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Good couple of days

June 18th, 2006 (01:04 am)
current music: Fairport Convention: 'Red and Gold'

Just acknowledging here that the last two days have been good. It was restprative to spend a few hours on a punt on Friday; and on Saturday I sat in on the legendary Farscape RPG at malaheed and pellegrina's. Doctor Who was very good too!


Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: June 21st, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)

I'm afraid that my knowledge of Doctor Who and the fandom during the Colin Baker/McCoy era is extremely patchy. I dropped off the scene altogether when Peter Davison left - having been losing interest in the show for quite a while, but 'holding on' as one does - and I've never really gone back and filled in the gaps. I want to now, and I even feel something approaching shame at the fact that I gave up on the show I loved from the time I was old enough to watch it with any understanding, when it hit its darkest hour. All very well to come back now, when it's all shiny again! But anyway, as a returning apostate, I'm trying to educate myself and get a perspective on those 'missing' years.

The trouble is, whenever I watch a McCoy era episode (I've not tried a Colin Baker one yet) I just can't see past - whatever I need to see past. Perhaps what I need to do is watch them all in order, but that's not so easy - they're not all available on DVD. I only pulled out Remembrance because it was the last one I'd happened to see. Personally, I feel that the worst episode I've ever seen is Ghost Light (I've never seen any of the reputed real stinkers, like Time and the Rani), but I'm aware that many fans genuinely admire this story and feel that those who think it's unutterably appalling simply don't get it - so it's not a good one to use as an example of a turkey.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 24th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)

I think that the 'case against' the second two McCoy seasons still needs to be articulated; personally, these two series were such great advances upon the first McCoy season that I can see why the remaining hard core fanbase for the most part (which included me) welcomed them. However, the series was still causing lots of fans to give up on it. I'd be sympathetic to the argument that 1988-1989 was a very inventive period in terms of ideas; but the scripting tended to create big loops which didn't necessarily lead anywhere, friendly characters were few and far between, the Doctor and Ace were too caricatured to be satisfactory as viewer identification models; and script editor Andrew Cartmel's outlook was ultimately too cultish and too inexperienced to really understand how the series should work - see his memoir, Script Doctor, for more evidence.