Timothy Williams, Richmond So, I wrote a letter. It was quite an angry letter about the Hot Topic piece on Clara Oswald, which seemed very unjustly biased in favour of negative comments, and I felt the impression it gave of fandom was wrong. The next thing I knew, I was told a recent letter from an Emma Watts had declared me part of a “crazed fandom, comparable to fascism” ( crikey).
I do feel for Emma when she says “That nastier, more insecure side of fandom has ruined it for me” and “Where is our tolerance for an even- handed debate that doesn’t degenerate into insults?” It was the seeming validation of the former and the absence of the latter that caused my letter in the first place. Sorry if it gave the wrong impression in some way, and also for any lives lost during my reign of terror ( always end on a Hartnell reference, kids).
SFX Let us clutch our lapels, stumble over the name Chesterton and move on.
Gone but not forgotten, it’s the Impossible Girl.