Daily Archives: September 18, 2013

American Fandom Part 2

A Lighter side. thanks to firstvdrama.com for the inspiration:

You known you’re an American Fan when… (beware, younger generations some of this per-historic stuff, like VHS, you may have some trouble relating to.. just saying… :))

You spent $11 for a Dapol “K-9” Action Figure through the mail that people in England only have to pay $4 for.

(I do worse than that laddie…) πŸ™‚
When you watch an old episode of the Cybermen, it makes you want to watch one of the newer ones to see how they’ve changed.
Β Β Β  When you watch a new episode of the Cybermen, it makes you want to watch one of the older ones to see how they’ve changed.

Been there done that.
You recognize some of the actors when they guest-star on Blake’s 7.

Or the other way around, Jacqueline Pearce in “The Two Doctors” or Michael Keating in “The Sun Makers” anyone?
Or Gareth Thomas in the Torchwood episode, Ghost in The Machine.

You thought about buying a Tom Baker scarf, but then realized you’d look like a fool if you actually wore it in public.

Sorry, I both have one, and have worn in public. Back in Michigan in the winter it was the best! πŸ™‚

Your local PBS Station has aired every Tom Baker episode 3 times, but only aired the Jon Pertwee episodes just once.

Or aired Tom on a Loop for 3 years straight before airing anyone else, then going straight back to Tom…

You bought “Shada” on video, thought it was boring, but yet don’t regret buying it.

You saw Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire and wondered why The Tenth Doctor was a bad guy…

You know what the Speedbird Concorde is, yet your friends don’t.

Saw one at Sky Harbor Airport once in the early 90’s.

When you see an old man slumped forward in a wheelchair covered up in a blanket with only one arm sticking out, someone comes to mind.

You have to spend $20 to buy a Hartnell or Troughton episode on tape that you’ve never seen, because your local PBS Station will only air the Tom Baker episodes.

In the 1980’s: Small Fortune…Meet my VHS collection… πŸ™‚

Your local PBS Station forgot to air a 20 minute segment from the middle of an episode when they returned from a Doctor Who Pledge Drive. (WTVP – Channel 47, Peoria, Illinois for example)

Or the cut it up into Pledge Breaks! AARGH!Β  Do you know how hard editing is on a 1984 top loader VHS deck!!!

Probably not…

Your local PBS Station that used to air it all the time in the 1980’s now refuses to even air Red Dwarf.

So True. The PBS station here put it on “hiatus” in December 1990 and has never shown it again. They did show Red Dwarf once, at 2am in the Morning!!! So I’m convinced someone over at KAET had a stoke and forgot it was Sci-Fi or they just didn’t know it was and were surprised. It only aired once.

You’re now a Blake’s 7 fan, too.


I have an International TV Day at my house every 2nd Sunday for the last 19 months. Blake’s 7 episodes are on the docket almost every month.


That Terry Nation was a a Producer/WriterΒ  for MacGyver.

Terry Nation (August 8, 1930 – March 9, 1997) wrote the opening gambits for Target MacGyver, Thief of Budapest & The Golden Triangle, and was a writer and producer for seasons 1 and 2.


You recognize Doctor Who actors when you watch A&E.

You spend a great deal of time trying to figure out all the different future outcomes of Earth, such as the Dalek Invasion of Earth in 2150, the movement of the planet by the TimeLords in “Trial of a TimeLord”, the destruction of Earth refered to in Hartnell’s “The Ark”, the destruction of it refered to in “Frontios”, and the repopulation of it in “The Sontaran Experiment”. (And lets not even go to “The End of the World” etc.)

Then you buy books by Lance Parkin on it. πŸ™‚

Notice that says 3rd Edition. I have all 3. πŸ™‚

You wonder what happened to Ace.Β  πŸ™‚

And you know that Russell T. Davies and Company were going to bring back Sophie Aldred’s Ace in the now ever-to-be-produced Sixth Series of The Sarah Jane Adventures.

That’s a true anorak!
You consider it a moment of powerful Television Editing when you saw the black background with Adric’s broken gold star on screen while the credits rolled by.

I HATE Adric, but that did make me sad the first time. Only the first time… Now I enjoy it. πŸ™‚

Still makes me laugh…

You know who Michael Grade is and what he did.

And how he almost did it again in 2004.

When the Nimon costume’s head almost fell off the actor, you chose to over look it.

Myrka anyone? πŸ™‚

When Tom Baker opens the door to let K-9 in or out off screen, you ignore the fact that K-9 himself can’t actually fit through the Tardis door.
You know that the Cybermen came before the Borg.

See my earlier blog.
You have a fantasy of finding a lost Doctor Who episode at a flee market.

Or that someone else will.
You have to read the Target Novelisations of the Hartnell and Troughton episodes just to find out what happened in them.
I did in the early days before I got the see them (at least the ones that exist) I also read Pertwee & Davison.

Subscribed to Doctor Who Fan Club of America.

Your local PBS Station only aired “The Five Doctors” during a Pledge Drive.

You know Kate O’Mara, who played The Rani, was a regular on Dynasty.

And that she will be at Gallifrey One 2014! πŸ™‚

Or you watched an old Avengers episode and she and Roger Delgado were the bad guys so you wondered if Steed was The Doctor or if he was going to make a cameo appearance! πŸ™‚
Called “Stay Tuned” (1969), by the way.

Please leave your ideas in the comments. πŸ™‚


2011 Gallifrey One Banquet Photo