Set your alarm clock, it’s not just week eight of lockdown! It’s also Volcano Day!
Who’s been playing about with the stars? They’re all in the wrong places, for this time zone, anyway. I know I didn’t time travel to get here. I can feel time travel. If I didn’t know better, I’d say I’ve travelled eight weeks into Doctor Who lockdown. But I do know better. So who moved the stars?
As Doctor Who fandom, and most of the world, sits in a holding pattern for another week at least and lose all track of time, we can at least say that thanks to the continuing sense of community and humour, it’s not the most unpleasant time loop ever…
#VolcanoDay revisited the 2008 adventure The Fires of Pompeii, with writer James Moran, and actors Tracey Childs (Metella), Francesca Fowler (Evelina), and Francois Pandalfo (Quintis) on hand to share their memories of the episode. With the story supplying both one of Doctor Who’s most emotional episodes, and some of its most ambitious filming, it was a fascinating night. While the cast proved adorable in immediately bonding again in their chatty TV family catch up with each other.
As well as that, a special minisode caught up with The Descendants of Pompeii, reuniting Tracey Childs and Francesca Fowler as their original characters’ great-great-great-great-great… well, let’s just say many generations later descendants. So join Evie and Maxine as they face a different, less violent, upheaval of everything in lockdown.
Older episodes also got some love with possibly the most ambitious and enthusiastic live tweet ever. Organized by the legendary, awe inspiring and occasionally just plain odd Pip Madeley #Troughtweet united thousands of fans in rewatching Patrick Trougton’s 1969 swansong The War Games. All four hours, 52 seconds of it. Spread out over five nights, the event was a triumph of fans doing it for themselves, with prizes, original fan fiction and lots of laughs. Plus a chance for a whole new group of younger fans to fall in love with the Second Doctor.
Staying in the TARDIS
The official BBC site kept up its commitment to providing free archive content to fans to help them through the pandemic and to keep younger fans in particular entertained in lockdown. This week’s challenge is to design your own Doctor Who gadget and share it online with the #StayingInTheTARDIS hashtag. Printables for the week, meanwhile included a Fourth Doctor paper doll from Doctor Who: Paper Dolls, a crossword and a Thirteenth Doctor ‘TARDuko’ from Are You as Clever as a Time Lord?, ans an Evolution of the Daleks colouring page from Doctor Who: The Colouring Book.
There’s also a free downloadable comic book, Titan Comics’ Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1, and a free Second Doctor audio story, The King of Golden Death, read by Anneke Wills (Polly). You can get it all from the Staying in the TARDIS page
Fantom Films hosted Time Space Visualiser: The Pub Quiz on Zoom (c) Fantom Films
Time Space Visualiser: The Pub Quiz
Fantom Films’ regular virtual convention, Time Space Visualiser, had a special change to its format this week. It became a pub quiz for the night, with questions and fun from some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated fans in the Doctor Who community.
50th anniversary docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time and Twelfth Doctor spine tingler Listen get the live tweet treatment, the Quiz of Rassilon returns with a special round to celebrate Gavin Rymill’s birthday in dignified and refined style, and there’s more from Staying in the TARDIS and the Time Space Visualiser.