March 20th, 2009

melanie bush, A megabyte modem!

New email

I have given in and gotten myself a gmail: ionlylurkhere@googlemail.com (what a shock; such a desirable username yet not already taken) Hopefully I can change it in a way that means my comment notifications will go there.

This is mostly because BT have turned out to be super-faily and "suspended my account" (just the email, not the broadband, obv) for reasons surpassing understanding. I am trying to get it back but I have just spent ten minutes on the phone to be told I was phoning the wrong department and I needed to dial someone else entirely. \o/ This is going to be a FUN day, I can tell.

My call is moving up the queue and will be connected to the next available adivser ...

(Ha ha. My restore from saved draft was an attempt to say nice things about The Forgotten that I, er, gave up on. It is quite Doctor/TARDISy, which is always nice. And the second half is only a bit dull rather than actively bad and full of OOC flashbacks -- the Seven and Ace flashback feels like a BF, somehow. And from a plot structure point of view, it does make a decent effort at providing red herrings, but unfortunately the eventual answer is essentially unguessable. I still can't get over Eight only having had "brief companions", though. Way to pointlessly privilege your spinoff over others.)
mini fitz and rock and roll is very good

Doctor Who Companions - the long-service awards

In issue #5 of IDW's Doctor Who comic The Forgotten, we're told that Eight only had "brief companions" in that incarnation. Like many things about The Forgotten, this annoys me. But I think I have grounds for my annoyance in this case. (This was originally a reply to doyle_sb4 on my previous post, but it got long and statistical and might possibly be vaguely interesting to people apart from my axe-grinding, so here it is as a post.)

What I've done is work out the length of service for each companion who I think has a reasonable claim to have been a "current" companion in at least one branch of the ongoing story of Doctor Who (and yes, this is the sort of thinking that privileges the NAs over the MAs) both in terms of adventures they were involved in and the number of our months they were the current companion for. The point being to explode the idea that for those of us who follow the story, Eight's companions were "brief".

So here's the top 10, sorted by number of adventures:
  1. Fitz Kreiner (49)
  2. Benny Summerfield (42)
  3. Ace (41)
  4. Charley Pollard (28)
  5. Anji Kapoor (24)
  6. Sam Jones (24)
  7. Izzy Sinclair (23)
  8. Chris Cwej (22)
  9. Rose Tyler (21)
  10. K9 (21)


And by months of being a current companion that fandom was experiencing stories about:
  1. Izzy Sinclair (85)
  2. Charley Pollard (94)
  3. Ace (82)
  4. Fitz Kreiner (72)
  5. C'Rizz (46)
  6. Frobisher (45)
  7. Benny (44)
  8. K9 (40)
  9. Tegan Jovanka (37)
  10. Sarah Jane Smith (35)


Now, this is really mostly about the nature of middle school more than anything else (note that telly companions only squeeze in in the bottom two or three places on each measure), but Eight's companions feature heavily in both these Top 10s (50% of the first and 40% of the second, with the top spot taken by an Eight companion in each case). Not only did he not have brief companions, he had most of the longest serving companions. He is the Doctor it is least sensible to make that claim about, if you're going to count spinoffery. And since The Forgotten is a spinoff ...

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