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    Avatar of McCottonTheDoctorFanMcCottonTheDoctorFan @mccottonthedoctorfan

    Throughout time, Doctor Who had created many pieces of memorabilia that fans want.  Everything from the Fourth Doctor’s scarf to the Seventh Doctor’s umbrella.  Well, for me, after this season, there’s another piece I’d like to add to my list:

    Missy’s sonic umbrella.

    Avatar of MissyMissy @missy



    I want Mr Huffle, from Doctor Mysterio.





    Avatar of Paul FerryPaul Ferry @paul-ferry

    Hi. I’m new here so I thought I’d better introduce myself.

    My name is Paul and I’ve been a Doctor Who fan for longer than I care to remember. I used to be involved with TimeBase, who made interesting fan videos, and also wrote for the fanzines FanMail and Strange Skins. So, you might say I’m interested in the creative side of being a Doctor Who fan.

    I backed away from fandom for a long time because of the in-fighting and backstabbing, but in recent years I’ve started easing my way back in a bit. Nice to meet you all.

    Paul :)

    Avatar of wolfweedwolfweed @wolfweed

    Welcome @Paul-Ferry !

    We are a pretty un-stabby bunch as internet forums go.

    I look forward to finding out what you’re up to these days & what opinions you hold about Doctor Who old & new!


    Avatar of RorySmithRorySmith @rorysmith

    Thete are fandoms and then there are Whovians. We created the fandom.


    Avatar of thane15thane15 @thane15


    I say also: Welcome!

    From Thane.

    Avatar of DenValdronDenValdron @denvaldron

    @paul-ferry   Welcome aboard, I’m a dedicated fan of your work on Timebase.  I’m sorry to say that odds are, you’ll find fandom much as you’ve left it, some new faces, some old, but basically it is what it is.  People are people, unfortunately, and they’ll have to do until something better comes along.  Enjoy the good parts, try not to get too deeply caught up in personalities, take a walk on the bad parts.  Relax and good luck.


    Avatar of Paul FerryPaul Ferry @paul-ferry

    Thanks all for the welcomes.

    @denvaldron  Fortunately I’ve learned how to walk away from online arguments since my last foray into forums, Den. I’d strongly recommend it to anyone! Don’t get involved in endless back-and-forth bickering, if someone disagrees with you, that’s their prerogative, but don’t get drawn in if they provoke an argument. Life’s too short to argue the toss over every little thing. :)

    Avatar of DenValdronDenValdron @denvaldron

    @Paul-Ferry  then you’ll do fine.

    While I’m talking to you, just a quick question – is your film project still on.  Will we be treated to the Ferry Doctor?  The Pub With No Doors just wasn’t enough.

    Avatar of Paul FerryPaul Ferry @paul-ferry

    @denvaldron  The planned production fell through due to lack of funds on my part and lack of time on the director’s part, but I’ve been looking lately at reviving it as a slightly less ambitious project. I’ve gone back to my original idea of giving it a sort of indie feel rather than a full-on TV style adventure.

    At the moment I’m doing what I like to call ‘script nobbling’ to combine the two 50-minute scripts into a more manageable 75-80 minute single feature, with the more demanding sets shot in a garage rather than the planned hire of a studio.

    This is austerity Britain, folks. :)

    Avatar of wolfweedwolfweed @wolfweed

    It’s confirmed – I’m off to Cardiff for the weekend! I wonder what I’ll get up to?(!)


    Avatar of JimTheFishJimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord

    @wolfweed — jealous! And if you happen past any, um, experiences then do enjoy them….

    Avatar of wolfweedwolfweed @wolfweed

    @JimTheFish – Thanks! I’ve not been to a Doctor Who exhibition since the Kelvingrove in 2009.

    Before that, was MOMI on London’s South Bank (26th century Earth!) and a small one at Bristol Museum in the 90s. Longleat in the 80s.


    I’m a lucky bunny!

    Avatar of ichabodichabod @ichabod

    Not sure where to put this — a humor piece about time travel that (keeping in mind that JW’s Doctor will be a time traveling alien rather than a time traveling human) has a couple of interesting ideas (such as reverse infection) for your enjoyment:


    Hope the link works.

    Avatar of The BetweenThe Between @thebetween

    Hi, new here, not sure how to act around myself. I don’t really “do” the fan experience much, too much of a shut-in, but wanted to try. Anyways, I was looking for some new toys to geek out about, but I can’t seem to find any good Doctor Who themed or simply Doctor Who like games, either computer, board games or old-school tabletop roleplaying games. I saw a few that use the images and characters from the show, but nothing that really FEELS like it, if you know what I mean?

    Anyway, I’ll just tug my head inside my pillow fortress again :)

    Avatar of MissRoriMissRori @missrori

    Anyone in or near Chicago, IL should know that the upcoming Wizard World convention (Aug.24-27) will be very Who-focused.  David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston, Jenna Coleman and John Barrowman will all attend on Saturday and Sunday.  :)  WW is a great general-interest media convention anytime (I’ve attended the last two, living a few hours downstate as I do).

    Avatar of MissRoriMissRori @missrori

    @thebetween I like the mobile game Doctor Who Legacy a lot, have you considered that?  :)


    Avatar of The BetweenThe Between @thebetween

    @missrori No, never heard of it (I usually avoid mobie games), but sounds worth a look! Do you have a link?

    Avatar of MissRoriMissRori @missrori

    @thebetween Check out tinyrebelgames.com .  :)

    Avatar of CraigCraig @craig

    This was just posted on YouTube. I almost thought not to post it but, y’know, they’re just jobbing actors after all. Life after the Doctor… How many can you name?

    Avatar of BluesqueakpipBluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip


    I remember getting into a flaming row with someone on the Graun – because they insisted that David Tennant was selling out by doing those Virgin Media ads. :roll:

    Apparently Mr Tennant should have prioritised his artistic integrity over his mortgage, his three young children, and his complete lack of any kind of job security. As a jobbing actor myself, I begged to differ.

    [And if anyone would like me to extol the virtues of cat food or saucepans, please feel free to contact my agent. 😀 ]

    Avatar of BluesqueakpipBluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip


    Funnily enough, the moment you closed the thread, a bonkers theory about the regeneration into Jodie Whittaker stole into my mind…

    … any suggestions where I should post it? Spoilers, maybe?

    Avatar of CraigCraig @craig

    Hi @bluesqueakpip. If it is ‘spoilerish’ then yes, if not feel free to post here. After several years I think we’re still evolving and adapting. Or, again, if not spoilerish you could write a blog about it – blogs don’t have to be long.

    Avatar of BluesqueakpipBluesqueakpip @bluesqueakpip


    It’s turning into a blog. I will confine myself to details about the Christmas Special that are known from the trailer.

    Avatar of blenkinsopthebraveblenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @craig, and everybody really,

    As we wait for Christmas (and the future), and as Christmas will be about linking up with the Hartnell era, and as, well, there isn’t much happening on the site at the moment, I wonder if there is an opportunity to have a discussion about the early years of Who (to contextualize the Christmas pairing of the 1st  and the 12th Doctors)?

    One idea might be to look at the impact, influence, ideas, of early “showrunners” (even though that is a modern term). Like, well, obviously, Verity Lambert. Or, alternatively, perhaps directors, like Douglas Camfield. Or writers, like Terry Nation.

    Others might have better suggestions, but, in this waiting time, there might be some interesting discussions to be had. And raising the profile, knowledge of, and interest in, BG Who, as we approach the Christmas blending of BG and AG Who, might be sort of fun.


    Avatar of janetteBjanetteB @janetteb

    @bluesqueakpip “Artistic integrity”. Lovely idea. I wonder if that person would then like to donate money to the support of artists so they can maintain their “artistic integrity”. I get really annoyed by the view that artists are some kind of superior beings that do not require food and shelter like the rest of humanity and have no right to work for money. How is doing adds any different to being employed in any other way by corporations. We all take jobs at some time or other serving “bosses” we would would rather not work for because we have to. It’s called survival and actors/artists/authors can no more afford to be above that than the rest of us. I am sure some people think artists should paint purely for the love of it and writers are selling out if they expect to get some form of financial reward for their work yet those people who object expect to get paid for whatever they do. I hope that you got the last word on that argument. (like you that is an attitude that really annoys me.)

    @Craig Thank you for posting that. Really enjoyed it and here is my list Tardis, Romanana I, Jamie, Sarah Jane, Harry, Jo, Brigadier, Doctor 5 (Peter Davison) and Johnathon Pryce as the master. (I was watching only so might have missed voice actors)


    Avatar of blenkinsopthebraveblenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @janetteB. Great companion spotting! But I think that was Anthony Ainley as the Master.

    Avatar of wolfweedwolfweed @wolfweed

    @JimTheFish (Et All)

    Well I made it to Cardiff at the weekend. On Saturday I went to Cardiff Market, a location from Torchwood: ‘Small Worlds’. It’s a really cool building. (When I got back home I rewatched the scene. I noticed that there’s a continuity error – The brolly shop is open then closed in a split-second!)

    Sunday was ‘Doctor Who Day’. Starting off at the Water Tower (& Torchwood lift – correct stone) and into The Millenium Centre (‘Boom Town’ & Torchwood  [& Interiors for lots of modern Who of course]).

    Then a trip to The Doctor Who Experience.

    Who’d have thought it but @ 10am Rachel Talalay gave me a lovely long smile as I passed her near the Norwegian Church, on the way there! (Presumably, either I look like a Who Fan or my jaw dropped or both…) I would have given her gushing compliments but she had headphones on (presumably not Cyber), so I thought it best not to disturb her… She had on a cool top with an image of her Cyberman on the back. I presume the editing of the Xmas ep continues…….

    The Experience itself will be shut in 3 weeks time, so it was good to get there! (It seemed to be pretty popular too!)

    There is an exhibition next to the shop displaying the Target Book covers. My new favourite having seen it in the flesh is ‘The Ark in Space’. It’s a great show and it’s free to enter.

    The Experience bit must remain top secret. Let’s just say that I was ‘moved by Romana’…

    Then it was on to the exhibits. It’s amazing how close you can get to all of the props & costumes. On the whole, it’s only small gadgets that are kept behind glass. The rest are there to be scrutinised and studied…

    Happily there is plenty from series 10 represented, including the impressive Vault doors which flank Missy’s costume.

    Seeing so many iconic bits & bobs can be quite overwhelming for a Doctor Who fan! I took some photos (As you do).


    Afterwards a snoop at Roath Lock (Just the outside!). Then on to Ianto’s Shrine (Torchwood) finishing with Eddie’s Diner (‘The Impossible Astronaut’ & ‘Hell Bent’) for a burger & ‘shake! (‘Have you met Jim The Fish yet?’)

    I also managed to purchase lots of Dr Who goodies, which I’ve yet to enjoy…

    I really liked Cardiff (And the fantastic weather helped)…….

    All in all, the perfect holiday to Doctor Who’s ‘Mecca’! (An early Birthday/Xmas present)

    Avatar of JimTheFishJimTheFish @jimthefish
    Time Lord


    This sounds awesome — and the Romana thing sounds intriguing….

    I’m so kicking myself that I never got down to the Experience before it shut up shop….

    Avatar of winstonwinston @winston

    @wolfweed    Your trip to Cardiff sounds wonderful! I am quite jealous ….but still pleased that you had such a good time. I am afraid a trip to Wales is not in my near future so it is nice to hear about it from  you.

    Avatar of winstonwinston @winston

    @blenkinsopthebrave    I think your idea of a look back on the early years of BG Who is good one. I for one do not know as much as I should  about the early Doctors and would love to learn more. I have a few episodes of the 1st Doctor that I could rewatch and comment on and any information on the 1st Doctors life might be good before Christmas.

    Avatar of RorySmithRorySmith @rorysmith

    I was so jealous of my Sister when she went a few years ago. My Mom really enjoyed it too which surprised me. I was going to link some photos from my brother in law but he deleted them. He stuck out like a lost yank too lol.  They really enjoyed Cardiff though and will likely return. Too bad the DWE is gone but the locals there told my family that they hated all the tourist junk as they called it. We get that here where I live in East Tennessee so I understand.

    Avatar of wolfweedwolfweed @wolfweed



    Avatar of MissyMissy @missy

    Do any of you have a WEST LODGE in your vicinity?  There is one here, but I’ve not been into to it.

    Here is WA.


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