Thursday, September 27, 2007

NOT NEWS: I am a complete Dick

Okay, posting under a title suggesting that Lawrence Miles was dead was not a good idea, even when I meant to refer to his internet presence vanishing into the ether. That was careless. Doing so when the only person who regularly reads this blog has gone through an utterly shite time by all accounts was blog-suicide.

What's the matter, Jared, is staying funny too hard for you?

I think it's also time to stop being slack to Larry, not least because it's clear he can slap me down with maximum aptitude and eruditeness should someone link him to my abode..

I was quite surprised, I have to say, to have a look at Larry's wiki page, though, and to see that he is only 35 - because, of course, he carries the sort of pent-up anger at everything that I only expect in 50+ year old. Being somebody who writes, rants, and suffers depression, all I can say is that I hope it isn't an image of myself in 15 years...

I would also like to say that Miles has said some very smart, clever things and his brutal honesty is something that is easy to appreciate due to its rarity and purity, and his imagination and ability in his field is beyond question. However, publishing any of this isn't funny, so I'll post one of the occassions where he was completely off his rock:

Look, think of it like this. Eventually, there will be another TV series of Doctor Who. And it will fail horribly, because inevitably it'll be aimed at the kind of fan-targeted SF market that didn't even exist until Star Trek: The Next Generation came along and spoiled everything. Doctor Who only works as a family adventure series, but when it finally comes back you can bet any money you want it'll be like Babylon 5 or something. It'll only last one series, maybe two. So then the TV programme will be dead forever, the license will be in limbo, and nobody will ever want to pump more money into it as a TV concept. Not a live-action TV concept, anyway. But animation's just getting to the point where it's breaking through properly, especially now there's so many computer-generated effects around and people are starting to forget the difference between "real" film and CGI. Pretty soon, British animation companies... the Cosgrove-Halls of the twenty-first century... are going to realize that there's a massive amount of potential in a British Manga-style movement. We're the perfect country to do that kind of thing, to do the European equivalent of Akira or Ghost in the Shell or whatever. And I want to be there when it happens, and I can't think of a better spearhead for the whole thing than an anime version of Doctor Who. I'm thinking ten years into the future here, obviously. - May 2000

10 comments:

Youth of Australia said...

What's the matter, Jared, is staying funny too hard for you?
And with that one sentence, you got the right to post stuff forever.

whole thing than an anime version of Doctor Who
Yes, this reminds me of the very first interview with Larry, I read years ago in 1999 when we were all getting excited about The Curse of Fatal Death far more than we should have at the time.

I remember reading his in-depth justification for everything he did in Alien Bodies, and Interference, and what he WANTED to do to the series. How Transit is the best sci-fi book ever because, though it DOES sideline the Doctor and Benny to a point even Saward would have complained, and was a rubbish plot to start with, it was SO bad it allowed countless other NAs to get away with crap 'outside the box' (AKA any old novel you have with the DW logo stamped on it)...

And I thought, "Fuck this for a game of soldiers."

And I remember thinking that only as I read the last bit of the article, where he says something along those lines, except it was an animation written SOLELY by Laurence Miles and no one else.

"So I can make [the Doctor] really suffer!" which was quoted under one of the lesser-seen photos of PMG leaning against the TARDIS and grinning.

That's why Mad Larry always made me uncomfortable in a way. I can just see him, grabbing Doctor Who, kicking the shit out of it and then shouting at the masses, "WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE DOING THIS?!?" The sheer REVULSION he has for any fan who seems to enjoy the show as it is, is really something else. How DARE anyone like Tom Baker's Doctor! He was just Tom Baker in a scarf! How dare he make himself a role model for children - HE SHOULD BE TERRIFYING THEM INSTEAD OF LETTING THEM LET HIM DO THEIR THINKING FOR THEM!

Mad Larry reminds me a bit of Ben Chatham - always pissed off about something and the fact I don't get it pisses them off even more.

Jared "No Nickname" Hansen said...

And with that one sentence, you got the right to post stuff forever.

Trust me, I'll use up the good-will in about a week.

And I thought, "Fuck this for a game of soldiers."

Yep. He's a queer one, alright.

The quote was from his 'last ever interview', that contained mostly comments too libellous for me to ever consider posting here.

I thought one of the great ironies was he utterly slags off Matt Jones and Lance Parkin (to differing degrees) over the same thing: that their stories have IDEAS, not PLOT.

That made me laugh my head off, remembering Alien Bodies, which has a plot that can be summed up with "A bunch of weirdoes sit around a temple for hours waiting for an auction to start. Then some Krotons show up. There's a bit of a battle at the end and everyone goes home"

How DARE anyone like Tom Baker's Doctor!

Also: "How DARE anyone want to hear the actors they like and admire in fan-targeted audios!" given his disdain for BF and frequent complaints of BBV casting "people from B7".

Mad Larry reminds me a bit of Ben Chatham - always pissed off about something and the fact I don't get it pisses them off even more.

Yes, it does seem on occassion that he's looking for something to rail against. My previous post about him was inspired by his blog post that began:

"You know what I've just realised? I hate sci-fi!"

Youth of Australia said...

Trust me, I'll use up the good-will in about a week.
Eight days, at least...

Yep. He's a queer one, alright.
Is he? I didn't know that... but then, the amount of Who authors out of the closet is always more than you think...

The quote was from his 'last ever interview', that contained mostly comments too libellous for me to ever consider posting here.
About what/whom?

I thought one of the great ironies was he utterly slags off Matt Jones and Lance Parkin (to differing degrees) over the same thing: that their stories have IDEAS, not PLOT.
This is for the man who wrote Interference? Where two thirds of the book were just notes on politics, TARDIS contraceptives and taking the piss out of the UNIT era?

That made me laugh my head off, remembering Alien Bodies, which has a plot that can be summed up with "A bunch of weirdoes sit around a temple for hours waiting for an auction to start. Then some Krotons show up. There's a bit of a battle at the end and everyone goes home"
Well, that was a simple plot to underscore the huge ideas... still, pot, kettle, black.

Also: "How DARE anyone want to hear the actors they like and admire in fan-targeted audios!"
It's up there with Daniel O'Mahony's "Paul McGann is not the current Doctor!" letter which shook fandom to its core back in 2000... ending, curiously, when Paul McGann started doing BF...

given his disdain for BF and frequent complaints of BBV casting "people from B7".
I always assumed Mad Larry would like Blake's 7... I mean, it's not like they were ALL as bad as Cancer.

Yes, it does seem on occassion that he's looking for something to rail against. My previous post about him was inspired by his blog post that began:
"You know what I've just realised? I hate sci-fi!"


Well, it hates you too, Larry.

Jared "No Nickname" Hansen said...

Is he? I didn't know that... but then, the amount of Who authors out of the closet is always more than you think...

No, don't make me the libellous one here!

In actual fact, in a fairly recent blogpost he mentioned 'liking fat birds'. I'm guessing he wasn't referring to Christmas turkey.

About what/whom?

Ah, well... from memory it's Matt Jones, Paul Cornell, Kate Orman, maybe Mark Gatiss (can't remember but I'm sure he was in there), a little bit of sleighting Lance Parkin, some accusations of plagiarism and worse against Stephen Cole, a smidgeon against Justin Richards, and truckloads against the woman who was editing BBC Books pre-Cole and Gary Russell.

This is for the man who wrote Interference? Where two thirds of the book were just notes on politics, TARDIS contraceptives and taking the piss out of the UNIT era?

Not read Interference... but obviously heard buckets and buckets about it.

It's up there with Daniel O'Mahony's "Paul McGann is not the current Doctor!" letter which shook fandom to its core back in 2000... ending, curiously, when Paul McGann started doing BF...

Ooh, might have to check that out...

I always assumed Mad Larry would like Blake's 7... I mean, it's not like they were ALL as bad as Cancer.

I think he probably does... after all he LIKES Doctor Who. I'm pretty sure.

Jared "No Nickname" Hansen said...

Silly me, forgot the link:

http://web.archive.org/web/20050301095733/planeteleven.co.uk/features/lmia/lastever.php

Cornell probably gets the worst, really.

It's always a good sign when an article begins with:

Note that although the original interview has been edited for grammar and format, this version contains marginally slanderous sections which would probably have been cut from the fanzine

Youth of Australia said...

No, don't make me the libellous one here!
Oops.

In actual fact, in a fairly recent blogpost he mentioned 'liking fat birds'. I'm guessing he wasn't referring to Christmas turkey.
You never know...

Ah, well... from memory it's Matt Jones, Paul Cornell, Kate Orman, maybe Mark Gatiss (can't remember but I'm sure he was in there), a little bit of sleighting Lance Parkin, some accusations of plagiarism and worse against Stephen Cole, a smidgeon against Justin Richards, and truckloads against the woman who was editing BBC Books pre-Cole and Gary Russell.
Yeah, apparently they ripped off huge chunks of a proposal to create The Ancestor Cell. Apparently.

Not read Interference... but obviously heard buckets and buckets about it.
Off the top of my head, I remember a bit where the Third Doctor goes "There's no such thing as Venusian Karate, I just make it up!" and other such retcons that annoy the bejeezus out of me...

Ooh, might have to check that out...
The argument from O'Mahony baffled me completely. "Paul McGann is not and never has been the current Doctor because there IS no current Doctor and we don't NEED one".

Riiiiiiiiiight.

I think he probably does... after all he LIKES Doctor Who. I'm pretty sure.

The only time I remember him LIKING it was when the Doctor planted a bomb in a supermarket.

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