Who’s Army

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - First contact -

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.

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