I didn’t write anything about The Day of the Doctor for the first few days after it aired to give everyone a chance to see it before posting spoilers. I’m still disinclined because it feels to me that people should meet it fresh, with as few expectations as possible, to get whatever they’re going to get from it themselves.
That said, the fandom is likely overrun with reviews and criticisms. I don’t have to join it though. But since people have been asking me …
I love it.
For me, it wasn’t an over-the-top squee-fest, but it delivered a solid storyline (not loophole-free, but what ever is?) with a resolution that left my eyes shining and wet. The Doctor has made himself a victim of his own self-loathing long before Gallifrey fell, so what now? What might he grow to be? May he finally earn his own respect?
I don’t know, but the themes of absolution and redemption speak to me powerfully. Not just making amends for an egregious sin but being able to undo the sin itself entirely – that’s a big deal.
I am oddly yet deeply amused by the offer of the Other Doctor, aka the War Doctor, action figure offered for pre-order at Forbidden Planet.
He comes with the Moment, which I would expect. What I wouldn’t have expected is that he comes with an 8th Doctor alternate head, so the big McGann fans among us can geek out to our hearts’ content.
The Other Doctor is confirmed to ship to retailers 28 February 2014. More info on how pre-orders work with online ordering is available at the Forbidden Planet FAQ.
I’ve been waiting for the day since about 2006. In celebration:
Tomorrow’s brunch – fish fingers and custard. It is ON!
… on a sick day you’re so bored and miserable that you watch all the Cult of Skaro episodes and write mini-biographies of the members.
Then you write a rant on reddit about how badly character continuity for the members was handled in Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks.
I went looking for this rant today and couldn’t find it in this site. That’s because it was on reddit! Silly girl!
The big day approacheth. Depending on where you live, there’s still time to celebrate it with one or both of these costume T-Shirts:
Seems to be a thing, dressing up your organic dog to resemble K-9. Take a look at these lovely doggy costumes.
My favorite has to be Ein, depicted here.
Awesome Fan-Made Dalek
This site is for posting hand-captured Doctor Who screencaps – there is more about the why in the Welcome page and more about the how in the Process page. The blog on the front page, however is for posting fun stuff I come across while generally being a fan and acting like one.
I’ve been disaffected lately because most of the news and hype surrounding the current series has been manufactured by professionals involved in the production, sales, and marketing of the show and just passed around by outlets and fans whole cloth. It’s off-putting. Some of the most charming things about the Doctor Who fandom are that it’s organic, unpredictable, and boundlessly enthusiastic. These qualities preserved the series for the long years it was off the air and made possible the miracle of the last seven years. The last thing this fandom should ever do is become a series of cogs in a machine.
I don’t like what I’m seeing, and the proliferation is making harder and harder to find “the good stuff” – the fan stuff that is about love and awe and joy in the delightful world of the Doctor. Stuff like the fan-built Dalek above.
There, I’ve said it. For months not saying it has kept me from saying anything at all.
Now that it’s off my chest, I’ll resume looking for the good stuff. Please keep posting it. You’re wonderful people and I love when you show it.
I’ve been on hiatus unexpectedly but will return to regular posting soon.
Meanwhile, you can make a Weeping Angel to top your Christmas tree.
I should do a regular T-shirt feature, given that’s my passion. One of them.
I think I have to have this:
Reminder: If you’re nuts about Doctor Who T-shirts, visit our T-shirt-O-Philia page to see more.
Today only – RIPT Apparel and TeeFury are doing Doctor Who in doubles. RIPT features these two Star Wars themed sweeties:
TeeFury offers these:
Bonus T-shirt link – Threadless has this one on sale now for $10: