Category Archives: Doctor Who

One More Douglas Adams’ Trip Through Space and Time

Doctor Who - Shada by Douglas Adams

Doctor Who: Shada by Douglas Adams (novelization by Gareth Roberts)

Douglas Adams never completed Doctor Who story has finally seen the light of day in a novel that does justice to the story he likely would have told.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. There were moments that were laugh out loud funny. The dry with and humour of Adams was able to shine through with the dialogue and some of the prose. Roberts wasn’t able to write in Adams’ voice the way that Eoin Colfer did, but I doubt anyone else really could.

The story was originally meant for the 19th season of the classic series and parts of it were filmed with Tom Baker. Unfortunately, it was never completed. Or maybe, this was the form it was meant to take all along. I’m not sure.

All I know is that, as I read it, I found myself thinking, “I wish they had shot this,” and “This could really work with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.” There were a few moments where I could picture Christopher Eccleston clearly in my mind as well.

Doctor Who fans, no matter the era, will enjoy this book. You can picture your favourite Doctor as you read it, or a combination thereof like I did.

My List of 2017 Reads – a continually updated reading log

Chasing Content – See You in September

chasing-contentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that gets us looking back at what was happening last year at this time.

Let’s just jump into things, shall we?

You can read all of the posts from last September . . . 

Or just the highlights here

Hip-Hop in the Brydges

I threw a huge concert in a small town last year. It was a lot of fun. I really should do it again somewhere else. Any ideas of where?

The 2003 Blackout Explained

Fiction that takes real life events and uses them as the backdrop to a story can be wildly entertaining. This book does just that. More than once.

Highlights from last year’s Fan Expo

Last year’s Fan Expo was a lot of fun. I always look forward to this event and can’t wait for next year.

Daredevil Secrets Revealed

I loved seeing Alex Maleev last year at Fan Expo and all of the things he had to say about his tenure working on the Marvel comics Daredevil series. I even got his autograph!

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

We do this every month to look back at the month that was last year. It let’s us all reflect on those times and helps make sure that great posts don’t get buried in the archives. So make sure you click on the links in this post that interest you. And feel free to leave some comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Fan Expo 2016 Highlights

542-fan_expo_shieldFan Expo is a great comic book and science fiction convention that happens the last weekend of summer every year in Toronto. It is always a lot of fun dressing up in cosplay outfits, attending panels, meeting celebrities, getting comics autographed, and buying some new collectibles. Here are some the highlights from last weekend’s event.

ninth-doctor

This is my family in  our Doctor Who cosplay finest. I am dressed up as the 9th Doctor, my son is The Empty Child, and my daughter is a gender-bent version of the 11th Doctor. Thanks to the Doctor Who Society for letting us pose with a Dalek!

alex-kingston

We attended the Alex Kingston panel. She plays River Song on Doctor Who and was an absolute pleasure to watch. She told some great stories and interacted with the crowd in personal ways.

2nd-doctor

Normally I just go for one day, but this year I bought a deluxe weekend pass and attended all four days. That meant four different costumes. Here is my take on the 2nd Doctor. One person recognized me and commented on my costume. That’s a cosplay win! Although, I think I can improve on this one in the future.

autographs

Klaus Janson autographed a Star Trek comic for me and Clay Mann autographed my TPB of Lady Bullesye from Daredevil.

tim-sale-autograph

Daredevil Yellow is one of my all-time favourite books. And I got Tim Sale to autograph it. Amazing!

daredevil-panel

Speaking of Daredevil. This panel with the actors who play Daredevil and Foggy in the television series was incredible. It was moderated by Joe Quesada as well.

daleks-and-whovians

Here we are again in Doctor Who cosplay. This time I am the 10th Doctor and my kids are Rory and Amy Pond. Next time, I shall have to try cosplaying the 11th Doctor for a more cohesive family cosplay. Still, I love this shot!

dw-and-tmnt

I couldn’t resist getting my picture with my favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle either.

stan-lee

Stan Lee was incredible. He was warm-hearted and hilarious. Just as I would have thought. I am so glad I got to see him in his last round of conventions.

tardis-10-and-companions

Here we are again. Our Tardis seems to have shrunk.

william-shatner

I am glad I got to see the original Captain Kirk, William Shatner, as well. It was a nice way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.

spock

Of course, I had to dress for the occasion.

Live long and prosper!

That’s the highlights of this year’s Fan Expo. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Doctor Who and Batman Too

Doctor Who - Wheel of Ice

Doctor Who – The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter

I haven’t read much in the way of Doctor Who fiction, just a few comic books and a young adult novel.

When I picked this book up from the library, I wasn’t even sure what incarnation of The Doctor was staring in this story. The back cover didn’t make it clear, but I was sure it was going to be a great read anyway. The cover art is absolutely gorgeous. I love how it looks like the book itself is frozen.

It turns out that this story is set in the second Doctor’s reign. Jamie and Zoe are his companions and together they are drawn toward a time disturbance on a mining colony on one of Saturn’s moons.

The miner’s uncovered something that should have made them stop operations. But the powers-that-be ignored the discovery, pretended it didn’t exist, and kept on mining. Of course, this has some pretty terrible consequences – consequences that the Doctor and his faithful companions must not set right,

Wayne of Gotham novel

Batman: Wayne of Gotham by Tracy Hickman

I have read a lot of Batman novels and short stories over the years. I’m not sure what happened to those old books. I have had to purge some of my collection over the years due to moves so that’s likely what happened.

This story runs parallel in two different time periods. The first one is in the present day and focuses around Bruce Wayne / Batman. Of course, the things that he faces now are a direct result of events that his father was a part of many, many years ago.

I enjoyed this read, but I am not sure I like the ending and what it means for the saga of Batman. I would write about that in detail but it would be a spoiler. I try not to do that in these book review posts.

My List of 2016 Reads – my annual reading log

Doctor Who Mixtape 2

Doctor Who Mixtape 2 Front Cover

Doctor Who – Mixtape 2 by Chase March

This mixtape is a love letter to one of the best shows on television.

It is the second tape in the series. You can find the first edition here.

Doctor Who Mixtape 2 Back Cover

All of the songs fit the theme of the show perfectly, are blended and mixed together so you have 80 minutes of non-stop music and action, and audio clips from show.

You can download the album version that will allow you to skip tracks. You can also burn it to a CD (just remember to select “No Gap” between songs when burning your disc)

Download the album version

Download the mixtape as one MP3 file

Pay What You Can

I spent a lot of time putting this mix together, if you like what you hear, please pay what you can for downloading or streaming it.

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Enjoy the Music

I hope you enjoy the mix. Please share this will all of your Whovian Fans!

Allons y!

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Whovians and Companions Together for One Night

Fan Expo Toronto is a huge comic book, science fiction, gaming, anime, and horror convention that happens every year.

This year was special because the Women of Doctor Who were  featured guests at the function.

Are You My Mummy

I took my kids and we all dressed up as characters from the TV show. I cosplayed the 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and my son dressed up as the Empty Child (Are You My Mummy?)

We bumped into a lot of people who were creeped out by his portrayal of the character. If you haven’t seen that episode, it was a very dark and scary.

An Evening with the Companions

We had a lot of fun looking at all of the Doctor Who merchandise and vendors, seeing fellow Whovians in great costumes, and attending the special panel, An Evening With the Companions. 

Karen and Jenna

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) took questions from the audience and told great stories about their time working on Doctor Who. My kids even got to interact with them by asking them a question.

It was a great day and I am glad that Fan Expo paid tribute to our beloved fandom two years in a row.

Here are the highlights from last year . . .

Doctor Who at Fan Expo 2014

Doctor Who at FanExpo 2014

The last weekend of summer was absolutely amazing. I went to Fan Expo, the biggest weekend of the year for comic book and science fiction fans, and was so excited about all of the Doctor Who happenings.

Chase March 9th Doctor

I arrived in style and parked my TARDIS right outside of The Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

I was very happy with how my costume turned out. Several people recognized me as the 9th Doctor. It was awesome!

DW cosplay panel

First up, I went to the panel on making Doctor Who props and costumes.

K9

One of the panelists even made a fully-functioning K-9. He could control its movements and sounds via remote control. It was very cool!

The Dalek speaks

The Daleks even spoke about how they created their very intricate and detailed working models. They were definitely a hit as they zoomed around the convention centre.

Doctor Who Panel

The highlight of the day was the celebrity panel featuring Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams)

We had to wait in line for quite some time to get these seats off to the side and a little ways back.

Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill

Two moderators went through the audience with microphones to field questions for the actors. They were very entertaining.

An audience member asked them to sing and not only did they do it, but everyone in the crowd started clapping along. After that, a young fan mentioned that it was her birthday and at Matt Smith’s beckoning we all sang “Happy Birthday” to her.

It was a magical day and I am glad that I got to see The Doctor and his companion. It was really cool to interact with a bunch of like-minded fans too.

Doctor Who – In Theatres Again!!!

So, the new season of Doctor Who starts today but I won’t be watching it.

Instead, I will be waiting to see in on the big screen on Monday!

Doctor Who_Deep Breath-Poster

I saw the 50th Anniversary special at the theatre and it was a magical experience. I can’t wait to watch the start of the 12th Doctor’s reign in a theatre of super-fans like myself.

I already bought my ticket. If you haven’t done so and would like to see it, go to Cineplex now to order yours.

Let’s Make This a Tradition

I think they should do this every two weeks. I would pay to watch two episodes on the big screen with an energetic and excited crowd all season long.  It doesn’t have to be a big event for this to happen. Let’s make it a regular thing.

And with two episodes being shown at a time, even if they aren’t related, it is a feature-length event.

Come on, let’s make this happen people!

I hope to see you on Monday!

The Console for My TARDIS

Last year, I built a life-sized TARDIS.

This year, I wanted to expand on it a little bit further by creating the control room.

The TARDIS is bigger on the inside so this console room will be a completely separate build. It won’t be housed inside the Public Call Box you see above.

My first challenge was to build the cylinder that sits atop the hexagonal base.

tardis_console_room_2012

I couldn’t find a large, clear plastic tube that would work. I searched for a suitable compromise for a long time.

Plastic Fencing

Finally, I came upon this plastic fencing and thought that I could use it to make the cylinder.

Console Cylinder

I used my old 13-inch snare drum casing to wrap the fencing around and keep it in place.

Snare Drum Base

I then used cable ties to secure the cylinder since it stands about four feet high.

TARDIS Console Centre

Lastly, I used tube Christmas lights and ran them up and down the fencing in five straight lines. I secured them with cable ties as well.

That’s just STEP ONE of my TARDIS Console Room build. Check back soon to see how I create the hexagonal base, switches, and controls.

Hopefully, this summer, I will have a short fan film to share with you as well.

Awesome Christmas Presents

Santa was good to me this year. I got two T-shirts, a new pair of jeans, some time on my pay-as-you-go phone, and these goodies . . .

DoctorWho Sonic

I’ve wanted 10’s sonic screwdriver for some time now. I bought a customizable kit last year but none of them looked just like his. This one is perfect. I’ve had so much fun playing with it already. It has a black light and four sound effects. It’s pretty cool!

DW Calendar

My brother and sister-in-law got me this  Doctor Who calendar too.

DD132 Figures

And I got a new addition for my Daredevil collection. This pack is really cool. It recreates the epic battle between Daredevil and his arch-nemesis Bullseye. It even comes with a reprinting of the original comic that tells that story.

Want to see more of my Daredevil Collection?

This Book is Bigger on the Inside

The adventures of Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and the Eleventh Doctor continue on in a series of original novels.

This book is bigger on the inside, and that’s not just a clever Doctor Who joke. It’s actually a collection of two novels bound creatively in one volume. Each story is 200 pages long and opens up like a regular novel. When you finish one story, you simply flip the book over and begin reading a brand new adventure.

Doctor Who: Heart of Stone by Trevor Baxendale

I wasn’t completely impressed with this story, but I did like how the author managed to get the interactions between Amy, Rory, and The Doctor spot on. I could hear the characters through the dialogue and I laughed at a few moments in the story where I could picture the actors in my head clear as day.

Doctor Who: Death Riders by Justin Richards

This was the best story in this 2-in-1 collection and I really wasn’t expecting it to be. It’s set at a carnival and it could have become cliche and boring, but it didn’t drag. I whipped through the story in one day.

I like how Amy drives the story and how Rory gets to save the day. I love this couple so much. I want to see them risking everything for each other. I am glad that their adventures live on in print. Although I wish I could still see them on the television every week.

Keep Up With Everything I’ve Read This Year

My 2013 Reading Log (with links to each title)

Who Will Be the New Doctor?

It was announced this past weekend that Matt Smith will be stepping down from his role of The Doctor on the hit science fiction television series.

Doctor 11

According to Doctor Who lore, there are only 13 different incarnations of The Doctor. There will come a time when the writers will have a hard time explaining a new actor stepping into the role. At least we won’t have to worry about that for a little while.

Matt Smith played the 11th Doctor for four seasons. I’m not sure who is going to play the 12th Doctor but I do have a few suggestions for the writers and anyone involved in casting.

1. Break from Chronology

Bring back David Tennant as The Doctor. Obviously he can’t play the 12th Doctor. That wouldn’t make any sense. But perhaps we could do something similar to what the Star Trek writers did with the new reboot. We could alter the time line so that 10 never died and have his adventures continue.

10th Doctor

I would love for this to happen. David Tennant has always been my favourite Doctor. And while I am sad to see Matt Smith leave the series, it was a much sadder day when Tennant left.

2. Change the Race

We have had black companions in this series but I think a black Doctor would be brilliant.

This article suggests 12 possible casting choices and includes 2 black actors in the list.

I agree that Idris Elba would be an inspired choice but I think it would be even more brilliant to have Mekhi Phifer take on the role. He already has Doctor Who experience (as did Karen Gillan and Freema Agyeman.

3. A Female Doctor

I’m not sure who I’d cast as this. Maybe a relative unknown?

Either way, I think a female Doctor would be cool.

Story of a Girl Tumblr

What are your thoughts on the casting of the new Doctor Who lead?

Please leave a comment below.

I’d love to hear from you.

The TARDIS Console Room Mega Set

What’s better than Doctor Who and Lego?

How about combining them both together to get a model kit of the TARDIS complete with four mini-figures including the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River Song.
Doctor Who character building set

Here is the completed model. It looks so cool!

building toy compatible with Lego blocks

I like the alien landscape and the fact that the TARDIS is completely removable. You can fly it around, land on the planet, and then have the door open so the mini-figs can walk right into the console room.

Lgo-type Doctor Who kit

The console room feels just like the one from the TV show. There are two levels to it and it is detailed with wires, clear pieces, switches, and dials. There is even a place to store the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.

Doctor Who Console Room Character Building Toy

This is a really cool set and I’m glad I bought it.

It’s not Lego brand but the blocks are compatible. I am thinking about building other connecting rooms to make this set even more magical.

There are other sets to collect as well. I could go broke buying all the Doctor Who stuff I’d like.

More Doctor Who Posts

Doctor Who Lego?

When I saw this fan-made Lego creation of the interior of the TARDIS, I was completely blown away. It was an incredible piece of art and something that I wished had come in a set. I would have bought it without a moment’s hesitation.

fanmade TARDIS Lego creation

You can find out about the construction of this wonder from Mr. Xenomurphy’s wesbite. His Doctor Who Lego creation is so detailed and breathtaking. I can’t say enough about it.

Doctor Who Lego kit

I just bought this kit. It’s not an official Lego product but it the blocks are compatible.

It also comes with mini-figures of the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory, and River Song.

I absolutely love that it comes with a mini-TARDIS as well.

When I have put together the console room, I will take a picture of it and share it with you as well.

Time to go play!

The TARDIS is Complete

I put the finishing touches on my homemade TARDIS today.

I’ve been blogging about the process for the past several weeks. You can see how I constructed the frame, attached the walls, added wood trim, attached a roof, and painted it.

The next thing I needed to to do was add the signage.

First, I found a printable file of the Police Public Call box sign. I formatted it into MS Word and printed off five copies of it onto Ledger Paper (11×17 inches)

I then cut the two portions of the sign and glued them together. I did this five times even though I only needed four copies to go along the top of the TARDIS. I figured that I might need an extra one for some reason.

It turns out that I did. I laminated them and one of them didn’t take. The plastic didn’t seal properly on it and since it was an extra one, I was able to throw it out.

I also laminated the two door signs and affixed them with spray adhesive.

The coolest thing about the plastic wall construction is that these windows are translucent. I will be putting a light inside and adding one for the top light so this thing will really shine.

So here is the completed TARDIS.

I plan on adding an interior light so the windows will glow, a separate light for the top lantern, and an MP3 player with a small speaker inside so the time machine will make authentic sounds.

I also plan on making a fan film. After those last details are added, I’ll start working on the script.

TARDIS Build Part 5 – The Paint Job

Building my own TARDIS has been a lot of fun.

I started by constructing a frame. I then added corrugated plastic for the walls and wood trim to create the panelling effect of the time machine.

Last week, I shared with you the construction of the roof. Today, we will look at the paint job.

Since the walls are corrugated plastic, I had to get paint that would bond to plastic. I’d thought that any can of spray paint would work but when I was in the store, the paint clerk happened to overhear me hemming and hawing about what paint to get.

She quickly pointed me towards Krylon: Fushion paint. It was the only product they carried that would work on plastic.

Three cans of paint later and it’s starting to look like the real TARDIS.

Here you can see that I covered the windows with painter’s tape.

It was still looking a little bit light in colour so I went back and bought two more cans of spray paint.

The TARDIS is really starting to come along now. Next I need to add a few details. The POLICE BOX sign, the door sign, the St. John’s Ambulance Logo, a handle and latch for the door, and a few extra details.

Stay tuned for one further TARDIS build update. I can’t wait to see the finished product. It is going to look amazing.

Putting the Roof on My TARDIS

I’ve been building a TARDIS in my basement.

I started with a frame, added plastic sheeting for the walls, and then fashioned wooden trim to simulate the panelling effect of the time machine.

The next step is the roof.

I drilled a hole in the middle of a board. This is where the top lamp will be affixed.

I then notched either side of the panel so that it would sit on the top roof frame.

This roofing frame slides onto the top of the TARDIS and fits quite snugly.

I then added corrugated plastic to cover the entire roofing area.

I got this lamp from a dollar store and it sits perfectly in the hole that I drilled. I hollowed out the lamp though because it originally worked by pushing down on the top.

I wanted to be able to control the light from inside the TARDIS. I will be adding a flexible lamp so this top light will actually work.

I also plan to add another light on the inside so the translucent plastic windows will be able to glow.

The next step is painting and adding little details here and there.

It should end up looking something like this. My roof is a little bit shorter and I don’t have the footboard however.

I needed to be able to make the entire build small enough that I could store it in the basement when I am not using it outside. That extra top panel is not really needed. I’m sure the completed model will look amazing when it is painted and illuminated.

Stay tuned for one more update on my homemade TARDIS build.

Homemade TARDIS Build – Part 3

I’ve been building a TARDIS in my spare time.

The first step was building the frame.

Doctor Who build

Then I added some detail. I used corrugated plastic for the walls. It’s a lightweight material so the completed model will be somewhat portable. I then added wood trim to create the panel effect.

Doctor Who build

The next step was creating the windows and doors.

Doctor Who build

I tried using a staple gun to attach the wooden trim to the plastic sheet but it didn’t work so well. The plastic had a bit of a bounce to it that I couldn’t seem to overcome.

Doctor Who build

It was even more problematic for the doors. The top staples would go in just fine but as I moved my way down the panel, the force of putting in new staples would bounce the others ones out.

I really struggled with this problem before coming upon a solution. I decided to “glue it and screw it.”

Doctor Who build

I used carpenter glue to affix the trim to the wall. I knew this glue wouldn’t be completely secure so I decided that I needed to screw the paneling into place as well.

The other problem was that the screws were just a tiny bit too long. I wasn’t sure what to do so I took a small piece of paneling into the hardware store along with a scrap piece of the plastic sheet. The associate suggested I use metal washers to take up some of that space. I also screwed them from the inside out so that the screws will not be seen in the completed build. It worked perfectly.

Doctor Who build

I wanted the doors to swing in just like the real TARDIS but I also knew that it might not be so practical. They might just need to swing open. So I positioned the hinges so that the doors could swing either way.

Doctor Who build

This project has been a lot of fun. There is still a little bit of work to do on it. Hopefully it will look like this soon.

Doctor Who time machine

Come back next week for another update.