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Doctor Who and the Iowans (and elsewhere, a Sisterhood)

November 15th, 2013 (01:45 am)

There's an informative blog post written by the editor of 'Tavzine' (a Doctor Who fanzine distributed free at the traditional monthly fan meetings at the Fitzroy Tavern in London) Venusian Spearmint about the long tradition of Doctor Who broadcasts on public television in Iowa and that state's devotion to the Time Lord. It's written with a personal urgency born of the author's own involvement in the world of very necessary pledge drives and the outgoing, ebullient Doctor Who fandom found in the USA. It's very well worth a read.

Ye gods. The rumours which had been around since February and consistently denied were true to some extent after all. As I've written everywhere else, rule one is that the Doctor lies, and that applies to the actors who have played him. Welcome back, Paul - utterly in charge of the character and even in four minutes a master of time, manipulated into renouncing his Doctorhood in a way which could have done with a few more lines of dialogue but which still credibly portrayed an internal conflict which led to defeat. I'm still not sure where that final reflected image of John Hurt comes from. Clare Higgins gave Ohila the necessary intensity, but after three or four viewings I'm still not convinced by Emma Campbell-Jones's Cass.

ETA: I think that Bleeding Cool are probably right, and that the image of John Hurt comes from later in his career than I thought, the 1979 BBC adaptation of Crime and Punishment.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2013/11/15/doctor-who-iowans-sisterhood.html.

Comments

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: November 15th, 2013 07:19 am (UTC)

It was really not what I was expecting - and all the better for that.

Posted by: Phlebas (phlebas)
Posted at: November 15th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC)

Sadly I knew what to expect before I saw it - the problem with releasing things by surprise on the internet is that most people will hear about it Nth hand from the first surprised people to see it, who will give away the surprise in 140 characters or less.
That said, I enjoyed it. Does this make more of the Big Finish stuff canonical?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 15th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
McGann

It's going to be more and more of a problem - and yes, I think it does mean that the Big Finish canon and the television canon are in alignment from the latter's point of view, so to speak.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 15th, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
McGann

There's quite a bit of story there, too, though I'd like to have seen more of the eighth Doctor's evasion of/engagement with the Time War. Still, it's great that we have this.

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: November 15th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Harriet

A lot of story for a short section! And seeming quite plot-important, too. I wonder if it will be incorporated into the broadcast. I'm going to be away for the weekend with my sisters next weekend, so really lokoing forward to watching it with them.

(Will message you back re. building, sorry - not ignoring, it has just been a bit manic.)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 15th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
ClaraEleven

Understood re: building and manicness at this time in term.

I will be watching with members of a certain student society, in 3D of all things, which I hope isn't too distracting.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: November 15th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
K9

rule one is that the Doctor lies, and that applies to the actors who have played him.

Did he lie? I thought he was just talking about he special itself ;-)

BTW, the CiN clip looked pretty 3D without even the glasses on...
If we get too distracted, we can always rewatch it later - I sincerely hope we'll want to anyway!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 16th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
McGann

Replying via mail clearly isn't playing this evening.

The CiN clip was definitely impressive, and was as much as I expected to get; I'm not keen on fan carping.

I seem to remember McGann denying the existence of a prequel featuring him somewhere, perhaps at the BFI, but might be wrong.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: November 16th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
K9

You are probably right as usual - I'm just demostrating my ignorance of the full extent of the rumour mill again :-)

As for the clip, yes, I agree that it was the correct length, I mentioned it partly because of your reservations abot the 3D (which I share). It was quite amazing how plastic it was even in 2d - it looks like they are actually trying to do the technology justice.