Yes, obviously you could get the two of us confused due to my condescending and pompous nature, my love of fanwank, and the fact I have written Attack of the Cybermen without getting credited for it on TV. But yet, we are two completely separate people who have never met. Allow me to prove it:
Eric Saward was with the Doctor Who production team for 5 years. When he left he slagged off everyone else involved in it.
Whereas I, having been a regular member of the Outpost Gallifrey forums for, hmmm, three or four years have recently left. Those of you with knowledge of the forums will know that there is no option to disable an account - I did so by changing my password and entering a string of random unintelligible numbers, hence making it impossible for myself to access the site ever again. Why? It felt right at the time, and still does for that matter. But aside the point, allow me to prove the complete dissimilarity between myself and Saward: I have no ill-will against Outpost Gallifrey.
Yes, it may be populated by squueers and pollsters and people who don't read threads and people who've never heard of punctuation for a bulk part.... it gets on my nerves but the same can be said of any other internet community (More's the pity). And I can bear the somewhat irritating hemispherical division of the community into two groups, one who praise the new series endlessly no matter what absurd shite they decide to put on a plate and ask us to swallow one week (the ringleader of whom is doubtless Jon Blum - don't worry, Jonny-boy, RTD will have to commission you soon!) and the other who voraciously rip apart absolutely every second of celluloid that has RTD's name on it. And I can even put up with the creaking, rattling dinosaurs of the forum who are still in the deluded state that trashing JNT endlessly is 'cool' and that every thread could do with a reference to how much you like Pertwee (Hullo, Mr Levine!)
So why am I leaving? (Or have left, rather...) It's nothing to do with the bad stuff. Just what seems to be absence of the good stuff. There seems to be a tim, in my memory where you'd look through for a while, find 4-5 crap threads, and then a golden one that would have you pissing yourself laughing, thinking profoundly, or debating furiously (and often rewardingly). Recently, it seemed that all I could find was crap threads. Specifically 4-5 crap threads, and then maybe a thread that's already been done to death, then a n00b thread, then 4-5 crap threads.
To be honest I like to think that it is not a matter of the community having recently gone to pot (although there isn't much to suggest otherwise) but simply that I've been on OG for so long that it all seems old and that there's nothing new under the sun. And also the obvious fact that pretty much every friend I've made on the site has been banned or stopped showing up.
But, there is another way in which I am similar to Eric Saward: his work ethic. Yes, this blog has been deader than a Saturday night in the Vatican for a couple of weeks. And I'm sorry, I had stuff to do and whatnottohottotrot, but I'll probably be getting back into it soon, so quit chomping on those bits before you chew through them. Besides, I hasten to add that it could be a lot worse.
In the meantime, to entertain yourself I recommend the mighty YouTube.com, where some kind soul has posted all of the Olden Days and Bargearse.
"One day I shall perfect these platform shoes!", "You dirty pole-puncher!", "Apparently we're going to somewhere called 'The Rab'", "Guards, scuffle awkwardly with that man!". Look them up to see just why these phrases are humourous.