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Bless Russell T. Davies

Bless Russell T. Davies

So, some parts of fandom have amusingly (or not amusingly) exploded over the events of Torchwood: Children of Earth.

Russell T. Davies’ response to them?: “If you can’t handle drama you shouldn’t watch it. Find something else. Go look at poetry. Poetry’s wonderful.” – and recommends they all go off and watch Supernatural instead.

Bless him. His excellent book/collection of emails The Writer’s Tale revealed a self-doubting writer coupled with bouts of intense confidence – like all writers – but it’s moments like this that just want to make me sit back and applaud.

Extreme fandom…

Extreme fandom…

As some people may have noticed, Torchwood: Children of Earth annoyed quite a few Torchwood fans, and some of them responded in less than flattering ways, especially towards one of the writers, the gentlemanly James Moran.

The best quote I saw was when someone Twittered James to ask that he walk into the production offices and shoot the executive producer. Fan-icide, you might say.

So I wrote a short 400-word article about it for Ariel, the BBC’s in-house magazine – reproduced here for your slight enjoyment…

An article I wrote for Ariel

An article I wrote for Ariel

Of course, extreme acts of fandom stupidity and inaneness are not restricted to Torchwood fans, oh no… read an earlier post and the priceless comment

Ahhh.. fandom media … isn't it … paranoid?

Ahhh.. fandom media … isn't it … paranoid?

As a professional media creator and writer, this is going to come off as incredibly snooty, out of touch and sneering at people who are working on content for the sheer love of it. So be it.

GSG2DWS5 has a very short interview with the editor of Doctor Who magazine, Tom Spilsbury. It’s eight questions long, and since one of the questions is: “Do you have a girlfriend at the moment?” (prompted by Mr. Spilsbury, admittedly) we can ascertain it’s not going to win a Pullitzer Prize any time soon.

The highly amusing element is the legal disclaimer at the bottom:

“This interview has been officially endorsed by Tom Spilsbury himself. This is EXCLUSIVE to GSG2DWS5 and we reserve all rights on this interview. Any reproduction of this interview without consent from both GSG2DWS5 and Tom Spilsbury will result in legal action being taken. All Rights Reserved.”

Really…

Perversity of Doctor Who fans

Perversity of Doctor Who fans

Not had time to blog yet, but it comes to something when a man who’s barely hit twenty – so was about five when the original TV show last aired – calls the producer behind Doctor Who 2005 a “fat Welsh turd” who’s “raping Doctor Who”. How nice.

Shall I invoke the spirit of William Shatner in saying “it’s! just! a! tv! show!” ?

btw, exit Christopher Ecclestone. Enter David Tennant. Shame, my flatmate was about to get his application in.

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