ChicagoTARDIS 2013

I’m heading off down to London tomorrow, then planing off across the Atlantic to the Americas where I’ll be going to the smashing ChicagoTARDIS for Thanksgiving weekend.

If you happen to be going to this lovely event and, goodness knows why, wish to see my, er, very informed and eloquent flailing in person, I’m on a fair few panels (my descriptions of these panels is based on stuff I read some months ago and may not be entirely accurate, ahem):

A Question of History (Friday 10am, Lilac A-C) – Where we’ll be discussing history in Who. Y’know, the historical stuff. The awesome bits, the dodgy bits, bemoaning the absence of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Tamar of Georgia from Who canon. That sort of thing.

The Troughton Era Revisited (Friday 3pm, Cypress) – There are shiny new Troughtons now! How does this effect our view of the Troughton era? Is it possible to love Troughton more than you already do? Are there *still* people who don’t think he’s the best?

Big Finish 101 (Friday 4pm, Cypress) – There’s an awful lot of Big Finish nowadays, so what’s the really good stuff? Where do you start? In no way will I be using this panel to attempt to start a protest re departure of Beloved Erimem.

Underrated/Overrated (Saturday 12am, Lilac A-C) – There are some Doctor Who stories that are vastly underrated (The Dominators, The Time Monsters, Timelash), there are some which are terribly overrated (Carnival of Monsters, Pyramids of Bars, Bloody Talons). This is where we discuss the why and whatfor and such. (Panelist opinions on what constitutes over/underrated may differ.)

Anticipating Capaldi  – (Saturday 1pm, Cypress) This is on at the same time as the ‘Fangirls Are Real Fans Too, Dammit!’ panel, which is rather nice, as it means you can listen to the theory or see the practical and witness the APPALLING and TERRIBLE things that these awful FAKE GEEK FANGIRLS do as I delight in finally getting to fancy one of these New Who Doctors.

Verity! Live(Sunday 1pm, Lilac A-C) Erika, Lynne and I will be recording an episode of Verity! live before an audience. I am vaguely terrified, but am hoping a glass or two of wine sorts that right out. Come along and see us, ah, energetically discuss Who in person! It’ll be great! Nothing could possibly go wrong!

And that’s the lot!

Hope to see some of you lovely people soon! Farewell!


Every Single Doctor Who Story (Correctly) Ranked From Best to Worst

There was an article on io9 a few days ago ranking every Doctor Who story from best to worst which, being a Doctor Who fan, I disagreed with, naturally. So in the spirit of Fannish Ire and ‘omg how could you be so wrong’ ness, I have made the correct list. Ahem.

Couple of things beforehand:

1) Ranking over two hundred things in order is not quite as easy as it looks. I had to set a limit on the amount of time spent swapping stuff around or I’d be at it for years. So I’ve already changed my mind a wee bit, which is v annoying.

2) I’ve spend a ridiculous amount of time over the past two days staring at the screen thinking variations of “how the fuck should I know if Claws of Axos is better than Pirate Planet? Is it? IS IT? Omg, this is ridic. I can’t even decide which one I *like* more never mind attempting some semblance of fucking objectivity over which is bloody well better…why am I fucking doing this when I could be playing Star Wars…or working…I should probably be working. Dammit, Doctor Who.” I feel the need to share this as it somehow validates my choice of how to use my time.

3) There’s big difference between Best and Favourite. There are boatloads of stories I adore that aren’t all that great, there are stories I dislike that I can still recognise as being quality stuff. The Time Monster is not a great story, I do think it’s a good one though, but I can see why it would annoy the shit out of some viewers – the smug-o-meter is ticking pretty high for a start. Conversely I bloody loathe Tooth and Claw, mostly thanks to the smug score, and yet I know it’s not actually irredeemably bad. (Worse, if the first Doctor and Vicki had been flailing around grinning cause they’d found a werewolf, I’d totally be cheering them on.)

And in term of “best”, stuff does get a slight boost from being older. Why? Cause it’s stood the test of time. It’s telly made for another society, another audience, thirty or forty of fifty years in the past, before I was even born, and yet it still speaks to me. When that happens, it’s found something more universal in its appeal, and that tends to mean quality.

Anyway, here’s the *ahem* correct order:

Every Single Doctor Who Story (Correctly) Ranked From Best to Worst

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