November 23, 2013

It's That New Math

I gather our numbering system has, heretofore, been a bit flawed.

Thus, everyone needs to run out and get numerically corrected merchandise before Christmas.

Nice to see McGann again though.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 01:55 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Nah, we've left out Doctors before. We don't number the Valeyard, either, right?

But "the War Doctor" sounds too much like the War Chief for my taste. I never liked the War Chief, so it's not a good precedent.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Nov 23 16:29:19 2013 (cvXSV)

2 I like Paul McGann's Doctor a lot.  

The names he mentions before drinking the regeneration juice - Charley, C'Rizz, Lucy, Tamsin, Molly - are his companions from the Big Finish / BBC Radio audio plays.  So it seems those are now tacitly considered canon.

They've done about 300 full-cast plays with Doctors 4 through 8, and if they're canon it makes for some very interesting history.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sun Nov 24 03:37:54 2013 (PiXy!)

3 Well, given that a lot of the Big Finish people are buddies with a lot of the novel people, and given that a good chunk of the novel people are now running the store (Moffat, Cornell, etc.), it would be logical to make the novels and audio plays canon.

The problem is that frankly, I think a lot of the audio plays and novels have been really pretentious, as well as not keeping the Doctor in character. The first time one of the novels had the Doctor purposefully leaving somebody to die (while making a self-righteous speech about it!), I decided that there was no way you could possibly count the novels as canon. Same thing with the audio plays. And I shouldn't have been surprised, because a good number of the new novel writers and audio writers were people whose fanfic I hadn't liked either.

And so even though I've enjoyed certain of the novels and audio plays, I've found very few of them that actually fit comfortably into the show canon of the past. They do fit into the new Who, but that's because the new Who _is_ the books and audio plays writ large. (What price the Land of Fiction now?)

OTOH, I totally agree with Moffat retconning all that war crime crap out of existence. I have never understood this thirst to make the Doctor go around killing off half the universe in his spare time, and it is a highly appropriate use of story power to get rid of what never should have been written. (And yes, Moffat killed off Sarah Jane in his own novel for the sake of a touching death scene which he knew would be made to unhappen in the next few books, and all because Sarah was his favorite. Fannish love is a weird thing....)

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Nov 24 16:55:18 2013 (cvXSV)

4 Much to my annoyance, the first torrent I downloaded was mislabelled, containing the Side by side 3D version.  Totally useless waste of 2 gigs of download and 12 hours.  Yeah, Clearwire seems to have really perfected its Torrent-stomping algorithm.  My graph is dead-flat under 50K.  Bastards.  Now I have to do it all over again.

Posted by: Mauser at Sun Nov 24 18:23:31 2013 (TJ7ih)

5 Yep.  For a couple of seconds I wondered if we were seeing through the eyes of an alien with double vision, then I realised I'd got the wrong file.

Fortunately my ISP is pretty good and it only took 45 minutes to get a good copy.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Nov 25 18:18:20 2013 (PiXy!)

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