The Askverse is a shared Torchwood AU. It began after series 2, with the creation of Ask_CaptainJack, a LiveJournal Agony Aunt, as written by "Captain Jack". He interacted with anyone, never breaking character. Other fans were inspired to create sockpuppets for playing along with Askverse Jack, and it became an RPG, which ended with The Big Reveal just before series 3 aired.
The Big Reveal
On 2009-06-02, some of the Askverse players revealed themselves:
- Captain Jack
- Ianto Bran Jones
- Gwen E. Cooper
- Martha Jones
- John Hart
- Rhys Williams
- Queen Elizabeth II and Harold the butler
- Janet (the Weevil)
- the Ninth Doctor
These posts provide a more-or-less coherent history of how the Askverse came about.
Meta by the Players
The nature of this game was different to normal roleplays in two ways:
1. It didn't start out as a game.
2. Half the time we didn't know who we were talking to.
We played with each other mostly anonymously, and each new addition was voluntary and totally unvetted (if occasionally encouraged) by the rest of us. Eventually I knew who most of the other players were, and some of the other players knew who I or each other were, but we still flew pretty blind. And we had a hell of a ride.
The Ninth Doctor:
I learned very quickly not to keep any sort of solid expectations, because no one was driving this crack van, and it was so much better that way.
The first thing you have to realize about Ask!world -- the unique thing, the most incredible thing -- was that all the players were anonymous, even to each other. There was no application process, no vetting of prospective players; characters would just show up and the already existing characters would just have to go with it. We were lucky as all hell that we collected a group of extraordinarily talented players who trusted each other and had great senses of humor and generosity in working together with almost no planning or preparation. I come from nearly six years of writing snuff_dog for hp_dungeons, a Harry Potter RPG that is very well organized and well planned (we're talking CALENDARS, people. SPREADSHEETS!), and throwing myself into the freewheeling anonymous void of the Ask!world madhouse was both thrilling and terrifying.
It was BRILLIANT!
- Martha Jones/John Hart.
- John Hart is from Doeshane.
- Everyone loves croissanwiches, Pimm's, and chocolate.
- The Doctor danced with QEII on V-E Day.
- Jack and Ianto are married.
- Both Ianto and Gwen have tattoos.
- The Master regenerates into River Song.
- Ianto is afraid of commitment, but Jack ultimately traps him in marriage
- Jack prefers to sleep naked and smushed up against someone, but Ianto keeps him at a distance by sleeping in a "blanket burrito."
- They have a beagle named Max Theresa.
With the exception of the Master and the Doctor who written by the same, anonymous ghostwriter, each of the characters involved were run independently of each other, leaving them to come up with their own backstories and canon.
- Jack grew up on a Dune-like world, populated by sandworms.
The Ninth Doctor
- The Doctor enjoyed being the Fifth Doctor, who in addition to his real canon adventures, had a run-in with Ianto Jones in the tourist office.
- Amongst other things, he once gave the Doctor a scarf designed to strangle him to death.
- He took the role of Spike in Buffy because he needed the money.
- She used to amputate her Barbies as a child. Only some of them were her sister's.
- His middle name is Bran, like the mythological hero.
- Always has chocolates in her handbag.
- He does not enjoy Japan.
- He become a Companion of the Doctor.
- Being somehow, strangely related to John Hart.
- Enjoying 21st century fashion.