Verse for Doctor Who?

Doctor Who has had a remarkable effect on the creativity of its fans over the years – many of those involved since the late 1980s have been fans and it is well known that the current and previous showrunner – Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies – are fans.

Kasterborous itself was built out of love for Doctor Who by a wannabe writer (hiya!) and a graphic designer who went on to work on Doctor Who DVD packaging – but sadly not all examples of Time Lord-inspired creativity are equal.

“Verse for Doctor Who”, for example, appeared in the Shields Gazette recently, written by a Mr Johnson of South Shields. While I am reluctant to criticize a piece that starts off well (certainly well enough to be published, unless the organ is bereft of other submissions) it is an example of something that could perhaps have done with a bit more work. At the very least, it is a bit forced – for instance:

Time Lord Timothy Dalton sure earned his fee with the line: “We will ascend to become creatures of consciousness alone when creation itself ceases to be.”

This tiresome plot got more confusing by the way, with the inclusion of elfin-like creatures from the planet Gallifrey.

Now as weak links go, this couplet is it – artistic licence aside, what “elfin-like creatures from the planet Gallifrey” is Mr Johnson talking about? Did I miss some part of The End of Time?

Now of course it is very nice to see something like “Verse for Doctor Who” in print – and well done to Mr Johnson – but it strikes me there should be more Doctor Who inspired poetry on top of the various art, novels, fanfic, websites and Time Lord Rock that we see around us.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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