master ventriloquist? A naturally-occurring super-genius? The best martial artist in the world? Say so here):
He has a good knowledge of science as it was in the 1960s, although with some additions he's picked up from the Doctor. He's a good fighter - he's beaten people with more experience than him in hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting. He can make fire by rubbing two sticks together.


Day at the beach with first_in_time

Ian was woken up by John landing on him on the bed and excitingly saying, "Daddy, it's sunny, can we go to the beach today?"

Ian groaned and managed to get his eyes open enough to look at the clock. It said it was 6am. He yawned and tried to remember the last time he'd got a lie-in at the weekend. It was probably before John was born.

At Ian's lack of answer, John bounced over to Barbara's side of the bed to ask her the same question.