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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy 50th Doctor Who!!!!!!

It's here!!  It's here!!!!   The 50th Anniversary of my most favorite television program on Earth!  Happy 50th Doctor Who!!!

I've been watching Doctor Who since I've been a tiny little thing.  My first episode was The Time Warrior.  Since I was so young, I didn't remember much of the story until almost two decades later when I finally got my hands on a VHS copy. (Yes you youngin's, BEFORE dvd/blu-ray players!) ;) The thing I remembered most from the episode was when the Third Doctor first met Sarah Jane. She had just walked into the room she was sharing with the Doctor and Prof. Rubish and tried to pull off pretending to be her Aunt Lavinia. (of course the Doctor saw right through that!) ;) 

Doctor Who was a family affair in our household.  Our local PBS station in Minneapolis, KTCA (now TPT, I think...) aired Doctor Who on Friday and Saturday nights-although they did try a little bit of everything, it seemed. Friday and Saturday were "newer" episodes-starting with Tom Baker's first episode, Robot. (before Doctor Who was syndicated by PBS and Lionheart Entertainment, different networks attempted to air Doctor Who at different times-in Minneapolis, Jon Pertwee's last season was shown on ABC (channel 5.)) We'd gather around the television at 10 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  Sometimes my Dad would bring home A&W Rootbeer and Tostinos pizza as a special treat during Doctor Who.  When Trial of a Timelord aired during pledge season, I remember we had several family friends over to watch, and I think we made tacos! 

By the mid-eighties, KTCA started airing William Hartnell's episodes Saturday mornings.   While most children were watching Saturday morning cartoons, I was watching Doctor Who! 

I missed Doctor Who when it went off the air, and was excited about the 1996 tv movie (even though I was disappointed in it, I did grow to love Paul McGann's Doctor through his Big Finish audios.)  When it was announced that Doctor Who would be returning to television in 2005, I was really excited (even though it took over a year to come back to the U.S.).  And, I have to admit it, I was more excited that Elisabeth Sladen was returning as Sarah Jane Smith in School Reunion than I was that it was coming back to television. (can you blame me?  I had a huge grin on my face for days after I saw her episode.)  :-D 

I laugh at newbies who swear up and down that they'll never watch the show again when they learn the Doctor will be regenerating into someone new.  They'll get over it.  I was sad when Three became Four, and cried like a baby when Four became Five, but I eventually recovered each time. :)  I've enjoyed all the Doctors-I have my favorites, like some more than others-but I love 'em all-quirkiness and all!

Doctor Who's been around for 50 years-and I've been watching for well over half that time-I hope to be watching it for many more!! Allons-y! 



There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish, sometimes.



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Friday, November 22, 2013

Celebrating 50 years!

Thursday I was sitting at work, when my coworker Nora, herself a Whovian, came up to me and asked me if I knew about the Art Bites tour at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Art Bites are 30 minute gallery tours during the lunch hour) This week's topic? Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by taking a tour of galleries of places that the Doctor and his companions visited. Well, duh!  Of course I was in!  Fellow Whovian Elanor joined us, too!  The woman giving the tour was obviously a big Whovian herself (well, of course she was-she came up with the idea for this Art Bite. ;) ). 

The stories represented were The Romans, The Wedding of River Song, A Good Man Goes to War, The Girl in the Fireplace (the museum has the most beautiful rug on display-hard to believe it's from Louis XV's dining room!), and Vincent and the Doctor. It was a really awesome tour that went by really fast (and reminded me that I really should take advantage of the fact that I work right next to one of the few art museums in the country that offer free admission!) At the end of the tour they had a drawing for two tickets to the 3D showing of The Day of the Doctor on Monday in Valley View-and Nora won them!  Congrats, Nora!

Art Bites: Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey

 Check out celeb Whovians wishing Doctor Who a Happy 50th!  Love that Edward James Olmos was one of the celebs! ;)

Happy 50th from Celeb Whovians

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society ran a favorites poll, and Tom Baker was voted favorite Doctor, and Elisabeth Sladen favorite companion. (Something I agree with wholeheartedly!) It's awesome to see that Sarah Jane Smith is still topping the favorite companion polls, and it's all due to the awesomeness that was Elisabeth Sladen.  Check out the other favorites:

Faves from DWAS 

A new prequel mini-sode was released!  Check out The Last Day: 

Less than 24 hours until The Day of the Doctor!!!!!!! :-D  

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Top 10 Favorite Doctor Who Companions

Three days until the 50th Anniversary!!!!  Fun fact-Three was my first Doctor!  The first episode I remember watching as a child was The Time Warrior with Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen's first appearance as Sarah Jane Smith. They say your first companion is always your favorite-not sure how true it is, but in my case, it certainly is!!!!  She was like the older sister I never had.

Speaking of favorite companions, the folks at BBC America's Anglophenia blog have come up with top favorite lists to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.  Check out their companion list!
10 Favorite Companions

...obviously, I totally agree with No. 1 on their list. ;) 

 I also have to agree with No. 2-I love Donna Noble-I felt as though she was the Sarah Jane Smith of the "New Who" era. :)

I pretty much agree with the entire list- (yes, even though Rose is on the list-I had no problem with her during her tenure with 9-I just felt that with 10 she got to whiny and needed.  However, she was the perfect companion to bring in the new era)  I might rearrange the order a bit (the Brig certainly would be higher up on my list!) and I would try to find a way to squeeze in Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Barbara Wright, and Rory Williams.  But then it would no longer be a top 10 list would it? ;) 

#SaveTheDay #DW50


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

4 Days and counting!!!!

4 days until the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!!!!!  Here is a great post from BBC America's Anglophenia blog filled with all sorts of video clips and information about the 50th anniversary, including the pre-show before The Day of the Doctor!!! :-D

Countdown to the Day of the Doctor




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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Doctor Who 50th!

The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is only a week away!!!!! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am! I've been watching the show since I was 2 and a half-years old!

There is so much I could say, but for now, I'll let these videos do the talking. :-D

Trailer for The Day of the Doctor

I see some serious 'sonic' envy happening in this trailer-do you? LOL.

Prequel Mini-sode, Night of the Doctor
Just a link to it, for those who don't want to be completely spoiled. ;)

Doctor Who Children in Need special, the Day of the Doctor:

Preview for the Doctor Who biopic, An Adventure in Space and Time

Are you as excited as I am?!?!?!?!?!?!?! :-D

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