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Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf

May 23rd, 2008 (11:50 pm)

Toby Hadoke's one-man show[*] - all ninety-plus minutes of it, together with twenty minutes of his hiding behind a sofa as the audience go in - has a serious claim to be one of the most affecting pieces of theatre I've ever experienced. Toby's approach was lightly self-deprecating in the way that it expressed the long suffering of himself-as-fan at school, at university and in the adult world, and while none of the experiences was precisely the same as mine, it appeared that he'd captured so much of what I'd felt while growing up at a time when Doctor Who was drifting out of popularity. The 1980s were not a good time to be a Doctor Who fan - though I'd not picked on Telly Addicts, presented by the then-ubiquitous Noel Edmonds, as the turning point when television's past came to be seen not as part of a heroic series of experiments, but as something to be sneered at. The way in which a particular strain of Doctor Who fan doesn't see the appeal of Star Wars or Star Trek - and that's been me at various times - was powerfully done (the use of the EastEnders theme music means that it will be forever associated with one scene in The Empire Strikes Back) though Doctor Who is and has been as open to some of the charges Hadoke levels against the other franchises (a word that seems wrong in this context). A pity that his Oxford date was at the height of the exam season - I'd certainly attend again, as there is no doubt that Toby's young son's discovery of the series (again, I was reminded of watching Utopia with my cousin's son, or of watching New Earth puzzle another cousin's son with the moral ambiguity of the feline medical order) will provide more material.

[*] apart from a few recorded introductions or interjections from a well-known time-and-spacefaring actor.

Comments

Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: May 24th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)

I'm so glad you liked it - I thought it was absolutely charming, along with all the oh-god-me-too cringey moments.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 24th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
Kirkcudbright Samoyed

The tour has become a sort of mobile Fitzroy Tavern, or a convention. I know that there are a lot of old fans who think that the acrylic scarf, metaphorically, is no substitute for the woollen one eaten by moths; but I'm still happy to bask in the glow of Who triumphant.

Posted by: astitchintime_9 (astitchintime_9)
Posted at: May 24th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)

Wow, how I envy that you were able to attend a live performance!

Here in the USA, we've had to get by with the audio version, courtesy of BBC7-radio online. They put it up in two 30-minutes parts on 05/10 & 05/17. (If you're curious, the second part will remain available to "Listen Again" to through Sunday 05/25 at 23:00 UTC.) FWIW, the audio version features Colin Baker* and Louise Jameson.

They put it up last year, too, so this is my second go 'round with it, and it still chokes me up even as I am LOL!

If you do listen, I'd be very interested in knowing your opinion of it in comparison to the 90-minute performance that you attended. I wonder what was trimmed out...

Thanks!

P.S. - Link here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/listenagain/sunday

[*Sorry if that's a spoiler for your reference in your post!]

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 25th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
Argue mainly

Listening to the show now (despite BBC7 having updated their website so the link is now pointing to the programme which is going to be on at 0400BST today) and there's a lot which didn't get on stage. There's a bit more about acting, and Toby didn't put in any digs against Michael Grade on stage; perhaps he redeemed himself by his support for the programme as BBC chairman. We got the "not really dead" and the Coronation Street audience observations. (British television in the 1990s often did seem to be made by people who were ashamed of television. About ten years ago there was a production of Tom Jones for the BBC, and the director was keen to stress that he saw this as a film in five parts, not as television drama...)

Some of the jokes got transferred - "William Patrick Jon Tom..." was applied to Toby's second son and ends with "that bloke off Casanova."

Didn't get the review of Rose either, probably because we've moved on from the 'return' now - but we did have the justified ridicule of Celebrity Wrestling.

He's changed 'Armageddon means the end of the world' to 'Armageddon means death and destruction' too. The fate of the school bully from Shropshire didn't reach the radio version - be ends up a BNP councillor and thus the personification of the racist stupidity over which Toby and Doctor Who have triumphed.