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November 16th, 2008 (09:16 pm)
current music: Dar Williams: O Canada Girls

Back from Cardiff - an excellent weekend and a credit to the organising committee, of course. It's very good to see so many young academics, especially those from the other side of the Atlantic, doing work on or which can be applied to Doctor Who. It was also good to see Cardiff fandom so well-represented too, with the Podcast of Impossible Things people doing a panel, and lots of people from Timeless in the audience. The whole thing made this old (comparatively) historian very happy!


Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)

Welcome back! *waves*

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)

*waves back* !

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)

Thank you for coming! :) It was lovely meeting you, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)

I most definitely enjoyed it. This will horrify you at the moment, no doubt, but we could have gone on... why do so many British fans seem to think that Torchwood fails as drama while North Americans find it more successful thematically, for example? Questions, however, for other days and other places.

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: November 17th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)

stop making me think... :P

I think that the answer isd based upon expectation-- DW fans may have thought that TW would be 'adult Who' in the sense of being plot-heavy or possibly similarly escapist. Instead, TW is gritty, urban, heavily character-driven and quite messy as far as relationships and endings and so on. For myself, I prefer that-- I like having to think about what I'm watching, and I am absolutely fascinated by redemptive antiheroes and their near-equivalents. But that's not what many British fans were expecting, so they turned off (plus, as I openly admit, the first few eps of TW were very uneven and slightly confused). In the US, though, TW is along similar lines to Buffy and Angel in that there is a character-driven ensemble, but different in its approaches to sexuality especially. Americans are a prudish lot, remember; homosexuality and bisexuality are rarely done and, when they are, rarely so openly and unabashedly. American sf fans, however, tend to be qute socially liberal, so they respond to this aspect quite enthusiastically, plus we don't have the same sort of nostalgic tie to Classic Who as exist for British fans.

Anyhow, that's my 2p in. Now for more Galen... :P