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Fans for Fans   1 comment

For those joining us from Paul’s newsletter – hello and welcome!

I’ve been stalking Paul Cornell via interwebs for some time. From his engaging blogs and intriguing podcasts, to his friendship with the inestimable Verities – he even commented here once, when I got confused about his comics. As a creator, he’s prolific and wide-ranging, from Wilderness Years novels and the invention of Benny Summerfield to a nerd-tastic superhero-themed episode of Elementary, comics about aliens in American politics, and novellas about the three witches of rural Britain – and that doesn’t even scratch the surface! His friendly online interactions and personable blogging tone make it easy to feel like I know the guy – one of the nicest, most accessible creators from the Doctor Who world.

Lately, as if to up the ante on niceness, Paul has chosen in his weekly newsletter to feature previously unpublished creators, to signal-boost other artists at the start of their careers – particularly those artists who don’t benefit from membership in the club of straight white male. Last week, in the first of these features, he introduced Heather Berberet, psychologist, mom, and keeper of Doctor Who on the Couch, a blog about our favorite Time Lord from a psychological perspective. (Her professional blog features Wonder Woman, always a good sign!) I’m glad to have found Heather and thankful to Paul for sharing her.

It gets better, though, because this week he featured me.

Paul’s newsletter for 4th May

(does that mean they don’t have Star Wars Day in Europe?)

The part with me in it is awesome, of course. But the feature about his own beginnings in the Doctor Who universe could prove even more valuable to my long-term success. It’s great to have the support of successful creators; it’s also great to see what it took them to get to where they are.

Thanks Paul! I look forward to your future newsletters!

 

ETA I can’t help sharing this photo from a prior newsletter:

I once described RTD’s interactions with fans as “lunatic, co-conspiratorial delight.” I think this image captures that.

And of course there’s the Moff working away in the background, grinning his little troll grin. (I say that with affection, I promise.)

The photo was taken just before a book signing at a London comic book shop by a whole host of creators, including the above, Paul Cornell, Jenny Colgan, and others. I would have loved to be there, in spite of the line. If only London were a little more convenient to the PNW… 🙂

Go check out Paul’s newsletter and all the geeky goodness contained within!!

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Posted May 4, 2018 by Elisabeth in Cool Stuff, Squee!

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Announcement!   Leave a comment

The Doctor has companions!

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Bradley Walsh, aka Token White Guy, has been rumored for some time. Per Twitter people either love him or hate him: he’s great, he should have been the Doctor, he’ll ruin the show, never watching again, blah blah blah. Having never seen him in anything I couldn’t say. While I do feel that his type has had plenty of representation on DW and elsewhere, I was intrigued by the potential of this dynamic: the typical figure of power and authority playing intellectual and executive second fiddle to (someone appearing to be) not that. I don’t hate the idea.

The other two are a surprise. Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole are soap opera stars, previously known for something called Hollyoaks. Cole has also appeared in the Star Wars universe. Gill’s Yasmin will be the Doctor’s first South Asian companion – impatiently awaited since the too-brief appearances of Rita (The God Complex) and Nasreen (The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood). It’s nice to have some color and gender balance aboard ship – and I kinda hope Walsh turns out to be an alien. 🙂 Just for variety, you know.

I’m surprised at how strongly people are reacting to the number of companions. Three is apparently a crowd for some, in spite of  Ian/Barbara/Susan, Ben/Polly/Jamie, Tegan/Nyssa/Adric, etc. I think it will be a nice change of pace. A single companion is more susceptible to an annoying romantic subplot. A team can tackle a story from a number of different, brilliant angles. (“Boom Town” comes to mind as a fun example.)

I am also intrigued by the inclusion of Sharon D. Clarke. Everyone seems equally confused by the “returning role” bit, since we’ve never seen her before; in fact it seems to have sparked rumors of a return of the Rani. But I think they actually meant “recurring” not “returning.” (Or is that what I’m meant to think?) Either way, looking forward to it.

If only we didn’t have to wait so long.

Posted October 30, 2017 by Elisabeth in Companions, Speculation, Squee!

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I can’t help it   Leave a comment

Let’s watch that Christmas special trailer again!

Caught a definite glimpse of Polly on that last pass. What are you people doing??

Also, I haven’t watched it yet, but this looks intriguing and awesome:

The Fan Show is the best thing to happen to Doctor Who since the reboot. It is awesome and I love it. I am a Christel Dee fangirl! ❤

Posted July 28, 2017 by Elisabeth in Christmas Specials, Cool Stuff, Squee!, Video

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So that happened.   Leave a comment

The Doctor is a woman.

It’s been a long wait. I’m not talking about the 50ish years since Sydney Newman first suggested the Doctor try a gender switch; just the 6 months since Capaldi announced his departure. Last week I wondered if SDCC would be the time/place for an announcement, but decided it’s far too American of an event. I figured we’d have to be patient for months yet.

But the Christmas special has wrapped. There were two possibilities, I thought: either the regeneration had yet to be filmed, pending casting, or the regeneration had been filmed, and it was only a matter of time before someone leaked. Either way, it behooved the production team to get it done and out in public.

So Friday came the teaser, and I didn’t know how I would get through the weekend.

The Wimbledon final began at 6am in my time zone. The estimate from Doctor Who News was 2-5 hours of play, with the announcement to follow. I woke up at 8, grabbed my phone, pulled up Twitter. Already Federer had won, but still we knew nothing. Fans wailed and gnashed their teeth.

I hit refresh.

I brushed my teeth, hit refresh. Made tea, hit refresh. Picked up my book – you get the idea. Click click click.

Then there was a name. And a video.

I yelled for my husband. Too impatient to boot up anything with a proper screen, we huddled over the phone. There were tears. There was disbelief. There was much rejoicing. Then we booted up the proper screens for a morning of rewatching, reposting, commentary, and squee.

I had heard Whittaker’s name mentioned among the cast of thousands, but I didn’t take it seriously. Her prior roles haven’t moved me to a great degree. But something about her face, the way she gazed at that old blue box, made it clear she is the Doctor.

I’m ready.

Posted July 17, 2017 by Elisabeth in Squee!

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Posted July 16, 2017 by Elisabeth in Squee!

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In as little as twelve – thirteen? – hours, we’ll know.

Posted July 15, 2017 by Elisabeth in Squee!

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Fanboy/girl squee   Leave a comment

Datum #1: Courtesy of tumblr (oh had I saved the original post) I find that Dean Devlin of Leverage and The Librarians is making a movie with David Tennant. (Devlin’s fanboy status is well known: I commented on The Librarians here, and here a fellow fan posts some samples from Leverage.) Squee ensues.

#2: Devlin likes filming in my city. Familiar landmarks turn up all over the place in his shows. Occasionally one may spot stars around town or be inconvenienced by location shooting.

#3: Devlin’s new movie – with David Tennant – will also be filmed in my city. David Tennant. My city.

Draw your own conclusions.

Posted August 30, 2016 by Elisabeth in Cool Stuff, Squee!

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