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Staggering Stories Podcast #276: Whittaker Calling Orson
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:15

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss Doctor Who subjects such as the Thirteenth Doctor’s costume, the 60s and 70s composer Dudley Simpson and director Paddy Russell, review the second season of Stranger Things, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #204: Babylon 5 – And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, inquiring, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder’, and spout our usual nonsense! Mollari is feeling left out, Lennier has some hot footage and G’Kar wants to guard Londo’s body. But enough of their problems, please […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #275: Business is Business
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review Big Finish’s version of the Doctor Who stage play The Ultimate Adventure, the fifth and sixth episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and the new Red Dwarf episode Timewave, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #203 Doctor Who – The Pyramid at the End of the World
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:00

Summary: The Doctor is trapped in an even more artificial situation than last week, Bill considers the meaning of consent and the Monks have gained god-like powers in the real world. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us to enjoy The Pyramid at the End of the World… Vital Links: Staggering Stories. […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #274: The Seven Keys to Starbug
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Crumbly, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review Big Finish’s version of the Doctor Who stage play The Seven Keys to Doomsday, the third and fourth episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and the new Red Dwarf episodes Cured and Siliconia, find some general […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #202: Babylon 5 – Phoenix Rising
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, roasted, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘Phoenix Rising’, and spout our usual nonsense! Byron is losing control of more than his flowing locks, Garibaldi has a word with Bester and the rogue telepaths are burning bright. But enough of their […]

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Tony

Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... Karshtakavaar


You see, I'm slightly in shock.

Culture shock.

 

This simply is NOT right.

Hang on...I'll stop a sec and go back and fill you in, ok? After all, we don't want your attention wondering, now do we, hmm? No. No we don't.

I'm a Doctor Who fan. Yes, I know, your all in shock from reading that. The Judder Man? A Doctor Who fan? What the...? Who would have thought it?

 

Heh.

Just kidding.

So, anyway, I'm old enough to remember the thrill I got when I was little and seeing trailers for a new series of the show. The thrill I got from knowing that IT was back on. However.... It seemed to appear in a somewhat muted maner. Aside from the odd Swap Shop appearance or visit to the Blue Peter studio, that was, roughly, it when it came to publicity. Oh..And they would pop a new assistant in papers as well. A new series belonged to us, the little ones who loved it for what it was. Silly, exciting, terrifying, laugh out loud wonderfullness. It was just Doctor Who. But it was also, to us, a little fire in the night of our lives.

So, lets flash forward back to the present.

2005.

Billboards scream of Doctor Who, Saturdays, BBC1. Eccles and Blunebuttons stare over your shoulder, off into the distance in heroic fashion. The press have gone slightly bonkers. Ok..no change there then, lol. However, this is the same press who slated the show just when it needed support - oh, and just when it was starting to kick serious bottom again. You can't move on BBC1 without this leather jacketed, shaven headed blokey chap, looking smug and asking us if we want to go with him. Hmm. I wonder if there are puppies involved? No, sorry, LOL. This isn't about the Jackson trial (and it doesn't matter what you think about that, there's no way in hell that man will get a fair trial.).

Local TV and radio station websites are running features. Local papers too. (Though not ours, alas, despite the lobbying I have done to the News Editor - new at the job and not easily swayed by offers of Spangles).

Even my neighbour, lets call her Bert, who hates the show with a passion has stated she's gonna watch the first one to give it a try. This is somehwat surprising and I nearly dropped my Mr Kipling Fondant Surprise.

Put quite simply, all this hype and press coverage IS NOT RIGHT!

Stop it now!

Doctor Who is a little programme that deserves to be watched with guilty glee by a select few and with bafflement and indiference by the majority. It is NOT a super brand. It's not meant to be open to the vulgar gaze of the Not-We.

What happened to the cosyness?

It's still there.

Yup, despite all the wonderfull publicity - and my word, isn't it so very strange to suddenly be a fan of the TV Event Of The Year as one listings mag put it? Could it be that at long last, we, the We, will suddenly be appreciated a little better?

Nah, 'cos not, lol. It doesn't matter how Cool Britannia the new series is, we will still be nerds. Looked down upon.

Shame thet. Ah well.

So....

I'm having the time of my life. The old tingle is back. I'm scouring listings mags. I'm looking for the breaks between Beeb progs. I'm taping the Culture Show on BBC2 as I'm typing this. Dammit. Must tape Newsnight Review tomorrow too. I'm coming so very close to bouncing off the walls.

Business as usual.

But it still feels so very, very strange to see it being talked about, looked at, plastered all over London etc.

Eccles will never meet Posh Paws though.

Shame that.

 

Tony Gallichan recommends you track down just what the title of this musing means. So there! Oh yeah...you'll get my view on the new version of the theme a little later...!