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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. 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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posted by [personal profile] dbskyler at 08:54pm on 29/05/2017
Britbox looks great! Thanks for the heads-up about it.
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posted by [personal profile] shyfoxling at 10:01pm on 29/05/2017
I started recording Doctor Who on audiocassette; I recorded all 26 years on VHS

Good gravy! How much shelf space did that take up?
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posted by [personal profile] circular_time at 10:35pm on 29/05/2017
Several cabinets' worth. All at my parents' house now, alas.

Let's see if my image host lets me post this: bits and bobs from my old stash including one of the VHS drawers:
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posted by [personal profile] circular_time at 10:37pm on 29/05/2017
Nope. Well, anyway, it was a thing back then: fans all recorded off TV because you never knew when, if ever, it would rerun again. And then we'd have parties and share tapes. Which were all mixed up with Blake's 7, Red Dwarf, Star Trek:TNG and whatever else was on back then. :)

ETA: I should note that 26 years of Doctor Who wasn't actually all of Doctor Who; PBS only showed serials which had no missing episodes. That meant skipping a lot of Hartnells and Troughtons. Some have been found since then.

I didn't see Sara Kingdom, Katarina or Victoria until two years ago, although I knew about them from the Haining books.
Edited Date: 2017-05-29 10:42 pm (UTC)
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posted by [personal profile] shyfoxling at 01:11am on 30/05/2017
I clicked on the image URL in the notification, so I saw.

Well, anyway, it was a thing back then: fans all recorded off TV because you never knew when, if ever, it would rerun again. And then we'd have parties and share tapes.

Well, yeah; I had shelves of MST3K the same way, and Red Dwarf (I wasn't into DW at the time).
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posted by [personal profile] everchangingmuse at 02:47am on 30/05/2017
BritBox looks like an amazing service. There is so much more available to us now, thanks to streaming! Our household ditched cable TV about 8 years back, and it was difficult for a while without reliable new!Who watching till the DVDs came out. Amazon Prime has fixed this problem for me, and until they left Netflix and Hulu, I was watching older episodes on those services (mostly because I was too lazy to get a DVD from the shelf).

Big Finish on Spotify? Oooh! That is a good reason to sign-up for the service - I've been using Pandora for years, and seen no real reason to add another service to my list. But Big Finish is a definite plus. I've only ever listened to Zagreus, and I really enjoyed it.

Thank you for the info!
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posted by [personal profile] circular_time at 04:35am on 30/05/2017
Listen to Spare Parts before we get to the Mondasian Cybermen at the end of this season. It's on Spotify. Basically Genesis of the Daleks for Cybermen, and it's a tour de force. (Bonus: the actress who played Jenna on Blake's 7 plays a cynical alcoholic scientist in Spare Parts, and she's great.)

Like you, I ditched cable years ago. The cable companies may not like it, but streaming is the only thing I'm willing to pay for now, apart from DVDs of my very favorite eps.
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posted by [personal profile] nuraicha at 11:55pm on 31/05/2017

You're making me so jealous of not living in the US (and I never said I'd say that), because Classic Who is my big pending task and it's impossible to watch it legally in my country unless you buy the DVDs (which I can't afford, and anyway they're so many).

Thanks as well for the Big Finish on Spotify list! I have some from free downloads via Doctor Who Magazine 50th Anniversary Issue, but I haven't got around yet at listening them (I guess I fear they will speak too fast for me to understand? God knows I have difficulties with Capaldi sometimes). This will be useful for when I finally decide to pop my BF's cherry :P
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posted by [personal profile] circular_time at 07:38am on 01/06/2017
Big Finish usually sticks to actors with accents that are easier to understand. Every now and then they'll toss a northern accent our way, but they're almost never as thick as Capaldi's (I adore him, and I love the fact that the BBC now lets actors use their real accents instead of forcing them all to adopt RP, but I confess I watch with subtitles. He and Bill challenge my hard-of-hearing American ears sometimes.)

The only time I ever have trouble understanding Big Finish audios is when they get carried away with alien characters, and distort someone's voice too much. But that doesn't happen very often, and it's usually gurgling threats or something where you can figure out the gist from the other characters' responses.

I'm sorry you don't have a way to watch classic Who! Hopefully enough US subscribers will sign on to encourage them to expand the service.

... but, yes, be thankful you're not in the US right now. We need a few bright spots like classic Who to hang onto.


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