Feast Your Eyes on the New Doctor Who Trailer!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper, season-long adventure with the Doctor. Can you believe that season 9 ended in 2015?! But happily, our wait for the new season of Doctor Who is nearly over. Season 10–also known as the first season for Pearl Mackie’s companion, Bill, and Peter Capaldi‘s final season as the Doctor–will start on April 15. From the looks of the trailer, we’re in for a fun season.

Capaldi’s Doctor has been met with some mixed reviews. He was starkly different from Matt Smith‘s Raggedy Man, and fans had a bit of a tough time adjusting to that new dynamic between Clara and the Doctor. However, I personally felt like Capaldi finally settled into his role as the Doctor last season, and I think this new season will be the perfect cherry on top of his tenure as our favorite time traveler from Gallifrey.

But in addition to saying hello to new faces and goodbye to old ones, it looks like this season has a lot of fun in store for us. We, happily, will get to see more of Michelle Gomez as Missy/The Master, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and we’ll also get to see some of our old faves like Daleks and Cybermen (and not just the upgraded Cybermen–this season will kick it old school with the original 1960’s Cybermen), as well as the return of the Ice Monsters.

So even though we’re going to have to say goodbye to yet another Doctor (and potentially a companion, as there is no word on Pearl Mackie’s intentions to stay or go after Capaldi regenerates), this season is shaping up to be one hell of a last ride for Twelve…or Thirteen, depending on how you count the War Doctor. Regardless of where you count him, be sure to set your DVRs for the Doctor Who premiere on April 15th on BBC America!

What do you think of the season 10 trailer? What are you most pumped to see this season? Are you excited to see Peter Capaldi regenerate, or did he win you over? Who do you want to see helm the TARDIS once he’s gone? Tell me in the comments! 

Denver Comic Con 2016: Sunday Panels

Over the weekend of Denver Comic Con 2016, I loved, loved, loved, spending Friday on the exhibition floor and freaking out over my panel, and I loved spending Saturday with the likes of John Barrowman, Cary Elwes, and Hayley Atwell. However, the Sunday panels were hands down my favorites. In DCCs past, Sunday was always more of a slow day to help you wind down from the con craziness. Not this year though. Sunday had people from Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Marvel, Doctor Who, and my favorite internet ladies, The Hillywood Show. It was a great day, but by the end of the day I was EXHAUSTED! Here’s how the day shook out:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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I was soooo thrilled to hear that Jeffrey Dean Morgan was coming to Comic Con this year. His appearance was a bit of a late announcement, so it made me even more excited to see him at the con. I didn’t have time to save up to get a photo op with him, unfortunately, but getting to see his panel was treat enough. So what did he have to say about Negan’s role on The Walking Dead? Nothing. He said that he gets to laugh a lot as Negan, which in turn upsets Andrew Lincoln, which makes him laugh more, and he said that waiting for an answer to “who met Lucille” isn’t the worst thing in the world. But apart from telling us how much fun it is to play such a twisted bad guy, we didn’t really learn too much–which is unsurprising. What I really loved was hearing him talk about Supernatural, and his feelings towards Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. He talked about how seeing them “all grown up” made him feel incredibly proud, and he liked to think he had a small part in that–even though he’s only ten years older than Jensen Ackles. He also mentioned that he’d love to come back to the show, especially if it was for the series finale, and if Jensen directed. I’m all for that. He was also asked a question by a girl in genderbent Comedian cosplay, which he thought was so rad that he brought her onstage.

JDM and Comedian

JDM hasn’t been doing the convention circuit for long, but he seemed to be pretty comfortable onstage (his wife–who he met through Jensen Ackles, btw–and adorable son were in the front row, which I’m sure helped him out) and he put on a super fun panel. He was funny, sweet, sincere, and you could tell how much of a genuinely fun time he has working on and talking about the shows he’s a part of. Papa Winchester didn’t disappoint, you guys.

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Of course that was only a fraction of the day. Next, we took things over to the Marvel ‘verse…

Clark Gregg

Clark Gregg

What makes a Clark Gregg panel so fun is how much of a fanboy he is IRL. If you didn’t know, this guy is essentially Coulson himself. He loves comics and the heroes from Marvel just as much (though I don’t think he has vintage cards like Coulson–although Coulson doesn’t even have his cards anymore), and when asked if he was Team Cap or Team Iron Man, he full Coulsoned everyone, calling the question-asker “young lady” and asking how the Sokovia Accords would affect the Inhumans in his charge. It was THE BEST. He also spoke about life after Coulson died in Avengers. He happened to see the #CoulsonLives Twitter campaign while running his wife’s (Jennifer Grey) Twitter while she was on Dancing with the Stars. After that crazy campaign and seeing the Marvel fans flock to bringing Coulson back, we got a living, breathing Coulson and the amazing show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So can we expect to see him back on the MCU? Or what about his feelings of bringing in some of the other Marvel TV characters into the MCU? Coulson–I mean Clark is game, but he’s okay with waiting. Obviously, he’s got to figure out a gentle way to let the Avengers know he’s still alive. You know, in a way that won’t make any of them so mad they kill him…but more than that he’d love to see the Marvel shows (he named Matt Murdock specifically) mix with the MCU, but in the right way. He thought having some brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo wouldn’t be the best, but if they could blend the worlds in a natural and awesome way, he’d love to see that. So we can hope our future will hold some rad crossovers.

Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman

Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman

I wasn’t able to stick around for this entire panel, but I did enjoy getting to see these two together. The biggest thing I felt from this panel is that when Jenna originally took the job as Clara on Doctor Who, she had no. idea. how much this would change her life. To this day, I feel like she’s still trying to understand Whovians, convention culture, and why the heck a bunch of randos are paying upwards of a hundred bucks to take a picture with her. Still, it’s obvious she loved the show, the characters, and her fellow actors, which I always love seeing. Alex Kingston, on the other hand, is ALL ABOUT this kinda thing. She totally seemed to feed off the crowd, and was a lot more vocal than Jenna (introvert vs. extrovert, basically). When Jenna asked if she would be coming back to Who–especially after Peter Capaldi made some cryptic remarks about her–she shrugged it off as Peter being Peter and trying to create buzz. She also said that she’d only just left, and Pearl Mackie was starting her run as companion that very day. So even though she seemed to make the answer seem like a solid “no, I’m done”, she never officially said her days in the TARDIS were over. She just didn’t want to take the spotlight from Pearl. Alex Kingston also made some controversial remarks saying that she wasn’t on board with turning the Doctor into a woman in a future regeneration. We’ve seen with two other Gallifreyans that a gender change in a regeneration is possible–The Master/Missy being the most notable–Alex thought that since he’s always been a guy, he should stay that way. I love you, Alex, but we’re gonna have to agree to disagree there.

The Hillywood Show

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I actually got to interview Hannah and Hilly (an interview that will be coming out on Geek & Sundry, so stay tuned for that), but I also couldn’t wait to attend their panel. While I’m pretty sure they were in Hilly!Dean and Hannah!Cas cosplay the day before, their Sunday panel was in Dean and Cas casual cosplay (sporting their Hillywood Supernatural parody beanies, obvs). These girls are so sweet and just a ton of fun. They were encouraging to members of the audience who wanted to start their own show on YouTube, and they were so grateful that they had the opportunity to create the show thanks to their Patreon supporters (you can support the show here if you are so inclined). They also watched some of their parodies with the audience, namely their Lord of the Rings Parody, the Walking Dead Parody, the Doctor Who Parody, and their Supernatural Parody.

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When I first saw the Supernatural parody, I was by myself and had to fangirl with friends online. So it was really fun to get to watch it in a room FULL of other fans and Hannah and Hilly themselves. Their biggest encouragement to the audience was create something original and don’t try to copy what someone else is doing. You’ll only gain a following and stand out from other YouTubers if you are providing something that only you can give an audience–that’s what people want to see, not a knock-off. These girls are amazing. I was so impressed that they not only did zillions of panels and took the time to not only do photo ops, but they also manned a booth and spent individual time–and the occasional selfie–with each fan who came through to buy some merch.

Of course the unsung hero of the convention is also the lovely Clare Kramer, who was the moderator/interviewer for most of the mainstage panels. She was busy the ENTIRE weekend, and helped make every single panel awesome. I have no idea how she was able to stay energized for it all, but she did a great job. If you haven’t checked out her or GeekNation, you totally should do that. She’s fantastic, and helped make all of the panels amazing. She’s hosted mainstage panels for a while at Denver Comic Con, and I’m always impressed at how she handles the panels–even as they’ve grown significantly over the years. Seriously, Denver Comic Con had record attendance this year, and I know that a huge part of that is because they put on some truly impressive panels. I’m already getting excited for the adventures in store next year!

Have you seen any of these folks at a convention? What question would you like to ask them if you could? Tell me about it in the comments!

Denver Comic Con 2016: Seriously, What Should I Wear?

Okay, you guys. I’m having a bit of an outfit crisis up in here. I know that I’ve posted a few things of outfit options for Denver Comic Con and I’ve got LOADS of other everyday cosplay outfits, but I just can’t find something I love. Last year, I knew almost exactly what I wanted to wear to the con, but this year I’m not so sure. So one thing I’m considering is nixing everyday cosplay this year, and just wearing different outfits around the Jordandene tanks I own. Here’s what I’m thinking:

My Hamilton outfit:

I know you’ve already seen this one, but I love this outfit. I’ve been obsessed with the musical for a while, and equally obsessed with this shirt since it arrived. So I think this outfit is a DEFINITE contender for my Denver Comic Con 2016 look.

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

 

#TeamCap Style

I loved, loved, LOVED Captain America: Civil War, and I’m still riding that post-movie buzz, so I think it’d be the perfect time to style an outfit that gives a nod to Cap and his team. Also before you give me a hard time–and warning, a spoiler alert for Civil War below…
*I realize Nat starts out Team Iron Man, but she ultimately ends up switching teams, so I’m comfortable with including my Her Universe Black Widow jacket*

#TeamCap Style

 

Don’t Blink!

Of course I have to pay tribute to my favorite doctor with this “Don’t Blink” (it’s pictured in sweatshirt form here, but I’ve got it as a tank. And, of course, TARDIS blue nail polish.

Doctor Who Style

 

We’re All Stories in the End

This was the first tank I ever bought from Jordandene, and I LOVE it. It’s also one of my favorite lines from the Eleventh Doctor. I’m sticking with the TARDIS blue nail polish, as well as a “Hello sweetie” temporary tattoo I got from Jordandene.

We're All Stories In The End

 

What do you think of my Jordandene-styled convention style? I’m definitely feeling a lot of these outfits far more than any of my everyday cosplay outfits, but I’ll just have to wait to see what I decide. Do you have a fave look, or do you have a fave Jordandene shirt that I don’t (yet) own? Let me know your faves in the comments, and be sure to check out Jordandene for your own ADORABLE geek chic tanks, tees, and more! Also let me know if you’re coming to Denver Comic Con this year–be sure to buy your passes before they sell out! 

Denver Comic Con 2016:THE OUTFITS

Denver Comic Con is getting closer everyday, so that means it’s time to start thinking about what I’m going to wear. Since I go as press–and because sewing is my bane–I like to go to DCC in everyday cosplay. For last year’s convention, I ended up choosing to dress in Heisenberg everyday cosplay and Scarlet Witch everyday cosplay (I had big plans for doing Black Widow everyday cosplay, but that didn’t work out). So while I’ve got loads of other everyday cosplay outfits set up that I’ve done here on the blog and on Geek & Sundry, I wanted to create a couple of other options to potentially join my outfit lineup for Denver Comic Con 2016. Here they are:

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

Okay, so this is technically more of just an outfit, but I love this top that I got from Jordandene, and so I had to create an outfit to go around it. I’ve done Hamilton everyday cosplay before, but this shirt is too cute to not wear to big events like DCC.

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

 

Everyday Melisandre

You will have to provide your own 400 year-old body if you really want your everyday cosplay to be authentic.

…probably real fire, too, not just fire-inspired jewelry, though I don’t recommend that. You do you though.

Everyday Melisandre

 

Everyday Jenny Flint

I’ve been obsessed with this outfit since the moment I saw this episode. I just love the leather and lace Victorian superhero outfit look. Green ring for Jenny’s Silurian wife, Vastra, obvs.

Everyday Jenny Flint

 

Everyday Rey

Hot Topic and Her Universe just released their limited edition Force Awakens clothing line, and one of my favorite pieces (though there were many) was the Rey sweater. I don’t know what Rey has against proper sleeves, but I like her style.

Everyday Rey Cosplay

 

Snape-Ricot

Are you going to Denver Comic Con this year (buy tickets here)? With guests like Stan Lee, Jenna Coleman, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Karl Urban, Clark Gregg, and more this year’s convention is going to be GREAT. Let me know if you are going. I’d love to say hi! Even if you can’t go to the convention and you’re in the Denver area, be sure to hit up the 2016 convention beer launch for this year’s brew, Snape-ricot, at Breckinridge Brewery on Lincoln Street!  I love that this year’s convention brew is honoring the late Alan Rickman, and it sounds like it will be a pretty tasty beer! If you want to attend, there’s no charge to get in, the first 200 people to order the con beer get a special pint glass for free, and the artist behind the AMAZING Snape-Ricot pint glass artwork, Frankie Serna, will be there to sign your glass. And, of course, there will also be some awesome music by the Gin Doctors and Red 5.

What do you think of these looks? Do you have any suggestions of everyday cosplays I should try to Denver Comic Con? Are you dressing up for a convention this year? Tell me about all your convention plans in the comments! 

3 Things I Want For the New Doctor Who Companion

Unless you’ve been trapped in solitude all weekend, chances are solid that you heard a new companion has officially been named. The companion is called Bill, and she’s played by the actress Pearl Mackie. I wrote about her a bit on Geek & Sundry over the weekend.

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Image credit: BBC

Even though we’ve got to wait until 2017 for the new season of Doctor Who (though there will be a Christmas special this year, so maybe we’ll see Bill there), all of our Whovian brains are racing as we imagine what kind of a companion Bill will be, and what adventures she and the Doctor will have together. While I don’t share the Clara-hate that a lot of Whovians had, I will admit that she had a tumultuous run with the Doctor. That original “Impossible Girl” story line made her more of a weird anomaly throughout the Doctor’s timeline rather than an actual character, and it wasn’t until her final season that I really started to love her. Jenna Coleman is a great actor, and I think she could have sealed herself a higher ranking in the “favorite companion” leaderboard had she started her run as companion as more than just a puzzle for the Doctor to solve. Clara, once she was fleshed out as a character, was reckless, she was caring, she was brave, she was snarky, she was loving, she was sarcastic, and she was everything I love in companions.

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It kind of frustrated me, actually, because I felt like so much time was wasted on guessing who–or WHAT–Clara could be. The awkward crush she had on Eleven, the Impossible Girl thing, feeling weird about Twelve because he was old, all of that got in the way of what turned out to be a really fun Doctor/Companion run there at the end. I don’t want that for Bill. Here’s what I hope we see once she officially boards the TARDIS:

No Romance

Eleven and Clara

I loved watching Nine/Ten and Rose’s romance. It was sweet, even though we all knew that it would ultimately end in heartbreak. However, that gooey romance has sort of tainted the Doctor and Companion romance thing for me. Martha’s run as companion got lost, I felt, because there was that awkward “rebound companion” behind everything they did together. When she left the TARDIS on her own accord, I cheered her on because frankly, the Doctor was kind of stringing her along. Then with companions like Donna and the Ponds, we saw how fun–yet still highly meaningful–it can be to watch the Doctor travel with someone who is just a friend and nothing romantic. I got why Clara crushed on Eleven. I get it dude, Matt Smith’s adorable, easy on the eyes, endearing, and he can pull off short pants and “delicate” eyebrows better than anyone. But we all knew the Doctor didn’t fully return Clara’s affections–after all, this was still the age of River Song. Then when Eleven regenerated, everything was weird between Clara and Twelve for a bit because of that crush. The Doctor–especially this Doctor–needs a friend, needs family, far more than he needs a girlfriend. It can get awkward when the Doctor has to navigate a companion crush, so I hope Bill and Twelve are just mates. Plus, I’m not really ready to see him with anyone but River just yet.

She’s Just a Regular Human

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In the Doctor Who universe, it gets repeated over and over again how important the Doctor finds each individual he meets. That’s part of the show’s appeal: everyone’s important. Rose loved the Doctor, Martha was his friend who pushed him from heartbreak, Donna was simultaneously the best temp in Chiswick/the most important woman in the universe/and the Doctor’s best mate, and the Ponds were the Doctor’s family. So taking Clara and making her something more than a human who works her way into the Doctor’s hearts felt…unnecessary. The Doctor doesn’t pick companions because they have some secret identity or skill. The Doctor finds his companions special and important because he thinks everyone is important and special–which leaves room for the companions to grow and develop as characters, and ultimately help the Doctor grow. I want Bill to be a regular human, and not a puzzle or problem for the Doctor to solve. I want to see her evolve during her time with the Doctor like an actual human, to see how her presence changes the Doctor, and not for the Doctor to simply work his way to a solution with her.

No Fearing the Doctor

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I’ve really grown to love Twelve, but a huge difference between Eleven and Twelve is how rough Twelve is around the edges. Everyone wanted to go up and give Eleven a hug. The dude invented a dance called “the drunk giraffe”, and we refer to him as Raggedy Man. That’s SO not Twelve. Twelve doesn’t do hugging (except with Clara), he doesn’t tolerate most people,  he’s got biting sarcasm (one of the reasons I love him), he’s not even consistently nice to those he’s closest with (like Clara), and he’s even had to give himself cards to react appropriately in delicate emotional situations. Clara and Twelve’s first season was tough to watch sometimes because Clara would treat Twelve like she did Eleven. She let him get away with a lot, she let him treat her terribly, and she didn’t really stand up for herself. After all, Twelve can be a bit intimidating. The relationship felt a bit toxic, and not fun at all. However,  once Clara finally stepped up and stopped allowing Twelve to do whatever the hell he wanted whenever the hell he wanted, everything got better. He treated her respectfully, she pushed him to be better, and they were fun to follow on adventures. Bill needs to not be afraid of the Doctor (who may still be emotionally raw as he’s mending broken hearts after losing Clara), and not be afraid to call him out when he’s being crazy. The Doctor’s companions keep him good, and Bill needs writing that lets her keep him good.

It can take some time for the Doctor and his new companion to find their groove together, and I’m excited to watch Bill and the Doctor become friends. I can’t wait to see what kind of a character she’ll be, how she’ll evolve during her run in the TARDIS, and what kind of an impact she’ll have on the Doctor and the universe. New episodes of Doctor Who cannot get here soon enough! What do you think of Bill? What are you looking forward to seeing in the new season? What do you hope to see with this new companion? Let me know in the comments!

What You Actually Experience at the Doctor Who Experience

I’m writing again about my time in Europe (I previously wrote a post with a few European travel tips, and I also wrote a post about geeky UK travel on Geek & Sundry). I’ve put a couple of my pictures here on the blog, but you can see LOADS more photos from my European adventure on my Instagram. The hashtag is #KenInEurope.

While I got to see a TON of amazing bits of European history, architecture, and culture, I made sure to get a solid dose of geekery into my travels. One of the places I had to be SURE to hit was the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, Wales. Honestly, you guys, I was so excited to take part in the Experience, actually setting foot into the building bordered on emotional for me–though that could have just been a result of the exhaustion/jetlag and gnarly blisters that were forming on my feet. Either way, it was so fantastic when I saw the giant building looming overhead.

DWE Building

I had bought my tickets ahead of time (which I recommend you do, though they have several tours leaving throughout the day, I’d hate to travel all the way to Wales only to fine they’re sold out. Plus, it’s 16 pounds at the door versus 14 pounds ahead of time). I backpacked my way through Europe, so I was thrilled to find that they let me in and through the experience with my backpack (which is good–I would have had literally nowhere else to put it had it been against the rules). All in all, the experience was magical and highly timey-wimey. So what can you expect when you immerse yourself in the Experience?

You will assume you can walk to the Experience from the train station, and soon realize you cannot–at least, it would be a walk that is WAY longer than you’re okay with.

If you’ve got yourself a rental car or you’re cool with taking a taxi everywhere, you’re set. However, if you’re relying on Uber, don’t. They don’t have it yet. If you’re thinking you’ll walk from the train station (we traveled to Cardiff via train from London), you also probably shouldn’t do that either. It’s a bit of a hike, and if it’s raining, the rain will likely be intense.

You will discover they have a bus that runs from the train station to the Experience–the Number 6 bus. You will scrounge through your pockets to find 1 pound 80 because the bus stop sign says it takes exact change only.

And no, they don’t take credit cards.

Then, you will notice a sign that says to flag the driver down if you wish to board the bus. You will think this is meant for those wishing to board the bus in between stops, and that obviously the bus will stop at its designated stops. You will be wrong.

Seriously, FLAG THE DRIVER DOWN. Turns out that, though you are standing at the bus stop, the bus doesn’t automatically stop at its designated stops. It only stops if there are people signaling that they’d like to get on the bus. Make sure you signal him so he has enough time to see you, register you need the bus, and safely stop at the bus stop.

Once aboard the bus, you’ll see that the bus has one of those “pull to stop the bus” ropes. In your experience, those are for emergency stops only, so you don’t pull it. Mercifully, others on the bus know better and will pull the cord at your desired stop.

It makes sense now. If the bus wasn’t stopping at bus stops without a future passenger waving the bus down, why would he stop without a current passenger letting him know they wanted to get off the bus? When you’ve reached your stop (or really, a bit before arriving at your stop), pull the cord.

As you’re nearing the Experience, you’ll notice that you pass the BBC Cymru|Wales building. You will wonder what the hell “Cymru” means.

First of all, Cymru is Wales in Welsh. Though Wales is an English speaking country, they are working hard to preserve the Welsh language as it came very close to becoming extinct. So, in addition to teaching Welsh in schools there, just about every sign you see in Wales has Welsh and English printed on it. #TheMoreYouKnow Also,  I don’t know if you can tour the BBC office. I don’t even know if there’s anything to see in there. I just noticed it as we passed and was like, “Oh, hey look at that.” I was too nervous to explore for too long after our run at the Experience since we took the last Experience of the day. I wasn’t sure how long the bus would run to that area after the Experience closed, and I didn’t want to risk missing my train back to London.

The lobby of the Experience will literally take your breath away.

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Okay,  let me back track a bit. The lobby is by far not the most outstanding part of the experience. Really, the lobby is just a lobby, it’s just that the lobby contains loads of authentic Whovian props. Being that close to a TARDIS, a smiler, Daleks, Handles, and other authentic props will make you simultaneously want to squeal and cry a little.

The lobby–where they have a waiting area and a small cafe–is where you’ll find the big guns like a TARDIS, Daleks, and the Smiler. But when you’re ready to queue up for the Experience, they make you wait in a line prior to letting in, and that room is also filled with a variety of props like the Time Lord costumes, Handles, and the Time Lord Hypercubes.

You won’t be able to take pictures in the Experience, and they’ll ask you to keep the Experience itself a secret.

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They want you to keep the adventure under your hat so everyone comes in to the Experience and it’s a new adventure for them. So I’m not going to tell you what I experienced specifically. Suffice it to say, you go on an interactive adventure with the Doctor. I don’t know how many times they make a new adventure, but I’m guessing at least one for every new Doctor, as mine was with Twelve.

You’ll quickly realize the Experience is designed to delight children. However, you’ll still have a blast, and feel a bit emotional that you’re actually in Cardiff, Wales, at THE Doctor Who Experience.

Yeah, the adventure is fully for kids, but it’s still loads of fun. Cheesy? Maybe, but it’s such a unique experience and I was so happy to simply be there, that everything delighted me to pieces. There’s even a part where we got to “drive” the TARDIS, and the Doctor instructed us to allow “small humans” to be in the front (so: Kendall, move back so the kids can have a turn). Mercifully, there were more TARDIS controls than children in my group, so I got to help drive. #TimeLordWin

Despite enjoying the adventure, you will be a bit disappointed that Peter Capaldi didn’t leap out at some point to surprise your group.

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I did NOT miss a bit, Doctor. You just weren’t physically there. And yes, I know it wasn’t a realistic thing to hope for, especially since I don’t think they’ll be filming new episodes of Who for quite a while, but how awesome would that have been?!? But hey, maybe he’ll surprise your group when you go…

Despite the campy fun of the Experience, you’ll think the Doctor Who Exhibit after the experience is just THE BEST

Once you leave the interactive experience, you’ll enter the “museum” where they store costumes and props from Who over the years. They had awesome stuff like the actual Moment that the Doctor used in the 50th special to end the Time War, they had the War Doctor’s actual TARDIS, the interior of the One’s TARDIS as well as Nine and Ten’s TARDIS, they had an exhibit (that I didn’t get a picture of) showing the evolution of Cybermen on Who, and various costumes actually worn by characters. It was just brilliant.

 You’ll soon realize that though there are a couple of TARDIS interiors to explore, you can’t enter any of the phone boxes. You’ll assume there are two reasons for this.

me and TARDIS

The first reason being that the TARDISes are just props, and it could be slightly devastating for fans to enter a TARDIS and realize it’s just a small, dark box. I mean, can you imagine sending this crazed fan into a fake TARDIS? That’s the smile of a chick hardcore fangirling over all the Who stuff around her, tired from walking with her dang backpack, and feet aching from the blisters she got from her stupid (but oh-so adorable) boots. She looks unstable enough that a disappointment like a fake TARDIS might just send her over the edge…

Of course, the other reason they may not have let us into any of the phone boxes (and there were several–the one pictured is from the lobby, but the museum itself had quite a few of the different phone boxes we’ve seen over the years) is because they are actual, functioning TARDISes. The reason the Doctor didn’t jump into my Experience was because he had merely parked his TARDIS at the museum and was off saving the world. Of course, it all makes sense now.

You will find that, unsurprisingly, the museum exit is through the gift shop. You will want to buy everything, and this will not surprise you either. What will surprise you is that you will not be able to afford any of the pretty things.

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Everything is wonderful and beautiful, but hella expensive. If you want to buy something from the gift shop, save up. It makes it a bit worse because, at least when I was there, the US dollar was worth less than the pound making everything doubly expensive for me. Lame.

You will think the entrance to Torchwood/Ianto’s Door/Millennium Centre will be right behind the Experience. It isn’t, and because you aren’t feeling great, you’ll resign yourself to not seeing it and hop on the Number 6 bus to return to the train station. Literally the very next stop (or two stops, I can’t recall now) will be at the Millennium Centre and Mermaid Quay. Frustrated but ultimately too tired to leave the bus (and lacking another 1 pound 80 to get back on the bus), you will simply snap a picture from your seat.

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I call this picture: Good Enough.

Really though, this whole area isn’t too far from the Experience if you’re walking, and it’s even shorter if you’re taking the bus. This building is called the Millennium Centre, which you can find in Roald Dahl’s Pass. Apparently there are various Doctor Who/Torchwood things all around here. Ianto’s door (which is now apparently a bit of a Torchwood shrine to Ianto and others who died on the show) is near the location where the speedboats land on Mermaid Quay. Also, you might have picked this up from your viewings of Doctor Who/Torchwood, but just in case: quay is pronounced “key”, not “kway”.

Ultimately, it will be one of your favorite moments from the trip.

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Seriously, the entire thing will be a giant celebration of Doctor Who with other people who love the series just as much as you do. It was, without a doubt, one of my favorite moments from the trip.

Have you been to the Doctor Who Experience? What did you think of it? Are you planning a trip to go out there sometime soon? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Ashildr/Me

I was so excited about Maisie Williams’ role on Doctor Who as Ashildr (who prefers to go by “Me” later in her life). Her story was fascinating, heartbreaking, and the end of it had me hoping that she’d get her own spin-off (no spoilers here). While that isn’t likely to happen, I still LOVE her..though I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of her style for much of her story line.

Then, in what was likely the last time we’ll ever see Ashildr on our Whovian screens, she wore this outfit.

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Seriously, I LOVE this outfit and this character SO MUCH. So, to pay homage to one of my Whovian faves, I decided I’d focus my everyday cosplay look on her for the day. Check it out:

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What did you think of Ashlidr? Do you think we’ll see her again, despite what Maisie herself has said (I mean, we saw Sarah Jane again, we can see Ashildr again, right?). Let me know what you think in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Kilgrave

Yesterday an article I wrote for Geek & Sundry went live where I speculated on what could be next for Jessica Jones in season 2. Because of that, my mind has been on Jessica Jones a lot lately.Since I’ve already done an everyday cosplay look for Jessica over at Geek & Sundry, I decided to make an everyday cosplay look for someone else who’s had their mind on Jessica Jones a lot: Kilgrave.

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Shout out to the show for making a gif of David Tennant saying “I love you” creepy…

Kilgrave is a SUPER scary villain, and one of the things that made him the most creepy to me was the fact that he was WEARING THE TENTH DOCTOR’S FACE.

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Save it, Ten…

Watching David Tennant use his “Doctor voice” (which, let’s be honest, is just an English accent) and use his gorgeous face to play the most evil villain out there was hella unsettling. But I think that’s what made him such an interesting villain to watch. Fan of Doctor Who or not, you’ve got to admit that David Tennant is kind of a gorgeous man, and he’s got some serious puppy dog eyes. He’s got a face that makes you want to trust him, even though Kilgrave is a complete, evil nutter under that sweet smile. So I wanted to create an everyday cosplay outfit that was equally as sweet and unassuming. You can decide how evil you want to be when you wear it.

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Was it creepy for you to watch David Tennant play an evil mastermind like Kilgrave, or did it not bother you? What are you excited to see in season 2 of Jessica Jones? Let’s talk Jessica Jones in the comments! 

British Shows I’m Watching to Fill a Who-Shaped Hole

If you haven’t heard already, there are big changes happening in the Doctor Who world. The show’s intrepid leader (love him or hate him), Steven Moffat is leaving and turning the show over to Chris Chibnall, Peter Capaldi will likely end his run as Twelve after season 10 of the show, and to top it all off, we’re not going to get the tenth season of Doctor Who until 2017. You heard me right, the only new Who we’ll get in 2016 is a Christmas special

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Who knew that the biggest heartbreak of all wouldn’t be a Doctor regenerating, it would instead be a year-long silence from our favorite Time Lord…

So what the heck am I supposed to watch without any Doctor Who in my life? To make matters worse, Doctor Who has been pulled from every streaming service so I can’t even watch old episodes. I’ve heard rumors that it’s to prepare for the launch of a BBC streaming service, but come on, you guys. How many streaming services am I expected to buy??? I mean, come on, Netflix and BBC!

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The sudden but inevitable betrayal of Netflix and the BBC aside, the fact remains that I need to fill the TARDIS-shaped hole in my life. So I’m significantly upping the British television in my life to show myself and the cable and streaming service powers that be that I’m an independent woman and I don’t need no Time Lord.

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So here are the shows I’ll be watching/re-watching this year to distract myself from the dull ache of missing the Doctor.

Shows I’m Re-Watching

Being Human UK

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This show isn’t terribly related to Doctor Who thematically with the exception of being a bit weird and having a bit of a wibbly-wobbly time line at times (especially in the later seasons). However, like many BBC shows, there are several actors in the show who’ve been on Who–like Russel Tovey, Lenora Crichlow, and Sinead Keenan–so it’s close enough.

The IT Crowd

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I’ve watched this entire show several times through, but I just love it so much. It’s hilarious and never ceases to brighten my mood after a bad day. Besides, since it doesn’t have a real season or series-long story arc, it’s easy to watch episodes here and there. It’s a good one to watch if you want to go on a Netflix binge–it’s hilarious and tons of fun–but the lack of a Big Story makes it one to watch if you’re trying to not go on a proper binge.

New Shows I’m Watching

Peaky Blinders

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This has been on my to-watch list for some time, and I’ve heard from several people I trust that the show is great. Plus, I love Cillian Murphy so much. Ever since he ran around London running from the Infected, I’ve been obsessed with stuff he’s in. With a gripping actor like Murphy, plus a story set in 1920s England, I’m sure to be hooked quickly.

The Fall

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I don’t know much about this show, if I’m honest, but I do know two things: it’s a mind-bending show about a detective trying to catch a serial killer, and Gillian Anderson is in it. Sold.

Black Mirror

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This show is supposed to be hella creepy, and I’m all about that. It’s set in a not-too-distant future, and it shows a world that has taken some seriously dark turns thanks to society’s relationship with technology. I’ve heard this show called a horror show with dark humor with Twilight Zone vibes. That plus familiar faces (it’s the BBC–what do you expect) like Domhnall Gleeson and Leonora Crichlow pop up for extra fun.

Black Books

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As somebody who’s job relies on books and bookstores, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for any show set in a publishing office or bookshop. Black Books is a show about a small bookshop and the two guys who run the shop (and their friend who used to work next door). I’ve already watched a few episodes of this show, and it’s hilarious and ridiculous. Since a lot of the shows on my list are heavy, it’s good to have something lighthearted, right? I’ve also been told Inbetweeners and Peep Show are good ones to add, but I haven’t decided on those two just yet.

And One American Show For Good Measure:

Legends of Tomorrow

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This one’s a no-brainer to add. It stars Rory Pond Arthur Darvill, and is essentially a superhero version of Doctor Who. Darvill’s character, Rip Hunter, is a Time Master (seriously), he talks frequently about how time isn’t linear (is it wibbly-wobbly, perhaps?), harps on the importance of protecting the timeline (fixed points in time, you mean?), and he ran away from the Time Masters with one of their time machines–though this time machine has a functioning cloaking device, and it doesn’t make a wheezing sound when it lands.  And, if that wasn’t enough, the crew of Legends also made Arthur a makeshift Dalek. I know that this isn’t a Doctor Who AU, but since they’re making me wait a YEAR for more Who, I’ve got to get my Whovian fix wherever I can get it.

What shows are you watching while you wait for more Doctor Who? Any suggestions of good British shows I should add to my watch list? Let me know in the comments!

5 Fandom Friday: Fave Late To The Game TV Discoveries

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Y’all, Netflix has to be one of the greatest inventions ever. It’s definitely a killer when it comes to my productivity, but it’s allowed me to experience a load of shows that I would have never had the opportunity to watch without it. A great deal of my favorite television shows are a part of my life thanks to Netflix. Even though I’ve come to them late in the game, I still love them like they were brand new. It can be tough to come to an AMAZING show long after everyone’s watched it, but it’s a magical experience nonetheless. Like I said, I’ve found several TV show gems since introducing Netflix into my life, but here are my top 5 late in the game TV show discoveries.

Breaking Bad

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This show was completely amazing, and I’d argue that it’s one of the best shows of my adult life. I had heard from everyone and their mom telling me how brilliant the show was, but since I didn’t jump in at the start the Breaking Bad era passed me by. I didn’t start watching the show until at least two years–but it may have been more–after the Breaking Bad series finale. Of course I was instantly hooked, as was my husband, and we also managed to get my parents hooked as well. In fact, they were so hooked that even though we started watching before my parents, they finished up the entire series a few weeks before us. I come from a proud line of Netflix bingers.

Doctor Who

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I’ve mentioned before that Matt Smith is my Doctor, and that he gets such a hallowed role in my life because he was the Doctor who brought me into the series. I joined the Whovian world in the Eleven/Pond era, which was only a handful of seasons late in the New-Who era, and CRAZY late if you’re thinking from the first episode WAY back in 1963. Regardless, I was instantly hooked on the world of Who and immediately began re-watching the series starting with Nine on Netflix. I still need to watch Classic Who, though. I’m really late to the game there.

Spaced

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I don’t even remember how I discovered this show. I know it was a Netflix find, but I can’t remember if I heard about it and searched for it, or just started watching it because I recognized Simon Pegg. Either way, I’m so pleased to have found Spaced when I did–especially because a month or two after I watched the show, it got taken off Netflix. I just love Simon Pegg’s brand of humor, and I think he’s at his best when he’s working with his friends Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, and Jessica Stevenson. They are all just hilarious together, and I really hope it finds its way back to Netflix soon. I’d really love to re-watch the series.

The IT Crowd

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If you’ve been on the internet for four seconds, it’s likely you’ll have run into a gif or something from IT Crowd, be it the infamous, “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” a picture of The Internet, or even that gif of Denholm Reynholm jumping out of the window. Even if you’ve never seen the show, you’ve likely seen something online referencing it. So once I got Netflix, I knew that this was one of the first shows I needed to add to my queue, and I am so glad I did. The show is hysterical, often makes zero sense, but is one of the funniest shows ever.

Being Human (UK and US)

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This is another show that I can’t recall how I discovered it. Probably a mix of Tumblr and a general infatuation with Aidan Turner’s face if I’m honest, but I don’t remember the exact catalyst. Regardless, I watched Being Human UK first because I’m a snob and wanted to watch ~the original~ before watching anything I deemed to be a “stupid American knockoff”. It didn’t take me long to become obsessed with the show and zip through the entire series. Bereft and alone without more Being Human UK to watch, I sneered at Being Human US (which had aired its final new episode about six months prior to this). It wouldn’t be as good as the UK version, and I knew it. Even though Netflix recommended the US version as soon as the credits rolled on the final episode of Being Human UK, I was indignant. I wouldn’t watch that version. Then one day, I decided to watch it just to prove to myself that it was, in fact, a trashy knockoff. But then I got obsessed. It was similar enough to the UK version for me to fall in love with it easily, but different enough that I wasn’t constantly saying, “Mitchell is a better vampire, or is Aidan? Is Josh sweeter than George? Would I rather be friends with Sally or Annie? Annie probably makes better tea…” Plus, the show also featured the acting talents of one of my favorites, Mark Pellegrino, playing Bishop (the US version of Herrick), a vampire that’s essentially Supernatural‘s Lucifer with fangs.

And, because I can’t follow rules, here’s a sixth show (seven if you count Being Human US and UK as two shows–which they technically are, I guess): 

Supernatural

This show started when I was a junior in high school, and I just didn’t get into it. However, the older I got and the more I got into the Tumblr world, the more I saw Supernatural stuff. It got tough to scroll through the interwebz not having watched the show.

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So I watched the show from season 1 to season 6…and the rest, as they say, is history. I’m officially in the Supernatural family and hopelessly obsessed with this ridiculously wonderful show.

What are your favorite late to the game TV finds? Let me know in the comments and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–the hashtag and series, of course, are courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan).