Matthew Sheret did a talk last night - This Data Will Improve Rockets - at Brighton's SkillSwap. It was an extension of his talk for History Hack Day in which he talked about his role as Data Griot for Last.fm and, among other things, Doctor Who. You can read the majority of that talk here. It's a good talk. Full of things like this:
"Craig Ferguson, a Scottish-American chat show host, had Matt Smith – the latest actor to play The Doctor – on, and he came up with an incredible description of Doctor Who…
It’s about 'The Triumph Of Intellect And Romance Over Brute Force And Cynicism'.
Who wants to leave this life without leaving something behind that sparkles with intellect and romance?
You have history at your fingertips right now, so think about the places you want to go. Think about the places you’ve been. Try to think about the companions you want to take with you; some of them will be Time Lords – expert travelers just like you – but some of them won’t be, and they might want their hands held a little. Think about all of those fascinating branches of history you’ve always wanted to explore, all those wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey bits.
Think about the stories you want to tell; think about the stories you want your companions to tell. Most of all just think about stories"
For his latest talk - Matt asked me to illustrate some images to be projected while he spoke. Here they are: