Bridging the Rift #9: Funny Fan Comics

September 26, 2009

Subwave Network album artWe’re joined by Lydia aka Girl on the Moon, of Doctor Who, Torchwood and UNIT webcomic, The Search For The Truth to discuss Doctor Who Universe funny fan comics.

We also travel back in time two weeks to hear all your theories, fixes and rebuttals about the existence and contents of Doctor Who canon.

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Show Notes


@ 1 minute – Lydia introduces herself:



2 minutes 30 seconds – We look at feedback to episode 7, our canon episode:

Auld Morality:
Minuet in Hell:
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea:

Main Discussion – Funny Fan Comics

37 minutes 20 seconds – We discuss our favourite funny fan comics:

The Search for the Truth:

The 10 Doctors:

The Abridged Torchwood Finale:
Caves of Androzani:
The DoctorDonna:
Jack Harkness – PotW:

Sarcastic Fox:
Skin of a Killer:

Doctor Why aka The Worst of the Time Lords: by lazenich and reaperfox

Torchwood Babiez: by spastasmagoria and jigglykat

AnyWho: by willmeister42

uWho: by spune-who

1 hour 8 minutes 40 seconds – What makes a good funny fan comic?

Making a joke out of one line or moment:
AnyWho: Fashion:

Highlighting plot holes and flaws in plans:
Davros Reality Check:
Lord President Morbius Poster:
Who called me Dickhead?
They’re not sausages:

Fez Master:
Nesting Daleks:

Is unrequited love inherently funny?:
Mad Martha:
uWho: Gridlock:
Bad Wolf Byebye:
Why I love Donna Noble:

Repeating or perverting catch phrases:
Are you my Mummy?:
Vader Meets The Empty Child:
The Sound of Drums:

1 hour 21 minutes 27 seconds – Advice to people wanting to start their own funny fan comic:

Hosting sites:

Next Time

1 hour 29 minutes 15 seconds – Next time we’ll be discussing Doctor Who and Torchwood fandom on Second Life.

If you have any comments about our discussions this week, give your feedback in the comments, directed @BridgingTheRift on Twitter or emailed to our GoogleMail address.

Trocking Out

1 hour 30 minutes – Chameleon Circuit – Journey’s End:

In the Doctor Who Magazine reader’s poll, fans who came to Doctor Who with the new series voted Journey’s End the best Doctor Who story of all time, also placing the other series finales in their top 5 and relegating Caves of Androzani to number 10. So as we featured a funny plot synopsis comic of Caves of Androzani, we feel Journey’s End also deserves the treatment.

Luckily Chameleon Circuit have fit the bill perfectly with this track from their debut self-titled album, available from DFTBA records, from iTunes and Amazon MP3. Thanks to DFTBA records and the band for permission to use this track.


Bridging the Rift #8: Exploring Conventions

September 18, 2009

Subwave Network album artWe’re joined by Chris Burgess of Radio Free Skaro to discuss what goes on at Doctor Who, Torchwood and general science fiction conventions and what’s the best way to experience them.

We also discuss your fan fiction and Russell T Davies feedback, and look at the types of fan creativity seen at conventions.

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Show Notes


@ 1 minute – Chris introduces himself:


@ 2 minutes 15 seconds – We look at feedback to episode 6, our Fan Fiction discussion.

@ 9 minutes 10 seconds – We enter the feedback loop to discuss follow up comments on Russell T Davies’ attitude towards fandom:

Unreality SF interviews RTD and Benjamin Cook about ‘ming mongs’:
Victoria Wood ‘But Doctor, we haven’t got the ming mongs!’:

Creativity Corner

@ 30 minutes 10 seconds – We look at the fan creativity on show at conventions:

Costuming / Cosplay:

Tardis Tara (Tara Wheeler)’s high speed video of the cosplayers with the Tardis:
Doctor Who Cosplay Livejournal Community:

Fan-made Daleks:

Project Dalek:
Daleks Builders:
Dalek Storm:

Fan-made Tardises:

Tardis Tara:
Tardis Builders:

Main Discussion – Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sci-Fi Conventions

@ 44 minutes 40 seconds:

Gallifrey One:
Official site:
Radio Free Skaro episodes recorded at Gallifrey 20:

Official site:
The Whoovers fan group:
Staggering Stories cover the event:
The Podcasting Panel:
Nat’s TwitPics:

Official Site:
LiveJournal Community:
Nat’s con report:
The Council of Rivendell: (Cabaret sketch)
Ruler of the Universe photos:

Other Conventions Mentioned:
Regenerations Swansea:
Who Party Toronto:
Hurricane Who:
Who at the FAB Cafe:
Bad Wolf:

Next Time

@ 1 hour 34 minutes 30 seconds – Next time we’ll be discussing Doctor Who universe funny fan art and gag comics.

If you have any comments about our discussions this week, or can tell us more about UK weekend conventions, give your feedback in the comments, directed @BridgingTheRift on twitter or emailed to our GoogleMail address.

Trocking Out

@ 1 hour 35 minutes 15 seconds – We play out with The Stars are Made of Diamonds, written by Alex from Northern Ireland aka One Man, Two Hearts and performed by Sean from Victoria, Australia aka Mr Saxon. You can hear more from them on MySpace:

Bridging the Rift #7: But is it Canon?

September 12, 2009

Subwave Network album artWe’re joined by Tom Dickinson from The Cloister Room Podcast to discuss what canon is, where the term comes from, and whether the Doctor Who Universe has one, and if not why.

We also hear your defence of Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, look at classic series feedback and some extra special fan creativity.

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Show Notes


@ 1 minute – Tom introduces himself:


@ 2 minutes 10 seconds – We look at feedback to episode 5, our Classic Series discussion:

Punk Davros by Julian aka @Braxietel:

Jon Pertwee discussion in the comments:

Creativity Corner

@ 16 minutes 5 seconds – No theme this week, but here’s what caught our eye:

An amazing Tardis cake:

DailyCrumb’s surreal Matt Smith Eleventh Doctor animation:

Main Discussion – Does Doctor Who Have A Canon?

@ 23 minutes – Canon in the Star Wars Universe:

Star Wars Canon:
Canon Wars’ exhaustive exploration of Star Wars canon:

@ 27 minutes 55 seconds – The blog posts that started this discussion:

Teatime Brutality:
Paul Cornell in 2007:
Tom’s Cloister Room canon episode:

@ 30 minutes 42 seconds – Why might the current creative team not want to declare canon?

Virgin New Adventures:
Big Finish official site:
Big Finish writers:
RTD’s interview with,30869/

@ 57 minutes – Where the fannish term ‘canon’ comes from:

Ronald Knox:
Fanlore: Sherlock Holmes:
Knox’s original essay:
The Sacred Writings of Dr John H. Watson:

Bonus link!: 😉

Next Time

@ 1 hour 25 minutes 50 seconds – Next time we’ll be discussing Doctor Who conventions and get togethers.

If you disagree with our opinions on canon, or have any theories of your own, or if you have more classic series or Pertwee feedback or more punk daleks, give your feedback in the comments, directed @BridgingTheRift on twitter or emailed to our GoogleMail address.

Trocking Out

@ 1 hour 26 minutes 30 seconds – We play out with a Classic Series trock song by our guest’s new band Blinovich (see Mawdryn Undead)! Exploring the ending to 1986’s The Trial of a Time Lord, it’s The Ultimate Foe! Check out Tom’s YouTube channel VideoBloggery for the music video and another (very funny) trock song:

The Ultimate Foe:

Bridging the Rift #6: The World of Fan Fiction

September 4, 2009

Subwave Network album artWe’re joined by Spider aka Spiderine on LiveJournal to discuss the different types Doctor Who Universe fan fiction and where to find them, and the legal position of transformative works.

We also look at your feedback for our Russell T Davies episode and travel back in time to episode 5 to hear the classic series Creativity Corner we recorded with Steven.

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Show Notes


@ 1 minute – We introduce Torchwood and New Series Doctor Who fan fiction writer Spider:


@ 2 minutes 42 seconds – Nat will be at the Whooverville one day Doctor Who convention at the Midland Railway Centre near Ripley in Derbyshire this Sunday – that’s the 6th of September – if you’re attending, Nat would love to hear from you: (Nat’s Twitter)

Creativity Corner

@ 4 minutes 17 seconds – We travel back to episode 5 where we were joined by Steven from Radio Free Skaro to discuss the classic series. As we overran, this is the discussion we recorded about classic series fan creativity:

Fan art:

mimi-na‘s classic who fan art:

Fan art of jlfletch, often used for signings:

Fan art of harnois75 (featured in past Doctor Who Storybooks):
(and many more)

Fan videos:

Babelcolour‘s tributes to the Doctors etc: (all stories 1963 to 2008, Eurythmics Sweet Dreams mash up) (the First Doctor, Back in 64, the Ruttles) (the Second Doctor, The Littlest Hobo) (the Third Doctor, Hero, Bonnie Tyler) (the Fifth Doctor, the Kinks Cricket) (the Sixth Doctor, My Coat of Many Colours) (the Eighth Doctor, English Man in New York)

Farmergeddon71‘s Doctor Who spoofs: (Flight of the Darned) (Five Doctors spoof parts 1 and 2)


Correction: In episode 5 Nat stated that Harold S. recommended Captain Jack and the TARDIS by Rhodri James when in fact he recommended a filk of the same folk song, called Captain Jack and the Tardis by a filker called Crystal Paul. We apologise for confusing these two Doctor Who filks to the same tune.

@ 14 minutes 50 seconds – We look at your feedback to episode 4 where we were joined by Kate Orman to discuss fandom’s relationship with Russell T Davies:

Three suggestions for accessories for the Russell T Davies action figure featured in Creativity Corner:

The creator of the RTD figure, russellh is keen to hear your suggestions for accessories and may include them in an improved version! If you have more, leave yours in the comments.

Anattendantlord provides us with context for Rona Munro’s comments on romance in Doctor Who being lazy writing:

We discuss Julian aka Braxietel’s comments about whether we were too lenient on Russell T Davies.

Spider gives her criticisms of RTD.

Main Discussion

@ 34 minutes – We discuss what fan fiction is, explain some common types of fics, explore Doctor Who Universe pairings and stories, and discuss disclaimers and legalities of fanfiction versus published works:

Fanfic recommendation communities/fanfiction communities on livejournal: (newsletter) (newsletter)


A Teaspoon and an Open Mind:

The legal position of fan fiction:

Organization for Transformative Works (OTW):
Fair Use:

Fan fiction mentioned:

The Mascot: (Steven/Hi Fi fanfiction)
Copperbadge aka sam_storyteller:

Next time

1 hour 34 minutes 15 seconds – Next episode we’ll be discussing whether or not Doctor Who has a true ‘canon’, what canon is and what’s included in it.

Trocking Out

1 hour 35 minutes 45 seconds – We play out with Donna’s Song by trock band Exerminate! from Pennsylvania, USA. You can hear more from the band at: