I finally caught the bloody plague that’s been sweeping through the office, so I’m at home, trying to do work, succeeding a little, but mostly just staring at my computer screen blankly. It doesn’t help that the software I’m working with is refusing to work correctly, so even if I did try hard to work, I wouldn’t be able to do anything anyway.
Last night, I did something I’d been meaning to do for a while: buy and watch Much Ado about Nothing from Digital Theatre. I find that when I’m sick, sitting and watching shows is pretty therapeutic. It was a fantastic performance, and if you like Shakespeare, I recommend taking a look at it. Actually, I recommend it even if you don’t have much exposure to Shakespeare. At first, I had a difficult time understanding the dialogue, because even though the production is modern (as in, the costumes and interpretation are modern), the language is still archaic. However, after about a half an hour, I got used to the language and cadence and could understand everything just fine. Some of the comic scenes (especially when Benedick is behind the columns listening to his friends discussing how Beatrice is in love with him) are priceless.
So how does this relate to Doctor Who (except for the obvious, of course)? Well, I was just thinking about how happy I was after the show was over, being so well-entertained for nearly three hours that I didn’t even realize how long it had run for. As a complete non-artist (I’m definitely a techie with no aesthetic sense), I can’t begin to fathom what it’s like to be a part of something that brings so much happiness and wonder to others. Much Ado about Nothing was performed on a stage, so there’s an audience right there to enjoy it, and then the performance was filmed so that millions more could enjoy it. That’s a fantastic legacy.
Today, Doctor Who: Legacy is releasing the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, and this sparked more of the same thoughts. How wonderful it must be to be a part of something that’s meant so much to so many people. All these people – actors, writers, directors, cameramen, special effects people, costumers, make-up artists, and so many more – come together and put together this great show for us. We love the show, and we’ll always remember them for it. We may only really know the names of the actors, writers, and directors for the most part, but through the show, all of these people have been immortalized.
Like I said, I’m pretty med-addled right now, so this is really not making much sense. I just hope that they all realize how much we love them, how much we appreciate what they do, especially the behind-the-scenes people, who rarely get any kudos but without them, the shows we love couldn’t be made. Thanks to all of you!