Yesterday’s Doctor Who post meshes quite nicely with today’s “Blogging the Blogroll” post. Almost as if I’d intended it that way. This procrastination thing is working for me. Heh.
When I started hearing rumours about the New Who, I started hunting for information on the Net, as usual. The first site of note I reached was Outpost Gallifrey, probably the premiere Doctor Who site on the Web. Unfortunately, the site wasn’t particularly easy to navigate around (though I did get stuck for a couple of hours reading the reviews of old Tom Baker serials).
Instead, I hit upon the good folks at Tachyon TV, particularly their blog Behind the Sofa – which at the time was named “Waiting for Christopher,” in anticipation of Christopher Eccleston taking the reins as the ninth Doctor. Here I found the information I was hunting for, and once the program actually started airing, I kept reading just for the running reviews as the season progressed.
“Behind the Sofa” is the traditional position of the pre-adolescent Doctor Who fan, spooked by the sudden appearance of a Dalek or Rutan. It’s a group blog, originally created with the intent of giving anyone posting privileges who was willing to write; as a result they have a fairly large core group of reviewers. One of their number had a prominent walk-on role in last season’s “Rise of the Cybermen.” When a series of Doctor Who or Torchwood is underway, the blog focuses on weekly reviews of current episodes; in between seasons – as now as we await the as-yet-unannounced debut of New Who‘s third season – they go into “Stripped Down” mode in which they review classic episodes on DVD. There’s also a Tachyon TV podcast, generally providing “alternative” commentary to the DVDs. The whole thing is done with a healthy dose of humour and not a little irreverence; recently at a convention, sixth Doctor Colin Baker tore the Tachyon TV guys a new orifice over a satirical review of “The Twin Dilemma” in a fanzine they’d produced.
What can be better than a bunch of fans, writing about what they love without being excessively fawning? That’s why Behind the Sofa is on my regular read list.