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A to Z Blog Challenge: {D}octor Who…Duh… April 4, 2014

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What would a favorite things theme be without Doctor Who? For those people who aren’t familiar with Doctor Who or why those of us who love the show, really love the show. Here are few things to consider (and some of the argument points I used to get my friends into the show)

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  • It’s part science fiction part fantasy. Yeah you have the wibbly wobbly timey wimey space science stuff the show is about a guy who shows up and whisks people away on an adventure. However, instead of a horse he has a Blue Phone Booth…well sometimes there’s a horse ….
  • British Humor…need I say more?

Rose Tyler

  • Rose Tyler

River Song

  • River Song

Clara

  • Clara Oswald

Amy Pond

  • Amy Pond
  • Epicness. The show has been on for 50 years. The originals are very different from the new series. You can almost say that he is like the science fiction version of James Bond, except he doesn’t like martini’s and he has a sonic screw driver.

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  • As much as there are adult elements to the stories, this is very much a family show. On a Saturday night you can sit down with your kids, a bowl of popcorn and have an hour of family time. There aren’t many shows out there that have this element anymore.
  • If I had to pick a central theme to the show I would say hope and friendship.
  • And did I mention the Tardis which stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space? It can go anywhere in time and space, which just sparks the imagination of history nerds and space geeks alike.
  • If you love B Movies, Doctor Who has some of the best B Movie Villains and I know my B movie Villains, case in point:Ace and the Dalek

So what are you still doing reading this? Get on Netflix, Amazon or Hulu and start watching….

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For those of you out there who are Doctor Who fans, what are some of your favorite things about the show?

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Recap of Gallifrey One 2014 February 16, 2014

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As I sit here sipping my tea looking over my pictures from the weekend I can’t help but think of how great of a weekend it truly was.

Yup, that’s my name in the top center column! It was the first of my two panels (my second one was on crafting).  Being on the panel was a fun experience. I think I may do it again next year.

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So as I mentioned I was planning on doing some cosplaying. Here is my Captain Jackie Harkness:

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I am really proud of how it turned out. I think I was a unique Jack.

Of course I wasn’t the only one cosplaying this weekend. Here are some photos of some other great cosplayers from this weekend:

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Because of course Mary Poppins is a Time Lady!

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Jackie and the Doctor

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The Doctor and his Daughter (my friends Angel and Becky)

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My friend (and Author) Robin Burks as Rose

Of course you never know who you will run into in the dealer room:

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Yes that is THE Chris Hardwick, my favorite Nerdist Podcast Host. I also got to meet Chloe in person and let me just say she is just as nice and adorable in person as I thought she would be.

In between shopping, plays, interviews and panels I got to meet some pretty awesome people that have had a hand in making Doctor Who the awesome show that it is today. Gallifrey One had a special brunch where I got to have eat with members from the original show. How could I turn that down brunch AND Doctor Who, two of my favorite things all rolled into one delicious event.  Here are a few pictures of some of the people I got to have brunch with:

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This is Frazer Hines, better know as Jaimie from the highlands during the Patrick Troughton years (the Second Doctor).

 

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The lovely Deborah Watling, also known as Victoria another companion of the Second Doctor.

In addition to getting to meet Deborah and Frazer, I got to meet Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), and Terrance Dicks (sp?), a script editor for the show.

Here are a few other pictures from my adventures this weekend:

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All in all it was a great weekend. Needless to say I am exhausted. So if you will excuse me, I am going to go get some more hot water for my tea and cuddle with one of my pups.

 

Only a Few More Days Until Gallifrey One February 11, 2014

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In just a few days I will be making my way to Gallifrey One. If you have never been I can say that for a Whovian it feels much like this:

 

In preparation for the big event, I have been watching Doctor Who non stop for well over a week (both old series and new).  It’s kind of like getting ready for a sporting event. I gotta bring my A game, even at the risk of annoying the husband.

So far the primary episodes are The 5 Doctors, Genesis of the Daleks, Pyramids of Mars and The E-Space Trilogy. I’ll be moving on with the Time Warrior and the Santoran Experiment with some new series episodes thrown in.

So what are my plans? Well I will be sitting on the “Journey to the Center of the Fandom” panel at 12:30 on Friday and “Crafting Who” on Saturday at 11:00 am. Outside of that I will be milling around panels and creating some generalized Whovian mischief

I’ve got my cosplay outfits together (Clara and Captain “Jackie” Harkness). So if you are there come to one of my panels to say hi and maybe get a ribbon. If you can’t be there, don’t worry I will posting TONS of pictures.

 

A Look at “The Hand of Omega” January 4, 2014

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“The heavier the decision, the higher the waves, the more uncertain the consequences .”

I have to admit, this is one my favorite Doctor Who episodes of all time and it is not just because this happens:

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Ace is by far one of my favorite companions.

It is one of the episodes that I recommend a new Doctor Who fan watching because it ties back to the original series and is very much a bridge between the classics and the modern era Doctor. It is in Sylvester McCoy’s incarnation of the Doctor that we start to see the first glimpses of what the modern era Doctor has become.

For me this is my favorite of the Sylvester Mccoy episodes. He is the kind of Doctor that speaks softly and carries a big umbrella. He didn’t need to boast that he was the Doctor (one could argue he is one of the more humbler Doctors) and when he did get angry there was just the right amount of sarcasm thrown in as is evident when yelling at Davros (yes, that Davros) “Powerful, Crush the lesser races, conquer the galaxies, unimaginable power, unlimited rice pudding etcetera, etcetera.”

However, back to the episode. The episode takes the Doctor full circle. In the 1960’s the Doctor hid The Hand of Omega in England. Now in present day London two factions of Daleks are trying to get their hands on it.

Why is The Hand of Omega so important you ask? (good question)

Omega, first seen during Pertwee’s time as the Doctor in “The Three Doctors,” Omega was the Time Lord that enabled time travel to happen (see  “The Three Doctors” for more details as well as some serious karate chopping by the third Doctor).

Needless to say, this is definitely one of the Classics to add to your viewing list.

 

My Breakdown of The Day of the Doctor December 6, 2013

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**Caution this post contains major Spoilers**

Do not read any further if you have not seen The Day of the Doctor…. You have been warned.

I know I am a bit late but I wanted to make sure people had the opportunity to watch the show before I spoiled it. ( I am not one of THOSE fans) I also wanted to make sure I had enough time to properly digest the awesomeness of this special.

“Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.”

Besides showcasing everything that I love about Steven Moffat’s writing, this episode goes down in the top ten most important episodes of the new series.

Let’s see where to begin.

First off the subject of Gallifrey. My father is a fan of the classics and has recently started watching the new episodes and he keeps asking “But what about Gallifrey?” In the original series, the Doctor travels and interacts with the other Time Lords quite a bit. When we are introduced to the Christopher Eccelstein’s doctor we find that his world was destroyed in a great time war. Throughout the course of the series we learn that he is in fact responsible for this.

Now listen up kids, because this is where it gets tricky:
As I have mentioned before, the Doctors meeting up is nothing new. So way back in the day the rule was brought up that the past doctors forget what happened. Back to this most recent special, the War Doctor or now our 9th Doctor, will think that he did in fact wipe out Galifrey because he remembers going for the button and now the planet is not there. Likewise, it’s time locked, he can’t go back and change it even if he wanted to.

This is a brilliant bit of writing on Moffat’s part.  The Time War was something that came about through fan fiction. He has been able to write around it while at the same time respecting the work that has come before him. Is it a bit duce ex mana? Yeah but in reality there was no other way to get around the war without stomping all over the work of those who have come before him.

Likewise this opens a whole new door of storytelling.  As much as I love the show’s writing, the story of Clara and the Doctor is at serious risk of repeating another Rose and Doctor romance.  Sidenote: It’s part of the reason why I like the casting of Peter Capaldi as our next Doctor.  Anyway, this sends the show in a whole new storyline trajectory. No longer is our Doctor meaninglessly traveling around space. He has a new purpose, to find his people. This also ties in with David Tenants final episode, btw.

We also have the possibility of seeing some old favorites come back around *cough cough* Romana *cough cough* as the 4th Doctor said “in the years to come you may find yourself revisiting a few but maybe just the old favorites, eh.” That is such a big hint that as my grandma used to say: if it was any bigger it would reach up and bite you in the face.

The other thing that I love is the show’s major nod to it’s past. All 13 doctors showing up at the end and the wonderful talk between the 4th and the 12th Doctor. I actually think that is my most favorite part of the show. “Perhaps I was you of course, or perhaps you are me…congratulations.”I think that was the one thing that had me cheering more than Bad Wolf and a bit in teary eyed. It was a beautiful way to tie in one of they most popular Doctors in the shows history.

The episode worked within the confines of the current cannon of the show and managed to expand the Doctor Who universe infinitely.
“I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyones. it’s taken me so many years, so many lifetimes but at last I know where I’m going, where I’ve always been going. Home…the long way around.”

It’s going to be an exciting few years.

 

What to Watch to get Ready for the 50th Doctor Who Anniversary Special November 21, 2013

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Whenever the subject of classic Doctor Who comes up with someone who joined the fandom during the new series I am told “I don’t know where to begin, it’s so overwhelming.” It’s understandable, the Doctor Who Universe is very expansive.

So with that in mind, I have compiled a list of classic Doctor Who episodes to help get ready for the 50th Anniversary.

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    • An Unearthly Child:  Start at the beginning….and when you get to the end stop. This is the very first ever Doctor Who episode. It’s where all of the magic begins. The first Tardis, the first companions that fell down the rabbit hole. See where the show started 50 years ago.
    • Genesis of the Daleks:  In this episode the 4th Doctor is left with the ultimate choice of a time traveler: by stopping the a great evil before it begins will history be changed for the better or worse.  The Doctor can kill the Daleks once and for all keeping millions of planets from dying but yet also stopping all the good that will happen.
    • The Five Doctors:  Specials where past and present Doctors share episodes is nothing really new. For the 25th anniversary the Five Doctors were taken out of time and placed in the dead zone of Gallifrey where they team up to protect the most ancient and powerful secrets of the Time Lords

Ace and the Dalek

  • Remembrance of the Daleks: If for no other reason than Ace taking a baseball bat to a Dalek, this is great episode. In this    episode our 7th Doctor gets caught in the middle of two warring factions of Daleks seeking the “Hand of Omega” which was hid on earth by the 1st Doctor in an unearthly child.
  • Doctor Who the Movie: Prerequisite watch at least 2 to 3 other Classic Doctor Who episodes before watching this move because it gets everything wrong (for more details click here). It does sadden me, that Paul Mcgann didn’t get more time as the Doctor. As you can see from the prequel he would have been goofy and charming Doctor. After seeing the movie and watching the prequel I can totally buy it that he spent his time just going around helping people and not taking a side. Also, he is the last regeneration before the “War Doctor.”

So what are you waiting for? Go Watch some Doctor Who!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Recommend for Doctor Who Fans November 19, 2013

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“Books! The best weapons in the world!” The Doctor

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is: Top Ten Books I would recommend to a Doctor Who Fan. These are the books to help get a Whovian through the week when there is no Doctor on TV.

  1. The Time Machine: because this is the fundamental book that anyone who is interested in time travel.
  2. Ocean at the End of the Lane: the latest book by Neil Gaiman who wrote The Doctor’s wife. There are definite elements in the story that are similar to show, with a spooky fairytale overtone.
  3. Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy: Like the Time Machine, the Hitchiker’s guide is a fundamental book for those that are interested in Science Fiction and outerspace. Likewise, it has that whimsy that goes along with the Theme of Doctor Who.
  4. The River of No Return: I just love this book, it’s a great piece of time travel fiction.
  5. Oh the Places you’ll go: this one just needs no explanations
  6. The Wizard of Oz: the original Frank L. Baum version is delightfully odd and fairytale like. There is so much more depth to the story than can be expressed in the movies or plays.
  7. Where the Sidewalk Ends: “Ickle me, pickle me, tickle me too, went for a ride in a flying shoe” I like to think that Shel Silverstein was a Whovian and that Ickle me, Pickle Me and Tickle me were just time lords that flew around in a shoe that was bigger on the inside.
  8. Alice in Wonderland and…
  9. Through the Looking Glass: Like the Doctor Who world Wonderland is a fairytale, it’s dangerous and normal human logic does not apply.
  10. Any one of the Doctor Who Fan fiction books. The adventure doesn’t have to end when your favorite doctor is no longer on television.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish. Want to play along? Check out their blog for more details.