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The Night of the Doctor

Before the Day of the Doctor comes…the night!

Check out this brand new mini-episode, “The Night of the Doctor,” released today by BBC! Featuring the eighth Doctor (Paul McGann), we get a sneak peek at how John Hurt’s Doctor comes into being.

“Physician, heal thyself,” Eight mutters before drinking a brew to force a very specific regeneration, one that will change him from a Doctor to a Warrior.

Good to see you again, Eight.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, “The Day of the Doctor,” airs Nov. 23.










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Snuggling Up With The Doctor

I’m cold today. Seriously, it’s one of those days that my fingers literally hurt.

Actually, it’s more of a numbness that you don’t really realize is there until you pick up your mug-o-joe and recognize the tingly pins and needles feel of the blood returning to your hands.  Ugh!

It’s the kind of day that I’d rather be on my couch, snuggled under blankets and enjoying some fine British entertainment. What kind of British entertainment? Well, while I do indeed have a soft spot for Sherlock and Downton Abbey, my first choice will always be the good Doctor. Of course!

(You knew that was coming. I mean, you saw the title, right?)

Since circumstances are currently preventing me from the aforementioned couch snuggle-time, I must content myself with dreaming! And trolling Etsy. Etsy’s great for dreaming and trolling. And for dreaming of trolls.

First on my list of snuggle necessities is a good blanket. Check out this one from MockingbirdMP.

tardis blanket

It’s bigger on the inside! Get it? Narf!

I’m not about to drag my comforter downstairs for couch time, and most times, I’m just looking for more of a lap warmer. A stadium blanket sounds just about right to me! And I love the embroidery, don’t you? Very cool.

My first thought was to head straight for a blanket that is full-on TARDIS. But, you see those everywhere, you know? There was just something about this one that I love. It’s simple, and I like that!

So, if you’re going for more of a lap blanket (which I clearly was), you’ll probably need something for your feet. Slippers!

I really tried to find some slippers on Etsy that I liked. It was a no-go. Um, get on that, crafty people of the Interwebz.

But, slippers are still needed! Enter my favorite geekery purveyor: ThinkGeek! Guys, I love ThinkGeek and could easily spend WAY too much money on their website.

Back to slippers! Check out their TARDIS ones here. It’s a pretty classic design, and for those of you with larger feet, no worries, they’re BIGGER ON THE INSIDE!

(Oh, hush. I had to put that in there, and you know it!)

Okay, so the body and feet are taken care of. What next? Straight to the top with a fun hat!

I know they’ve (science-y people) have generally debunked the idea that tons of heat is lost through the top of one’s head. Sure, you lose heat, but not the huge amount I was lead to believe by my well-intentioned mother. At any rate, hats make me feel warmer! I really like this one from Akiseo.

Again with the TARDIS, right? Yep!

Next on my list is something for the hands! Kinda.

Check out this sweet mug from TheMugglyDuckling! (What a great shop name, btw!) Minimalist and fantastic.

ten pillow


Lastly, if you find yourself alone, this Doctor pillow is the perfect cuddle buddy! It’s modeled after everybody’s favorite Doctor, the Tenth played by David Tennant. (What? He’s not your favorite?! Well, I suppose you’re entitled to your own opinion…even if that opinion happens to be wrong, of course.) I spotted Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor in telahmarie’s shop, and it looks like custom orders are available, too, so, you could cuddle up with any of the Doctors, I suppose.

Ten’s still the best, though.

There you have it: the perfect list of must-haves for a snuggle session with the Doctor! And right before the 5oth Anniversary Special, too! You’re welcome.

What did I miss? Hit me up with some links in the comments.

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Getting Ready for the Big 50

Series 7 of Doctor Who wrapped up for us Americanos on Saturday. I’m not going to do a recap (because you should bloody well watch it yourself), but I do want to mention that it ended on somewhat of a cliff-hanger, introducing a “new” character.

(Like the quotes? Oh, yeah…you know what I mean.)

There are a lot of rumors floating around as to what role this character is actually playing and how he fits into the current Doctor mythos. I have a favorite theory that involves carnage and wiped memories, but I suppose only time and the BBC (or BBC America, I suppose for us Yanks) will tell.

Suffice it to say, the season finale was a lead up to the Doctor Who 5oth anniversary special that will air on Nov. 23. It’s a long time to wait, but we Whovians are accustomed to twiddling our thumbs and playing a rousing game of tiddly winks while our British overlords take their sweet time eking out the brilliant blue TARDIS-flavored cream into our weak American tea.


Eleven and Ten…OR ARE THEY? (Watch the Series 7 finale!) Image taken from a screen grab of the video below.


I will say that they’ve done a good job recently of putting out videos, teasing the return of David Tennant’s tenth (OR IS HE?) Doctor and his beloved Rose (Who for some reason could never seem to find the time to visit a decent colorist. Space and time? Sure! Matching your roots to your bleached-out mess of a hair style? No time! No time? You’re in a time machine! Argh! I’m in a minority of those who weren’t overly impressed with darling Rose…in case you couldn’t tell.). Tennant is my favorite Doctor thus far, and I’m excited to see how the special plays out.

They’d just better not make me super sad again when he goes away. For real.

Confession: I didn’t start watching Doctor Who until Christopher Eccleston took over as the ninth Doctor (OR IS HE?), and I wasn’t all that taken with his performance. I later learned that there were problems in paradise; Eccleston didn’t have the greatest experience in the role. It’s a pity, but I must say that it came through in his portrayal of the Doctor, a flippant, somewhat disinterested time traveler who never quite convinced me that he gave a rat’s a$$ about much of anything.

Eccleston just didn’t ring true for me.

It wasn’t until Tennant took over that I really got into Who. Tennant brought vitality to the show; he seemed to actually enjoy himself. Was his Doctor written that way? Perhaps. Was Eccleston’s purposely written to be more detached? Perhaps. We could argue about that for quite a while, but the fact remains that I found Tennant’s Doctor more enjoyable!

Oh, and Donna Noble beats Rose Tyler any day. Fact.

Even though I’m not a huge Eccleston fan, I was still disappointed to hear that he wouldn’t be in the 5oth anniversary special. And what of the other surviving Doctors? Nope. It’ll just be Tennant and reigning Doctor, Matt Smith (and the “new” character, of course. But, I’m not talking about that, remember? Seriously! Go watch the Series 7 finale!).

While I understand that the older actors don’t fit into the picture of how we last saw their Doctors, I think something should have been done to include them. Perhaps they could have played other characters, had cameos a la Stan Lee. It was a missed opportunity for sure.

But, I still must say that I am definitely looking forward to the anniversary special! Every time a new Doctor Who video pops up on Facebook or YouTube, I greedily devour it, of course.

Here’s a fairly recent one:

What say you, Whovians? Are you looking forward to the 50th anniversary special?

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