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I Blame Big Finish

First some background

As I’ve men­tioned before due a the weak tip jar over the last two years I’ve had to take an overnight job at a ware­house. Because this job involves repet­i­tive menial work we are allowed an ear bud as we work and while most peo­ple lis­ten to music I lis­ten to my big finish/​bbc Doc­tor who audios in Chrono­log­i­cal Doc­tor (1st doc­tor thru 11th Doc­tor). I am cur­rently on the 4th Doc­tor with Romana 2 the 2nd time around since I’ve been employed there..

I occa­sion­ally get new Doc­tor Who episodes due to sales at Big Fin­ish and huge mark­downs on Ama­zon for pre-​orders I lis­ten to those as they come in unless they hap­pen to fall in sequence with episodes I’m cur­rently lis­ten­ing to. Such was the case with Big Fin­ish audio The Well Man­nered War arrived at my house on my day off. As it would be in the sequence of episodes I would be lis­ten­ing to this week I decided to put it on my Ipod and wait till it came up at work before hear­ing it for the first time.

There is a brief amount of over­lap between my shift and the pre­vi­ous one and in the sec­tion where I’m cur­rently work­ing two of us from the 3rd shift share a space with any­where from 412 peo­ple of the 2nd, most of whom are for­eign born and sev­eral of who speak lit­tle or no Eng­lish. Such was the case Mon­day night when I was lis­ten­ing to this episode for the first time.

Now Tom Baker is my favorite Doc­tor mostly due to the com­edy and his re-​teaming with Lalla Ward is still new enough that it absolutely delights me As I lis­tened to the episode I wore a large smile on my face and occa­sion­ally broke into laugh­ter when I heard sequences like this.

and this

That laugh­ter and my grin appar­ently drew a very odd look from a 2nd shift fel­low at the next table who was work­ing across from the other 3rd shift man. He asked him in Bro­ken Eng­lish “That guy crazy?” (in bro­ken Eng­lish). The man who worked with me for the last year or so tried to explain that I just was lis­ten­ing to stuff on my Mp3 player that wasn’t music.

Appar­ently that expla­na­tion didn’t wash and the fel­low moved him­self to the table as far away from me as possible.

Nobody from 2nd shift came within 10 yards of me for the rest of the night.

Over the next sev­eral days I’ll be lis­ten­ing to sev­eral other 4th Doc­tor episodes that I haven’t heard before, I antic­i­pate smiles and laugh­ter as a norm until I get to Peter Davi­son some­time next week, I sus­pect the opin­ion of the folks that’s now spread­ing among 2nd shift won’t be chang­ing soon

Big Fin­ish, Tom Baker, Lalla Ward et/​all, it’s all your fault.

First some background

As I’ve mentioned before due a the weak tip jar over the last two years I’ve had to take an overnight job at a warehouse. Because this job involves repetitive menial work we are allowed an ear bud as we work and while most people listen to music I listen to my big finish/bbc Doctor who audios in Chronological Doctor (1st doctor thru 11th Doctor). I am currently on the 4th Doctor with Romana 2 the 2nd time around since I’ve been employed there..

I occasionally get new Doctor Who episodes due to sales at Big Finish and huge markdowns on Amazon for pre-orders I listen to those as they come in unless they happen to fall in sequence with episodes I’m currently listening to. Such was the case with Big Finish audio The Well Mannered War arrived at my house on my day off. As it would be in the sequence of episodes I would be listening to this week I decided to put it on my Ipod and wait till it came up at work before hearing it for the first time.

There is a brief amount of overlap between my shift and the previous one and in the section where I’m currently working two of us from the 3rd shift share a space with anywhere from 4-12 people of the 2nd, most of whom are foreign born and several of who speak little or no English. Such was the case Monday night when I was listening to this episode for the first time.

Now Tom Baker is my favorite Doctor mostly due to the comedy and his re-teaming with Lalla Ward is still new enough that it absolutely delights me As I listened to the episode I wore a large smile on my face and occasionally broke into laughter when I heard sequences like this.

and this

That laughter and my grin apparently drew a very odd look from a 2nd shift fellow at the next table who was working across from the other 3rd shift man. He asked him in Broken English “That guy crazy?” (in broken English). The man who worked with me for the last year or so tried to explain that I just was listening to stuff on my Mp3 player that wasn’t music.

Apparently that explanation didn’t wash and the fellow moved himself to the table as far away from me as possible.

Nobody from 2nd shift came within 10 yards of me for the rest of the night.

Over the next several days I’ll be listening to several other 4th Doctor episodes that I haven’t heard before, I anticipate smiles and laughter as a norm until I get to Peter Davison sometime next week, I suspect the opinion of the folks that’s now spreading among 2nd shift won’t be changing soon

Big Finish, Tom Baker, Lalla Ward et/all, it’s all your fault.