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August 22, 2012 11:08 AM   Subscribe

Doctor Who Online podcast interviews Ian Levine. In parallel with his career as a DJ and record producer who worked with Bananarama and the Pet Shop Boys, Levine was also a consultant on Doctor Who in the 80s and was instrumental in finding many missing episodes of the series. His latest projects include private reconstructions of unproduced or incomplete stories like Douglas Adams's Shada. The interview is three entertaining, if controversial hours [direct download link to episode one and to episode two].
posted by feelinglistless (12 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I should add that I'm posting this because it's an interesting piece of Doctor Who's history even if some of it left me slack jawed and whispering things like "You can't say that" and "I can't believe he's just said that" and "I was probably happier not knowing that".
posted by feelinglistless at 11:13 AM on August 22, 2012


Previously.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:18 AM on August 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


I have this Pavlovian reaction, a little internal bubble of joy, whenever a Who post shows up on the blue. Can't wait to listen to this.
posted by jbickers at 11:29 AM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I should add that I'm posting this because it's an interesting piece of Doctor Who's history even if some of it left me slack jawed and whispering things like "You can't say that" and "I can't believe he's just said that" and "I was probably happier not knowing that".

I don't have three hours to spare to listen to this right now, but I'm curious about the shocking bits. Can I ask what astonished you so?
posted by painquale at 12:55 PM on August 22, 2012


Yes, I second that question!
posted by ocherdraco at 12:59 PM on August 22, 2012


Thanks so much for this. I'm gonna go home from work, start my night of weekly cooking, and listen to the whole thing!

will report back on shock value.
posted by Lemurrhea at 1:13 PM on August 22, 2012


Spoilers I suppose. I'll let it marinate for a while and report back. Other than to say that it is worth the three hours.
posted by feelinglistless at 1:21 PM on August 22, 2012


Spoilers I suppose.

Could you be more precise on what is spoiled? Older series, or are there spoilers for the upcoming season?

Can I listen if I don't want to know what's coming up next? Or should I skip this podcast (and this thread) altogether?
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 1:35 PM on August 22, 2012


No, I meant spoilers for the content of the podcast which is impossible to really explain unless you listen.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:43 PM on August 22, 2012


Metafilter By-laws require me to mention that Levine was responsible for "Doctor in Distress".

Oh, and there is a new series trailer for BBC America. For September 1.
posted by Mezentian at 4:02 PM on August 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


More normal/sane whovians may be fortunate enough not to know who Ian Levine is - a note of explanation/ caution.

Levine is a Dr who super/uberfan, infact it would not be unfair to call him THE superfan. (A role he has adopted semiprofessionally for some time).
Like all super fans, he has strong opinions and has said some dumb things (like Advocating voting in the 2010 election based soely on who he felt was more likely to keep funding the BBC to make more Dr Who) and can be very defensive about those opinions. He is, to say the least- a polarising figure within the Who community. Here is a good critical take on his role in the community for those interested.

That said, he is pretty much unavoidable in the community, and has played a large part in shaping that fandom behind the scenes, so he is definatley worth listening too even if you are sceptical of nearly everything he says (like I am)
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 10:54 AM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


@Another Fine Product ... Thank you for posting this addition, but I feel like I need some kind of timeline or notes to even start understanding that link. I am trying to get through it all though. (I mean, okay, "wreckage of the Colin Baker years," fine, but has anyone got a even more basic explanation of the context to this person?)

Man, stuff like this is why I was pleased to have avoided having a fandom for so many years. I even thought maybe I was naturally immune.

Some are born fannish, some achieve fandom, and SOME HAVE FANDOM THRUST UPON THEM
posted by wintersweet at 11:03 AM on August 23, 2012


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