Hear that? That’s the sound of fanboys’ relief

Tonight’s Doctor Who was enjoyable, but I was a bit disappointed that the Doctor’s daughter turned out to be merely an instant clone who appeared virtually simultaneously from her “dad’s” genes (in typical BBC/Russell T. Davies “knowing” style, Georgia Moffett, the real-life daughter of former Doctor Who actor Peter Davison, was cast in the role).

I imagine the Whovian fanworld was dreading tonight’s episode; it’s notoriously reluctant to see the Doctor indulge in any heterosexual shenanigans. When the eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann, actually kissed a girl, there was outrage among those fans who would prefer to believe that the original Doctor’s granddaughter Susan was more likely to be an adopted stray than an actual blood relative.

I confess to being a fan myself, but wouldn’t go so far as one obsessive who phoned BBC producer Sue Vertue during the making of the Comic Relief Doctor Who special, The Curse of Fatal Death, in 1999 and asked if the episode was “canon”. Two points to make here: first, this anonymous fan phoned Sue on her private mobile – how scary is that? Second, a word on “canon”, a favourite fan obsession…

“Canon” is the term used to describe those works of fiction which are a spin-off of a well-known TV programmes or movies. The sci-fi sections of most bookshops feature many examples of this, with continuations of, or prequals to, the likes of Buffy, Star Trek and, of course, Doctor Who. Some of this new work is indeed canon – in other words it is now part of the official mythology.

There. I bet you’re glad you know that now.

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2 responses to “Hear that? That’s the sound of fanboys’ relief

  1. Liz

    Actually, to be even more nerdy; “canon” starts with the original episodes and wonders what else it can embrace… The term “fanon” – things which have been completely created by the assumptions of fans, but then universally adopted by them (like the name of the mother of a favourite character, never cited in the original) – is also great…

  2. I am so glad I didn’t know that…

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