7/17/10 01:26 pm - evil_lord_zog - Ping
6/11/05 01:13 pm - evil_lord_zog - Some thoughts
Taken from my evil_lord_zog blog. I post here because by and large the IAs are the reason for feeling this way, and it'd be nice if there was more than one single solitary post:
I think that even more than the 7th Doctor, the 8th belonged to the fans.
The 7th Doctor may have been given free reign in the New Adventures, but his existence within the book medium was pre-defined by three seasons on TV that had already begun the transformation from slightly goofy little guy into insidious and scary universal force of change. True the books eventually backed him away from that new archetype, but the very fact that he was such afigure for so long was really down to all the fans sending stuff into the slushpile that got commissioned. For the first time in over 25+ years, it was the fans, the consumers, who were to a large extent responsible for the direction the series took.
When the BBC took back the book licence, they largely had the sense to maintain the model that Virgin had established (even though IMO their editorial staff may have been sub-optimal compared to Virgin's for pretty much the entire run of EDAs - and yes Justin Richards, I'm looking specifically at you). But that aside, there was a major difference between 7th & 8th Doctors, because the only anchor point the latter character had was the telemovie: beyond that, practically everything was open to interpretation. Up for grabs.
There's always been Doctor Who fanfic, but the reign of the NAs and MAs had introduced a more literate culture to fandom, and filled with with authorial aspirants. Meaning that far more people were used to and enamoured with the idea of laying their own literary claim to the Doctor than at any point previously. For me, this led to my grokking on to the Internet Adventures, a series of moderated round-robins tories that saw those of us involved take the 8th Doctor and develop him and the companions we gave him in ways of our own choosing, collaborating with other fans - not always harmoniously it must be admitted - to create a life, a history, a presence as had happened with no other Doctor before him.
Sadly I think with the advent of the (second) 9th Doctor and the return to a TV-based model of the series what we had with teh 7th and 8th Doctors is gone. The ability of fandom to direct the evolution of the character in any significant way has been taken away from us - there is no slushpile, no oportunity for newcomers (or even most of the old timers come to that) to contribute to the ongoing narrative. It's become a closed shop again, and its very existence has robbed fandom of a degree of vibrancy and creativity - because "Doctor Who is back" and can just "watch him on telly", the impetus and the desire to create our own narrative, individually but more importantly communally, has been kneecapped.
Which is really really sad.
3/22/05 07:35 am - evil_lord_zog
Being, well, horribly bored, and not having seen its ilk since the days of the 1st Survivor when a.dw.c was graced with a horribly conniving group of cast aways, and having stumbled across one fo the very few reality TV shows worth watching, I got to thinking about an Internet Adventure version of The Amazing Race.
For those unfamiliar: 11 2-person teams compete over 12 legs until three teams remain on the final leg to battle it out for 1st place; simple maths dictates that some legs are non-elimination rounds. Each leg starts with the teams receiving directions to a route marker which leads to a "detour" (choice between two different tasks each with their own pros & cons) which leads to a "roadblock" (physically grueling task which only 1 member of a team may complete) which leads to the next pit stop. To make things interesting, there are (a) a limited number of "fast forward" tickets that allow the 1st team completing the qualifying task (different to the detour) to skip the rest of the leg and go directly to the pitstop, (b) occasional
chances to yield (force a half hour delay) another team, and (c) a tendency to schedule tasks in a manner (such as directing teams to a location with specific opening times) that can often equalize the gaps between teams. The cost of international travel is met by the organizers of the race - money for local travel is given at the beginning of each leg; people who finish last on a non-elimination leg lose all the money they had accrued to that point and don't get any money at the start of the next leg.
So we have eleven teams. To make this The Amazing IA Race, the teams will be comprised of characters who have featured as significant characters in the Internet Adventures. The first five are easy:
01. Grace & Wil (recipients of life-saving Time Lord nanite technology))
02. Jadi & Angela (married couple)
03. Kadi & Luke (friends)
04. Blue & Tangerine (dating couple)
05. Alison & Rose (both companion to a 9th Doctor)
Who then do we give places in the other 6 teams?
With 29 different stories - some of which take place in multiple locations across time and space - to draw from, choosing the location of each leg shouldn't prove too hard.
So, lets get creative 8)