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50th Anniversary Retrospective: Introduction

 

 

Steven Moffat. 22nd November 2013 (at Official 50th Celebration) “[Doctor Who] makes all other television look redundant. Which, let’s be honest about it… it is”

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I stood in a queue at the weekend with a bunch of people I’d never met before, and in all likelihood, will never meet again. Complete strangers brought together with a sole purpose: to go and celebrate fifty years of a daft old television show. I stood in many queues at the weekend, some for over an hour, some for less than five minutes but in every one (in Every. Single. One) there was chat, and greetings, and good wishes, and camaraderie. They were full of smiles and laughter and fair amount of fezzes and tweed too. There were fellow queuers who had flown in from New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Scandanavia, and many more places to boot just to be there and say that they were there for the anniversary. I’d never been more proud to be a part of that community. Continue reading

“The Girl Who Waited” – Review: Redux

Rory “I’m not on my own. I’ve got my wives.”

The Girl Who Waited

I was lucky enough to be in attendance at the March 2012 Official Doctor Who Convention held in Cardiff (much as I am also fortunate enough to be going to the 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Excel in a little under three week’s time). It was at this convention that one of the panels, ‘Creators and Directors‘, focussed on “The Girl Who Waited”, appropriately enough given that the Millennium Centre itself had featured in the episode. The session was hosted by Gary Russell and the guests were Neill Gorton (Millennium FX), Robert Allsop (Designer), Marcus Wilson (Producer), and Tom MacRae (Writer). This was the kind of detailed analysis that fans adore, giving Tom the opportunity to describe the various stages that the script went through under guidance from Marcus and the team. Interestingly, Tom described television as a writer’s medium while film was a director’s one, illustrating this by saying that he viewed his script as a blueprint from which the show had to be built. Once this blueprint was out there, folk like Neill and Robert would start to plan their approaches. Continue reading