Thursday, December 22, 2016

Day 10: Top Ten Earth Times and Places the Doctor Should Visit

I have this recollection of someone stating that for a man with the ability to travel anywhere in time and space the Doctor spends a lot of time in our time and England. I forget if it was inside an actual episode or just a commentary on the show but that is what inspired today's top ten, locations and/or times I'd like the Doctor to visit.

Two apologies. First, to any Classic Who fans, I have limited knowledge of the earlier adventures. If I mention an event or location that has already been visited by 1-8 I am sorry. The second, I am Canadian...and would love to see some adventures happen here so I might have gone heavy on the 'home and native' land promotion. With that is mind, here goes:

10. Canada (1881-1185)
Specifically the efforts to building the Trans Canada Railroad

9. UK (1888-1891)
I know the inspiration was to get the Doctor out of England. But it would be awesome if he stopped jack the ripper whose an alien.

8. Ancient Greece
Without going too Stargate, maybe the tale can be aliens pretending to be gods or something.

7. Germany 1440
For the invention of the printing press.

6. Canada -Nova Scotia
Okay, I am not where exactly what time period. There are so many options first settlers, Acadian deportation, or The Boston Explosion.

5. Paris, France (1889 or just before)
The Doctor shows up for the 1889 World Fair (or during the construction of the Eiffel Tower) and saves the day, again.

4. A Rainforest
It could be the Canadian Redwoods or the Amazon. It would just be very pretty.

3. Republic of Florence (present-day Italy) 1480-1510ish
Hang out with Leonardo da Vinci

2. Japan
Any time...because it's Japan.

1. Canada (1920s)
The Doctor shows up in a lumberjack camp.

What I realized as I put the list together I am most interest in the late 1800s. Neat. When and where would you want the Doctor to go?

Tomorrow I think will be a follow up to the Who-Crossovers with a few more ideas.
The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2016 Adventure Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 3 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 4 sleeps

Day 9: How to Watch Doctor Who is 2017

This is a follow up to "yesterdays" post (which in reality was written today) about how to stream in Canada. For the past years Space (the Canadian SyFy channel) airs the latest episode on Saturday. The day after the episode became available to watch their website for free for a week. After the week it became "locked" and required a subscription to watch. After the series finale the complete season would be avalible on Netflix, Shomi, and CraveTV.

Things have changed. According to a Marketing article CraveTV Locks Up Doctor Who for Season 9 from earlier this year, CraveTV now has the exclusive rights to Doctor Who. It is unclear if the Christmas special or any episode from Series 10 will be on for free. I think I need to ask Santa for a CraveTV subscription :)

Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 4 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 5 sleeps

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Day 8: Missing Who

With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to rewatch the 12th Doctor's run. Turns out Doctor Who is no longer on Netflix (at least in Canada).

How do you watch Doctor Who? How/when will you see the Christmas Special? My hope is that will have in online the day after it airs like they have the past few years. Not sure if that is going to happen since they have an ad to stream Doctor Who with CraveTV...I thought Crave folded, or was it Shomi? I am so confused.

Also, I think I am going to look into how to watch Class. A friend is watching it via AppleTV. Not sure if there is another source for renting/watching. Maybe it's another CraveTV streaming option. Suggestions are also welcomed.

Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 5 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 6 sleeps

Monday, December 19, 2016

Day 7: Whovian Joy and Saddness

The other day Cineplex sent me a email of joy, letting me know that select theaters would be showing the Doctor Who Christmas special on Boxing Day. I was excited. Talked it over with family, since we'll be in another city visiting the extended family and wanted to make sure it would be okay to go. The folks were on board. So I went on the website to find times and book tickets.

Since I have my location set on the site it gave me the local option first, 7pm December 26th. It is the only showing in my area. I changed the location to where we'll be on December 26th (till the 27th). And this is where our story takes a sad turn. The only showing there is December 28th at 11am, by which time I'll be back in my area where the special will have already been shown.

That is my tale of woe.

I feel the urge to add #firstworldproblems

I am blessed and this small inconvenience isn't the end of my world, Christmas season, or even the day. I'm getting to see family, I live in a great place, I don't live in fear and I am fed and warm at night. I am truly blessed. God is good to me. Also, I'm still going to watch the Christmas special at some point regardless of the screen size. The joy of watching it at home I can pause the show and go for more snacks.

Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 6 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 7 sleeps

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Day 6: Top Ten Dream Who-Cross

I saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tonight. I loved it and it made me cry, the full review should be up tomorrow.

One the drive home (the closest theater is about 45 minutes away) I had a silly thought.

WARNING ROGUE ONE SPOILER IN THIS PARAGRAPH. As I was reflecting on the end of the movie with Jyn and Cass looking at the coming destruction and death I was reminded of vaguely of Doctor Who. Specifically the episode The Fires of Pompeii when Lucius Caecillus' family is standing in midst of the destruction of their known world with all hope of salvation gone -until the Doctor returns. And I wondered, what it could be like for Jyn and Cass if the Doctor showed up in that split second and the TARDIS materialized around them saving them from death.

Which got me thinking, what universes/franchises would it be interesting to have the Doctor visit. It is a slightly different question from the 2014 Top Ten Crossover List, which was really more of fan made crossovers. These are ones that I think would be interesting...

10) Avatar

9) The Hunger Games, specifically during the events of the first book.

8) Odyssey 5, it was a short lived series that got cancelled and ended with a cliff hanger. I am sure the Doctor could have solved the problem and saved the planet from destruction.

7) Dune

6) The Babylon Five Space Station

5) Stargate -movie or any of the shows

4) Planet of the Apes....not sure which version/place in time

3) The Three Musketeers, this might be because I just finished watching season three of the BBC's version

2) The Time Machine's future Eloi

1) Star Wars, during the events of Rogue One

Did I miss any? What plants, worlds, or francises do you think the Doctor should visit? Leave a comment? The next Top Ten is going to be "moments in time," suggestions are also welcomed.

I feel like my math on the sleeps is off but here goes:
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 7 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 8 sleeps

The Simple Woman Daybook 184

FOR TODAY: December 18, 2016
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window... so much snow

I am thinking... about a sermon I just listened to about the church being the embassy for the Jesus Nation.

I am thankful...growing friendships

I am wearing... pjs

I am creating... well more writing a sermon

I am reading...B. T. and Ellen Roberts and the First Free Methodists and The Books of the Bible, this will mean little since the books are in a different order but I am just finishing Philippians.

I am watching... just finished third season of the BBC's Musketeers, When Calls the Heart, Gilmore Girls with Sister, The Pretender with Mom, and Tuesday nights is Stranger Things with Sister and her friends.

I am geeking out... on all the trailers I saw at Rogue One especially Guardians of the Galaxy. Baby Groot looks awesome.

I played... no games this month :(
One of my favorite things... Hot Chocolate

Verse of the week... CHRISTMAS LOVE - paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
 Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china  and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.
 Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return
 but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost,
 golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of LOVE will endure.

~ author unknown
Song of the Week:

In the Kitchen... I made a Christmas cake:
It had mixed reviews. The first night it hadn't sat in the fridge long enough. Most of the teens said it was interesting. One honest person said, "Liz, it's not's just not good." However two days later when debating if we should just throw it out we (really just four people) gave it one more try. They mostly all liked it.
A few plans for the rest of the week:...getting reading for Christmas Eve service including giving the message and also Christmas.

Happening On The Blog:... I still have two movie reviews to write for Hacksaw Ridge and the new Anne of Green Gables, plus I saw Rogue One -that review should be up tomorrow. And the Whovian Countdown continues.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Day 5: It's David Tennet

I saw this on facebook yesterday and it made me smile. The only connection to Doctor Who is David Tennet, who is singing the Uncle Scrooge part, was the Tenth Doctor:

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2016 Adventure Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 8 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 9 sleeps

Day 4: Whovian Gift Guide

During the first Whovian Countdown in 2014 I wrote three Doctor Who Gift lists: Great Gifts, TARDIS Gifts, and Homemade gifts. Much of the gifts are still available and some are even easier to find. With the growing popularity of geek culture TARDIS and other Doctor Who seem to be everywhere, even after a year without new episodes.

With all the new geekiness I thought it was time to do a new gift guide, with items not found on any the lists, starting with books....

1) Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors Of Christmas

2) Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook: 40 Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Recipes

3) Doctor Who: The Colouring Book

4) Where's The Doctor?

5) Doctor Who 12 Doctors 12 Stories 12 Book 12 Postcard Gift Set


7) Five Ornaments Set

8) 2017 Calendar

9) Doctor Who: Snowflake and Ornament Onesie

10) And for Classic fans, the Seventh Doctor's Umbrella

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2016 Adventure Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 9 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 10 sleeps

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thankful Thursday #213

I've been thankful...
  • ...for all the safe travel on icy roads
  • ...for long distant phone calls
  • ...for a world that looks like Christmas
  • ...Christmas trees
  • ...yummy bars and Christmas cookies
  • Senior Pastor and his leadership

Day 3: Whovian Carols

One of my favourite things about the Christmas Countdown is finding listening to Trock Christmas songs.

Trock as explained but Wikipedia is, "Time Lord rock (sometimes shortened to Trock) is a genre of geek rock music based on, and about, the Doctor Who television series. It was created in 2008 in the United Kingdom with the formation of Chameleon Circuit."

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2016 Adventure Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 10 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 11 sleeps

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Day 2: Look Back On Last Year's Special

The thing I forgot about the countdown is the need to write everyday. Sorry for the delay.

I'm still unsure how I feel about last year's Christmas special. I thought I wrote a review but it must have only been in my head. My memory was that there were both good and bad moments. While I loved the interaction between Capaldi and Kingston, my biggest disappointment was the way it was written River Song will never be able to meet or interact with any of the future Doctors or even the Twelfth again because she didn't know of any Doctor past Eleven.

There were still fun moments, like this:

I hope this year's special is just as fun.
The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2016 Adventure Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 11 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 12 sleeps

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Day 1: The 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Countdown

It has been a quiet year for Doctor Who fans, not as silent and bleak as the years between the Seventh Doctor and the Ninth Doctor (I'm not including the Eighth Doctor's movie), but quiet none the less. I wasn't even sure if I would or could do the my annual Whovian Countdown.

My move earlier this year has lead to many good things in my life, but it almost meant I left my Whovian community. I have yet to meet anyone here with a similar or deep love for the Doctor. As I like to say, "We have a small obsession with Doctor Who....that is bigger on the inside." In the past these friends have contributed to the countdowns with ideas, reviews, top ten suggestions and sounding boards to what I was planning. How could I do a countdown this year without them or new Who?

Then I saw an ad that the theater was going to show the Christmas special on Boxing Day and I got excited. Jumping up and down, changing plans, REALLY EXCITED! And decided I want to down the countdown. I've missed the countdown and lack of new post ideas wasn't a reason to not do a Whovian countdown. So I missed the start of December, it isn't to late to start...this year it is going to be a 12 Day Countdown.

And to start here is the link for the BBC 2016 Adventure Calendar

The BBC's digital Doctor Who 2016 Adventure Calendar.
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 12 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 13 sleeps

Sunday, December 04, 2016

The Simple Woman Daybook 183

FOR TODAY: December 4, 2016
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window... Christmas lights

I am thinking... about how full and deep God's grace extends.

I am thankful...for good tea.

I am wearing... Jeans and a purple sweater

I am creating... a bulletin board display

I am reading... The Lopsided Christmas Cake and The Books of the Bible.

I am watching... just finished first season of Supergirl, When Calls the Heart, Gilmore Girls with Sister, The Pretender with Mom, and Tuesday is Firefly night with Sister and her friends.

I am geeking out... the return of Young Justice. Season three has been announced after it was cancelled in 2013.

I played... Stoneage last week
One of my favorite things... Christmas cookies

Verse of the week... Exodus 15:2 NLT
The Lord is my strength and my song;
    he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
    my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
Song of the Week:

In the Kitchen... I have been having a lot of sauces made with mushrooms, craving creamy mushroom soap it seems.

A few plans for the rest of the week:...tonight we are going to a volunteer banquet and this weekend is Fill-A-Bag.

Happening On The Blog:... I still have two movie reviews to write for Hacksaw Ridge and the new Anne of Green Gables, expect them later this week.

A few pictures to share:...
The Christmas Parade

Our Christmas Tree decorating night

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Advent Bullet Journal Page

I don't have much to say about this. I wanted something advent-ly to colour each day. This is what I came up with.

Sister + Lee Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Sister and I love movies and we were so excited to see Doctor Strange. It was Marvel so we liked it but it wasn't our absolute favourite. To give a balanced view I asked my friend Lee to contribute to the review after he posted on Facebook that it was one of the best movies he's ever seen.

Fun Fact: While filming, Benedict Cumberbatch walked into a comic book store, in full costume, and bought an actual Doctor Strange comic. Source: IMDB

Important Fact: Stay till the very end of the credits. There is the normal extra clip after the first credit break but there is a second Easter Egg clip at the end.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

The Good
Sister: The special effects and story was cool. I liked Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange. And there were parts I laughed at like the Cloak of Levitation whipping away a tear.
Lee: I loved the whole "expanding your perceptions" angle of the movie. The journey he took, the master characters who trained him. I loooved the special effects. I thought they were some of the best I've ever seen. And the showdown in the end? I thought it was great how Strange annoyed Dormammu into submission
Me: I love a good origin story and this had many great features. I liked the Ancient One and all her interactions with Doctor Strange. I liked the learning sequence but felt it could have been more flushed out...with that I did enjoy this method of borrowing books. I loved the special effects in the mirror world and the mystic out of body fight in the hospital. Oh, and also just how Doctor Strange worked out alternative solutions like trapping opponents in the desert and then changing the dial or the bartering with Dormammu Lee mentioned.

The Less Than Good
Sister: The sarcasm and humor felt forced and not as natural as other Marvel movies.
Me: I am in agreement with the humor. There were moments it was perfect but other times it was too little or felt forces. I don't think it was a lack of timing on Cumberbatch's part. His sarcasm was always well delivered. It was more that there wasn't a balance in the script. He didn't have the same continual funny lines like Iron Man or Ant Man. I also found parts slow and others rushed or explanations brushed over. I also did not like Mordo turning away from Doctor Strange at the end.

Favourite Character
Sister: The Ancient One
Lee: Doctor Strange
Me: The Cloak of Levitation

Sister: 3 Infinity Stones out of 5
Lee: 4 magical artifacts out of 5
Me: 3.5 forbidden books out of 5

P.S. 24 Sleeps Till Doctor Who Christmas Special