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  1.  (2305.21)
    Did you just read my notes for next week's LITG?

    Well, we are talking about time travelers.

    He got flat out asked via his FAQ line yesterday and pointedly did not respond.

    A non-denial is confirmation! Get me a job at the NY Times!
  2.  (2305.22)
    Thought I'd better speak up in defence of Russell T Davies. His writing may have its flaws, he may be insufferably smug on Doctor Who Confidential (although if you watch that you deserve everything you get), but it's down to him you have any Who to complain about at all, never mind one that's as good as it is. Remember the TV movie with Paul McGann? It could have been that bad.

    I heartily agree that Moffat's a great choice to succeed him though. I spent my student years avoiding studying by watching Press Gang, and he has written most of the best episodes of Who since it was revived. but Credit's due to RTD for hiring him to write them, I reckon.
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2008
    RTD's writing has just declined so much that no one remembers the good episodes he wrote in the first two seasons. He did do "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday" after all. But now everyone has a bad taste in their mouths from "Last of the Time Lords" and this season hasn't been very good yet and, well, memories are short.
  3.  (2305.24)
    Ellis made the point in the, now dead, Doctor Who thread, Davies is a populist writer. He's not writing for sci-fi fans or die=harders from back in the Baker (either one) days. He's aiming at the big juicy middle, and since it's making ungodly amounts of back for the beeb, he's apt to flip the odd internet critique the bird.
      CommentAuthorGreg SBB!
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2008
    I have no problem with populist TV, so long as it's also well written.
  4.  (2305.26)
    Back in the Baker days was for die harders? Not that I remember. It has always been viewed as a family show, even during Tom Baker's stint. I seem to remember there was plenty of Tennantesque silliness mixed into the dark storylines. Doctor Who doesn't have to written in a populist way to be popular, although I admit it probably wouldn't have the same viewing figures and be such a cash cow.
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2008
    Yeah, just look at the terrible Universal film. They tried to make that film for the fans, full of old school references and hardly anything for new fans to go on. It lost out to Roseanne.

    (Well, and Eric Roberts was terrible as the Master, but I try not to remember that)