Faction Paradox


Faction Paradox is another tttly original donut steel "concept" from Mad Larry, thus proving his status as less the potential next Harlan Ellison or J G Ballard or whatever, but just another fanfic writer that got too big for his strap-ons (strap-on shoes, you sick fuck, not the other kind) and couldn't see that the BBC saw him and other fanboys as just another source for that sweet, sweet licensing money. A bit like everything in Doctor Who post-1989 to this day, really. Still better than what some fans have done with their time...

Godfather CIA, a prominent figure in Faction Paradox. His past identity is unknown.

Faction Paradox are basically the Time Lords. But evil and chaotic. And dress up in spooky Satanic/voodooo costumes. But of course Larry had to change some names for his personal spin-off series, cos, you know, copyright shit and all that. Their leader is named Grandfather Paradox, which is a pretty cool name, and he's definitely not totally absolutely not probably the Doctor.

The Faction, being an edgy grimdark team of Dontes to the Doctors Dante, of course manipulate other races of big guys to be their servants against their enemies such as the CIA - I mean Celestis (plz don't sue Auntie Beeb ;_____;), a notable example being "The Remote" (hmmm yes I hope this doesn't turn into the usual euphoric sneering about plebs) a society driven entirely by media signals (spoke too soon) and as such are part of a hivemind culture and yet are extremely violent and unpredictable. Reminds me of somewhere, honestly...

In all honesty, this is basically the sort of bullshit you'll find in Warhammer 40'000 (Chaos Marines rings a bell?), which is obvious, given how Larry is more /tg/ than /tv/ - guy can't write tracts about the lore of a setting and yet you know he'd never be able to make it as an independent writer. Never stopped China Mieville, though and look at him. INCOMING TRANSMISSION. Hello there! This is your old pal the Shift. It's been a while! I like the new haircut. Anyhoo: it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you the article you're reading is largely bollocks. While the aesthetics of Faction Paradox – that is, the bone suits, the blood rituals, the timeships made of skulls, yada yada – might seem initially to associate the series with Doctor Who's "gun" wing, and with masculine science fiction more generally, this really isn't the case. On a deeper level, the spin-off's use of playful metafiction and intertexuality, as exemplified by its nudge-nudge-wink-wink relationship to the core text of Doctor Who, puts it firmly on the "frock" side of the aisle. (I mean, come on, have you SEEN Cousin Haribeaux? Absolute UNIT.) Moreover, Big Daddy Loz maintains that he flat-out dislikes "science fiction" as a genre, particularly the self-serious sort exemplified by Star Trek, and no-one who's read the immensely subjective and character-focused Dead Romance or This Town Will Never Let Us Go would ever associate them with tabletop games – it's clear that 🐙🐙🐙the editor🐙🐙🐙 who created this page simply misunderstood the Wikipedia article on The Book of the War but still thought they'd try and be a bit snippy. In summary: Faction Paradox is aimed at people who like I, Clavdivs, not people who like Warhammer, and that Venn diagram would look like a nice pair of pancakes indeed. It's also worth noting that the Faction Paradox writers and fandom are uniformly left-wing, having very little overlap with the conservative/traditionalist wing of Doctor Who fans. I'm not saying Faction Paradox is Paul Magrs territory exactly, but the pendulum swings further towards him than Toby Shithouse. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to lie down for a while in a charity anthology – these meta-excursions play havoc on my conceptual vertebrae. END OF TRANSMISSION.

Still, it would be terrible if plagiarizing bastards decided to rip off, say, the whole "voodoo creeps in space" angle, or "creepy aliens manipulating humanity and other societies for aeons" concept, among other things from his novels, wouldn't it?

Faction Paradox is in a quantum superposition of being both canon and non-canon due to its ostentatiously obscure nature.