I’m well aware at how petty and pathetic my opinions are, how pathetic I sound, but I just want a bit of a moan.
Doctor Who is about to embark on a World Tour, with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat taking a two week jaunt across five continents, in the run up to the new series’ start on August 23rd.
It’s great that the show’s got such a global following, and is more popular than ever in the States, especially. However, in the last couple of years, as overseas promotion for Doctor Who as a brand has grown, a lot of us at home seem to be missing out.
Take the World Tour, which takes in the Welsh and English capital cities. Not everyone can get to Cardiff or London for special events. How about a UK tour sometime? A nationwide trip would be great for fans in the North or the Midlands, Scotland or the South.
A tour taking in places like Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds. Sheffield [okay, I'm biased], Birmingham, for example. Some people [alright, I]simply can’t afford or have the means to get to the capital cities, and I’m sure there are plenty around the country in similar situations.
Back in 2010, in the run up to the Eleventh Doctor’s (and Steven Moffat’s) first series, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, and a logo-emblazened Tour Bus, visited about half a dozen schools across the country.
There are thousands of schoolkids who would love a visit like that. And, come to that, why should the kids have all the fun? There are plenty of adults who’d like to experience special and promotional events, too.
Like I said before, I’m well aware at how much I sound like a pathetic, whimpering crybaby, but I just wish there were more of the special events taking place abroad for us poor fans at home.
I went to see Frank yesterday.
This is an excellent opinion piece. (Contains mild spoilers)
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A thought occurred today, as I watched Fear Her (I’m seven weeks into my rewatch of modern era Who, an episode every other day until the end of July), and Freema Agyeman popped up, screaming, at the end of the Next Time trailer.
I am well aware that this has more than probably been picked up by many others on more than one occasion – Hell, I’ve probably picked up on it myself, Tweeted, posted about it on assorted websites, and simply forgotten – but: Rose apart, all the ‘modern’ Who Girls have appeared in the show before becoming full time companions: Freema Agyeman in Army of Ghosts (or even Fear Her, in the Next Time trailer, as noted above); Catherine Tate in The Runaway Bride, of course, over a year before Donna boarded the TARDIS full time; Karen Gillan made her Doctor Who debut -or ‘deb-Who’ (I am never going to use that term again, promise) – in The Fires of Pompeii nearly two years before Amy Pond first appeared; and then Jenna Coleman popped up as Oswin in Asylum of the Daleks a full three and a half months before The Impossible Girl made her first ‘proper’ appearance.
So, see if anyone pops up in s8 who might well be a series regular by the time s10’s rolled around…
Please don’t shout at me, I know you all know this already, and got over it years ago, but – meh.
Just a short Brog post to vent some frustration.
On Radio 2 a little earlier, Simon Mayo’s guest was an artist – I forget his name, I’m afraid, but he illustrates Jacqueline Wilson’s books, apparently – and I heard a little of what he said (I was eating my tea at the time) as he told how he got involved in drawing & illustrating, and gave advice to any would-be artists. He said that he’d loved drawing since he was a toddler, how he always drew and designed posters at school, and that he, and most of his other illustrator friends, attended art college after leaving school.
I find this so frustrating. I remember quite clearly, when I was about nine or ten years old, sitting cross-legged on the floor in the old A/V room at school, as the class was asked what they wanted to do when they left school. I replied that I wanted to go to art college and become a cartoonist.
Why is it, I ask myself, that though I knew so definitely twenty five years ago what I wanted, I’ve managed to meander through life acheiving none of it?
I left school at 16 to do A-Levels in English Literature, Maths and Art. Maths fell by the wayside after just a month or two, and English Lit not long afterwards. I stuck with Art for a little longer, but didn’t complete the year.
I know it’s a waste of time thinking ‘what if?’, but it’s something I imagine we all do from time to time. I always remind myself that if my life had run a different course, I wouldn’t have had the experiences I’ve had, met the people I’ve met, made the friends I have.
But then again, if I’d completed my Art A-Level, or gone to Art College, one has to wonder if I’d now be pursuing the career in cartoons and illustration that I always craved.
Following the load of comics I got for my birthday, my big list of comics got longer. And yesterday, my Dad and sister went to Chesterfield Market, where they bought me another dozen old Beanos, plus a couple of Whizzer and Chips…es. All for the princely sum of £3.
So, they, along with the last few weeks’ Beanos, have been added to The List, which I’ve given a new home to, right here on The Brog.