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History of the Whoniverse

Brian Matthews playing Fraser Hines's Who's Doctor Who? on Sounds of the Sixties was an appropriate start to Saturday, for I was going to a Doctor Who Day at Blackwell's on Charing Cross Road.

First up were Steve Tribe and James Goss talking about their book A History of the Universe in 100 Objects. They were charmingly awkward and ill at ease but it didn't matter at all, giving me hope for any future literary career I might have.

Many members of the audience were revoltingly young and must have been children when new-Who showed up. Wonder what that's like? There was even one actual child, who was delightful and got all the jokes except, luckily, the one about the microphone that kept drooping. At the other end of the scale, I overheard a woman boasting that she was one of the 'original playground Daleks': "The very next day we were out there!"

After a break, we had a panel of writers talking about their various experiences writing for Dr Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, New Adventure novels and the Big Finish audio adventures, and the nightmare of continuity in a world which contains not only all these disparate strands but an internet full of nitpicking fans.

The afternoon ended with a quiz. I scored 7 out of a possible 52. It was quite hard. (I didn't do significantly better than audience members who had only ever watched post-2000 Who, which was rather galling.)


I'd missed that this was happening...

...and DocSoc at Oxford is now made up primarily of people who were children when Doctor Who returned in 2005. The world is turned upside down.
Gosh, I bet I'm one of the original playground Daleks, too. Never considered it anything to boast about, though.
My only Dr Who-related playground memory is of refusing to be Bonnie Langford!
I thought, too late, that I should have passed it on. Wrong Blackwell's for you, though!
True... and I was still recovering from the late nights my most recent Who-ish project entailed.
I'm just too young to be an original playground Dalek ... December 1963 they first appeared, and I didn't go to school until September 1964. I never hid behind the sofa for Daleks, either. Brave, I was. Until the Giant Maggots turned up, and then it was find that couch.