Ian Levine told where to go by RTD

There’s a thoroughly amusing anecdote about Ian Levine over on the Off The Telly blog. Basically, Russell T Davies told him exactly where to go at Wednesday’s Torchwood press conference in Cardiff:

“Ian, no offence, you’re not a journalist, so fuck off.”

Magic. I laughed like a drain when I read that.

Ian LevineIf you don’t know who Ian Levine is, there’s a handy article about him on Wikipedia. He also has his own discussion forum now. Suffice it to say, he’s a rich, powerful über-fan of Doctor Who, who saved various episodes from being burnt by the Beeb and eventually became a ‘continuity consultant’ to the show back in the 80s.

He’s also notoriously litigious: I was told by a publisher once that I wasn’t allowed to mention him in case he sued the magazine. All I wanted to say was the theme tune to K9 and Company was a bit rubbish, but that, apparently, would be enough to set him off in those days. Can’t stop me now, though!

PS What is it about the St David’s Hotel and Spa? John Barrowman’s going to spend Christmas there with his family, they hold the Torchwood press conference there? There are other hotels in Cardiff, you know. It is nice, mind.

PPS To counterbalance the Ian Levine photo, here’s one of a tree-hugging David Tennant.

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  • Perhaps he’s consoling one of the tree-folk of Cheem, upon letting them know about the death of Jabe….
    I’ve got to get out more.

  • Oh I love him. I love him.
    DT obviously, not that fat Who addict.
    I might move into the St David’s Hotel and Spa. It seems toget interesting guests. St David indeed.

  • Mark H Wilkinson

    There’s an even better picture of Levine here.

  • Maybe we could all club together and have a long weekend at the St David’s Hotel…

  • It’s a Rocco Forte 5 star job, but if you have a look on Lastminute.com, you can usually get a half-price booking.

  • David tennant wow so gergous!
    i love him.xx

  • Ross

    Ian Levine is truely vile. I spoke with him recently and VILE (and massively FAT) are the words that come to mind.

  • Anonymous

    Look at how MASSIVELY FAT Ian Levine is now!!
    http://www.hazelldean.net/page17.htm
    He looks like the Marshmellow Man from Ghostbusters!

  • That is an awesome quote!!
    Levine is in serious need of deflating, he is such an unpleasant person. Does anyone have any pictures of his face when RTD told him? Massive applause to RTd for putting fandoms most obnoxious and venomous twat in his place 🙂
    CLASSIC!!!

  • Darren Gregory

    I’d have loved to have been there when RTD told Levine where to go. Just what happened in Levine’s past to make him so arrogant, up himself, venomous, egotistical and generally VILE and OBNOXIOUS? I have yet to meet anyone with a good word to say about him.

  • David Marsh

    Someone should remind Levine that he is in his 50s and still obsessed with a kids’ programme! I met him once while DJing at the Flamingo club in Blackpool in the 80s. He came up to me with a bunch of promo records and said “I’m Ian Levine. Play these!” [Edited for sizeism and bad language by Rob 7/2/10]

  • Darren Gregory

    [这个好] On 2nd thoughts, maybe we should all (Who fans that is), recognise the fact that Levine did play a major part in returning many missing episodes and we should be grateful to him for that, regardless of what we think of him as a person.
    I think comments about him being fat are ridiculous and childish. What does his size have to do with anything?
    He IS arrogant and egotistical in a blatant way. God knows why, but many people are, due to a variety of reasons- insecurity, inferiority complex etc. Yes he is egotistical with his countless websites, but maybe he LIKES being like this? Some people DO play “a role” on camera or in public. Maybe he thinks it impresses people, who knows?
    But we would not have many episodes that we now DO have without his efforts.
    And David Marsh’s comments and language are very offensive. At least I’ve never heard Levine stoop to personal attacks and obscene language.

  • Edward Catflap

    “At least I’ve never heard Levine stoop to personal attacks and obscene language.”
    Hmmm …. apart from a few days ago when he went on a rampage at Gallifrey Base, calling the Restoration Team “BASTARDS” a hundred times due to some minor human error in the special features of the Silver Nemesis DVD.
    And that’s just a recent example, he’s been spewing his poison all over the internet for years. Yes, he did save many old episodes, and no, he should not be pilloried for his weight. But make no mistake, Ian Levine is an abusive, obnoxious, arrogant disgrace of a man and well deserving of all the criticism he’s attracted from fandom.

  • Edward Catflap

    Oh, and not to mention this not-creepy-at-all tweet from 15 August –
    ———————————————————————————–
    Posted by Ian Levine – 15 Aug 10
    A most generous and handsome reward offered for anyone who can supply me with a GENUINE AUTHENTIC name & address for “Ford Timelord” aka “Holy Joe Longfoot”.
    I swear absolute discretion.
    No-one will ever know who gave it to me, if it pans out.
    I have a burning desire to go visit in person and reason with him and attempt to quietly and coolly and logically explain to him the grave misjudgments and eror of his ways.
    So don’t have any second thoughts – I shall be most generous if it pans out, and nobody, but NOBODY, will ever find out who it was who gave me the information.
    Trust me – I promise I will not let you down – I just want to pay generously for this information.

  • betternotgetsued byianlevine

    “At least I’ve never heard Levine stoop to personal attacks and obscene language.”
    Guess you dont follow the Doctor Who forums as he does it on a regular basis whenever someone disagrees with him. If you disagree with him on something and dare to express it, you will instantly be told how ignorant and foolish you are and that you are not a ‘real’ fan. It recently came out that he had threatened a kid on youtube with a lawsuit for uploading a parody video of him. Swear to god, look it up on gallifrey base. He admitted it. No amount of ‘saved’ episodes (he bought them for his own collection and then sold the BBC copies at a huge profit when they found out what a mistake they made.. “saved” my eye!) can make up for his hateful manner.

  • MoDare

    Levine's 'Shada' has been leaked on Pirate Bay.

  • MoDare

    Levine’s ‘Shada’ has been leaked on Pirate Bay.

    • Not very good, is it. I like to call it ‘Pugwashada’

      • MoDare

        It isn’t perfect, but I think it’s the best way to see a complete Shada….

        • It’s certainly the funniest

  • Not very good, is it. I like to call it 'Pugwashada'

  • MoDare

    It isn't perfect, but I think it's the best way to see a complete Shada….

  • It's certainly the funniest

  • Jeff Stone Stone

    Wow. (pause) Wow. “Ian Levine is out of his PARPing mind” is almost a meme in certain circles, and I could not possibly comment on the truth or not of that, but…Jesus, if that's a real post from him that's basically three crimes. Threatening to cause bodily harm, privacy violation and attempting to enter into a criminal conspiracy.

  • Jeff Stone Stone

    Wow. (pause) Wow. “Ian Levine is out of his PARPing mind” is almost a meme in certain circles, and I could not possibly comment on the truth or not of that, but…Jesus, if that’s a real post from him that’s basically three crimes. Threatening to cause bodily harm, privacy violation and attempting to enter into a criminal conspiracy.