The Shipping News: They Have to Have Sex So They Don’t Die!


Plus, what does it really mean to ‘ship’ something and the many varied slash ships of Doctor Who.

Hi guys it’s been a while. I’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching my fellow slash experts being generally fabulous but I’m back to talk all things slash. I’m not sure where to begin, it’s not like something seriously awesome happened this past week, but it’s my job to give you the low down on all things fandom so let’s do that.

Fandom News Round-up:

Apparently Sony is going to make a movie of the 1990s cartoon Captain Planet. If you’re wondering what this has to do with slash you obviously didn’t notice the sexual tension between Kwame and Wheeler.

Veronica Mars’s boyfriend has been revealed and it’s none other than her college sweetheart Piz (Chris Lowell). Why am I so excited? Well nothing creates slash like two men going after the same woman so I can’t wait to see Piz and Logan compete while Veronica is off actually getting stuff done.

Season 2 of Catfish started last Tuesday and according to one of my fellow slash experts everyone is shipping Nev and Max.

Adelaide Kane, who plays Derek’s mysterious younger sister Cora (also fellow Aussie, represent), said that Sterek is a “ship that sails itself” (x) during a Twitter Q&A last week.


Speaking of Teen Wolf we should probably talk about that one fic where Isaac turned up at Scott’s place wearing a wet white t-shirt because he’s emotionally vulnerable and in need of a place to stay… oh wait that actually happened on last week’s episode. Excuse me while I try and fail to hold back my Scisaac tears.


This one might not be entirely slash related (though Legolas is very shippable), but if you guys haven’t seen Orlando Bloom singing “Taking the Hobbits to Isengard” then you are missing out.

We’ve Got Mail!

You have no idea how excited I was to open up The Shipping News Tumblr inbox and find a message requesting more Doctor Who ships. Although I have been rather distracted by teenage werewolves and their friends lately I am first and foremost a Doctor Who fangirl.

Arthur Darvill and Matt Smith fulfill a slash fans dream.(Source)

The best thing about the Doctor is the fact that his sexuality is ambiguous. Sure he’s got a preference for pretty young women but he’ll pretty much flirt with anyone. This makes him a pretty slashable character (although there is a large part of the fandom that sees the Doctor as asexual or at least uninterested in romance). Since the series returned in 2005 the Doctor has even kissed two of his male companions.


Then there’s Captain Jack Harkness (played by the always fabulous John Barrowman) who is described as omnisexual and will basically sleep with anyone (and I mean anyone) that’s interested (consent is important) regardless of race, sex, gender or species. Jack and the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) made to Round 2 of last year’s Ultimate Slash Madness Tourney, but personally I’m a fan of the relationship between Jack and the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston). You can see them in the .gif above. My fave Captain Jack slash ship (except Janto of course) is a little more obscure though: Jack Harkness/Mickey Smith.

Captain Cheesecake and Mickey Mouse 5eva!(Source)

Because I am a sucker for antagonistic romances I have to mention The Doctor/The Master (especially David Tennant and John Simm). Over the many years of Doctor Who, the Master has been a constant in the Doctor’s life. Their relationship is epic and their lives are constantly intertwined and of course like all good slash ships it always ends in tragedy.

Check out some general Doctor Who slash fic here. And in case you forgot we have featured a couple of Doctor Who ships before. Hannah accidentally shipped The Doctor and Rory and later rec’d a Doctor/Merlin crossover fic, Adri featured Torchwood power couple Jack/Ianto and I got a little bit creepy in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary Special by shipping the Doctor with himself. Finally because it’s something that I never knew I wanted here is an Eleventh Doctor/Abed Nadir fic.

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