Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Doctor Who Theater - A Long Tradition

I started hosting Doctor Who Theater on Monday nights back in 1989. The new episodes that had been produced were just ending and I wanted to keep viewing and enjoying Doctor Who. People were invited and we picked an episode from my (fairly) vast collection and watched it.

It became a real tradition and has gone through some changes at the same time. We used to draw episodes out of a hat, we went through a streak where we watched every episode over a period of years, we strung them together into "themes," and a lot more. We have had as many as 25 and as few as 1 person show up. When I am out of town there may not be a screening but often I appoint a guest host.

Now that there are fabulous new episodes (four seasons worth and two spin-off shows) there is a lot of new stuff to watch.

The viewing group has been dubbed "The High Council" and we have a lot of fun. Because of the nature of Doctor Who there is a lot of room for talking back to the screen, either about bad effects, flubbed lines, clever lines and a number of specific things we look for, such as "hiding in plain sight" or "HIPS" and the ever-popular refrain, "I hate it when that happens."

This new blog will keep track of which episodes we watch. Now, we simply meet, have a discussion and then watch an episode. Or more. We also enjoy viewing episodes of Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures from time to time.

So, follow along! Lots of sessions scheduled for this fall!

As we say, all the excitement and none of the danger. Take some time out this week.

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