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: 12 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 14 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:



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: 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,

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: 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