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LonCon 3, Day Three

August 16th, 2014 (11:40 pm)

Over half-way, and a day when I managed a look at the art show - some beautiful images, including the TARDIS landing in the universe of The Magic Roundabout, with K9 meeting Dougal - and greeted some more people including the gentlemen of the Doctor Who Restoration Team after their panel, one of whom wrote to me when I was thirteen and had rashly issued an advert expressing interest in setting up a Doctor Who Appreciation Society local group in my area, where he (some years older than me) was a medical student; I was, he said, now a long way from Ponteland. Sadly I didn't see as much of the TS lot, but did have pennypaperbrain remark that I was actually wearing a T-shirt rather than something tweedy.

Other panels included the discussion of the dramatic short form Hugo nominations, and the problem (what problem?) of Doctor Who and related material sucking up most of the places. (I'd support the possibility of a new category which allowed whole seasons to be nominated, excusing the need to nominate representative episodes of Orphan Black or Game of Thrones.) A fan studies panel leaned towards the sociological and the psychological and the problems of collecting data across national cultures and jurisdictions. The afternoon's screening of Nigel Kneale's The Crush, well-remembered by me from a Missing Believed Wiped event at the BFI a few years ago, was cancelled as the ITV Archive revealed two days ago that they only had a 16mm film print and not a digital transfer. In its place we saw a timecoded version of the 1978 Play for Today, Red Shift, adapted by Alan Garner from his book and of which I have a degraded copy myself somewhere, but sadly before the Restoration Team perform a new edit from the original film materials (this coming week) before its release on DVD by the BFI later in the year.

In the evening I dipped into the Masquerade - some splendid costumes, including a dancing Ood, a haute couture Dalek, a gladiatrix and a minotaur, a dancing couple in art deco gear representing the spirit of 1930s SF battling the Depression, and (the deserved winners) a bevy of Silmarillionesque demi-deities designed by the grand mistress of Tolkien costuming. Then I retired, after a brief word with nwhyte. More tomorrow...

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2014/08/16/loncon-3-day-three.html.


Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: August 17th, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)

I fancied the Nigel Kneale but wound up chatting in the food court instead, so part of me was selfishly pleased it had been replaced by something I don't like! I was sorry to miss the restoration panel, but so many clashes...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)

Indeed - so many clashes! I'm sorry not to have seen you.

Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: August 19th, 2014 06:33 am (UTC)
Pertwee bike

Yes - I was so sure we'd randomly bump into each other that I didn't bother trying to make more solid arrangements!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 20th, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)


Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)

Thank you!