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We'll Be Right Back...

As you might have noticed, we have experienced some technical difficulties with our website hosting the past few weeks.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, and we greatly appreciate you all bearing with us while we sort things out.

The short story is this: we are switching hosting companies, and as a result, Fantasy Matters will experience some downtime this weekend.

An additional problem with this switch is that our user accounts won't carry over.  The good news, however, is that since our new hosting is through Blogger, anyone with a Gmail account will be able to comment easily (commenting by non-Gmail users is easy, too!).

Overall, we think this switch will make our site faster, more reliable, and easier to navigate.  We know you'll miss us this weekend, but we'll be back and better than ever, bright and early on Monday!

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Fantastically Fun Fridays: September 23, 2011

Happy Friday everyone!  We hope you survived the week, and that your plans for the weekend include some well-deserved relaxation.

Here is some of the fun stuff we've found for you this week:

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The Keys to the TARDIS: Doctor Who Big Finish Audio Dramas

Doctor Who Big Finish Audio DramaThose of us who were Doctor Who fans back in the day—you know, before the reboot, the era now known as classic Doctor Who—suffered during the long hiatus when the program was not on the air. Spin-off books and comics were interesting but somehow, I don't know, derivative. Doctor Who fans had a long wait: the last classic episode aired in 1989 and the reboot aired in 2005, with only a single canonical Doctor Who text in the interim to sate us: 1996 saw the airing of the made-for-TV backdoor-pilot movie. There was joy—they did it and the Doctor rocked! There was despair—it was kinda bad and wasn't picked up as a TV show! The despair was further compounded by the lengthy rights-related delay between the movie's airing and the region 1 DVD release in 2011: 15 years.

What about the classic-era sensibilities die-hard fans like me loved? How to get that classic Doctor Who fix? Answer: Since 1999, Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas. Once I gave them a listen, there was no going back. Here they were, blasts from my past, Doctors and companions, and not only were they good, they were in many ways even better than the original show, particularly in terms of character growth. One hundred fifty episodes have been released in the Doctor Who series, the tagline of which is, "Classic Doctors. Brand new adventures."

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The Fantastic in the Fine Arts: The Doctor Who Theme Music

As I've mentioned before, I've been catching up on Doctor Who episodes from the reboot, and one of the things that I have really enjoyed is the theme music.  It's distinctive, it has an eerie quality that matches the nature of the series itself, and the brief modulation to a major key (that happens in the version of the theme that runs during the end credits) is interesting and emotionally evocative.

Here's the version that I was first exposed to:

But then, at the beginning of the fourth series, the theme music changed a bit--it added more drums, piano, and bass, giving it more of a "rock music" feel.  To be honest, I didn't like it as much.  While some comments that I've read say that the fourth series theme matches well with the adventurous nature of the Doctor, I think the added instrumentation takes away from the distinctively eerie quality of the 2005 version of the theme.

All of this also made me wonder: what other changes has the Doctor Who theme music undergone since the show's beginning?

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