Who @ 50

"go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine"

[sticky post]Have you ever thought what it's like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension?
Welcome to Who @ 50!


There isn't ever going to be another 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, and this is a community where fans of the greatest television show of all time can come together to mark that occasion and celebrate it together. It's a place for people to post about the anniversary itself, about 50th anniversary-related media and news, meta about what Who means to them, details of RL events they're participating in or organising to celebrate, or just general japery. Fan fiction, fan art, fan vids, fan mixes and all other forms of creativity are more than welcome.

There are going to be monthly fanworkathons (as said above, all fiction, art, vids, podfic etc, etc welcome), one a month for the duration of the anniversary year and covering all of the Doctors to date, starting in January with Eleven and counting down to the anniversary itself in November 2013. Here are the fanworks that have been produced already this year, as well as the fanwork-a-thon schedule for the remaining months:

Who @ 50 Fiftieth Anniversary Fanworks to Date and Remaining Fanworkathon ScheduleCollapse )

I hope as many Who fans as possible, of whatever age and duration, fans of whatever era in the history of the show and its many spinoffs and associated media, join and participate in this comm. And I hope together we can play our small part in making 2013 a year to remember!

Who @ 50 is also on Dreamwidth!

New Companion Promotional Clip
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The new companion and Twelve in actionCollapse )

First impressions?

OMG Aunt!
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I'm not sure whether this will mean anything whatsoever to those of you outside the UK, but the Beeb keep finding new and suprising ways of promoting Who, none more surprising than the announcement that:

The identity of the actor who will be playing Twelve's new companion in Series 10 will be revealed during half time of the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United!

Which, given that I'll no doubt be watching said match and lamenting the fact that the rules of association football mean that only one of the two teams can lose, will make it somewhat more entertaining for me than it might otherwise have been.

News should be breaking about 18.00 BST tomorrow, then, on BBC One. Gary Lineker will no doubt make a droll remark or two. Should be fun.

Edit: And the winner is...Collapse )

Which was of course leaked by the Radio Times and various tabloids yesterday. But still, that was one of the stranger Who-related things I've witnessed lately. Good times.

Whoniverse Minor Characters Ficathon 2016
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dw_guestfest is a low pressure ficathon for all minor/guest characters from any corner of the Whoniverse. Open now for prompts and sign-ups!

Chibnall?! Noooooo...!!!
Only kidding, I think. I'm sure you've all seen the momentous news by now; the king is dead (metaphorically speaking), long live the king!

Well...two years from now, anyway. I suspect right now the more pressing revelation is that we're only getting an Xmas special in 2016 (possibly due to international sporting competitions clogging up Auntie Beeb's schedule, possibly due to Moffat really needing to get on with the next series of Sherlock), followed by Moffat's (and I strongly suspect Capaldi's) swansong season in spring 2017, with Mr Chibnall taking up the reins in 2018. Assuming, that is, we still have a BBC by 2018. I'm sure it will all go over much quicker than it seems right now.

Don't worry, even if you don't like the Euro football/soccer championship or the Olympics, we've got Class to tide us over. Yay.

Aw, c'mon, you don't know, it might be alright.

So, what do you think of the news? I know there are quite a lot of very vocal fans who will be dancing jigs of joy to see the back of Der Moff, but to be honest I have no personal beef with the man. I think he's had a good run on Who, and has been a safe pair of hands these past six years. He pulled off the 50th anniversary, potential snakepit that it was, with aplomb and gave us both Eleven and Twelve who I'm not ashamed to count amongst my favourite Doctors of the lot. And along the way, from his own pen (or keyboard) Moffat has given us some of the very best Who stories of all time. I certainly don't subscribe to the seemingly widely-held view that there was anything tired or substandard about Series 8 and 9 or that it's "time for a break." In fact I think Capaldi's run has been the most consistently good and interesting period since the magisterial Series 5. If I had any issue with Moffat's tenure, it would be the overlong and imho rather mishandled River Song story arc, but I know I'm in a minority on that one and I find that my misgivings there are more than outweighed by all of the good stuff.

As for Chibnall, I don't think I'm as excited by the prospect as I was when I heard Moffat was getting the job way back when. He was always one of the obvious choices, though, given his track record of showrunning as well as writing. None of his work for Who has been as standout good as Moffat's RTD-era stories...quite the opposite in at least one case I can think of (the nadir of S5 - that bleeping Silurians two-parter), and he did write Cyberwoman, for Rassilon's sake. However, I'm by no means as underwhelmed by the news as I would have been five or six years ago. Chibnall's two S7 scripts for Who were actually not bad, even if they weren't classics, and his recent work on other projects, particularly the first series of Broadchurch, has been very encouraging indeed. Besides, I'm not convinced one does have to be a genius writer to be a good showrunner. It helps, no doubt, but I don't think it's the only skill needed to succeed in such a role. If he can assemble a good (and hopefully ever more diverse) stable of talent, he should be fine. And, you know, change and renewal are an essential part of what Doctor Who is. I'm very excited to see whatever new direction the series takes.

And besides, if it's rubbish I'll have the fun of being one of those spleen-venting fans for a while. It might even finally get me onto Tumblr... ;D

The Husbands of River Song Reaction and Discussion Post [SPOILERS!]
Well, here we are again, with the culmination on what has, I think, been overall rather a good year for Doctor Who. That's right, it's the Christmas Special, The Husbands of River Song, a story featuring...well, River Song and her husbands, I suppose. Will it be any good? Right now I'm probably too full of turkey and, er, Xmas cheer to be able to tell one way or the other, but I'm sure the rest of you will be able to offer opinions.

And this is your opportunity to do so here at Who@50. As ever, the only rules I ask anybody to observe are to keep the comments below nice and civil (which is something we've never had a problem with due to you all being such classy folks), and to beware if you are reading those comments without having seen the special because there most assuredly will be spoilers.

Well then, let's watch this thing.

'Twas the Night Before...
...the Doctor Who Christmas Special, of course. Here are some updated details on when/how you can watch it, depending upon where you are in the world.

And I may as well take the opportunity to wish you and yours all the best, now and in the new year, whichever midwinter holiday you may or may not be celebrating. I will leave you with this, one of the more bizarre manifestations of Dalekmania circa 1964. I warn you - it is not for the faint-hearted!

Christmas Special Scheduling Information
Well, Series 9 is over and if you're anything like me you're already in full-on Star Wars anticipation/trepidation mode...but that doesn't mean we've forgotten the small matter of this year's Doctor Who Xmas Special a.k.a. The Husbands of River Song.

And THIS helpful post at the Doctor Who News site has the details of where and when you will be able to watch the special in various territories. For UKians such as myself, the crucial details are 5:15pm on 25 December on BBC One.

Ten days to go!

Meta: Few examples of returning themes in Doctor Who's music
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Title: Few examples of returning themes in Doctor Who's music
Genre: meta
Spoilers: up to 9x12 “Hell Bent".

Being a huge fan of Doctor Who music, I’ve been thinking of writing about returning themes for quite a long time. Last week’s episode, the season 9 finale, provided even more examples so this is why it comes out now. It’s a set of observations about some particular pieces and particular scenes. It’s all about the new series and Murray Gold’s work.

Hell Bent Reaction and Discussion Post [SPOILERS!]
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Well, I don't know about any of you, but I thought last week's Heaven Sent was one of the strangest, and at the same time, most fascinating things I have seen in Doctor Who in quite some time indeed. A masterclass from Capaldi...and what a payoff... How on Earth are they going to top that? Well, let's find out this week in the hotly anticipated series finale, Hell Bent!

At sixty-five minutes, it's almost literally an episode and a half as well - let's hope that's what it turns out to be figuratively too. :D

As ever, the only thing I will ask of any of you is that you keep the chat in the comments below civil and welcoming, and that if you are reading the comments without having seen the episode please beware because they will contain spoilers!

Now, let us see what we will see...


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