Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

This is it, one sleep till Christmas day an for most Whovians the much anticipated Christmas special. I had something else planned for this post but it is an hour till midnight and I am writing this on my phone. So I leave you with this:
And of course:

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 1 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 2 sleeps

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Trock Wednesday: Doctor Who Theme with words

Merry Eve of Christmas Eve!
Tomorrow would normally be a Track post but since it's also Christmas Eve the trock comes early:
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Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 2 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 3 sleeps

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday: Gingerbread TARDIS

Sunday and Monday I helped my friend Alice prepare for Christmas. With the help of her Mom we created this gingerbread TARDIS and all the gingerbread Doctors. It was so much fun!
  • Gingerbread dough (from a favourite trusted recipe)
  • Icing (from a favourite trusted recipe)
  • Piping bags and icing tips
  • Icing dye (we used Wilton)
  • Candy -string licorice, yellow gummy, tiny dots in assorted colours, green ring gummy, any many blue candies
  • Cookie cutters
  • Time (this project took three of us three days)
Step 1: Prepare the dough and bake the pieces
Alice's mom made the dough on Saturday. Sunday we took an afternoon cutting out shapes and baking. There was also a few trips to friends and neighbours looking for the right size gingerbread man cookie cutters for the Doctors and icing dye (ours was dried out).

Step 2: Make a decorating plan
There are so many Doctor gingerbread samples online from very detailed with flooding and interacted designs to basic distinguishing features. We went with the basic design. Even with that choice it took two of us five hours on Monday to decorate everything.

Step 3: Mix icing
We followed the icing dye instructions. We only mixed a few colours at a time because there were only three useable piping bags.

Step 4: Icing the base
Our original plan was to flood the TARDIS panels. We decided to just spread the icing with spatulas. It worked well.

Step 6: Add details

Step 5: Assemble TARDIS
Alice's mom was the hero is this part of the project.

Step 5: Add last touches

Step 5: Admire the final results


The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 3 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 4 sleeps

Monday, December 21, 2015

Top Ten Doctor Who Spin-Off Ideas

I'm back, sorry to those who have been looking for the daily Whovian posts. It has been three very full days with waking at stupid o'clock and late nights. Something had to give and sadly it was the blog. But there will be a post every day the rest of the countdown.

After the season nine finale, Hell Bent, there were many clamoring for a Clara and Me spin-off. That idea has inspired this Top Ten of other spin-off ideas:

10. About Jack
How can you not love Captain Jack Harness? There are two ways a Captain Jack spin-off could go, "The Further Adventures of Captain Jack" or "The Missing Years" from Jack's years with the time agency.

9. Origins
Origins would the early days of the Time Lord legends Omega and Rassilion maybe before they became evil megalomaniacs.

8. Another Universe: Rose and Clone Ten's Stories
7. Unit
My first idea was two separate shows "The Tales of The Osgood" and "Martha And Micky" then realized a show with them all together as a team would be very fun.

7. The Doctor's Daughter
I've always wanted to know what happened to Jenny.

5. Ramana
A beloved classic companion was Ramana who traveled with the Fourth Doctor. There are some fun ways this spin-off could go. What was her life like in E-space? How did she return to Galiffery? How did she become the Lord President? All fun questions such a show could explore.
4. The Time Lord Academy
Maybe even with a young Doctor and Master.

3. The Adventures of River Song
I love River Song's character and think there is enough in her history and future to make for interesting stories and because space archaeology would be awesome.

2. Jo Grant Adventures
The Sarah Jane Adventures aired from 2007 till 2011. The fifth season only aired two weeks, production was permanently suspended due to actress Elizabeth Sladen's death. The idea her would be to have another of the Doctor's companions, Jo Grant, adopt Sarah Jane's son and continue the adventures.

1. The Great Detective or The Paternoster Gang
Why isn't this already a thing?

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 4 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 5 sleeps

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Trock Thursday: The Oncoming Storm

Welcome to another week of Trock Thursday. Today's Time Lord rock song is an original by Legs Nose Robertson as a tribute for the 50th anniversary. I hope you enjoy:

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Star Wars: 0 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 9 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 10 sleeps

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Doctor Who -500 Miles

The day got away from me. I could really use a time machine this week. So for now something fun:

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Star Wars: 2 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 11 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 12 sleeps

Monday, December 14, 2015

Doctor Who Holiday Round Up: Games

I was inspired by yesterday's Rate the Fun review of Doctor Who the Card Game. Today we're going to round up all the Doctor Who games I can find and are still in print. Hopefully they will all be fun additions to any Doctor Who party.

These games will be divided into three catagories: 1) original games 2) commercially re-themed games and 3) fan made re-themed games. I personally believe the fan made rethemed games are the best.

Original Games: 

1. Doctor Who the Card Game
Doctor Who: The Card Game 2nd Edition
2. Doctor Who Collectible Trading Card Game
3. Doctor Who: The Time Wars (UK Import)
4. Doctor Who: Battle to Save the Universe (Import)
I counted 16 other original Doctor Who games on Board Game Geek but could not find them in print.

Commercially Re-Themed Games: 

5. Doctor Who Clue
6. Doctor Who Risk
7. Trivia Pursuit Doctor Who Edition
8. Doctor Who Monopoly
There are actually three different Doctor Who Monopolies available, Regeneration, Doctor Who Villains, and the 50th Anniversary Edition:
9. Yahtzee: Doctor Who
10. Doctor Who Chess
11. Doctor Who Tumbling TARDIS Tower Game

Fan-made Re-Themed Games:

12. Tsuro re-themed by Chris Cormier
13. 6 nimmt re-themed by Chris Cormier

14. Love Letter posted (re-themed) by Paul Nowak

15. Fluxx re-themed by Ashley Jones
I could only find a mention in this forum

16. Pandemic as Invasion Earth re-themed by Carl White

17. Guess Who re-themed by Karen Kavett

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Star Wars: 3 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 11 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 12 sleeps

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Rate the Fun: Doctor Who Card Game

I have a rule for buying games; it is: "when purchasing new games, only buy games you have played, watched played, or read/seen a review." It was a good rule, an important rule, a rule I ought to follow at all times. There are reasons for this rule, the Doctor Who The Card Game is one of those reasons. It was the TARDIS, once I saw it I was done came home with me that day.

Doctor Who The Card Game is about area control with card drafting. You are both the Doctor and his companions defending your locations and the Doctor's enemies attacking your opponents' locations.

The box says it is for 13+ runs for 20-60 minutes and is for 2-4 players. Jamie and I tried the two person variant the day I bought it. This is NOT and two player game (I do not care what the box says). For more details about the game visit its Board Game Geek page.

How To Play:
I found reading the rule book challenging. We were sure we read the rules wrong...but really the game just does not work for two players even with the recommended "variations."

Before my second game, and attempting to teach the rules I watched Modern Table Gamer's review:

For this Rate the Fun review I enlisted the help of my friends Alice, Aurora, and Duane who played the game for the first time today. Here is what we thought:

Good Stuff:
Alice: The Doctor Who-ishness of it. It was good that I didn't get the Regeneration card because I would have just kept it because I wouldn't want to go.
It was fairly easy to explain. Fairly easy to set up. Fairly easy to start playing.
There is enough to it, that I think you could get better as you played it, making it worth trying again.
Aurora: I liked seeing characters and locations from across New Who. There were many nostalgic moments. It was also an interesting challenge with passing the cards. There were times I was torn between which to play and which to pass.
Duane: The drafting mechanics were interesting and the point spreed at the end was surprisingly close for most of us.
Me: Of course I like the theme, it is Doctor Who, that is the whole reason I bought the game. I also enjoyed the cards and the artwork. With the rules there is a single plastic sheet with a quick review that I found very helpful both in explaining the game and as a quick reference. I also appreciate that there is a section in the rule book for card clarification. I found the twist on drafting mechanic interesting that created a good tension of "what do I do? I want to play them all!" while also allowing you to pass on "garbage cards."

Less Than Good Stuff:
Alice: It might have just been a fluke, but I ended up drawing none of the things I needed to be able to defend myself, so I spent the last bit of the game without any strategic options, watching myself lose. I found that frustrating and not enjoyable. I don't mind (too much) losing when I feel like I could do better next time, but if I had those cards come up again, it would be just as grindingly awful.
It's not inherently unbalanced, which makes it hard to pin point how that could be fixed, but there is something slightly wonky about how that went.
Aurora: The balance between good and evil seemed off or wrong. You would think that the Doctor would be stronger than he is and that it would be easier to defend attacks. I also found the direction to pass the cards (counter-clockwise) confusing especially with the turn order going in the opposite direction (clockwise).
Duane: The turn order was counterintitive and required repeated reminders through out the game. The values on the defender and enemy cards weren't the issue as much as the quantity ratio of the types of those cards in the deck.
Me: I want to love this game, but I don't. I like it; it's okay but it feels off. Playing a Doctor Who game I want to be the Doctor or his friends saving the day and defending the places. The game is set up so that you are more likely to win by attacking others to get all your Dalek tokens out. I don't want to be the Daleks! I want to be the Oncoming Storm! The one who stops the monsters! Because of that desire it does feel like there is something broken. I am not sure if it the value balance, card ratio, or my expectations.

Rate The Fun Score:
Alice: 7
Aurora: 6
Duane: 6
Me: 6.4

Final Thoughts:
We would all play it again, some sooner than others. Alice, whose rating was the most generous (and would have been 10 just because its the Doctor) added that her rating would drop if her experience wasn't just a weird card fluke. Duane commented that the game is good but it might have the wrong theme. I think he is right. I would be more accepting of the attack mechanics if it was a fantasy kingdom with armies of centaurs, halflings, orcs and oliphants.

An expansion has been announced that will soon be available for pre-order. It will add new cards from the 12th Doctors adventures and add a 5th player. I will probably get it for the extra player. I think more players is better in this game. There is also a Classic Doctor Who version available for pre-order.

Thank you for checking out the review. If you are interested in more game reviews, you can find the list of rated games and the Rate the Fun score guide here. Tomorrow's Whovian round up will be Doctor Who games and re-themed games.

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Star Wars: 4 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 12 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 13 sleeps

Saturday, December 12, 2015

More River Song (in Mini Episodes)

I've been using Saturdays of this year's Countdown to share mini episodes I've missed. Last year I found the very fun First Night, Last Night, and Up All Night.

This year I discovered Rain Gods and The Wedding of River Song Prequel. Of the two I am actually glad I missed the prequel when it aired.

The Wedding of River Song Prequel aired after Closing Time and before the Wedding of River Song.

Rain Gods aired after the Snowmen (Christmas Special) and before the Bells of John Prequel. I find it much more fun then the Prequel.

I've already said it, I am very happy Alex Kingston is returning for the Christmas special. I hope it is good. I was chatting over board games with some Whovian friends today when I realized I seem to only enjoy ever other Christmas special. I hope that pattern breaks this year, because I liked Last Christmas. We shall know soon enough.

Tomorrow I am hanging out those same friends playing the Doctor Who card game tomorrow. I'll have a review of the game up some time tomorrow night.

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Star Wars: 5 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 13 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 14 sleeps

Friday, December 11, 2015

Top Ten Doctor Who Speeches

"Words are his weapon."
-Lord President
Hell Bent
One thing the Doctor can do with talk (1:38). The Doctor is full of words, many are quotable, some are even great. He has these speeches that stick with the fans because they sum up what we love about the Doctor. They are clever, or brave, or emotions and most of the time all three. That is what today's Top Ten is all about, the Doctor's great speeches/

It was an impossible list to make. I am still rewriting it and even after I hit the publish button I will want to make changes. There were two troubles I faces making this list. The first was how to included classic Who speeches. I have memories of watching Doctor Who as a child. I have watched all the classics available on Netflix and caught most of the Doctors single adventures that were aired leading up to the 50th anniversary. But my knowledge is limited so I relied on recommendations from friends, forums, and other Whovian bloggers. The second was narrowing my list down to just ten speeches. Really, how could anyone do such a thing? I think I could do a top ten for each of the new doctors and still feel like I've missed a great quote.

Honourable Mention: The Eighth Doctor– ‘The Night of The Doctor‘
It isn't really a speech, but it made me smile:
“Four minutes? That’s ages. What if I get bored or need a television, couple of books. Anyone for chess? Bring me knitting.”

Now on with the countdown:

10) The Twelfth Doctor Dark Water 

9) The Tenth DoctorVoyage of the Dammed

As a bonus: The Twelfth Doctor explaining he is the Doctor in Flatline:

8) The Ninth Doctor– Bad Wolf

7) The Eleventh Doctor The Rings of Akhaten
"Hey, do you mind if I tell you a story? One you might not have heard. All the elements in your body were forged many, many millions of years ago in the heart of a far away star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Until, eventually, they came together to make you. You are unique in the universe. There is only one Merry Galel and there will never be another. Getting rid of that existence isn't a sacrifice, it is a waste!"
6)  The First Doctor– S2E2 ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’
“During all the years I’ve been taking care of you, you in return have been taking care of me. You are still my grandchild and always will be. But now, you’re a woman too. I want you to belong somewhere, to have roots of your own. With David you will be able to find those roots and live normally like any woman should do. Believe me, my dear, your future lies with David and not with a silly old buffer like me. One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan. Goodbye, my dear.”

5) The Eleventh Doctor– The Eleventh Hour

4) The Sixth Doctor– S23E4 ‘The Ultimate Foe’

3) The Fourth Doctor– S12E4 ‘Genesis of The Daleks’
“Well, the final responsibility is mine. And mine alone. You see, if someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives… could you then kill that child? Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other, and it’s it? The Daleks cease to exist? Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations, can live without fear, in peace, and never even know the word ‘Dalek’? But if I kill, wipe out a whole intelligent life form, then I’d become like them. I’d be no better than the Daleks.”

2) The Seventh Doctor– S26E4 ‘Survival’
“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea’s asleep, and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice, and somewhere else the tea’s getting cold. Come on, Ace. We’ve got work to do.”

1) The Ninth Doctor– Rose

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Countdown Till Star Wars: 6 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 14 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 15 sleeps

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Trock Thursdays: Do You Want to Steal a TARDIS

Welcome to another week of Trock Thursday! For those new to my blog or the Doctor Who fandom, "TROCK" is a term used to define fan made songs about Doctor Who. It stands for Time Lord Rock, similar to the Wizard Rock which are songs and parodies inspired by Harry Potter.

I have waste hours on YouTube watching parody and original song videos. There are so many great song out there that every Thursday of the Whovian Countdown I will be sharing a different song.

Today's Trock is a parody of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" from Frozen sung by North Rory. First verse written by tumblr user davidtennantssideburns (who also put together the picture) second and third by North Rory as "Do You Want to Steal a TARDIS"

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Star Wars: 7 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 15 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 16 sleeps

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Adventures Continue

I had this fun moment last December rewatching Doctor Who. I was in the middle of the 9th Doctor's series when I saw an episode I had missed. It was fantastic. Not just because it was the 9th Doctor (who was fantastic).

It was great to see 9 being 9 in a new (to me story) because I had thought all his stories over. I did not realize how much I missed Eccleston as the Doctor till that moment. That doesn't mean I don't love the other Doctors, I do, I really really do. I just want all of them to have more adventures. I think that is was makes the books, radio dramas, comics and even fanfic great.When you are missing a particular Doctor or companion there are new adventures to discover is one of these mediums.

For me, one of the characters I am want more of is River Song. It is why I am looking forward to this years Christmas special. So I am very excited to share that January 2016 a four-hour audio drama is being release called The Diary of River Song.

From the Big Fish website:
An epic four-hour adventure that takes River Song across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe.

1. The Boundless Sea by Jenny T Colgan
Drawn out of self-imposed academic exile by an archaelological dig, River crosses paths with British Consul Bertie Potts - leading to a secret buried in a lost tomb...

2. I Went to a Marvellous Party by Justin Richards
River is invited to the most exclusive gathering; right in the middle of Hyperspace! Hosts Gifford and Isabella hold a connection to the mysterious Rulers of the Universe; but with a murderer on board, is River too late to discover the truth?

3. Signs by James Goss
River is on the trail of mysterious, planet-killing SporeShips. Her only aid is a handsome time-travelling stranger with a connection to her future - her husband, Mr Song.

4. The Rulers of the Universe by Matt Fitton
The Eighth Doctor is drawn into events, as River must contend with a secret society and a face-off with an ancient alien force - with her future husband caught in the middle!

Written By: Jenny T Colgan, Justin Richards, James Goss, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley
It looks really interesting. I am especially curious about the fourth story. How does the 8th Doctor meet River Song and still have 10 not know her when they meet in the Silence in the Library? It is a mystery.

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Star Wars: 8 sleeps
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 16 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 17 sleeps

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Pond Life

Today ought to be a tutorial. I had it all planned. I have all the supplies and was going to spend my afternoon being creative and crafty. Then I got called into work so the tutorial will have to wait till next Tuesday. Instead I decided to share a few mini episodes.

I've been missing the Ponds. While watching other minis I rediscovered the "Pond Life" mini-series; its's very fun. They are a set of five sketches happen between the the Doctors "death" at the end of season six and Asylum of the Daleks (season 7 episode 1) in which the Ponds have separated. I missed them when they first became available, which is sad because it would have made the start of season 7 make so much more sense.

Here is April to August of the Pond Life:

I think my favourite moment was "Odd on the Loo"

Again sorry for the lack of tutorial

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 17 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 18 sleeps

Monday, December 07, 2015

Doctor Who Holiday Round Up: 14 Whovian Christmas Trees

There are so many creative people making neat things and sharing them online. It is impossible to find all the great crafts out there without some help, especially Doctor Who themed creativity.

To celebrate Doctor Who and creative Whovians I am going to be doing round-ups on every Monday of the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown. Today's round-up has a festive theme, Whovian Christmas trees. Maybe one or two of them will inspire your own holiday decorations.

1. Doctor Who Tree
Doctor Who Christmas tree. Loads of DIY ornaments!
By Milk and Cookies
2. Inside the Police Box
Could not find the original creator.
Found image at Radio Times 
3. The Fourth Doctor Tree
Found on Think Geek

4. TARDIS Topper
Doctor Who Christmas tree by ToaDJacara
By ToaDJacara
5. The Police Box
By Absurdly Nerdly
6. 8-Bit Ornaments
By Doodle Craft!
7. Whovian Tree Skirt
By Housewife Eclectic
8. The Lights of the TARDIS Tree
Doctor Who Themed Christmas Tree
By Barry Doyon
9. So Many Companions
Tree by Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff
10. The Dalek Tree
ILLUMINATE! CELEBRATE! #doctorwho #christmas:
Saw on Pinterest. Could not find original source
11. And Another Dalek
dalek tree:
Found on Pinterest
12. And One More Dalek
The Dalek Christmas tree  This Dalek wasn't like the others Dr. Who has faced — he didn't want to exterminate. All he wanted to do was dress up like the satellites Mary Kay uses to spy on people and serve up a little Christmas cheer.:
Found on Pinterest
13. Last Dalek...I Promise

14. My Christmas Tree
Last year I decorated my mini Christmas tree with Doctor Who inspired mini TARDIS ornaments and a mini 4th Doctor scarf. Tomorrow's tutorial, if all goes well, will be a new ornament.

What did you think of the round-up? Is there a Doctor Who tree that should have been in the list? What should next week's round-up be? Please leave a comment below with your thoughts. Also, there were a number of trees that I could not find the original source or creator; I would like to give credit when possible. If you know the information for any of these trees please let me know and I will update the information.

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2015 Advent Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 18 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian sees the Christmas Special: 19 sleeps