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Noughth week meetings

April 19th, 2007 (01:45 am)

This is an early hours post from a busy week. I'm finally catching up on a much-delayed TGW entry, which can thankfully be done without any primary research; I spent this afternoon ploughing through not-that-venerable books on the politics of the 1740s, in some cases only borrowed once from the faculty library in the last decade. Wednesday evening saw my stick my head round the door of ousfg's pub dinner, though I had to leave before my vegetarian sausage and chips arrived. I hope that whoever ate them enjoyed them. (I was saved from starvation by the intervention of emily_shore and the sacrifice of a half-burger.)

On, then to the DSoc committee meeting - in practice all the active society bar one, in whose absence we voted to migrate the day of meetings from Tuesday to Thursday. The termcard is pretty good, though, and superficially daring - though as it's only us about we have no inhibitions about scheduling The Sensorites in second week. It ties in with Gridlock, anyway, as the Doctor's description of his home planet in the most recent episode was developed from a speech by Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, in The Sensorites. Otherwise we venture into Sapphire and Steel territory with Assignment Four, and enjoy The Sea Devils (guest starring the Clangers) and will also meet The Five Doctors before subjecting ourselves to The Sontaran Experiment and The Happiness Patrol at the end of term.

I was saved from hanging around by the bus stop opposite the Royal Oak (quieter now that the Radcliffe Infirmary has closed) by Beruthiel who drove me up to the Pear Tree. We discussed job opportunities (lack of) and the disparity in salaries between academics who work in management, historians on research contracts, and university administrators.


Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)

If I were still in Oxford I'd come to your DSoc meetings! Bah!

(There's probably a local group in Edinburgh. Maybe even Dundee?)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)

There's certainly a group in Edinburgh, and there used to be one in Dundee but I don't know whether it's still going.

Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
Pertwee bike

Sapphire and Steel, Sea Devils, Five Doctors and Happiness Patrol? Joy!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)

The videos are definitely taking over again this term after a couple of years where we tried to cut them down; but fewer people seemed to want to do the alternatives. Enginedriver would be pleased!

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Free Will

You're making me feel nostalgic! Looks like a good, solid termcard - but surely you're not showing the whole of The Sensorites in one evening?

By coincidence, I've just finished watching The Sea Devils for the first time since the 1992 repeat (it was my third story). My thoughts on that and/or the Master may turn up somewhere on LJ in the not too distant future, depending on whether I feel I have anything useful to say about either, and whether I actually get around to setting those thoughts down.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)

Yes, we are showing all of The Sensorites in one evening. I like it more than lots of people, I suspect.

The latest issue of TSV includes Andrew Pixley's notes on scenes from the script which didn't make it through the studio - including a discussion where the Master overcomes the reluctance of Trenchard to steal from the Crown.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)

I like it more than lots of people, I suspect.

I admire it greatly, in some respects. It's clearly one of the most important stories in the canon, and in many ways establishes Doctor Who as we know it just as much as the more lauded first Dalek story. But it is slow (and I'm a Hartnell-phile) and the story, while good, is badly told.

One thing no one else seems to have noticed: the spacemen in the final episode, trying to stay civilised under pressure, remind me a lot of the stranded crew of the 'B' Ark in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Given the similarities between the cricket match scenes in The Daleks' Master Plan and Life, the Universe and Everything, and the plots of that book and The Keys of Marinus (although to be fair that is a common plot device), this may not be coincidental.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)

One of the tragedies of fandom's traditional perspective on Douglas Adams was that it never realised how much of a fan of the series he actually was, so I think the connections are very plausible.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: April 19th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)

Ooh, JonPertwee iconlove!