As long term Whopixers will know, the sister site to this one, Whoflix, is where I shared my Doctor Who Fan Edits. It took me 12 years to fan edit everything from An Unearthly Child to Twice Upon A Time. That’s 281 adventures, and 352 fan edits when you count everything, including those edits that have been done more than once. That makes me the most experienced fan editor on the planet and Doctor Who Fan Editor In Chief.
Initially, the plan was to rework the Classic Series to make it more like the post-2005 version: self-contained stories, mostly, and told at a faster pace. Two reasons for that:
1] There’s a helluva lot of padding in those old 1963-1989 episodes and that can act as a barrier to people getting into the original run who’ve only come to Doctor Who as a result of seeing the current one. If a fan edit can get someone interested in the old show who otherwise might not be, to my mind that’s a good thing.
2] Whopix enjoys watching cut-down versions without all the bits he doesn’t like in them. When I started fan editing, I was just doing it for myself and only later decided to share them. People seemed to like them and a small but devoted following was the result. Which was nice. However…
As the years went by I became less and less enamoured with the direction of travel, culminating in the miscasting of Jodie Shittaker as the Cosplay Vagina Doctor. And so I got off the fan bus. And told Whopixers and Whoflixers alike that, for me, this was Game Over and I wouldn’t be watching.
I didn’t watch Series 11 when it went out, still haven’t and I don’t intend to watch Series 12 either. Not interested. Don’t care.
Now, you could say that I should have kept my big mouth shut and kept my opinions to myself. Fair enough. But to stay silent and say nothing wasn’t an option.
It wasn’t an option for Nerdrotic or Bowlestrek or Doomcock and it wasn’t an option for me. My conscience wouldn’t let me. And I don’t have a “brand” to damage with my opinions so, since I’m just an Old Skool Seventies Fanboy who thinks the world has gone nuts, I said what I thought.
And so, rightly or wrongly, I railed against the SJW NPC crowd with their toxic, idiotic Marxist Identity Politics. It wasn’t long before the critical comments started appearing, and all for having the temerity to dissent from the groupthink.
And then, today, I got a message from a Whoflixer by the name of “Bob”, informing me that someone had made a video about me on YouTube…
Now I don’t know about you but I find it both surprising and shocking that Samuel Davis, aka DAVIS on YouTube, would make a video about my work. Before I go any further, up front I have to say that I haven’t watched the video yet, for the sake of my blood pressure, and that I’m in two minds about whether to do so.
Since he didn’t contact me beforehand telling me he was putting the video together, and thus giving me the right of reply, I can only assume it’s some sort of hatchet job. Hence my reluctance to watch it.
However, a quick trawl through his videos showed that I had watched one of his previous vids, 5 Unpopular Opinions About Doctor Who:
In that video, he says, and I quote:
“You come to my videos for an opinion piece. All I, or anyone else, can speak for are their own opinions.”
Well, one of my opinions is that the Chibnall iteration of Doctor Who is one I don’t want to watch.
Another is that “Nice Lefty” Moffat is responsible for the decline of the show to the point where I no longer want to watch any new episodes.
Which brings us to Whoflix.
Now, the first thing to say is that fan edits are a niche pursuit, a minority interest. Normally, on a good day, the site gets about thirty-plus visitors and a couple of hundred views. But then Davis puts up his attack video, assuming it is an attack video, and THIS happens:
So first I need to thank him for the increased traffic, which has continued into today, which is the graph line in pink at the extreme right.
In terms of the site’s outreach, and by extension the popularity globally of my work, such as it is, the All Time map of where in the world people are visiting from, as it stands today, looks like THIS:
So the UK and the US are, unsurprisingly, where Whoflix is the most popular. But as you can see, there’s an awful lot of pink on that map…
Apart from Greenland, Svalbard, Papua New Guinea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and most of Africa, the Whoflix Empire has a global reach. Which I reckon is a good thing as it shows the level of interest in fan edits as a creative genre.
And so, because of all this unwanted attention, I’ve decided to make the Whoflix site Private instead of Public. If you want to download my work from now on, you’ll have to ask for an invite. If nothing else, that should help keep the trolls at bay.