The Society of the Rusting TARDIS (SotRT) is an informal gathering of people who enjoy British television. It started in 1985 as a "Dr. Who" video group (hence the name), and is still going strong in 2010. The lack of new Dr. Who programmes for several years gradually broadened the focus to include other British television. There are also socials, where, without the distraction of videos, people can actually converse.
Where: Video meetings are at Romio's Pizza & Pasta, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N Seattle, WA (map), plus "roving" socials elsewhere.
When: Video meetings are on the 1st, 4th and 5th Wednesdays of each month. Socials are on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays.
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A: The Society of the Rusting TARDIS (SotRT) is an informal gathering of people who enjoy British television. It started in 1985 as a "Dr. Who" video group (hence the name), but the lack of new Dr. Who programmes for several years broadened the focus to include all British television. There are also socials, where, without the distraction of videos, people can actually converse.
A: Mostly "Doctor Who" and its spin-offs ("Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures"). But there is also other science fiction, comedy, mystery, drama, and even the occasional documentary. We show some things that are eventually shown on BBC America, PBS, or other networks. (We showed "Red Dwarf" long before the PBS stations did, and "So Graham Norton" years before BBC America even existed), and in some cases episodes that were omitted when a series was aired in the US.
A: Video meetings are held on the 1st, 4th and 5th Wednesdays of each month at Romio's Pizza & Pasta in Greenwood (8523 Greenwood Ave. N) in Seattle. The sole exception is that the video meetings at the end of December may be cancelled due to the holidays. The video meeting on the 1st Wednesday starts at 6:30pm, other weeks at 8pm.
Socials are held on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. These "roam", and are held at different restaurants/diners/pubs each time (because some people actually think there is such a thing as too much pizza).
Not much. You can eat, read, knit, write letters, or sleep. However, if you want to talk during the videos, please go out into the main restaurant.
That would be Jeff Stout. If for some reason he looks familiar, it's because he's on those oatmeal boxes. Oh yeah, and he begs for money at KBTC. (If you have nothing better to do, visit the "From the Brain of Jeff" Web page.
A: It is an electronic mailing list that lists upcoming events of interest in Seattle, describes what videos will be shown at the next meeting, and whatever else I feel like putting in it. To be added to the mailing list, send email to email@example.com.
A: The SotRT has been known to have the occasional picnic and party, and provides volunteers to answer phones during Dr. Who (and other British-related) pledge drives at KBTC (the Tacoma PBS station).
A: There are no dues. The meetings are open to anyone who exhibits reasonable social courtesy. If that money is burning a hole in your pocket, consider giving it to KBTC.
A: ORIGINS OF THE SOCIETY OF THE RUSTING TARDIS
[By Ryan K. Johnson, Dictator-For-Life (firstname.lastname@example.org)]
The first organized (as far as I know) meeting of "Doctor Who" fans in Seattle took place on June 22, 1985 in the basement of a building on Westlake to watch camera copies of the 22nd season. Nancy Hewes baked a cake in the shape of a Dalek and told me if I didn't start a club soon, she would. A few months later, Ron Katz came through Bellingham with one of his "Doctor Who Fan Club of America" events and I put up posters announcing a new club forming on August 28, 1985 at the downtown Seattle public library. Over 60 people turned out as a result, and we named the club and I was chosen President. The following month we showed our first video: a camera copy of "An Unearthly Child." In November the club helped me make my second "Doctor Who" video, "Visions of Utomu."
Meetings were soon moved to the Rendezvous Restaurant in Bell Town for nearly a year, and quickly expanded to twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays. After a brief move to Andy's Diner in 1986, we moved to the Shakey's Pizza at Pier 70, to the Shakey's Pizza on Aurora Avenue for several years, then Round Table Pizza in Mountlake Terrace, then spent many years at the Round Table in the U District. Socials were introduced on alternate Tuesdays in April 1991.
To maintain sanity (and to be fair), we usually do not make copies of programs or loan them out. If you are desperate, you could invest in a multi-standard VCR and find a trading partner in the UK...
The Emerald City Androgums are a Seattle-based Dr. Who appreciation group. For information, contact Eric or Laura Gjovaag at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively).
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