Saturday, July 23, 2005

 

About Time

I've been reading an new guide to Doctor Who, Lawerence Miles and Tat Wood's About Time. One of the things that I find interesting between American and British Who fans is that the context is a little different -- I saw all seven years of Tom Baker in nine months -- and so I didn't "age" with the series in the same way that Miles and Wood did. And it's frequently clear that one of the reasons that they sometimes differ in their opinions about the series is that they came of age during different periods of the show's history.

It's also interesting to read comments about the original series in context of a new series in production in the UK. The shadow of both the end of the series and the failure of the 1996 revival dominated things for a long time, and now things are put into a new context. In fact, I suspect it will be even more interesting when we can re-evaluate everything in a couple of years as we can put it all in a new context. We start to see it in this series with references to 45 minute episodes and other things -- but it's still too early.

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