Looks like I got my Doctor Who Missing Episodes Discussion facebook page update posted just in time. A few hours after getting the news out that the Facebook page will continue on even after DWW and The Panopticon come back online, guess what? They’re back. Already there’s been a flurry of happy posts in the Missing Episodes thread, with familiar faces flocking back to the beloved forum. But even as we celebrate, let’s say a big thank you to Pascal and the gang that kept us talking for the past week and not abandon them now, after all there are plenty of opinions to go around.
So by now you have probably heard that Doctor Who Worldwide and its accompanying forum The Panoptican should be returning sometime in April. I’ve already told you about my plans for TIMD, but what of the facebook page that started up in its absence?
I caught up with Pascal Salzmann, the man behind the page, and asked him that tough question.
“I’m proud that the Missing Episodes Discussion group garnered so much interest that we are now at almost 500 members in only four days. When I created the group it was my intention to fill in the void that fan-favourite Doctor Who Worldwide and its forum, the Panopticon, left behind. At the time nobody was sure about the future of the now offline Panopticon, so missing episode fans who enjoyed the relaxed and familiar atmosphere lost a valuable platform for exchanging rumours and discussing theories. Now that the Panopticon will be back in April, the Facebook group will also continue, maybe even interacting with DWW in some way.”
On the difference between the page and a forum, he also had this to say. “The format of a Facebook group is very different. But in gathering familiar faces we form a new community in the spirit of its predecessor.” The most notable difference between a forum and the facebook group is the inability to hide behind a fake name and avatar. Tempers don’t flare and things are way less tense when everyone knows your real name.
Posters and lurkers are still flocking to the facebook page, searching out fresh and exciting news and viewpoints on missing episodes. Interested? Why not join the 465 who are already members.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome Al Miller to the TIMD team. He will be doing podcast reviews for us in a segment called Podcastrovalva. Al’s fairly new to the Doctor Who world, having become a fan just a few years ago. He’s more than made up for that lost time, his goal is to watch all the classic episodes before the end of this year. His first exposure to the show came way back in 1996 when he saw the last half of the TV Movie. His favourite doctor depends on who he is bingeing on at the moment, right now it is Patrick Troughton. He spends a lot of his time driving and that gives him ample opportunity to listen the all the podcasts he loves, up to a dozen a week.
So what exactly is Podcastrovalva? Al is going to talk about podcasts, new and old, anything he comes across that he likes. He doesn’t plan on a lot of dissection or criticism though. Each and every podcast is a labour of love that someone has put a lot of time and effort into preparing and he respects that.
Kate O’Mara, the actress who played the Rani in Mark of the Rani and Time and the Rani has passed away at 74. She will be most remembered for her Doctor Who and Dynasty roles.
The man who directed some of the pivotal early episodes of Doctor Who from Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee passed away late last week.
Lego Tom Baker Needs Some Support
You probably know all about the Lego Doctor Who project that has achieved the needed 10,000 votes before moving on to the next stage, but there’s an awesome underdog that needs our support.
A humorous look at how obsessed some of us can get over the whole missing episode speculation.
Omni, Omni, Omni
What’s new in the omnirumour from the past week? There was so much that we needed two updates! Avengers and Callan, and the rest. Don’t forget the Omni Bite. Seriously, we had three Omni updates last week? Awesome.
A few days ago the news began to trickle through the forums, twitter and facebook that Doctorwhoworldwide.com would be coming back up some time in the next couple of weeks. That’s great news as a lot of us were concerned when it suddenly went down and we were unable to reach the owner/editor. In the vacuum its departure left, I started up TIMD and I have decided to continue on with the site, even if DWW does come back.
Well, it’s another sad day in the Doctor Who world. Having just lost Derek Martinus a few days ago, I was stunned to come home to the news that Kate O’Mara had passed away. Yes, she was 74, but there was something so feisty, so vital about her that it just seems impossible that she is gone.
So what do you remember O’Mara for? It probably depends on your age. I was too young in the 80’s to watch Dynasty, and so I had no exposure to her until popping Time and the Rani into my dvd player a few years back. Maybe you remember her from Triangle, The Brothers or Howard’s Way? Did you know she did a couple episodes of Z-Cars? Or that she did one of Adam Adamant Lives?
But for me and many like me, she will always be the Rani. Forever immortalized as that character who was 10% evil, 40% cold calculation and 50% sass. We only got 6 short episodes to enjoy (and some don’t even fancy those ones) and yet she will stand tall in Classic Doctor Who history nonetheless.
Various media outlets are reporting the the passing of Kate O’Mara
She was best known for her part in the US program Dynasty. She of course is know to classic fans for her two appearances as the Rani with 6th Doctor Colin Baker
She was by all accounts a wonderful woman.
Just heard that Kate O’Mara has died……a lovely lady.
— Frazer Hines (@WhoFrazer) March 30, 2014
I would just like to thank everyone for giving TIMD an awesome first week. I can tell you we had 2500 views in the past seven days, far exceeding my wildest dreams with a high of 462 on Friday.
But that was just week one.
Even though I started the website as just one man, Gary Morris and Martin Ruddock have already joined on, contributing an article each with plenty more to come. That’s not all, we will have Al Miller doing podcast reviews soon.
So, we made it through week one, onward and upward. Here’s to a bigger week 2, but I suppose that will all depend on the onmirumour.
Derek Martinus has already gone down in Doctor Who history as one of the most important directors the series has ever had. Just take a look at his selected resume . The Tenth Planet, The Evil Of The Daleks and Spearhead From Space. Those are some supremely impressive stories. He was in on Hartnell’s last story, directing the first ever regeneration, and then worked the other side of the situation, helming Pertwee’s debut. That feat made him the first Doctor Who director to use colour. And in between? Evil, arguably one of the greatest Dalek stories of all time and The Ice Warriors. Galaxy 4 was his only other Doctor Who contribution, but even that long neglected story has gained some more fame and appreciation over the past couple years with the return of Episode 3, Air Lock.
Though we will remember him for his contributions to Doctor Who, he did plenty of other shows including Z-Cars and Blake 7, directing until he retired in 1985. He passed away today at the age of 82. We send our condolences to his family.
The news swept across the internet this evening. Doctorwhoworldwide.com is coming back. After weeks of no contact, someone was finally able to get some information regarding Michael East the owner/editor. There’s no strict timeline, but DWW is going to be coming back online over the next couple of weeks and with it The Panopticon, the forum that many of us know and love.
So where does that leave us? For the past two weeks I have been working hard, getting the news, rumours and opinions out as fast as possible. Don’t forget about the omnirumour updates. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been fun. And I don’t plan on stopping now. I may have just been the keeper of the flame, but I’m not about to hand back the torch. In the past 5 days this site has had 1650 views. No, that’s not monumental, but it is still pretty awesome. Thanks to everyone for your support, and I hope you will stick with me. As a friend advised me earlier today, there’s a lot of internet out there. Room enough for another Doctor Who site.
The writer behind such episodes as The Crimson Horror, Night Terrors and Cold War has confirmed that he’s signed on to pen two more. After rampant twitter speculation as to which two he would do, he came out with the following:
To clarify. I’ve been commissioned to write two episodes of ‘Doctor Who’. That doesn’t mean they’ll both necessarily be in this season.
— Mark Gatiss(@Markgatiss) March 27, 2014
So, do we take that to mean one each, or maybe two next year? Who knows. I’m sure we will get more details as the premiere for Series 8 gets closer.