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Doctor Who World Tour

dwworldtourLast night was one of the best nights of my life. Getting tickets to the Doctor Who World Tour was like trying to get tickets to see The Beatles in their prime. Of course, the venue is a lot smaller (being that it is a theater and not a concert hall), so there wasn’t an overabundance of tickets. However, Doctor Who has grown in fandom size significantly over the past few years.

Doctor Who screening with my friend Erin back in April 2011.
Doctor Who screening with my friend Erin back in April 2011.

I remember before they sold tickets to fan screenings in NYC, you had to wait all day on the sidewalk hoping you were able to get into the screening. The first one that I went to was in April 2011 (with Matt Smith, Alex Kingston, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and Steven Moffat). I arrived around 9am with a few friends, and the screening didn’t start until 7pm. Well, when we arrived at 9am, the line was already wrapped around the block and my friends & I had just made it into the 3rd theater. Not the theater with the cast & writer. It was a simultaneous broadcast in the theater I was in, and they did show the Q&A, but of course we weren’t in the same room. I would say, “we may as well have been watching them online or on TV”, but the experience was fun, and sharing a theater with die hard fans made it all worth it. I would have done it again in a heart beat (although, maybe arrived a few hours earlier).

Several hours into waiting in line for the Doctor Who screening in April 2011.
Several hours into waiting in line for the Doctor Who screening in April 2011.

Three years later, the fandom has grown probably three times the size, if not more. I remember not even two years ago, you had to buy Doctor Who memorabilia online through BBC websites over in the UK, or perhaps at a comic book shop. It wasn’t easy getting your hands on figurines, sonic screwdrivers, a miniature Tardis or Dalek replicas. I made many friends through my love of Doctor Who. I even turned many on to the show, as I was turned onto it by friends of mine. It wasn’t easy coming across a fan randomly, but when you did it was generally an instant friendship. Now, you can’t walk into Hot Topic, Barnes & Noble, or any other nerdy store without seeing a plethora of Doctor Who merchandise. It’s both amazing and annoying. It’s very much a catch 22 for me because Continue reading Doctor Who World Tour

The Doctor Meets Sherlock Holmes

tumblr_static_cyi7y0uvijw4gwogksckgw8okIf you’re a Whovian and a Sherlockian, then you’re like me and a vast majority of the fans – you would kill for a crossover. Some very talented Wholockians made our dreams come true!

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‘A recently regenerated and emotionally shattered Doctor on his last regeneration, arrives in London and becomes the unexpected companion to Sherlock Holmes. The Doctor and Sherlock are initially teamed up by Scotland Yard in an effort to stop Jack the Ripper’s murderous trail of terror. But could there be an even greater evil at work in Victorian England?’

It may not exactly be David Tennant or Benedict Cumberbatch, but why not use your imagination and pretend!? As I sat down to take a listen to the first episode, Continue reading The Doctor Meets Sherlock Holmes

50 Years of Time and Space: The Doctor Who Anniversary

**There will be spoilers in the article, so if you have not yet seen the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who yet, I would advise not reading this!**

DW50 BannerSaturday, November 23rd was a very important day for Whovians all around the world. Especially for myself. This was also the first time ever that Doctor Who was simultaneously broadcasted to over 75 countries all over the globe, as Doctor Who was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from what was going to be one of the most important episodes in Doctor Who history. I was excited, of course, (even switched shifts with a co-worker so that I could have that day free), but at the same time I was nervous that my expectations were too high and that the episode wouldn’t be as amazing as I’d dreamt it would be.

For over a year, Whovians were speculating who would be in it and what the plot would be. How many Doctors will they bring back? Will we get to see Continue reading 50 Years of Time and Space: The Doctor Who Anniversary

Join us on 8/25/12 for Doctor Who at the Paley Center for Media in NYC!!

Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space

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Come see a screening of Doctor Who: “Spearhead from Space,” (8/25) the first episode with third Doctor Jon Pertwee, and have a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to BBC AMERICA’s screening of the Doctor Who season-seven première “Asylum of the Daleks.”

The Paley Center For Media is located at 25 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Travel with us through time and space as The Paley Center for Media and BBC Home Entertainment present this special series of classic Doctor Who screenings on the last Saturday of each month from June to September 2012. These screenings will feature the digitally remastered episodes in the best way: on the big screen, with big sound, and the Doctor Who community.

There will also be Doctor Who trivia with the chance to win DVDs and more from BBC Home Entertainment.

I plan on arriving at noon. If anyone wants to meet up earlier for breakfast or just coffee. Let me know in the comments either here or click here for the Facebook event page.

It’ll be an epic way to start the weekend and one of the last chance you may have to win tickets to the “New Who” season 7 première! Don’t forget last year’s première when Matt, Karen, and Arthur showed up with donuts for everyone! Plus, the screening was hosted by the cast and Steven Moffat!

I just…..I…oh. Okay. Calm down…….TOM BAKER RETURNS TO DOCTOR WHO!!!!

Written by: Christopher Lee

FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL!!!! 

*breathe*

Tom Baker who, for those odd few of you who don’t know, is relatively unarguably (I’m not counting the opinions of the “New Who” fans, nyeh) the most famous and beloved of the actors who’ve portrayed “The Doctor” on Doctor Who.

Not too long ago, Baker replied, when asked about the potential of his return to the “TARDIS” for the 50th Anniversary; 

“I think if they ask me nicely, or I can see what they want me to do, I’d consider it. I think the fans have been so good to me, they’d expect me to at least make an appearance.”

So…I’m guessing which it was? A sweetened pleading with scones and tea, or just a really amazing part in the script?

Baker, nowadays, hanging with a few old friends.

Baker’s run on the show as the 4th incarnation of the Doctor during the years of 1974 to 1981 make him the longest running of the 11 actors yet to portray the character (not counting Peter Cushing who played the 1st Doctor in the “Dr. Who and the Daleks” movie, or Richard Hurndall who portrayed the 1st Doctor in “The Five Doctors” after William Hartnell’s death). He had been asked to come back for the Doctor Who 20th Anniversary special called “The Five Doctors”, but in a decision he now admits to regretting, he declined. They instead used footage of him from the sadly unaired/unfinished story arc, “Shada” which had been penned by none other than “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” author, Douglas Adams (there is a release of the episode with additional narration by Tom Baker that completes the story) and in an odd move, the BBC replaced him with a wax figure alongside the other actors for publicity photos.

So, I’m remarkably excited for this news. I grew up watching Tom’s 4th Doctor. He was my first back in the early 80’s when the NJN on UHF stations was really more like a mini-BBC America (they also introduced me to Monty Python ((which was, as well, shown on PBS)), Faulty Towers, the Young Ones, ect ect ect). Even after seeing the amazing job that has been done since the series “reboot”, I still love Tom’s Doctor. There was just something about him. I think he really took that role, took the idea of *who* the Doctor was and is, and just solidified the mold for all who came after him. If you’re a fan and haven’t seen the 4th Doctor series, you honestly owe it to yourself to do so. You’ll understand soon enough…

…jelly baby?

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George Takei as the Doctor!?

Written by: Christopher Lee

My friend Sarah (check out her blog) just picked up a ukelele and learned how to play “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”. She posted the achievement on facebook, to which I replied by posting the camping scene from “Star Trek V” where the crew sings along to Spock’s plinking on his Vulcan Lute. This, of course, resulted in me watching a few more clips from the classic adventure where I noted a quick, funny little thing…..

Sulu, better known as the social media giant George Takei, performing a quick little scene that, to me, felt VERY reminiscent of a certain “3rd incarnation” of everyone’s favorite travelling Doctor. As if we needed more proof of Mr. Takei’s awesomenitude (yeah, I just made that up, but it’s fitting and you like it.)

Watch from about :20 to :34…

 I mean, c’mon…the “capelet”, the “judo” (though, to be picky, it looks more like Aikido), the “sonic screwdriver-esque” tool he uses. It’s too obvious to me to NOT be a “nod”. What do you think?

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Oh Doctor, my Doctor.

Written by: Christopher Lee

I started watching “Doctor Who” in the early 80’s when it was shown on both PBS and NJN (the local “New Jersey Network”) UHF channel (not everyone had cable back then). Although they did mix in a few of the other Doctors here and there, they mostly aired the Tom Baker/4th Doctor episodes. I was entranced. The show just had this, “something”. It was frightening and exciting and strange and wonderful, just the thing for a young geek growing up in the days when Dungeons & Dragons still held sway on the fears of parents and metal heads were all stereotyped as Satan worshipers. 

                                                                             

Ahhh…those were the days.

The point I’m making here is, just like anything you grow up with. You’re sort of indoctrinated to a preference. My preference here is for my favorite Doctor, Tom Baker.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the new series. It’s great and I’m very glad it’s finally getting the global popularity it deserves. What I am saying is, a lot of the “new Who” fans either haven’t watched or have trouble getting into the older series. This is completely understandable. They’ve grown into a preference for a different sort of “Who”. However, for those that have tried, many if not most of them will tell you that they’ve enjoyed the 4th Doctor best. That says a lot. 

I got to briefly meet Tom Baker at NYCC a few years ago. I don’t often get starstruck, but, let me say, I heard his voice before I saw his face. I just lit up, I walked over, waited til he was done speaking to someone else, he turned to me and I simply said, “Mr. Baker, thank you.” and shook his hand. I think he knew what I meant, either from hearing it from thousands of others, or just by looking in my eyes, but he put a his hand on my shoulder and said, “Nonsense. Thank YOU. It is my pleasure.” I walked away from that encounter feeling like a schoolkid who just asked his crush out on a date and she said, “Yes”. Okay, that was corny, but I think you understand.

Now to the point. While we’re all waiting to see who will make appearances in the very soon upcoming 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special, and for that matter, what it will be, someone on Youtube has tracked down something interesting. It seems Tom Baker has since donned the persona of our favorite Time Lord once more for a series of New Zealand investment commercials:

So, I want to say, “Oh man, that’s so cheezy”. However, even though it IS, I just can’t find myself not enjoying these spots! He still has it and I still love it. He is and always shall be, my Doctor.

-Chris

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