The universe is big, its vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.
Mark Gatiss waited almost forty years to realise his childhood dreams of hamming it up as a Doctor Who baddie. He’d clearly be damned if he wasn’t going to squeeze the fun out of every background-featuring frame.
I ended up deleting the post I made earlier on this topic, because I realised that my badly worded ramblings might cause exactly this kind of confusion. I’m sorry if I offended anyone and I’ll take care to word things a bit better in the future. :)
Basically, what I meant to say was: ”having headcanons is always totally cool, as long as you don’t claim that your headcanons are more valid than what the original authors intended.”
Obviously, Doctor Who is a tangled monster of a franchise in this regard, with hundreds of writers all contradicting each other all the time. All of the current writers are also longtime fans by necessity, so yes, Doctor Who actually is full of fans claiming their headcanons are more valid than the original intent of the original authors, because precisely these fans are the people who are officially, professionally writing the show. That makes my above argument kind of silly, doesn’t it? Add to that the thousands of hours of not-televised Doctor Who media out there, and the constant neverending debate over what’s canon and what isn’t, plus the eternal confusion over whether some contradicted things are just “alternate timeline” or really properly overwritten by other stories. I can’t just say something “doesn’t count” or has been “declared not canon”. It’s not that simple.
So basically, I have to admit that my views on authorship and interpretations and so on don’t hold up for Doctor Who, at least not compared to the way they hopefully hold up when I’m talking about just a single story with a single author. Doctor Who is entirely too complicated, you can’t properly pin any literary theory or opinion on it.
In conclusion — I think that anyone should be free to interpret the show any way they like, even if they feel they know better than some of the authors, because that rebellious attitude is exactly what’s been keeping Doctor Who going brilliantly for decades now. And if someone’s favourite interpretation involves looms and asexual Time Lords, that’s fine; if it involves literally everyone shagging Jack Harkness, that’s just as fine; and if someone feels represented by any aspect of the show — no matter how obscure — and doesn’t like idea of that representation being contradicted, it’s not my place to chide them for clinging to what’s important to them. And I’m sorry if I came across earlier as feeling that it was my place to do so. :)
"Eldrad must live."
The Hand of Fear - season 14 - 1976
Episode one’s cliffhanger which, when I first watched it aged six, gave me nightmares for weeks after.
One of my favourite episodes!
New fun game: go to http://www.bigfinish.com/customers/my_orders and see if you can physically hear your bank account starting to cry.
August is going to be a great month!!!
Time Lords/Ladies and their incarnations.
I feel Braxy….
Context: I’m to blame, I’m dragging him along to a fancy party next week. :D
Yes and no!
I spend a lot of time on TV Tropes, and I like editing the site, so I’ve run across plenty of spoilers. I knew what would happen in “The Kingmaker”, and in “To The Death”, and “The Gathering”, for example. I really enjoy knowing something the characters don’t — it makes the stories all the more thrilling for me.
But I also went into a large number of episodes completely blind, and those experiences were often incredible. Listening to “The Game”, “Seasons Of Fear”, “Omega” and “Peri And The Piscon Paradox” without any idea what would happen… it was all fantastic. (Especially the Piscon Paradox! I listened to the first half and just a few minutes of the second half right before going to bed, and I was so confused and worried, I tossed and turned and fretted, wondering how on earth it was all going to get explained in the end. And then laughed my head off when things started slotting into place the next day.)
One bad habit I should really kick is making assumptions about stories based on the spoilers I read. I often draw entirely the wrong conclusions. And I’m much too trusting of TV Tropes and the TARDIS wiki, which tend to contain glaring errors all over. I’m getting better nowadays at actually listening to stories before making posts about them. :P
The best Doctor Who novel I’ve ever read. Also just one of the best novels I’ve ever read.
Just… drop whatever you’re doing and go read it.
I completely adore this audio. :D
Big Finish episode link: "Memory Lane"