25 April 2013 - 14:06
I have this bad habit of frequenting Half Price Books shops around Austin. My personal favorite is the one on North Lamar. I’m not sure what the deal is, but every once in a while they’ll have, like, 30 Doctor Who Target novelizations. I found these the last time I was there:
Don’t worry. I bought a good handful of them!
The other locations tend to have New Who stuff, like those Doctor Who Encyclopedias and weird paper-doll-like books that you can make sonic screwdrivers and psychic paper with. Which is fine I guess, but kind of boring.
The Cedar Park Half Price Books is like this. They only have new stuff with David Tennant’s face plastered all over everything. But they did have this attached to one of their bookshelves:
I love this for a number of reasons.
1) Disney Princesses do make really great Doctors!
2) Girl from Brave as Six? It’s like a beautiful melding of Six and Mel.
3) Rapunzel’s hair. It’s the scarf.
5) Not only is there gender-swapping at play, but different ethnicities, races, and body styles are present.
5) The artist is given credit!
6) It’s just plain adorable.
Kudos to the Cedar Park Half Price Books for having a nerd on staff!
For a better-quality version of the fanart and info on the artist head over to The Mary Sue.
4 March 2013 - 09:39
After three years of people asking and me shrugging it off, I have finally succumbed to the podcasting bug and have started one of my own. The idea behind “Doctor Who: Time Signatures” is to have short, informative episodes about various topics relating to the music and sound design (special sound, effects, etc.) of Doctor Who.
You can check out a preview episode here:
Episode #1 will be available after SXSW. The show will also be up in iTunes at some point.
Follow along at @DWTSPodcast on Twitter and www.dwtspodcast.com. The direct feed for the podcast is timesignatures.libsyn.com/site.
22 February 2013 - 15:59
From the program:
From the covers of major magazines like TV Guide to news media coverage to ‘event television’, the Doctor is everywhere these days. Now that the show’s back on the air, there’s been an entire new generation of Doctor Who fans brought into the fold. For those of you who have joined fandom with the new show: what has attracted you and made it your favorite? And for those of you from ages past: how do you cope with the sudden influx of fans who just can’t get enough? This panel will explore the cross-generational divide, and come to consensus about how possible (and realistic) it is to be a fan of the entire 50 year saga.
Steve Hill, Marcia Franklin, Derek Kompare, Kristen Roach, and Steve Traylen lead the discussion, including what good entry episodes are for the classic series, and how they all entered the program themselves. A surprisingly large amount of the audience had never seen any classic series Doctor Who before…
20 February 2013 - 10:06
One of my absolute favorite texts on Doctor Who is Wiped! Doctor Who‘s Missing Episodes by Richard Molesworth. In it Molesworth goes through great lengths to address, dissect, and illuminate the phenomenon of Doctor Who‘s missing episodes. There really is no rhyme or reason as to why certain episodes are missing, but there are factors that may have resulted in certain eras (particularly the late 60s) suffering the worst. Videotape was frequently reused by the BBC to save money, tapes were not saved unless a request was made (it was not standard practice to save anything), and Terry Nation’s push in the UK and US to have a Dalek franchise all contributed in one way or another into the retention of Doctor Who‘s stories. This seems strange to us, as we now live in a media-dominated age where nearly anything we want is at our disposal digitally.
19 February 2013 - 09:38
The 24 Hours of Gallifrey One have come and gone and so begins a series of posts that reflect on this year’s convention. It was bigger than ever, with nearly 3600 attendees, a slew of amazing guests, and some of the most innovative and fun costumes yet.
I’m relatively new to Vine, but nevertheless found it very fun to use for capturing the dynamic nature of this year’s cosplaying. Still pictures are great, but sometimes seeing the costumes and cosplayers in action helps really give them substance and character.
My first go was to capture some of the TARDIS 2 building (I held stuff, so helpful!). Here, Tara and friends are putting the top on the TARDIS: