Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Day 19: Tuesday Tutorial Weeping Angel Tree Topper

Time seems to be a little more wibby-wobby timey-wimey today. I wrote most of this last Tuesday on the actually 19th but it didn't get uploaded till today on the Second Day of Christmas also Boxing Day.

Merry Christmas

Since I started the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown in 2014, I have wanted to made a weeping angle tree topper. The inspiration and first tutorial I found was The Creative Crossings from 2010. That was how I had planned to make my angel until I found Candy Girl's blog Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Stuff and Nonsense, where she creates a Weeping Angel with a different technique. It is her work that my attempt/tutorial is based on.

Supplies:
  • A tree topper angel
  • Stone spray paint. I used Natural Stone by Krylon
  • Scissors
  • Thread (needed to sew up the dress
  • Drop cloth/newspaper and a space to spray paint
Step 1: Research and Gathering Supplies
I read both of the linked tutorials before I started. It helped me plan out my own project and know what I would need. My Whovian tree is small and fits on my dresser. I knew I'd want a smaller angel then most stores...nine shops later I found the angel I used at Michaels. Actually that was the first place I looked and thought it was over priced. I then visited every store I could think of only to go back to Michaels.

 
I also started with Natural Stone in Charcoal, at the time that was the only option. Right before I was going to paint I decided see if I could return the can for a different colour (at a different Michaels). This time there was a larger selection. I was torn between limestone and granite. Depending on the reference material both could have worked but I ultimately decided upon the granite.

Step 2: Preparing the Angel
My angel had ribbons, embellishments, and that troublesome open flap.
 
With some work I was able to cut off the ribbons, Christmas bits, and the extra glue stuck to her hands. I then tried to close the opening of the dress. It worked but left a noticeable seam that bothers me.

Step 3: Set Up Painting Area
I had access to a great drop cloth and a work room I could use for a few days. Ventilation in important. Also, read the instructions on your can of spray paint for any specific directions and drying times.

Step 4: Paint and Wait and Repeat
Using the can's recommended sweeping motion to avoid drips I applied the first coat and let it sit 20 minutes. I probably should have waited 24 hours.
 
The second coat applied better. The wings, head, and hands which took the paint best and the velvet skit was a pain. I think that was to be expected.
 


Step 4: Position the Hands
I did this step before paint the third coat.

The third coat was applied just before I went to bed Monday. It probably needs another coat or two...maybe even primer or gesso before another coat. I don't like how the fabric looks with the paint. However, I really wanted the angel up for Tuesday so I could finish the tutorial. I might revisit the options this summer.

Step 5: Place Your Weeping Angel
Once the paint is completely dry, I waited 24 hours, it is time for your Weeping Angel to be placed on top of your tree.
Then sit back and enjoy who Whovian Christmas tree.

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 6 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 8 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 18: Top Ten Moffat Monsters
Episodes Watched: ... Last Christmas, The Husbands of River Song, and The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Day 24: Top Ten Adventure Calendar Treats

Time is getting a little wibbly wobbly this week. Thanks to the blogger "scheduled" post feature I am writing "back into time".

For the last day of the countdown I thought to do a Top Ten of all Capaldi's episodes. I then reconsidered because I would be missing his final season. It will be in next year's countdown. Instead I'm going to give you my ten favourite days on the BBC's Adventure Calendar and also my very favourite Tennet Christmas Bumper from 2009.

Merry Christmas Eve


10) Day 14: Time Vortex for VR
This was cool, maybe the coolest of the gifts. Only without a VR system it was meaningless to me bumping it to last place on the list.

9) Day 23: Introduction to the First Doctor
I have a friend who has sought to watch all available episodes. When it comes to classic Doctor facts she is the one I seek out. Most people are as knowledgeable so this quick snippet gives a very quick overview about the First to help fill out Twice Upon a Time.

8) Day 6: Virtual Tour of the First TARDIS
It was fun, but I was trying to avoid all trailers, teasers and hints of any kind about the new special, which made exploring limited

7) Day 1: Virtual Tour of the Twelfth's TARDIS
There were more things to find so it is a little higher on the list.

6) Day 7: Capaldi Era Quiz
My first time playing I got 2/10. I'd blame missing this past season....or I don't pay attention to details. They do warn it is almost impossible.

5) Day 2: Twelve Doctor Quiz
I got 8/10 on this one. They only say it is "tough"

4) Day 15: Regeneration Quiz
I guessed on some and got an 8/10 the first time. How did you do?

3) Day 9: The gifts of the Doctor
I loved this article and am sad they wrote it before I thought of it.

2)  Day 21: The Horror of Coal Hill
Something to read!

1) Day 11: The Twelve Doctors of Christmas
I shared the video as part of my own countdown on Day 11. It's sweet and makes me happy.


The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 1 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 2 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 23: Top Ten Moffat Episodes
Episodes Watched: ... The Next Doctor

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Day 23: Top Ten Moffat Episodes

Congratulations to Ami, you were correct yet again with Wednesday's sketch.

With the Christmas special being Steven Moffat's last story as show runner (and I expect last time writing for Doctor Who, but who knows), I thought it would be a good time to look back on his run. I'm expanding on a post earlier this month about his best monsters. Today it is his best episodes. I am defining "best" as episodes I enjoyed the most. I'm also combining any two parters as one story. There have been a number of sites and vloggers making similar lists. I haven't always agreed with their order. If you have a different option leave a comment.

10) Last Christmas or The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe
It's just been a few days since I watched both these Christmas specials. I find them interesting in different ways. I like Father Christmas in the Last Christmas and there is a charm and humour in the Wardrobe episode that I did not appreciate the first time I saw it.

9) Heaven Sent
I don't really have much to say about the episode beyond it was one of my favourites from the season. I like the mystery and the lead up to Hell Bent, even if Hell Bent frustrated me.

8) Time Heist
I think Moffat does great stand alone episodes. I like the heist and mystery of the episode

7) The Zygon Invasion
I love this because of Osgood but there is so much good in the episode. The conclusion with the two boxes makes it great and worthy to be on this list.

6) The Day of the Doctor
Where to begin? The reunion of so many key actors, the nods to the past, having the John Hurt as the War Doctor, all wonderful. I think it was more than clever. It was a good balance of past and present. At the time I was wanting something else but the episode has become a favourite.

5) The Girl in the Fireplace
The Doctor is just fantastic in this and there is a horse on a space ship :) It is also the interactions between Madame de Pompadour and the Doctor that made this episode plus a heartbreaking conclusion.

4) The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
So good, if I could have three answers for number two this and everything after would tie.

3) A Christmas Carol
My very favourite Christmas special.

2)  Silence in the Library/The Forest of the Dead
It is often the next episodes I suggest when introducing friends to the Doctor

1) Blink
This should surprise no one.

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 2 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 3 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 22: A Rant and Songs
Episodes Watched: ... The Next Doctor

Friday, December 22, 2017

Day 22: Rant and Songs

I helped a friend buy a gift for a Whovian today. It made me smile. I like that you can find main stream stores selling officially licensed Doctor Who items. Two of my favourite gifts were my 10th Doctor sonic screwdriver and my sonic screwdriver earrings.

At the same time, there is something frustrating. Last Friday, Sister and I were in a large mall. I found three different licensed items that were priced more that the items quality and the only reason it was official Doctor Who merchandise. That made me sad, it feels like its taking advantage of Whovians. It's why I love the DIY ideas you can find across the interwebs. There are some great gift options out there.

On a happier note here are two fun songs I found today:


The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 4 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 5 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 21: TROCK Thursday with Parodies
Episodes Watched: ... A Christmas Carol

Thankful Thursday #227

I am thankful...

1) ...for long drives
2) ...grace
3) ...extra hands on projects
4) ...new possibilities
5) ...gifts
6) ...finding the right item
7) ...tuna

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Day 21: TROCK Thursday with Parody's

For this week's TROCK Thursday I wanted to find songs I hadn't used in pervious years. I found two gems.

The first is a Ke$ha parody of Tick Tock by Batman 755. I liked the lyrics, the vocals aren't perfect, but still fun.



The second is a Hamilton parody and it is the bestest! The user is Bod Mitch. The write up says,"If "Hamilton: An American Musical" was about Doctor Who instead, it would open with this musical number titled "The Doctor". This music video mashes a fan written song to the tune of "Alexander Hamilton" with clips from the entire history of Doctor Who on screen so far. Sit back, pretend you're on Broadway, and learn about our favorite Time Lord." Enjoy the history of the Doctor:


The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 4 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 5 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 20: Wednesday Weekly Art #6
Episodes Watched: ... A Christmas Carol

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Day 20: Wednesday Weekly Art #6

It's the third and final week of The Whovian Christmas Special Countdown - Wednesday Weekly Art mash-up. This is the last Wednesday sketch of 2017. It will be back January 10th, 2018.

All the Wednesday sketches this month are inspired by one of the pages in the Doctor Who: Travels in Time Colouring Book. And we're still playing the "Name that Sketch" game. How it works, you make your best guess of the characters and the episode/Christmas special depicted in the sketch. To submit your answer leave a comment here, in the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group, or any other method of communication. The correct answers and any "winners" will be announced on Friday.

The sketch didn't turn out as well as I had hope so it is hard to guess who they are (not intentionally) or the episode depicted, my apologies.

In exciting person 2017 Christmas special viewing news, plans changed and it looks like we're going to have a viewing party December 26! This means its only six sleeps away.
The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 5 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 6 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 19 is on its way
Episodes Watched: ... Partners in Crime

Monday, December 18, 2017

Day 18:Top Ten Moffat Monsters

In rewatching series 7, I have found myself complaining too much about Moffat's arches and writing choices. It was making me grumpy and not looking forward to watching his last Christmas special.

I didn't like my headspace, so I reminded myself that he has written some of my favourite episodes: "Blink", the two-part "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead", "The Girl in the Fireplace,"the two-part "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances", and probably my favourite Christmas special "A Christmas Carol". These are all episode I use to introduce friends to Doctor Who. He has also created some of the most terrifying threats, aliens, and monsters. I made a list of the Top Ten Best Monsters in 2014, it was the first Top Ten List. There are obviously going to be some cross-overs on the two lists. The differences is these are all monsters that first appeared in episodes written by Moffat.

10) Whisper Men (Great Intelligence)
First encountered in The Name of the Doctor
On first encounter these were scary, scary, scary. It is the lack of eyes I think. The Great Intelligence had a great set up but the conclusion took away some of the creep factor (for me). Also while writing this I realized they are also very similar to how/why the Silence scares me.

9)  Clockwork Droids
First encountered in The Girl in the Fireplace
Not the scariest of monsters but still very neat.
8) Snowmen (Great Intelligence)
First encountered in The Snowmen
Killer snow was fun. Moffat has the ablity to take what is normal everyday things and find the right twist to make it scary.


7) Handmines
First encountered in
Okay, these are weapons not really creature that could be classed as aliens or monsters but still really creeped me out.

6) The Empty Child
First encountered in The Empty Child
Also, not really a monster but also very creepy. It was really a plague but the resulting gas-masked zombies were worth avoiding.

5) Veil
First encountered in Heaven Sent
There is something scary about that slow, persistent, following, that knowledge of something going to get you. Also the veil hiding it's form -creepy.

4) Kantrofarri aka: Dream Crabs
First encountered in Last Christmas
I hate the face hugging dream crabs. The creepy attacks, the "sleepers" they create, even the idea that you never know if you are actually free is creepy.

3) The Silence
First encountered in The Impossible Astronaut
I don't know what to say other then these are gross and terrifying.
2) Weeping Angels
First encountered in Blink
I was in Michael's the other day and saw a Stone Angel calendar and it was terrifying thanks to Steven Moffat. "Blink" made all statues forever frightening. He has a good handle on horror. The reason they are not in the number one spot is that the rules established in "Blink" that made them an excellent monster were bent or even broken in later episodes. There is no way the Statute of Liberty could make in across New York unseen -that still bugs me.

1) Vashta Nerada
First encountered in Silence in the Library
From the TARDIS Wiki, "literally, "the shadows that melt the flesh", were swarming, carnivorous beings which were found on most planets." Everything on this list would be terrifying, the reason they are number one, even above the Weeping Angels, is that they "inspired fear of the dark." Also we never see them, not really. It was a clever choice to only moving shadows and the skeletal results of their swarming. It is one of the few monsters that are left as a mystery.

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 7 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 9 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 17: Doctor Who Cast Sing Christmas
Episodes Watched: ... The Voyage of the Damned

P.S. I realize I've been posting a day late...I fear that that trend is going to continue I think while I deal with this cold-flu-plague. My sincere apologies for those with visit daily. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Day 17: Doctor Who Cast Sing Christmas

Christmas is quickly approaching. I don't feel ready but I am in the spirit. Yesterday was Christmas card making (they should have been in the mail a week or so ago but it's the thought, right?). As I wrapped up the last of the projects I enjoyed watching two Christmas "specials," The Unquiet Dead and The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe.

I hadn't cared for the Narnia style episode the first time around. My thoughts of the special have greatly improved. Then tonight Mum and I watched the 10th first two Christmas specials. So much joy I looked for new Whovian carol's. What I found was this...it's horrible but kinda fun.
The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 8 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 10 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 16: Who Holiday Cards
Episodes Watched: ... The Christmas Invasion and The Runway Bride

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Day 16: Who-Holiday Cards

I spent much of the day with my Mum making holiday cards. It was a good way to pass a sick day.

As we made our cards it got me thinking about what options for Doctor Who cards were out there. The best of what I found was these freebies at Doodlecraft.

My favourite was this one:


The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 9 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 11 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 15: The Ninth Doctor's Christmas
Episodes Watched: ...The Unquiet Dead, and The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 15: The Ninth Doctor's Christmas

Congratulations Ami, you were correct on both accounts, again. Wednesday's drawing was Charles Dickens, from the 9th Doctor's adventure with the Gelth in The Unquiet Dead.

I include The Unquiet Dead in my Christmas rewatching list; but I'm always a little said the 9 didn't have a true Christmas special. However today I found the next best thing, an official EXCLUSIVE: Ninth Doctor 'Christmas Special' short story by Cameron K McEwan.
http://www.doctorwho.tv/whats-new/article/exclusive-ninth-doctor-christmas-special-short-story

And for today's 2009 Christmas bumper I have two because they are very short.



The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 10 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 12 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 14: TROCK Thursday
Episodes Watched: ...none, tonight was family Christmas shopping in the city.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day 14: TROCK Thursday

Have you ever wondered what the Doctor Who intro would sound like with words?

Well the imagining is over with Dan Rider's awesome a cappella version. I know I shared it in the past but I love it so much. Below are a few more great fan made versions of the theme:


Crorousseau's A Cappella "I Am The Doctor"

And lastly, I found the Warp Zone's version today


The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 11 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 13 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 13: Wednesday Weekly Art #5
Episodes Watched: ...none, tonight was watching Star Wars

Thankful Thursday #226

I am thankful...

1) ...that Susi bought our Star Wars tickets the day they went on sale
2) ...that I've come to a place in my life where driving downtown doesn't make me want to cry
3) ...for the church leaders I have the privilege of working with
4) ...that I could help be an answer to someone's prayers
5) ...that my mom helped me make decorations this week
6) ...that we can go to the store and buy fresh food when we need it
7) ...that while I am sick people are being very considerate and even making me hot lemon and honey drinks.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 13: Wednesday Weekly Art #5

It's the second week of The Whovian Christmas Special Countdown - Wednesday Weekly Art mash-up.

All the Wednesday sketches this month are inspired by one of the pages in the Doctor Who: Travels in Time Colouring Book.

To add to the fun (or keep it going) we're also going to continue the "Name that Sketch" game. You are trying to guess the character and the episode/Christmas special depicted in the sketch. To play leave a comment here, in the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group, or any other method of communication. The answers and any "winners" will be announced on Friday.

My apologies for the camera shadow.
The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 12 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 14 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 12: Tuesday Tutorial -Doctor Who Ornaments
Episodes Watched: ...none, instead we finished the last two episodes of Stranger Things.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 12: Tuesday Tutorial -Doctor Who Ornaments


A few years ago I had three Doctor Who POP keychains all break at the same time. The heads were detached when a friend had shut a car door on them. I kept all the pieces thinking that they could be salvaged for something in the future.

Today the future came. I decided it was time to repair the damage figures and with my replacement POPs turn them all into ornaments.

Supplies:
POP Keychains
Superglue (for repairs)
Needle-nose plyers
Ribbon or Ornament hooks

Step One: Gather the pieces

Step Two: Make Repairs and Remove Keychain
When removing the chain, use the plyers to open the large loop that attaches to the POP head but a hook. Leave the eyelet hook to attach ribbon later. 
I was very pleased at how well the superglue worked. It is hard to tell which ones were broken.

Step Three: Add Ribbon
I used ribbon I had. You could also use ornament hooks.

Step Four: Hang on Whovian Tree
 

After these were done I decided to finish adding ribbon to the rest of the TARDIS ornaments I made in 2014.

If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 13 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 15 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 11: The 12 Doctors of Christmas
Episodes Watched: ...none, instead we finished the last two episodes of Stranger Things.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 11: The 12 Doctors of Christmas


The Adventure Calendar had a great clip today of the 12 Doctors of Christmas. I've got the video down below. It reminded me of other great 12 Days Whovian parodies:


The first being:


The second you can find all twelve images at Dorkly

And the promised video:


If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 14 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 16 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 10: Ranking of Season Seven Clara Episodes
Episodes Watched: ...None, instead we watched Christmas Mingle...Doctor Who is better

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Simple Woman Daybook 191


FOR TODAY: December 10, 2017
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window... fresh snow and Christmas lights.

I am thinking...about Doctor Who, mostly because I just finished writing today's Whovian post. I'm also thinking about mental health and the importance of talking to others, not just peers because a friend can only take you as far as they have gone. They can give support, love, and empathy, which is necessary. But there are things that are beyond friends and helping friends seek that help can be hard.

I am thankful...for kind words

One of my favorite things... Advent and lighting the Advent candles each Sunday

I am creating...Christmas gifts, it's a crochet project that I had to learn how to crochet for to complete. I am very thankful for youtube instructional videos. The socks are still in progress with only a few inches to go but will have to wait till I am done the Christmas presents.


I am wearing...my Christmas pjs

I am reading...Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.

I am watching... so many things. I found my one of my favourite Christmas specials from the early 90s on YouTube. We watched it the other night. It is called the Boy Who Dreamed Christmas. Mom, Sister and I have started season three of the Librarian, Preception with Mom (Season 3), only two episodes left of Stranger Things, season 7 of Doctor Who. And I am working through Arrowverse: Arrow (Season 4), Flash (Season 2). Supergirl (Season 2 but waiting till I am caught up on the other two and started Leaguens of Tomorrow so I can enjoy the big crossover).

I am listening to...beyond hours of Christmas music:


I am hoping... to make Christmas cards this week and get a head on a few blog posts I want to write while still making time for friends and family, it is Christmas after all.


In the Kitchen:...About a month ago I began a major dietary change. I've found a term that fits it best "pegan" which is defined as a cross between paleo and vegan (weird mix I know). Much of what I am eating is big leafy green salads with tons of protein. I have surprised myself with how much I am enjoying the change. I am also working on how to make sure I still enjoy foods and treats aren't seen as failures or cheating. I would like to continue to eat well to because it makes me feel well and still allow myself to enjoy life, celebrations including Christmas cookies, and have a healthy relationship with food.

Closing Notes: I've been tired but in the best of ways. Today I preached a message I've been excited to share. I should listen to it sometime this week and process where I can improve. For now I am just content with the goodness of God and the peace He's given me. And with that it is time for bed.

Day 10: Ranking of Season Seven Clara Episodes


I've been working through series seven of Doctor Who, the last days of the Ponds and the mystery of the Impossible Girl. This is my first rewatch since they originally aired in 2012-2013, which is a little strange, I've seen the pervious seasons multiple times. I realize this is my opinion, maybe you share it maybe you don't, but it was a lackluster.

The great Moffett mystery of the series was "who is Clara?" I remember having a fan-theory that I loved, Clara was River Song post CAL trying to reconnect with the Doctor. Each episode I waited for evidence that I was right or wrong. I read fan articles for other Clara possibilities. I was disappointed with what the show gave us. It felt very much like when Dorothy and her friends discovering who was behind the curtain. And without that tension (knowing the reveal) makes the individual episodes less. And there isn't really anything to Clara's character. There is little character growth and her best episodes were the ones she died.

Here is my ranking of the first 10 Clara episodes. The order might change slightly in the future. I haven't rewatched yet are The Name of the Doctor and Nightmare in Silver, my thoughts on the episodes might change.

10) The Name of the Doctor
This was a let down. After the hype of season, the tension of visiting Trenzalore, the promise of the greatest mystery of Whovian history being answered. Nothing really happened. I didn't even find the problem of getting out of the time-scare was answered. There were cool moments, I love any episode with River Song or Vastra, Penny, and Stax, seeing all the past doctors was great, the reveal on the War Doctor was awesome. But ultimately disappointing, especially the Great Intelligence after the earlier encounters in The Snowmen and The Bells of Saint John.

9) Nightmare in Silver
The adding of the children felt bizarre and out of place. My memory was that it seemed to set up for a story arch that got cut at the last minute. Again, there were neat moments but it wasn't as good as past encounters with the Cybermen.

8) Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
I watched this episode this week with friends. As the credits started, the group reaction was, "what was the point of that?" The solution was "big friendly button" how does that even work? Beyond that it got some messy plot hole moments. I think my favourite moments were the TARDIS not getting along with Clara and seeing the pool.

7) The Rings of Akhaten
I've rearranged the order of these next four a few times. They each have shining moments, elements that are interesting and I wished the writers had explored. For the Rings I loved exploring a new planet, meeting the Queen of Ages, and that song. The trouble was all these episodes feel like a bate and switch, or they had two story concepts and mashed them together hoping they would fit.

6) The Bells of Saint John
I loved the set up. I loved the book Easter egg. I wanted to love this episode. As I said in point seven, felt like two different stories being told together.

5) Cold War
I liked the professor. I think that is the reason this episode is at the half way point on the list.

4) The Crimson Horror
The best point of the episode was it had Vastra, Penny, and Stax. There were also fun moments. Though none jump to my mind. That is something each of these episodes have in common, there are good moments but nothing truly stands out. There is no, "Don't Blink" or even "always bring a banana to a party."

3) Hide
This is another one of those two stories in one, only it felt intentional and real. The twist fit the story. The only complaint from the friends I watched it with was that it felt like it was trying too hard to be Blink.

2) The Snowmen
I really like this Christmas Special, again it is partly because of Vastra, Penny, and Stax. It felt like a true reaction for the Doctor after the loss of the Ponds (which outside their contract was up the Doctor not being able to rescue them still annoys me especially with the lengths 12 goes to in series 9). There are rememberable moments: the using the umbrella to pull down the ladder, Clara saying "it's smaller on the outside," and the one word answer of Pond. It was knit together well. Also killer snow was great, I love how every Christmas this show makes me afraid of something I love about the season.

1) Asylum of the Daleks
I think this is my favourite Jenna Coleman episode. I loved her introduction, her spunk, her resilience, and her intelligence. Oswin had so much promise and her sacrifice made her all the more endearing. I will rewatch.

I feel like I've been too harsh, I really love this show, this was a weak season. Do you agree with my list? Do you have a different take on the season as a whole or an individual episode? Leave a comment. Also in my adventures I found this prelude to The Bells of Saint John and the Name of the Doctor. It actually improves my opinion of Clara:




If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 15 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 17 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 8: A Mini and Christmas Greetings
Episodes Watched: ...Hide

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Day 9: Who Comedy

It's been one of those days. I needed to keep up with real life things. I have actual topic ideas and things for tomorrow's post. Right now I must focus on sermon (and stop watching Doctor Who sketches and minis). While I get life things done enjoy this. It is back from series two, and it is fun:



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The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 16 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 18 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 8: A Mini and Christmas Greetings
Episodes Watched: ...none

Friday, December 08, 2017

Day 8: A Mini and Christmas Greetings


I was writing up a ranking of Clara's episodes of series seven, when I found minis I had never seen before. It is exciting, I love finding older clips that add to the series arches.

I'm going to spread the clips out over the next few days. I often wonder where these clips are first shown. I have never seen them before the episodes they prequel air. I probably need to spend more time on the BBC sight.

This first one is called Clara and the TARDIS.


And my favourite weekly tradition, another Christmas bumper from 2009,

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The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 17 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 19 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 7: Colouring, Clara, and TROCK
Episodes Watched: ...None

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Day 7: Colouring, Clara, and TROCK


Congratulations to Ami, who successful guessed both the character (The 11th Doctor) and the Christmas Special (The Snowmen) yesterday's Wednesday Weekly Art. You win the satisfaction that you were right.

The inspiration for the sketch came from this page of the Doctor Who: Travels in Time Colouring Book.
I picked up the Doctor Who colouring book specifically for the countdown. My intention was that I would share one completed colouring page each week. So far the plan isn't going so well. The pictures are beautifully detailed and I haven't even started one. I think my new goal is to finish one picture before the end of the countdown.

I enjoy the Travel in Time as a colouring book. On the back of each picture there is a quote, who said it, the episode, and the point in time being visited. My only complaint is that the journey through time only goes to 2012. There are colouring pages for future visits. I wonder if that will be the third volume of the Doctor Who colouring books.

While I wasn't colouring I did watch three episodes of Clara's adventures with Eleven. We skipped Hide because we watched it this summer and it was still fairly fresh in our minds. I was hoping the revisit would make me enjoy these episodes more...it hasn't. I like parts of each episode, just not the whole thing. And without the mystery of who is the impossible girl there is less tension or interest in Clara. Instead of more thoughts on Clara, here is something I do like, a little TROCK:


If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 18 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 20 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 6: Wednesday Weekly Art #4
Episodes Watched: ...Cold War, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, and The Crimson Horror