Did I like Dodo? It's difficult to say, because I've only known the character as a mystery to be pieced together, not properly introduced in the second edition of The Making of Doctor Who, the first place I met her. Jackie Lane's biography was confused too, as nwhyte explored many years ago now. The character is overshadowed by the drama behind the scenes, at least for me. Yet she successfully renews the Doctor's compassion, damaged by the experience of The Daleks' Master Plan and exposed by his apparent indifference to the fate of the Huguenots of Paris in The Massacre, and renewed the 'space waif' granddaughter model of companion while reaching out to the contemporary model which would be better-realised later in 1966 in Anneke Wills's Polly. Jackie Lane made Dodo enthusiastic and innocent and helped bring back a sense of joy to the series. I wish we could see all her episodes, but we have some record of all her Doctor Who performances and that is very rare for mid-1960s BBC television popular drama. Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2021/06/24/jackie-lane-1941-2021.html.
Tides of Time 45&46 on eBay Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2020/12/03/tides-of-time-4546-in-print-a-shameless-advert.html.
The latest issue of Oxford University's Doctor Who fanzine is a double issue of 172 pages, and I've not told LJ about it yet...
The Tides of Time issues 45 and 46, Trinity 2020, were published together as one omnibus edition by The Oxford Doctor Who Society on 31 May 2020. It was edited by James Ashworth and Matthew Kilburn.
The issue is 172 A5 colour pages, commemorating 30 years of The Tides of Time. It was initially published online only due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but is hoped that it will be published in print in due course.
- The Spyfall Who Loved Me - Sam Sheppard reveals a previously unknown draft of Spyfall
- The Timeless Chibnall - Victoria Walker looks at the Society's predictions for Series Twelve in hindsight
- The Twelve Polls of Chibmas - Dahria Kuyser reveals the Society's thoughts on the episodes of Series Twelve
- The Line to the Boundary - Victoria Walker's reviews of Series Twelve, published in print
- Spies and Superheroes - Ian Bayley discusses the use of genre bending in Series Twelve
- The Other, Timeless Child? - Matthew Dovey looks into the links between the New Adventures and the Timeless Child arc
- Power to the People - Ian Bayley looks at the exploration of character in Series Twelve
- Maybe just need a moment - Matthew Kilburn gives his thoughts on the latest series
Thirty Years of The Tides of Time:( Collapse )
My review of The Timeless Children, like that of Ascension of the Cybermen, appears at Space-Time Telegraph, the blog which is the successor of its writer-editor John Connors's fanzines, which included Top, Faze and This Way Up. I wrote it having only seen the story once and much of my initial enthusiasm was qualified by other people's reservations. Having rewatched some of the episode since, I was reminded of the focused performances throughout and minimizing of languor. Jodie Whittaker's portrayal of the Doctor's fury and disgust at the Master was electrical, combined with eye-rolling expressions of frustration at just how tedious her old friend can be.
I wrote in the review that there had been no indication in Ascension of the Cybermen that the Doctor was periodically experiencing chapters in the saga of Brendan the Irish policeman - 'Gallykissangel', as I've called it, the term having been suggested by Paul Dumont. Ian Bayley has pointed out that there are odd lines of dialogue in Ascension which might suggest that the Doctor is being surprised by new Brendan scenes, but if so I still find them very understated.
As for the review itself:
So it was about authorship after all. Ascension of the Cybermen turns out to have been undermined throughout by a streaming hacker who couldn’t resist introducing it himself at the end and boasting of his reinterpretation of the ensuing acts, of which the Doctor was both audience and unwitting star. The Timeless Children was visually engaging television and I was surprised by some of the resolution it presented, if only because I was expecting something more complicated. Performances were very strong, and as with Ascension of the Cybermen, I felt an energy in the production which I’ve rarely experienced in the Chibnall era. There were a few moments when it seemed The Timeless Children did not marry so well with Ascension of the Cybermen, however, and in hindsight the episode left lingering doubts about the wisdom of the decisions therein.
(Apologies for the large spaces between paragraphs, but this must be what happens when you copy across another site's code.)
Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2020/03/14/the-timeless-children.html.