Friday, October 9, 2015

Take a moment to get pedantic about #DoctorWho

Lawrence Miles' Doctor Who Thing: PEDANTFIGHT!!!


Examples:

"The Tenth, Fifth, and Second are the best of the Doctors."
 
"Christopher Eccleston, Peter Davison, and Patrick Troughton were the best Doctor Whos."  
Listen, kid, I was writing Doctor Who literature before you were at the Guardian Style Guide. 
(Oh, obviously italics for the title of the programme. "Christopher Eccleston, Peter Davison, and Patrick Troughton were the best actors to play the lead in Doctor Who.")
The convention I used for blockquoting, where I reverse italicize, obviously impacts the readability of that last bit, but the point is only that it's great fun to see Lawrence Miles step in, even when I think there's room to disagree. We should not be encouraging the public perception that it's ever appropriate to refer to the character the actors are portraying as "Doctor Who."

Groaning because I'm sure I've done the capital 'T' thing, as in, "The Doctor(s)," mid-sentence in some post ...


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