Tag Archive: Spoilers

The Key To Scheduling

* Spoilers below if you dont want to see episode titles from the new series!

Home work assignments for those of you following along, the next several weeks will find us deeply entrenched in Tom Baker and Matt Smith, as the continuation of Series Six starts this week with six new episodes, and our Friday Night Who’s will be the six segments of the Key To Time.  The show’s review schedule shakes down like this:

On 8/26 Friday Night Who kicks off with the first story of The Key To Time with “The Ribos Operation”.

Traveling The Vortex #35 will see us reviewing “The Ribos Operation” and S6x08,  “Let’s Kill Hitler”.

Friday Night Who 9/2 is “The Pirate Planet”

Episode #36 covers “The Pirate Planet” and “Night Terrors” (S6x09).

Then on 9/9, one of my favorite episodes, “The Stones Of Blood”.

TTV #37 will be our reviews of “The Stones Of Blood” and S6x10, “The Girl Who Waited”

The week of 9/16 Friday Night Who is “The Androids Of Tara”

And then we’ll review “The Androids Of Tara” and the Star Trek sounding “The God Complex” (S6x11) on episdode #38.

FNW 9/23 – is the penultimate (see Keith, I DO listen to you!) Key To Time story, “The Power Of Kroll”

Episode #39 of the podcast is “The Power Of Kroll” and “Closing Time” (S6x12)

And finally we wrap up the Key To Time saga on 9/30 Friday Night Who with “The Armageddon Factor”

Traveling The Vortex episode #40 (40?!? Seriously?!?  WOW!) will be our reviews of “The Armageddon Factor” and the final episode of series six, “The Wedding Of River Song” (S6x13)

And then a special treat.  It occures to us that our novice Keith will have watched the LAST episode of Doctor Who ever made (or at least the most current), we should go back and bookend it with the FIRST episode of Doctor Who ever made.  So, for Friday Night Who on 10/7, we’ll be watching “An Unearthly Child” with William Hartnell.

Our review for that week (episode #41) will cover The Begningings DVD box set, with “An Unearthly Child” and “Edge Of Destruction” (although I imagine we’ll gloss over or ignore “The Daleks” since we’ve already reviewed that monster story!)

And speaking of Monsters, while I have a tenetive plan mapped out for where we go after this, does anybody want to do some Halloween themed Friday Night Whos at that time?  Sound off!

To Spoiler, Or Not To Spoiler? That Is The Question

Being a Doctor Who fan is great especially now with the internet and social media, being able to meet loads of like minded people from around the world, like me for instance. Im from Scotland and Shaun, Glenn and Keith are from America. I have met and enjoy speaking to fans all over the world; America, Asia, Africa etc.
We discuss how great the show is and our favourite characters, stories and the like, our theories on what is going to happen, take part in mass commentary on twitter with the #FridayNightWho and #dwbar.
That is some of the fun points, but as like ying and yang, with the good is usually some bad. With all this more people I speak too in forums, facebook and twitter, the more complaining people do which gets me to what I want to speak a little about.
Spoilers.  Every week there is a new spoiler on line in Doctor Who from pictures being leaked to spoiler reviews from pre showing and it kicks up such a storm on line. I have read people screaming at each (well cap locks) on twitter and some being so highly offended and I can’t understand why. They inevitably block the person and such but I can’t understand why some people get so worked up on it.
The type of spoilers I am speaking about is not massive ones but enough to evoke a huge wrath by people.
I think the reason I don’t understand the reaction is because in this day and age some spoilers are inevitably going to leak out, we have twitter, facebook, google+, forums, blogs, podcasts and fanzines to start with and I have come to accept that in this day and age NOTHING can be totally locked down.
During the Doctor Who”off season” like now, I tend not to visit the forums as much but I still listen to the podcasts and obviously I am still on twitter and facebook and I firmly believe that if you are using these then you have to expect some titbits to be coming your way.
I would cross the line at someone posting the ending to the whole arc after going to to the doctor who spoiler’s website but when someone posts a picture of a scene during filming or the actors who are making a special appearance in that episode is it that bad?
I don’t think so and personally I wouldn’t even call it a spoiler, and if I am to be 100% positive someone could send me through the scrip’s to read and it wouldn’t take ANYTHING away from the episode for me, bit it seems even finding out the title of an episode 3 weeks before it is published by BBC is a punishment fit by hanging.
There is so many links on twitter by Doctor Who blogs with “SPOILER ON S7 E2” and such like and we all have to find ourselves answering the question, to spoiler or not to spoiler?
Depending on the severity I admit I sometimes do go and have a little nosey look.  How about you, do you nosey? Do you spoiler? Do you have cyberbabies every time someone throws a tiny new piece for information on the series your way?
Alex Giles (Muldwych)

Spoiler Wars Episode V: Steven Moffat Strikes Back

A long time ago in a galaxy not so, far away…

It is a dark time for Who fandom. Although the season six premier has been aired, a few journalists and fans have rooted show secrets from their hidden scripts and posted them across the internet.

Evading the dreaded SPOILERS, a group of purists led by Steven Moffat has established a new secret keeping method called the honor system.

The evil Lord Spoiler, obsessed with finding the tiniest tidbits of information, has dispatched thousands of search engines into the far reaches of the internet….

It sounds a bit over blown and over dramatic, just like the movies, but Steven Moffat’s passion is for real.

The Doctor Who show runner isn’t a fan of fans who post spoilers online. “You can’t imagine how much I hate them,” the writer said after crucial plot details of the series six premier were revealed on the internet.  At the press launch for the new series last month, Moffat pleaded with journalists not to spoil details of the two-parter, which was packed with surprises and revelations, a request to which they largely conceded.

But one fan who had been invited to the screening posted the entire storyline on an internet forum. Moffat told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s only fans who do this, or they call themselves fans. I wish they could go and be fans of something else.  It’s heartbreaking in a way because you’re trying to tell stories, and stories depend on surprise. So to have some twit come to a press launch, write up a story in the worst, most ham-fisted English you can imagine, and put it on the internet? I just hope that guy never watched my show again, because that’s a horrific thing to do.”

There’s a balancing act between a fan’s desire and reality, to know everything they can about something they are passionate about, versus becoming so “in the know” they can no longer enjoy the object of their passion.  Part of it is the role of mass media today.  Between television, the internet, Twitter, Facebook, text messaging, etc… human beings are wired in more than ever before in the history of the planet.  News and information circle the globe in a flash, picked up and re-broadcast by legions.  Spoiler news is no different.  When something leaks, and people’s natural response is, “Did you hear…” it’s tough to stay pure and un-spoilt.

But part of it is the dark side of fandom.  Those who relish in showing off how plugged in they are, how much they know, and how quickly they can get it.  I liken these fans to Paparazzi, laying in wait for a juicy tidbit in 4-inch high heels to walk by, then ambushing their subject and posting the results on line.

And, I’m forced to admit, that once upon a time, I was one of the jackals.  I worked for Suncoast Motion Picture Company back in the day, (it was a Tuesday.  Not sure if you knew that, but “back in the day” ALWAYS refers to a Tuesday.)  Anyway, I dealt with a lot of people, and a lot of information.  And I found that the more information I had, the more I was sought out.  I was in demand.  People came to ME to get their news.  It was a very heady feeling.  I liked being needed.  So I devoured more information and passed it on.  I never consciously ruined the end of movies or anything, and any true spoilers were always tempered with “are you sure you want to know?” as if those seven little words made what I was doing okay.

**** SPOILERS AHEAD.  (Old news for almost EVERYONE on the planet at this point, but just be warned so I don’t accidently ruin something…)

Eventually the game caught up with me, when a customer presented me with an advanced copy of the script for “Star Trek: Generations”.  Now I was all for some advance knowledge, but the script?  Surely that was overkill.  But I gave into the temptation, and flipped through the book.  Not reading it, just flipping pages.  And what two words did my eyes seize upon? KIRK DIES.  This was before the flap and hubbub, before the world knew this was even a possibility.  And of course, it ruined the movie for me.  The big emotional moment of the film left me hollow, cause I already know it was going to happen.

I started shying away from entertainment news at that point, but still got hit with several, (Excitedly picking up the soundtrack to “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” two weeks before the movie came out and seeing the track “Qui Gon’s Noble End” listed on the back.  D’OH!  Lucasfilm struck again and showed a “spoiler free” 10 minute sneak preview of “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith” at SW: Celebration III in 2005, but I felt there was about 30 seconds worth of scenes that I didn’t need to see.  Someone told me Dumbledore dies in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince before I’d read it.  And I missed finding out the surprise twist at the end of “The Sixth Sense” by mere seconds, and only because I plugged my fingers in my ears and started screaming at the top of my lungs.)  I mean, who does that?  Especially knowing that people haven’t seen/read/listened or whatever yet?  That’s like walking out of “Empire Strikes Back” and commenting on Vader being Luke’s father. (Thanks Homer.) Or what if you read TV Guide the week after the big cliffhanger, and found out who DID shot J.R.?

Even currently, I had two elements of Neil Gaimen’s wonderful episode spoiled.  The episode title “The Doctor’s Wife” made the rounds on Twitter a month before the episode aired. (In hind sight, not so bad as it was a bit of a Red Herring.) But then I found out about the TARDIS taking over a body the day before the episode airs, and suddenly the title makes sense and… DAMNIT!!


So here comes “The Impossible Astronaut” in a special premier in the US.  And here’s the show runner, and author of that episode, live and in person on stage, pleading with the audience to NOT ruin the surprise and to keep the story under wraps.  And then this guy goes and posts the ENTIRE plot online?

Way to go, Jack-hole.  Not only have you given all of us a bad name and reputation, but you’ve seriously jeopardized future screenings like the one you were fortunate enough to attend.

I completely support Steven Moffat in his battle to keep things secret.  As a writer myself, as media person who does write a blog and record a podcast, but mostly as a fan.  Because, while yes, there is a part of me that does want to hear the news, the larger part of me enjoys the journey enough to say,

That’s okay, I’ll find out in due time….


…of course, if everybody rigidly adhered to that philosophy, Doc Brown would have died at the end of “Back To The Future”.