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.
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.
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.