Wandering About: London (2013)

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Back in 2013 I want to London for a week. In a stroke of luck, I was able to string a conference and the Doctor Who 50th anniversary in a single week. It was pretty cool how that worked out. For my first 2 days in London I attended a conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of my field of research, and I loved it, because being that kind of celebration, we had really big wigs in there :D.

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If you were following me back in 2013 – a.k.a, the first year of my blog – you might know that I actually posted everyday about the trip. You can check it out here:

So today, I’m just posting my favorite pictures of this trip :), but check out the links above for a blow by blow of the trip.

If you don’t know by now, London is my favorite place on Earth. Yeah, it’s cold and wet and grey and I love it. I never feel more at home as I do when I’m wandering through London. I’ve been there a few times since I was 11 yo, and it’s always amazing and I always miss it.

I also went for the first time to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, and I loved it. I’ve been there since, but the place is totally worth it, it’s truly magical.

And finally I went to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, and that was totally bonkers. I never went to a con or anything like that, so this was different. I watched the 50th Anniversary Special Episode there, and wow, that was definitly something!

 

The Day of the Doctor

WOW! That’s basically it… WOW!

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It seemed an impossible task, to make a story that would appeal to all whovians, classic and recent era fans, and that made sense, had depth and packed an emotional punch like you wouldn’t believe… well, Moffat did it!

The story starts with Eleven and Clara (with a lot of Easter Eggs along the way… I would need a post just for them). We don’t get to see how he pulled her out of his timeline, but it’s obvious that he did… so moving on. They are “called” to assist UNIT, where they face an impossibility, a painting with the name of “No More” and “Gallifrey falls”, that is a moment in time captured by Time Lord technology… it’s bigger on the inside!

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So, we get a glimpse of that day, and we meet John Hurt’s Doctor, that steals a weapon of mass destruction and flees, going to an abandon place to detonate it. But the interface has a conscience, and it assumes a form from his past, or it his future, she always gets those two mixed up… it’s Rose Tyler, although, in that form, she’s called Bad Wolf. She offers him the possibility of seeing his future self, to know what we’ll become if he destroys Gallifrey and the Daleks on that day.

From here we go to the Tenth Doctor that is courting Queen Elizabeth I, thinking that she’s a zygon! After proposing to her and finding out that the zygon was actually the horse, he realizes that he’ll be king! After a quick chase, and now with 2 Elizabeth’s, Eleven makes his way into his time and now the fun begins.

The War Doctor soon joins them and with a lot a sass from all of them, they find out a way of dealing with the Zygon problem, in the past and in the present, but not before Ten marries Elizabeth I.

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With the Zygons dealt with, it’s time the War Doctor makes a choice, and he chooses to do it, to “push the button”. After Clara realizes that his incarnation hasn’t done it yet, the Doctors go to him, and the 3 of them prepare to do it, for he doesn’t have to do it alone this time… but, Eleven changes his mind, and they all know what to do!

“Bad Wolf girl, I could kiss you!” “That’s gonna happen…”

So, they decide to save Gallifrey, to “upload” it into a stasis cube, where they will be in a pocket universe, in a moment in time, but alive and with hope. To do this, they require all 1200 years of calculations, so we see all of them… all 13 of them…

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Not knowing if it worked, the War Doctor goes his way (beautiful scene with all 3 TARDIS) and starts to regenerate once inside is TARDIS, because he was wearing a bit thin… he does hope the ears are a little bit less conspicuous… (no luck!).

Ten, realizing that he won’t remember this, asks Eleven where they’re headed, which he tells him: their tomb. Ten says that things could be changed and that he’s better change them because “I don’t want to go!” (heart broken all over again), to which the Eleventh Doctor says to Clara “He always says that”.

Clara leaves the Doctor alone with his painting and soon after he meets the Curator (a.k.a. Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor), who tells him the correct title of the piece “Gallifrey falls no more”… which means that it worked!

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Now the Doctor has a destination, he wants to find it, he knows where he’s going!

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I loved how it was a nod to the past, without forgetting to look ahead to the future. Many people complained that the classic Doctors should all have been in the special, and to a certain extent, they were, old footage was used to show them manipulating their respective TARDISES and the scene in the end (although clearly a montage) it’s a tribute to all of them. It would have looked weird to have them all in it, specially when most of them don’t look nothing like they did in the 70’s and 80’s.

Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt, what a treat! The bickering and ironic comments was amazing. Their chemistry was unbelievable, especially Matt and David, and I truly felt that they belonged there, together.

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Billie Piper!!! Steven Moffat did an amazing job with that. He’s right, bringing her as Rose Tyler would be a mistake, because that story is finished and so well told. Bringing her back as The Moment was a truly genius idea, and Billie was better than ever.

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London: Day 6 – Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

The title says it all, 23rd November, by 6th day in London, was Celebration day! So, I woke up too early (and that shouldn’t be allowed) and headed up to ExCel.

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I never went to anything like it, so I was one of those people extremely interested in all of the cosplays, and there were some amazing ones. A lot of kids dressed as the 10th and 11th Doctor, but also, a lot of young adults dressed as classic Doctor, such as the Second or the Fifth. A lot of families all dressed as something… amazing.

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The first panel I went to was the Special effects  led by SFX supervisor Danny Hargreaves and hosted by a guy that looked like a younger version of Alan Cumming and Peter Capaldi (don’t know the guy’s name… sorry!). Although I was a bit disappointed that this was a 1 person panel, it was amazing. We got to jump on our seats a few times… when a Dalek exploded, when a Cyberman burst into the stage, when said Cyberman blew up… and they even made it snow and threaten us with the rain effect as well, but luckily, no one got wet. They even set the stage on fire! Danny admitted that things don’t always go so great and that he even set David’s hair on fire once… yes, David Tennant’s hair!

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The exhibition itself was a tad small, with a lot of amazing things, such as costumes, cars, props and so on, sharing a limited amount of space… also, I felt the 8th Doctor was snubbed, there was this place with all of the Doctors clothes and between 7th and 9th… nothing!

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The BBC shop was also lacking a lot of things, you could find the official BBC products in other stands rather then on the Official shop. Still, it had an amazing Dalek and the Silence =).

The Regenerations panel was amazing! The classic Doctors are so funny. And a privilege to see them all, even though from far away! Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy talked for about 45 minutes, with the great Nicholas Briggs leading the panel. When asked if they could be any other Doctor (apart from their own), who would they choose, Colin promptly replied “Peter Capaldi!” and Peter Davison replied “David Tennant”, because he never saw an actor who enjoyed that part that much… but obviously he couldn’t be him, because it would mean he would have to marry his own daughter.

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Right after, it was time for the Eleventh Hour panel, with Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, Jenna-Louise Coleman and the current producer (whose name I don’t know). Big histeria off course, it was the Doctor after all. Moffat said that people liked being lied to because they like the surprise factor (can’t argue with that!), Matt said that he didn’t know what he was thinking when he decided to leave the TARDIS, and it was pretty clear that each time that his replacement was mentioned, Matt was a little sad. Moffat said that he expects Matt to be back though, maybe in 5 or 10 years, for another anniversary, to which Matt promptly said off course! Matt had a difficult job when a little kid asked him why he uses a Fez, fezes are not cool, Matt obviously defended the fez, but the kid was not convinced!

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There were a lot of other things to see, I was lucky enough to caught a panel with Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling in the Classic Lounge, after doing my shopping (nothing at the BBC shop, the only shirt I wanted, there weren’t decent sizes left). So I bought a sonic screwdriver… yes, now I have Hermione’s wand and Ten’s screwdriver… yuuupiiii! And I bought something that it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever use (unless I can convert a few people to become whovians or I meet some of them), that is de Doctor Who trivial pursuit… and I wanted to buy the Monopoly, but it wouldn’t fit my suitcase. And a mug, because everyone buys a mug, right?

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There was only enough time to eat something and make my way to the extremely huge line to get into the main theatre to watch The Day of the Doctor, which was handsome!

Fandoms and Knitting: Doctor Who Scarf Completed!

After around 3 weeks of starting it – Fandoms and Knitting: here I go! – and a lot of soared fingers later, the Fourth Doctor Scarf is done and in time for the big Celebration.

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Even though I made it smaller than the pattern, it still turned out pretty big – my father is right: I will have to be careful for it to not get stuck on the subway doors…

Now all that’s left is to finish my beanie (to go with the scarf because it’s freaking cold in London) and to pack my bag! =D

Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!

Fandoms and Knitting: here I go!

Fandoms and Knitting: Progress!

Fandoms and Knitting: 4th Doctor Scarf at 50%!

#SaveTheDay – The Day of The Doctor!

Two weeks to go, oh yes! And finally BBC released not one, but 2 trailers of The Day of The Doctor Anniversary Special, after a teaser had been released a few days ago.

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In the teaser trailer, Clara and the Eleventh Doctor clearly see something that’s not suppose to be there (right about now the net is swimming with speculations). But the thing that probably caught every Whovian eye was the scarf that the lady is wearing… right? If you see this and don’t know what I’m talking about, see this: Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!.

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Then today, BBC released the 2 trailers for the special that brings together 10, 11, Rose, Clara and the Forgotten Doctor.

Here wee see Gallifrey, the Daleks, the Dalek fleet, John Hurt is looking for the Doctor and Ten remarks that he came to the right place (eheh, his face is epic!).

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We get the Zygons and UNIT, and a lot of things blowing up. Eleven in a fez and Amy’s glasses and Ten in his glasses – EPIC!

Rose – thought I’m not quite sure which Rose this is, because she certainly doesn’t look like the Rose who traveled with either of the Doctor! But she looks freaking amazing, she does!

Ten getting out of the TARDIS on horseback, and Eleven falling from the TARDIS. Clara teleporting?!

A big red button, that looks like a diamond, that John Hurt has to push and Rose telling him that “The moment is coming” and he’s ready!!!

TARDIS coral theme, a.k.a., the TARDIS from the 9th and 10th Doctor, oh YEAH!

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On the second one, we get a lot of the same things, but more John Hurt, which is amazing. ALLONS-Y! Someone in a bike heading for the TARDIS. Eleven hanging from the TARDIS in central London.

Ten and Eleven comparing sonic screwdrivers… hilarious!

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The big question: “Why are we all together?”.

Eleven redecorated, Ten doesn’t like it!

Fandoms and Knitting: 4th Doctor Scarf at 50%!

I’m finally halfway done on my Doctor Who scarf!

Fandoms and Knitting: 3 goals!

Fandoms and Knitting: here I go!

Fandoms and Knitting: Progress!

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Since I diminished it considerably, the scarf now has the already impressive number of 140 cm (20 more centimeters and it’s about my height!). Now, only another 1 and a half meters to go, in a little more than a week…

I’m just sorry that the pictures don’t do any justice to the colours!

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Fandoms and Knitting: here I go!

Realizing that I’m only 30 days away from The Day of the Doctor, 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, and 24 days from heading to London, I’ve decided to get a move on on my knitting project Fandoms and Knitting, and start to actually do them, in the faint hope that I’ll have finished at least one of them until then – hard thing to do, because the fourth Doctor scarf and the Gryffindor house scarf are two long and boring scarves to knit!

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The first thing to do was buy the yarn, which proved kind of difficult… at least on the Doctor Who front. Web pages such as Doctor Who Scarf  or Witty Little Knitter offer suggestions to the colours to use, the trouble was finding them. I finally settled in a compromise between the real colours, the ones I actually found and the ones I liked best. So the purple is too purple, the grey is actually kind of blue, the green is softer and the red is too dark… but hey, it’s my version of it ;-).

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For the Gryffindor house scarf, the yarn was fairly easier to find…

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After looking online for patterns for both scarves, I then went on to the equally difficult challenge of needles. The 4th DW scarf can be knitted in basically anything, but they are two versions of the HP scarves, one of which is a circular pattern, that has to be knitted in circular needles (and if you don’t know, I tell you, it’s recommendable that the cable has roughly the same size as the work you’re gonna do, otherwise, you have to keep stretching the cable and in consequence, the yarn). The common cable sizes are 80 cm and 100 cm… well, I needed something a lot smaller, because I don’t want a 50 cm wide scarf! It took me 3 days and combing through almost every yarn shop in the city to actually find the perfect thing: the Knit Pro interchangeable circular needles!

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I might have gone a little overboard with the amount of needles and cables I got, but each had a reason, so… =).

Now all that was left was actually start knitting, which I did. I started with the DW scarf, because if I can only have one ready by the time I go, it has to be this one, it’s 50 year, right?!

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So here I go! I decided on the original season 12 pattern, but I made same changes: I reduced the width a bit, by casting only 40 stitches, I went for a bigger needle number, because I like my scarves fluffy and not too rigid and I’ll be reducing the number of ridges in each of colour bars, in order for it to be a little shorter than it’s supposed to.

In my yarn quests I found my perfect Ravenclaw blue, and I probably I’ll be doing to movie version, given that the book version is a lighter and stronger blue.

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Doctor Who: 45 days to go and the rumours keep on coming!

So, we have exactly 45 days until the 50th anniversary special of Doctor and given the lack of trailers or anything really, the rumours keep piling up.

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It’s public knowledge that we will have a 10/11 showdown, with David Tennant returning to his role as the Tenth Doctor, Billie Piper returning as the beloved Rose Tyler, Matt Smith appearing as the Eleventh Doctor for his second to last apperance and Jenna Louise Coleman as the Impossible Girl Clara.

Several rumours indicated the possible appearances of classic Doctors such as Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison or Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann. These have neither been confirmed or denied by BBC.

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This latest rumour, however, was published in a magazine! Not that it confirms the story just because it’s printed, but things are just getting weirder… the magazine reports that Catherine Tate is returning as Donna Noble! Even though nothing would please me more than to see Tate return, especially considering that I absolutely love her with David, I do not see this happening… But I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.