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If I can find this stuff out...

...you would think that entertainment journalists could. Fact-checking, though, seems to be a bit passé.

Outpost Gallifrey has a great news page and the TARDIS Reports provide links to Who-related news all over the place.

Still, you've got to watch the quality of those linked articles.

TV Guide tells us that the new series is produced on film. Nope, it's shot on Beta (yep, Beta is alive and kicking in television production) and is post-processed to give it that film contrast. That information is available on the DVD set.

Slate tells us that the Autons are a reference to Mannequin. Pretty prescient on somebody's part.

Makes me thankful that our local TV columnist is a bit more thorough.


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Mar. 20th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
The closer you get to Hollywood, the greater the likelihood that industry professionals and industry experts don't actually watch TV and don't know anything about it.

Casting directors don't watch TV or movies. They make all their decisions based on what they read in entertainment magazines like People and Us.
Mar. 20th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Knight-Ridder's syndicated article on the premiere (it appeared Thursday in the Oregonian) includes such whoppers as "The good news for longtime fans is that he hasn't mucked around with the quirky essence of Doctor Who ... The Doctor... still is the last surviving member of a race wiped out in a time war" (emphasis mine). The article is otherwise fairly au courant with the series' past and present.
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
The canonicity of the Time War (and Doctor Who in general) is confusing at best; Paul Cornell and others published a Discontinuity Guide because they couldn't possibly hope to shape up a consistent continuity from even just the show.

There are several time wars in the novels and the licensed audios; RTD has said this time war ("The Last Great Time War") is different from the others.
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
There may have been other Time Wars, but as far as I recall, the whole "Gallifreyans all dead, The Doctor is the last survivor" concept is new to this series.
Mar. 20th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Even *I* knew the Autons had existed well back in Doctor Who's history. Geez. Reference to "Mannequin"? Bzuh?

Thanks for letting me know it's been shot on Beta - that is interesting news I didn't know. I love post-production tricks.
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Betacam SP, according to a friend of mine who is in TV production.
Mar. 21st, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
I don't remember who wrote it, but I liked the one that said...he's called Doctor Who because his alien name is too hard to pronounce (my paraphrase). I thought that was Mr. Spock.
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