“I love the word practice. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? You practice. How do you get to the Carnegie Hall of your soul, of your life, how do you get to the concert hall where you make best music inside yourself? You practice. How do you practice? You change your behavior. Every day. It’s very difficult, and you constantly are falling down and you have to constantly try to change it again.”— Mandy Patinkin on Charlie Rose last night. (via jsmooth995)
“They must have thought you were so…radical! I just imagine everyone else at the time were middle-aged men wearing demob suits! You were wild, you lot! 26 year old woman, gay Asian director… they must have thought you were bananas!”—
Russell T Davies to Verity Lambert on the conception of Doctor Who
Meanwhile, on the Doctor Who wiki, the LGBT category was deleted, because the (doubtlessly straight cisgender) people running the site decided it was meaningless and unimportant. I just noticed this the other day.
Re: the above addition, after taking a few minutes for it to sink in it’s not surprising even if it is disgusting. Wikis are supposed to democratize the dissemination of information, or so the fantasy goes, but the more thorough the wiki the more likely it is to generate Kafka-esque bureaucratic structures which venerate the regime over any sort of common sense, let alone basic empathy for other people and perspectives.
Anyway, back to the quote, the scenes with Lambert and Hussein were far and away my favorite parts of An Adventure in Time and Space; I could easily have watched a biopic about either of them without the Whovian hook. I’ve already seen An Unearthly Child and the telesnaps of Marco Polo but I’m going to have to check out more of their work in future.
Waris Hussein is still very much alive an kicking and on top form. Let’s not talk about him in the past sense! He did an interview for the Telegraph about Doctor Who just the other day, in fact.
But yes, modern Doctor Who could do with remembering that it was the creation of a Jewish woman, a gay Indian Muslim and a Jewish Canadian and isn’t an exclusive kingdom for middle aged white British men.