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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully nostalgic!
I'd recommend this DVD to any lover of 'classic who'. Being hooked since the age of four (back in the distant 70's), I could relate to so many of the interviews - fandom was so much harder back then!
Please don't be put off by the cheap looking cover - it doesn't do the content justice. This really is a quality production.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "...not simply repetitious anecdotes that have been endlessly trotted..."
Potential. Yes, that's the word that ably describes WHO'S CHANGING – AN ADVENTURE IN TIME WITH FANS.

The inevitability of Time is that it has the unnerving ability to be unpredictable, random and changeable, and over the series' fifty years DOCTOR WHO has spawned nefarious inventions of itself influencing its equally nefarious fans. It can be said that...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully nostalgic!, 8 Feb 2014
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I'd recommend this DVD to any lover of 'classic who'. Being hooked since the age of four (back in the distant 70's), I could relate to so many of the interviews - fandom was so much harder back then!
Please don't be put off by the cheap looking cover - it doesn't do the content justice. This really is a quality production.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "...not simply repetitious anecdotes that have been endlessly trotted...", 12 May 2014
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Potential. Yes, that's the word that ably describes WHO'S CHANGING – AN ADVENTURE IN TIME WITH FANS.

The inevitability of Time is that it has the unnerving ability to be unpredictable, random and changeable, and over the series' fifty years DOCTOR WHO has spawned nefarious inventions of itself influencing its equally nefarious fans. It can be said that these fans themselves have defined the outward appearance and generational-bridging appeal of the very series that they follow.

For every multi-coloured, spacial defying scarf or natty (read: cool) bow tie that is seen on the high street there is a waking within the general public's psyche that relates to a certain British sci-fi drama series.

However, that's not always been the case as WHO'S CHANGING – AN ADVENTURE IN TIME WITH FANS ably discusses as it attempts chart the course of DOCTOR WHO fandom from the earliest faltering ‘homely' meetings to the mass-market conventions attended by tens of thousands that mirrors the diversity of its television audience.

Has fandom come full circle or created a new, more provocative incarnation of itself as the adventure through time and space continues, and what will DOCTOR WHO fandom like in fifty years' time?

WHO'S CHANGING is an irreverent but not entirely irrelevant talking-heads dissertation drawn from the hardiest of fans, both those who have been an integral part of the series (past and present) from both sides of the camera (cast and creative team) and amateur sofa-encamped members of the general public.

In comparison to the BBC-released DOCTOR WHO DVD ‘value added material' (read: documentaries) that analyses the history of the series, WHO'S CHANGING ditches the earnest tone for a more approachable, conversational content that is both thoroughly fresh & entertaining and partially infuriatingly naive. It's not a serious assessment but a skim across fandom's history from Broomward Church Hall (Battersea, London) on 6 August 1977 to the ExCel London for the BBC's official 50 th CELEBRATION three-day event with a focus on the odd, the overly gregarious and the plainly ridiculous. However, unlike the BBC-produced content, this release focuses attention and probably for the first time, on the sexiness of the series and how fans have coveted this new liberation front.

DOCTOR WHO writer/series script editor, Gary Russell asserts that whilst the casting of David Tennant and, latterly, Matt Smith has cemented ‘sexiness' in the series, as the majority of commentators and fans believe, he cites that the ‘sexiness' (rather than ‘sexuality') was introduced in the 1996 TV movie. In which the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) seemingly influenced by his recent regeneration engaged in a rampant ‘snog-fest' with Dr. Grace Holloway that had no intrinsic narrative (i.e. key to plot events) that frequently was attributed to similar lip-smacking action undertaken by his future self [i.e. the Ninth Doctor kissing Rose Tyler to ‘extract' time vortex energy from her (THE PARTING OF THE WAYS); or the Tenth Doctor discharging his Time Lord DNA into Martha Jones (SMITH AND JONES); or the Eleventh Doctor kissing Clara Oswald (THE CRIMSON HORROR)]. One kiss and he dived in for another. New shoes, new mouth.

In the DVD's wittily crafted ‘chapter' titles, like “The Seeds of Sexy” and “The Romance Of Doom”, the hand-picked fans – primarily, young female (though with rife cross-dressing abounding at DOCTOR WHO conventions nowadays, it's increasingly difficult to highlight those who are female or male…) – embrace this new so-called ‘sexiness' that they see within the series (…a case of The Emperor's New Clothes fable? Only the biased can see what the truth cannot) and extol its virtue. However, as one stoical Adric-dressed (female) fan adroitly stated:

“I'm not a fan of sexualisation on TV.”

And I'm probably in her camp (sic); DOCTOR WHO has never been a portal for a covert or, Gallifrey forbid, overt for it's all about moralistic tales of friendship, companionship or partnership rather than relationship.

I'm reminded of the bemusement of Professor Rubeish (DOCTOR WHO – THE TIME WARRIOR [1973]) as the Doctor disappears to find his new errant companion;

“Young girl? I would have thought he was too old for that kind of thing.”

And then there's the Americanisation of fandom that has infiltrated original British fandom like a self-replicating cancerous cell that seeks out and latches onto unaffected cells. DOCTOR WHO APPRECIATION SOCIETY co-founder, Jan Vincent-Rudzki decries the introduction of their phrase “Whovian” into DOCTOR WHO folklore in addition to the ‘actor's fees' being paid for their Convention attendance (and charging for their autographs). However, in recent years, there has been another plague that has been prevalent; the phenomena of both ‘cosplay' (‘costume playtime'; dressing-up as their favourite character) and ‘crossplay' (‘cross-dressing costume playtime'; males dressing-up as female characters and vice-versa). WHO'S CHANGING treats the viewer to a menagerie of female fans dressed as the favourite Doctor and a psychologist's waiting room of novelty-factor cross-dressing male fans dressed as their favourite Doctor.

The DVD's Extras are ‘edited' interviews with both CLASSIC and NEW SERIES actors (Louise Jameson, Sophie Aldred (drawn the short straw having been interviewed in a corridor in London's NFT), Neve McIntosh, Dan Starkey, and the highly ebullient Simon Fisher-Becker), and it's refreshing that their contributions are not simply repetitious anecdotes that have been endlessly trotted for other DVDs.

Effectively, this DVD is an entertaining, sassy, diverting two-part essay that, at times, marginally rambles and could have been edited with greater deftness. Simply, twenty-minutes could have been purged without the message (read: within a universe of DOCTOR WHO, for fans there is enough space & time for the obscure, diverse and purely bizarre) being lost.

Nevertheless, whilst it is overly drawn-out, settle down on the sofa and relish in the Circus of DOCTOR WHO fandom accompanied by a selection of beer or vodka shots – or both - and a voluminous sharing bag of Tortilla Chips.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extra dvd, 12 Sep 2014
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Another extra DVD to add to the collection, worth considering as it's about the fans which are the ones who will be buying it!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Documentary by the Fans for the Fans!, 10 Feb 2014
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So this was absolutely brilliant and put together so lovingly. It includes in-depth interviews with some very well known names connected with Doctor Who and you can see that they are all genuine fans of the show. It also includes footage from a couple conventions and takes a look at how creative and lovely the Doctor Who fans are. The evolution of the show and of the fans is explored which I found to be very fascinating and hilarious at times. A great buy for anyone who loves and enjoys the show at all. There are also DVD extras which are fab extended interviews with some of the past/current cast. Buy this now!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars who's changing, 3 Feb 2014
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fascinating look at the way fandom has changed over the years, loved it (and great fun guessing who actors are without their make up on!) highly recommended
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's Changing, 15 Feb 2014
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A great look back at the history of what it means to be a fan, from the first days of fan clubs and conventions to fandom in the 50th anniversary year. Covering everything from fans who became writers to cosplayers, kids and everyone in between. A touching look at the creativity and craft that is fuelled by people’s passion for the show with cupcakes, fan-fic and costumes. All presented via a great balance of interviews with fans and people associated with the show; put together to create an engaging, entertaining and fun film. There are some lovely extended interviews in the extra features as well.

This documentary seems not just a celebration of what it means to be a fan, but also a salute to the show itself. Full of great little touches like the chapter title names and the fan art used on the DVD and menus. It manages to perfectly capture that wonderful feeling of community and fun that comes with being a Doctor Who fan. I would recommend this too anyone who loves Doctor Who.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world of Dr Who, 15 Feb 2014
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Blown away by this documentary which offers a mini history of Dr Who fandom. It would not have been surprising if 82 mins of fans talking, interspersed with a some of the actors and writers, had been less exciting. But somehow the film's director, Cameron McEwan, pulls off a skilful blend of everything, making this a really entertaining hour and a bit. Made me nostalgic for the years of watching Dr Who, and made me happy that so many people still love it and are discovering it for themselves.. A must for every fan, old and new!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible, Charming, Insightful - A Massive Hit!, 1 Mar 2014
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A funny, delightful, unique insight into Dr Who fandom around the world. Interviews with all your favourite stars and their views on working alongside the Doctors over the past 50 years. Congratulations to Capital City Entertainment for making this a must-have for collectors and Dr Who acolytes alike. This is definitely a winner.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd for who fans, 25 Feb 2014
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A fascinating look at doctor who fans over the years from the days of classic who to the current rebirth.
A must for any who fan with full length interviews with stars of the show as dvd extras.
Good value and well made.
Very much worth the purchase.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely dvd, 3 Feb 2014
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I received this last weekend and enjoyed it. I liked the many interviews with sometimes unknown as well as quite a few well-known fans. I also liked the talks with actors and writers. What I missed somewhat was the critical note. As it happens, I am a female fan since 1975, so before the Doctor became sexy. I have always loved - and still do- science fiction. I love the new series but also the classic version. The problem is that the so-called old fans were mostly male and the new ones are a 50/50 split between sexes. That difference obviously is noted in the documentary. But not the fact that many female fans would have hated the negativism present among a part of the fans of old (I am of course not referring to these inspired people who are currently working on the series and its merchandise). It's not that we females only want romance (I hated the romance between 10 and Rose because it was an uneven relationship between an older man and a very young girl), we wish for good characterisation and on screen chemistry. Like with 4 and Sarah in the classic series, and 10 and Donna in the newer series. What we don't want, is fans bashing the producer or being uncritically negative about stories just because they think stories "aren't really Doctor Who" and should conform to the ideas a small group of fans has. And that is what happened in the 80's, making the hard core fans a very unattractive group of people to be a part of. No mentioning was made of this rather negative aspect of the fandom in the classic era, while this must have been another reason for women not wishing to be a part of the fandom. However, it still was a lovely documentary and the individual interviews with some of the stars were just superb. But I would have appreciated it if some of the negative parts of fandom had also been touched upon, if only to get an even broader picture of how it evolved!
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