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1993! I didn't like 1993. I seem to be saying that sort of thing a lot, I know, but we have at least turned a corner now. I left school in 1993. That was a good bit of the year! No more green socks. No more hideous tie. No more enforced company of homicidal teenagers. I screwed up my A-levels, mind, which wasn't such a good bit of the year; but that will happen, apparently, if you haven't slept since 1989. I can't say as I particularly recommend that as a life choice, incidentally. The (very) late night telly had its upside, but there's a good chance it only seemed good because I was effectively a zombie. So I can't really recommend that either.

1993 was a weird year. A girl I'd sat next to at school for years found out she had cancer that March. She was a few weeks younger than me, so neither of us was eighteen yet. You're still supposed to feel immortal at that age! She got through it, fortunately, but I was still sending her ridiculous cards when I went to university a year later, so it must have been a long slog. Wakes you up, that sort of thing.

Elsewhere, Czechoslovakia ceased to be, which saddened me greatly. I was given an atlas when I was five, and fell in love with that word! I had to learn how to spell it immediately. Kenneth Connor died, which was a shame. I always did like him. Bill Bixby died as well, and so did River Phoenix and Audrey Hepburn. And so did Blockbusters come to that! No more "Can I have a 'P' please, Bob?" (Although I never did hear anybody actually ask that one).

Film-wise, I remember going to see Splitting Heirs with my sister and her fiancé. It starred Eric Idle and John Cleese, which was why I was interested (anything Python-flavoured, still!). I recall almost nothing about it though, barring a gag involving a 2CV. If my quick search around the Net is anything to go by, that's about all that anybody remembers. The former Brat Pack did The Three Musketeers, although rather badly. Seriously, who cast Kiefer Sutherland as Athos?! He clearly should have been Aramis. And Charlie Sheen should have been Athos instead. Still, Paul McGann was good, if only briefly. Oh, and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau teamed up again for Grumpy Old Men, although I didn't see it for several years. Highly recommended, anyway.

Do I have to mention Dimensions In Time?! Still, it did have a fab cast. Pertwee, Davison, McCoy and both Bakers, plus more companions than you could shake a stick at. Just a shame about the script...

Pet Shop Boys and Go West:

House Of Pain with Jump Around:

Apache Indian and Boom Shack-A-Lack:

And in honour of good old Mick Ronson, who died this year, here's a classic from the 70s - Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars with Starman:

But all the above aside, for me it will always be the year when Tip Tipping's luck ran out. Never idolise a stuntman, folks. Or better yet, do. Nobody else is more fun, even if it will sometimes end badly.


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Dec. 10th, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
First year I actually remember, yay.

LOL, I still have a fondness for that version of The Three Musketeers since it was my intro to it.
Dec. 10th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's not so bad really. Just not as good as I thought it should be! Have you seen the version with Oliver Reed and Richard Chamberlain?
Dec. 10th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, but its been ages. I should rewatch.
Dec. 11th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
Me too. Didn't think much of the first sequel, but the second sequel wasn't too bad. I think.
Dec. 11th, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
All I remember about 'Splitting Heirs' was watching it too! I wonder how many people would have seen it if it wasn't for the Python repeats luring foolish teenagers into the cinema? The critics panned it as I recall. I enjoyed the brat pack Three Musketeers at the time. I re-watched it a couple of years ago and it was naff, but waaaaaaaaaay better than the recent film. That was dire. I know some people like it, but sorry people, nope!

Dec. 11th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
I still haven't seen the recent one. Think I'll stick to the BBC TV series. That's not what it might be, but I do like the cast.
Dec. 11th, 2015 01:22 pm (UTC)
Wot? River Phoenix died in 1993? You must be kidding me ...

I think I only vaguely remember that version of "The Musketeers" ... I like the new one as it's so Steampunk ... haha ...
Dec. 11th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
I know, it sounds so impossibly long ago. But yes, it was 1993.
Dec. 11th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Obviously 1993 wasn't great, because I don't know/didn't like/wasn't bothered about most of those. I remember the DW anniversary, though! Dimensions in Time was... Dimensions in Time, but there was other stuff! 30 Years in the TARDIS, which was my absolute favourite thing for so long - I recorded it and rewatched it so often. Clips! Clips, like gold-dust! (I used to watch Telly Addicts at this point in my life, solely in the hope of DW clips. I'd get one about every five weeks or so, but it was worth it. Or so I felt back then.)

I was definitely watching PG by now; that's what I was doing!
Dec. 11th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Is it true that the Moff puts PG references in everything? I know I heard that somewhere. My favourite thing of his is "Joking Apart", which I think ended in 1993. I ought to go through it some time, and see if I can spot anything.
Dec. 12th, 2015 10:58 am (UTC)
Apparently so! I was talking about it only the other day, as it happens. He's put things in Sherlock, and he's been dropping episode titles into DW of late, so I hear. (According to wiki, he re-used a Press Gang street name in Joking Apart.) Sometimes he just does it by accident, though - but mostly on purpose. I think it was pretty special to everyone involved because they were all young and mostly new and it made their careers and that.
Dec. 12th, 2015 02:49 pm (UTC)
According to wiki, he re-used a Press Gang street name in Joking Apart.

Ah ha! I don't know PG well enough to recognise things like that. That's interesting though. I should try to pay more attention when I'm watching things!
Dec. 12th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, I don't spot things like that, either; I just read up on them afterwards! I got the ref. when they started waving an ash tray about on Sherlock, though. Because, you know, you don't throw the ash tray!
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