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posted by [personal profile] circular_time at 11:20am on 29/05/2017
I tried to find Who fandom on DW a year ago and... well, let's just say it was a less than successful experiment.

I'm a 46-year-old Whovian who got lured back into fandom about 4 years ago thanks to Big Finish, so I've essentially missed most of new Who apart from Capaldi and bits of Series 1. (I didn't mean to miss out, but grad school, health problems and life meant that before I'd blinked, there were several seasons of new Who to catch up on. While I approved of it, I never quite Got Around To It. And at this rate I may never get back to Seasons 2-7, because Big Finish Happens So Much) I love Capaldi best of the new Doctors, because he reminds me of the old Doctors, although I occasionally tear my hair at what they make him do. Love Gomez!Master; she's Ainley!Master in drag only a bit more Delgado-charismatic and batshit insane. Adore Bill Potts. My first Doctor/companion were Pertwee and Jo, but there really isn't a classic companion or Doctor I don't love, though I have favorites.

So anyway, that's me. What I have to offer fandom is:

-- dino memories of  late 70s/1980s Who in the states (although sadly I wasn't in the con/fandom circuit then)
-- I started recording Doctor Who on audiocassette; I recorded all 26 years on VHS
-- I have the Peter Haining books which were our TARDIS Wikia before the web existed
-- humanities major offering critique/commentary while recognizing we may love/dislike different eras of Who
-- oldie who tends to ignore fandom squabbles because don't got time for that
-- I go to a couple cons now, LI and Regen, so perhaps I'll see you?
-- My Big Finish review site, which I won't shill here, and of course my fic, ditto; that's what profiles are for. 
Oh, and the MAIN WHO NEWS THING I WANTED TO SAY.

Britbox.com now has all classic Who LEGALLY AVAILABLE via streaming service, $7/mo in the US. About flipping time; I've emailed the Beeb and Doctor Who about a streaming service for years. They should've done it during the hiatus, but better late than never. Caveat: they're missing a few Dalek serials— I suspect licensing issues— as well as The Five Doctors and the 1996 movie, but they've got all other complete serials from Hartnell through McCoy plus the unaired pilot version of Unearthly Child, Adventure in Time and Space, and a few other features. Also a fair amount of other good classic British TV including lots of mysteries (Campion with Peter Davison and the Jeremy Brett Holmes recommended), Eastenders, Red Dwarf, Upstairs, Downstairs, and a bunch of other good stuff (but not Blake's 7, the Avengers, or Python. Hopefully soon.) 

I think we need to support Britbox so they'll keep it up and, hopefully, expand it for Whovians in other countries to enjoy. Because fans deserve inexpensive ways to sample ALL of Who, past and present. (Speaking of which, I've also posted a linked index of all the free Big Finish Doctor Who audios on Spotify, uploaded by Big Finish, so they, too, are legal.) 

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