1) Find some point in the future where you’ll be undisturbed for four hours.
2) Use it to watch The War Games from beginning to end in one go.
3) Find some more time after that to write long post on why The War Games is ten tons of awesome and everyone should agree on that.
Until I’ve done that, can we all just assume I have?
I really shouldn’t look through stills of The War Games when I’m already tired and over-emotional enough as it is.
*Sobbing in a ball on the floor*
I still feel that the way he delivers ‘they’ll forget me, won’t they?’ is one of the series’ top acting moments.
I have a theory (don’t I always?) though, that that’s a really important moment for the Doctor as a character. My favourite way of reading the Time Lord scenes at the end of The War Games are of the Doctor as a naughty child being punished by his elders. The Time Lords don’t treat him as an equal (especially compared to the way they’ll interact with later Doctors) and the way he waves goodbye to Jamie and Zoe is the same way a child says goodbye to their friends at the end of a long day’s play that might never come again.
The punishment for the Doctor isn’t exile, it’s being told it’s time to grow up and become an adult, to put away childish things. When he says ‘they’ll forget me’, he knows childhood has come to an end for him, even if his friends can still keep playing without him.
As some of you may know, I’m currently doing an MA course, and right now I’m working on one of my essays. The way I tend to write these is first to come up with notes and a structure then to write a very rough outline that includes sections in capitals where I need to gather together various pieces of evidence and marshal them into an argument. It works as a decent instruction for me, but also ensures that I’ll actually turn it into an argument rather than leave something in ALL CAPS in the middle of an essay when it’s handed in.
I’ve just reached the point with this essay where the next instruction of this sort waiting for me is AND HERE IS A DISCUSSION OF CLEAVAGES IN SCOTLAND.
Anyone who has an idea about political science can now probably guess what I’m writing about. Everyone else…
Am watching Trading Places and realising it’s thirty years old. Murphy and Aykroyd are so good in it, I do wonder if some real world Duke brothers had a bet to stop them becoming massive stars.
What was Julian thinking when he let this go?
Julian is either dead or in jail.
People on Twitter tonight are getting all excited about Stephen Ling being there because he encouraged their love of reading, but I’m sure I wouldn’t read so much if it wasn’t for the sense of wonder I got from Dicks and the other Doctor Who authors.
So thank you Terrance for the pleasant open face, the wheezing groaning sound and everything else. And whoever you are Julian, I hope you enjoyed it too.