The Artful Dodger

I do wish DW mag would stop interviewing David Tennant. He is tact and diplomacy personified and, with the possible exception of his musical tastes, quite brilliant at avoiding saying anything other than the party line on any subject. Getting any serious opinion out of him is a bit like asking the Doctor straight out if he loves Rose and expecting a meaningful answer.

He’s still plugging the old “no shagging in the TARDIS” line, he refuses to be drawn on whether he could even so much as imagine a female Doctor and, for crying out loud, affects total wide-eyed innocence when asked if he ever realised the effect tight pinstripe trousers could have on his female fans. The first two I can, just about buy into. The third? No bloody way.

I just wish they’d leave him alone until he’s had nothing to do with DW for at least ten years. Even then I expect he’d evade any controversial questions, damn him. It’s very understandable but pretty dull to read.

Plus,  they’ve Kylie on the cover AGAIN and about 20 pages on VOTD, mostly rehashing the Christmas Day Confidential. How much pimping of Kylie in a forklift truck do we actually need? No, don’t answer that.

And a cartoon strip in a very odd style which achieves the remarkable feat of making every character, even Ten, look hideous.

I liked the little piece on the DW fan as porn consumer, however, illustrated by a BBC oldstyle DW paperback peeking out of a plain Jiffy Bag. That, I can identify with. The nearest I’ve ever got to going to bed with DT was hiding my magazine under the duvet when my partner came in, and having to leave it there all night. And then there are all the Dalek Empire CDs I listen to while ironing, and nowhere else. Because I iron in the conservatory, and that gives me time to switch them off if I hear one of the kids come in.

And then there’s the portable DVD player I got for Christmas……to watch S3 discreetly under the covers. The DVDs are hidden in a shoebox at the bottom of my wardrobe. Probably have cat hairs on them by now.

Yes, maybe I do have a problem. I had every intention of coming out after I met Paul Cornell last October, but somehow I’ve crept back into the closet again. RTD would be furious with me.

By the way, why is Jack sprawled out over a bar in a compromising position with James Masters in the Torchwood preview?

No, don’t answer that either. Because he’s Jack, that’s why.

But, seriously, I really am starting to wonder if DWM is worth nearly Β£50 a year for a subscription. Except I know that, if I let it lapse, I’ll be on the first bus into town on that all-important second Thursday of the month.

Right. Off to read about Verity Lambert now.

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18 thoughts on “The Artful Dodger

  1. He’s still plugging the old “no shagging in the TARDIS” line
    *snort* Oh, how his inner five-year-old amuses me. “EW!” Ha!
    The first two I can, just about buy into. The third? No bloody way.
    Oh, tell me about it. I seriously doubt he’s that clueless.

  2. *cannot wait for hot Captain Jack/Spike-oops-I-mean-Captain-John loving*
    Hee πŸ™‚ I adore James Marsters so I’m so excited about Torchwood. It’s going to be ace!
    (I got a bit bored of DWM. I know, I know, bad fangirl! But it never seemed to say anything.)

  3. It’s my belief that the reason the Confidential and the majority of the VotD promotional juggernaut has been focused on Kylie rather than David is because he was unavailable for obvious family reasons. They left him his space, and I’m glad for that, even if it did mean a Confidential that came off more like an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music.

  4. There are a few good things about living on your own, and one of them – for me – is the ability to be as fannish about Who as I like, since there’s no-one here to say any different.
    None of my family know I write fic, either, which is good in some ways and not so good in others.
    As for DW Magazine, I have the one with the Kylie picture on the front of it which I haven’t read yet (perhaps the forklift truck thing was sponsored by forklift truck manufacturers? πŸ˜‰ ); as a whole I’m a take-it-or-leave-it kind of girl with DWM, if I’m honest; magazines aren’t my favourite things in the world because I read so very fast it’s gone pretty much straight away.
    Still, the pictures are pretty πŸ™‚

  5. He’s still plugging the old “no shagging in the TARDIS” line, he refuses to be drawn on whether he could even so much as imagine a female Doctor and, for crying out loud, affects total wide-eyed innocence when asked if he ever realised the effect tight pinstripe trousers could have on his female fans.
    Hmm… in what context did the ‘no shagging’ policy come up again? Rose, Donna, Martha… or other? *grin*
    Now, I can believe the wide-eyes innocence back in the day when he began, but how many times has he topped the sexiest man lists now? I don’t believe he doesn’t know, but I don’t know if he knows how to handle it yet. *grin*

  6. But, seriously, I really am starting to wonder if DWM is worth nearly Β£50 a year for a subscription. Except I know that, if I let it lapse, I’ll be on the first bus into town on that all-important second Thursday of the month.
    Then there are those of us who stalk the two, or possibly three different stores that actually might carry DWM hoping not only for a quick sighting, but that possibility that we might actually touch, pickup and deliver to the sales counter an actual copy for our perusal.
    It’s not easy to save the needed $135 for a yearly subscription, then you have to pray the postal service will actually deliver it.
    Everyone is allowed their fantasies…ours just travels in time πŸ™‚ Payday tomorrow, guess where I’ll be stopping! So I’m only a full issue behind, it is sooo worth it.

  7. Oh, it was one of those very staged Q&A sessions and someone asked which companion he’d most like to sleep with (Jack was also on the list).
    Of course, the correct answer is “The Doctor never sleeps.”

  8. Yes, it is very much a mouthpiece isn’t it? I remember my mouth dropping open at the claim that the friendship with Rose was entirely platonic and that she’d gone off into the sunset perfectly happy.
    But the reviews are fun, and the pictures sure are pretty.

  9. You may well be right. However, my issue isn’t really David vs Kylie, but more the sheer volume of behind-the-scenes stuff. It was all said first by Caitlin Moran in the Times, the lady who coined the term Time Phwoard after TCI and becomes more blatantly Tennant worshipping with every piece she writes.
    Sensible girl.

  10. An interesting thought – he’s very clever at these things and he’s never actually said “No shagging”. Just “No shagging in the TARDIS.
    Hmmm.

  11. Oh my god, though, did you read the review of the Series 3 boxset? They weren’t exactly polite about 42. The fact that they’d be that blunt serves as proof positive to me that although they’re a purpose-built magazine, they’re far from a house organ (unlike Star Trek Communicator or Dragon, which never have anything to say about their source material except the most glowing praise).

  12. Well, yeah – that’s true. I still think they’re about the best mag around, and I like the way they feature the whole spread of classic DW as well as the new stuff.
    They certainly raved about the box set as a whole – that was the review that finally persuaded me to buy it, even though I already had the vanilla discs.

  13. He’s still plugging the old “no shagging in the TARDIS” line
    Just the Valiant, then?
    imagine a female Doctor
    Who needs to imagine when we’ve had Joanna Lumley?
    the effect tight pinstripe trousers
    This might be denial. He works for a gay producer and director. If he thought too hard about why a lot of the shots chosen are of revealing neckline and tight trousers, his tenure as the Doctor might be cut short. Or he could realise that Rose is a Mary Sue of RTD, and teasing the fandom with ambiguity is letting the fanfic writers fulfill RTD’s fantasy to have Tennant’s Doctor. *cough*
    I quite like the philosophy of “what’s a kiss between friends?” Funny that he calls Astrid the most potential for a ‘proper’ kiss. Has he not been to Europe? Then again, with Ten’s oral fixation, even inanimate objects are on the receiving end. Jam.
    What we really need to ask is, how many companions has the Doctor shared a bed with?

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