Saturday Waffling (November 30th, 2013)

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Hello all.

The Tom Baker 1 book is all finished, and will be launching imminently. Hartnell v2 is still on schedule. And that's me releasing way too many books in a short period done with.

I'm in the midst of the first properly gonzo thing I've done in quite a while, so am going to keep this short. In the spirit of the recent American holiday, then, what are you thankful for?

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Bob Dillon 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm thankful that "A golden Thread" arrived this morning.

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Jesse 3 years, 2 months ago

The Lost post was gonzo, and the fact that you didn't actually write it just made it all the more gonzo.

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Chris 3 years, 2 months ago

Just bought two Kindle copies of TBaker 1! Thank you!

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David Anderson 3 years, 2 months ago

So - The Five(ish) Doctors. Outside the Government or You Were Expecting Somebody Else?

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jane 3 years, 2 months ago

Thankful my dad survived bacterial meningitis septicaemia, complicated by pneumonia and a mild heart attack. Thankful my mom caught it in time and kept us all together, close, through the four-week ordeal. Thankful my sister insisted we not all pull twelve-hour shifts at the hospital during that time.

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Chris 3 years, 2 months ago

Hmm... I guess Outside the Government since they are not playing The Doctor. I'm looking forward to the definitive post about fandom and the intersection of Classic Series and New Series fans, perhaps comparing to similar situations a la Star Trek).

I see Facebook comments demonstrating this divide (mostly Classic fans who hate the new fans because David Tennant is only there as eye candy for girls as opposed to being a good actor and fan of Doctor Who). That kind of stuff bothers me - like the "fake gamer girls" or the idea that women don't really like comic books - the sense that a previously cultish fandom can only count men as its members. Usually it's just a form of possessiveness, but sometimes it comes out as a real hatred for women.

But I saw that only with online comments, and I know to not give such things much weight (oh... except for this online comment I'm making now... it's MINE so it's VERY IMPORTANT). But when I saw the 50th Anniversary Special in a bar in Brooklyn I had my own small bit of hate for the new fans. Entering their respective TARDISes, Matt Smith says "geronimo," David Tennant says "allons-y" and according to the comedy rule of three, John Hurt must give the punchline. However, because I was in a Brooklyn bar, that punchline was drowned out by hysterical cheering to the effect of "OMG! Tennant said 'allons-y' and that was so very unexpected of him! I am amazed!" That happened almost every time Tennant repeated something he had said before, and it got really annoying.

So I now have some understanding for the online haters, but I also have a solution: don't hang out with those people. I saw the special again later, and it felt like a special edition because there were so many more jokes in it the second time.

On the other hand: I was the only person who laughed out loud at the UNIT dating joke, because NERD.

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HarlequiNQB 3 years, 2 months ago

Well, I was thankful for something else on the day, but today I'm thankful for another imminent book launch, and the arrival of a nice blue TARDIS Eruditorm 2 T-shirt.

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Matthew Blanchette 3 years, 2 months ago

...for the record, Hurt, in replying to "Geronimo!" and "Allons-y!", pulled a lever and yelled, "Oh, for God's sake!" :-D

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AJ 3 years, 2 months ago

I saw it in the theater, and similar cheering occurred. None louder than for Tom Baker, though.

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Eric Gimlin 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm thankful for lots of things, so I'll try and keep my choices here properly themed for this blog:

I'm thankful to live in a world where "The Enemy of the World" is arguably the most watched and best reviewed 60's Doctor Who serial.

I'm just plain happy that my Kickstarter pledge led Phil to go gonzo in the new Tom Baker book.

I find it interesting just how different the Kickstarter choices for essays were; it seems like everybody wanted to pull on different threads. I have to say the choices by others were all fascinating additions to the book, though. (And hope mine was as well, but I'm obviously horribly biased. :-) )

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Gareth Rees 3 years, 2 months ago

The UNIT dating joke previously appeared in "The Sontaran Stratagem". But (much like "allons-y") it never gets tired.

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Matthew Blanchette 3 years, 2 months ago

I am sad that Barry Letts and Christopher Burgess (the latter of whom actually only died a month or two before the announcement) could not be around to join Frazer Hines, Deborah Watling, and (hopefully) Bill Kerr, Mary Peach, Milton Johns, and Carmen Munroe on the inevitable DVD commentary track. :-(

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Theonlyspiral 3 years, 2 months ago

I am thankful that Canadian Thanksgiving was last month.

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timber-munki 3 years, 2 months ago

The Five(ish) Docters was great. The Soundtrack gag was priceless

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Chris 3 years, 2 months ago

The cover artwork of the new book would make an excellent coffee mug. Just sayin'

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Prandeamus 3 years, 2 months ago

I am thankful that instead of referring to the doctors as The Eleventh, Tenth and the War Doctor, we can call them Chinny, Sandshoes and Grandad.

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ferret 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks to the connecting power of the Internet, I got wished a Happy Thanksgiving by random strangers who I play scrabble with - and as I'm Australian, this was the first time anyone has wished such a thing upon me (or myself back). So that was nice.

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ferret 3 years, 2 months ago

with our brief glance of Capaldi, he might well become known as Bloodshot

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Chris 3 years, 2 months ago

Oh, and it has! Yay!

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Ross 3 years, 2 months ago

So having stewed over it for a few weeks now, I took my feelings about Day of the Doctor and turned them into a short story, prefaced by a longish angry tirade. If anyone is interested in it, it's: http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com/2013/12/05/run/

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