Posted Mar 7, 2006 @ 10:44 PM
A couple of things.
1) On The Fact That I Know Nothing.
The most exciting thing about this assignment, beyond getting to write about, and moderate discussions of, such a good show, is learning about all the rich history and legacy of the show. I wanna know it all. All I know is that Peter Davison (?) is on At Home With The Braithwaites, which rocks. (The first season -- er, series -- anyway, and I love the second due to it being on crack.)
The other side of it, though, is that I'm seeing an intersection of geek culture and ex-US culture happening already, which gives me pause. Geeks the world over are very, very excited about knowing the things that they know, and we can't wait to share that with the less informed. Sometimes we're harsh, or dismissive, or manage to answer the question while implying the asker is a moron. Or, we debate the hell out of it and completely lose track of the point.
As a moderator, I can't afford for that to happen. There is always the option of opening another thread, if you want. Email me if you're not sure. But turning the "Rose" thread into an "everything I ever hated about Peri" thread is not the answer, and if one person answers, it spirals out of control fairly quickly.
So I ask that you think twice before posting about whether or not you're simply responding, or going off-topic altogether to prove that you know more than the other guy. What that will do, if abused, is drive me nuts, and I'll probably freak out and start warning and banning indiscriminately like some kind of suicide bomber Cylon.
I am sure that there will be gray areas, and that's what I'm here for. I don't want you to be afraid of expressing your opinion. All opinions are equally valid. But you've got to keep in mind where you're posting. If somebody in the "End Of The World" thread says something that contradicts a minor point in an episode that aired in 1976, priving that they're a moron, I just ask that you please think twice about the tone in your reply, and make sure that it at least includes topical content.
2) On The Fact That I'm American, And So Is This Website.
I'm so very American. Lots of posters here are, too. I was raised Anglophile, which means I saw Charles and Di get married, I know who the princesses are, and I know nothing else beyond what I've picked up from Iris Murdoch, Grant Morrison, EF Benson, Martin Amis, Garth Ennis, and fucking Neil Gaiman.
Meaning, of course, that I know nothing.
I'm counting on you guys, in the episode threads and wherever, to help me out. I could write the recaps right now, because I have the episodes available, but I'm going to hold off because I don't want to miss anything, obvious or not.
I'm also counting on the British posters to hold off on the dry sardonic stuff with each other. I have to moderate from an American standpoint, and I know from experience that there are differences. I'm not talking linguistics, I'm talking about things you'd say to a friend in a pub being things you don't say to Americans on message boards. What comes across as gentle ribbing to you may well come across to your fellow posters as incredibly withering rudeness.
Not because it's bad, or wrong -- my friends and I are probably a lot harder with each other -- but because if you offend an American, they're going to speak up about it, and it quickly spins out of control and starts being about self-justification and "How dare you" and all that stuff. And vice versa, this isn't an indictment of anybody. The entire global community got to see this shit before the US. Easier for everybody if we're just nice. We're all here for the same reason, after all.
3) On My Humps.
So here's my cred, at the time of writing. I know as much about Dr. Who as a person who's seen zero episodes ... but is a total dork. It's true: read the Serenity recap. It doesn't get more queer than that. Which is to say, I know a lot about the show, but I also don't know much. I know the premise, I know the actors who played 6/10 of the Doctor on sight, Daleks and Cyphermen and "Enlightenment" (Peter again), I know many of the Companions and what their issues are. That's the history of the show that I know.
I have a ten-foot scarf.
The first episode -- you're going to laugh -- the first episode I ever saw was "The Christmas Invasion." So when I went back and watched the "Empty Child" two-parter, I was the opposite of everybody else in the world!
"I don't know about this Chris Eccleston. Is he going to do it right?" I was calmed within five seconds, of course. His Doctor is as heartbreakingly sweet and wise as Tennant's is invigorating and "Why are you doing this when I love you and you're breaking my heart" rageful.
I think it might have been the perfect initiation.
I think that Billie Piper is way too posh to play Rose, but she's a great actor nonetheless.
I like what I've seen of "Rose," and I like the changes brought to the Companion/Doctor relationship.
I'm not sold on Captain Jack, but I think I might love him.
I've seen the two-parter and special episode referenced above, part of the "Weakest Link" episode (watch me dance around the spoilers), and the rest? I'm not watching them until they come on, because I want to be there with you. You who have seen them before, and you who have not. They're sitting on the shelf, waiting for the world (the world is not America, I know) to catch up.
I hope that those among us who have experience with the new series -- and especially those who have taken part in the history, the audios, the books, the comics -- will come with us, the last stragglers, and enjoy the show as though they were seeing it the first time. And I thank you for any help you can offer.
Ask questions in this thread about the forums, if you're new to the site or just paranoid, and email me questions about the show so I can post them on the sister thread. And thanks.