If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, you are probably eagerly anticipating the 50th Anniversary of the show coming up in November. At this year’s New York Comic Con, a panel was put together of bloggers, comic artists, and other Doctor Who experts, including Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery and former “Doctor” Colin Baker, specifically to discuss the show’s upcoming milestone. Continue reading
The finale of Doctor Who’s seventh season, “The Name of the Doctor,” answered many of the questions viewers had been asking themselves throughout the season (such as, “How does Clara, the Doctor’s companion, exist even though she’s died several times, and why doesn’t she remember her previous lives?”) and raised just as many new questions.
The episode opens on Clara Oswald, the Doctor’s current companion, narrating about how she was born to save the Doctor while we see her meeting and interacting with the Doctor’s many different regenerations. Continue reading
Cara McGee is an artist of many talents. Comic art, tea blending, and social media prowess all fall under the realm of things Cara has added her own talented and unique spin on in the past few years. An alumni of the prestigious SCAD Atlanta, Cara is an excellent example of a modern day artist making her work accessible to the public through social media in a fun and engaging fashion (without it feeling like one big ad campaign). In fact, Cara comes across as genuinely humbled by her skyrocketing success and is extremely dedicated to her fan base, which is tens of thousands strong on Tumblr alone. It’s her appreciation of her fans and her willingness to connect and interact with them, both within the social media context and in the real world, that sets her apart in the newly rising field of the “Tumblr Famous” and caught our interest here at The Daily Quirk… well, that and the tea.
Cara’s signature tea blends on Adagio, a site for creating and purchasing ecologically responsible premium tea blends, are among the site’s best selling signature blends and have garnered her the nickname “the tea lady.” Inspired mainly by comics, books, and television, Cara has blends that appeal to every tea taste and many fandoms (including Sherlock, Doctor Who, Sailor Moon, and The Hunger Games just to name a few), all of which she’s actually a fan of herself. Even if you’re not a big tea person, when you get a look at the custom labels Cara draws for each blend, you may be tempted to buy some just for the art!
I was lucky enough to catch up with Cara McGee between conventions to talk art, tea, and Tumblr for The Daily Quirk. Read on for the interview! Continue reading
I like tea. That revelation is probably no surprise to anyone who reads this site often, but it bears repeating given this week’s quirky item is the Adagio Signature Tea Blends of Ms. Cara McGee (read our interview with her). There was a time when I thought being a tea connoisseur was tasting the difference between Lipton and Tetley, but in college my friend Sophie opened my eyes to the wonderful varied world of teas and I haven’t looked back since. Over the years, I’ve gradually gotten more adventurous in my tea drinking branching out into loose leaf and discovering what colors and blends I like, and which are just not my cup of tea. Continue reading
I am relatively new to Who. I began the revival series last autumn when I randomly came across and immediately fell in love with the Eleventh Doctor. Upon getting up-to-date with Eleven, I went back and watched the Ninth and Tenth Doctor in a matter of weeks, all in time to watch the second half of series seven as it airs.
Though I have yet to cover the majority of the show’s nearly 50-year history, Doctor Who has already managed to provide me with more life lessons in a few short months than all of my other television viewing experiences combined. Continue reading
Dear British Television,
Why are you trying to kill me? Between the anxiety you induce by making me wait forever for a new series of a show and then the heart wrenching you compel when the show finally comes back, I’m convinced you want me dead. Maybe I’m being a little paranoid and this should only be addressed to the shows you send my television all the way across the pond and not all of British Television… and I guess I can exclude the comedies, although some of them have made me laugh so hard I’m pretty sure I’ve stopped breathing for a second, but still. It’s like you know what you’re doing to me and every other fan out there, and I can just picture some of you (ehm ehm Moffat) sitting in a dark room somewhere wringing your hands while you laugh evilly about what you’ll do to us next.
Waiting for new episodes of one of yours series is like being in a long distance relationship with someone who only cares enough to give you short teases of what is going on with them and sends you pictures that make you even more curious than you were before. It’s cruel cruel torture and you know it. That being said, please don’t stop. I live for those small bit of joy even if you could care less about the agony you put me through.
And it’s not just the waiting. Every show from Doctor Who, to Luther, to Sherlock, Being Human and Downton Abbey seems specifically designed to shatter my existence. Why do you make these characters who it is impossible not to become emotionally attached to and then make me worry for them so? I won’t even go into what the The Reichenbach Fall has done to my emotional well being. It’s just wrong. Why can none of your characters have a little bit of prolonged happiness without the entire world being pulled out from under them? Why British Television? Why?
Even worse, why do you parade out such a ridiculously handsome smorgasbord of men and then make their characters so incredibly attractive, flaws and all? Aiden Turner’s Mitchell was the first vampire I ever fell for and Dan Stevens portrayal of Mathew Crowely makes it impossible not to swoon, and while we’re talking about swooning Idris Elba’s troubled cop John Luther is one hunk of messed up goodness. To this day, I can barely talk about how much I mourn the loss of the sexiest nerd to ever exist, David Tennant, as the Tenth Doctor, but we can’t get into that or I may start crying instead of finishing this article. Not to mention that whoever came up with casting Benedict Cumberbatch, with his ethereal sharp features and the voice and the eyes and the height and the everything, as Sherlock should be both knighted and then shot for what he’s done to women everywhere.
Did you not know I would fall in love with every single one of them? No, you knew British Television and you did it anyway because you are clearly out to get me. You have turned me into a woman who would happily go to jail for polygamy… if it were possible to get a fictional character to fall in love with me and marry me. Who am I kidding? I would take the actors themselves in a heartbeat. I would even accept a one out of two deal on the falling and love and marriage as long as there was some sort of physical contact clause included. Of course, that will never happen either no matter how many nights I stay away praying to gods of the fandoms.
British Television, it’s like you were invented solely for the purpose of ripping my poor fangirl heart from my chest and then doing a happy dance while I lay on the ground in a puddle of my own tears begging for some more of the same. Our relationship is clearly unhealthy, with you wanting me dead and my high degree of compulsive obsession, but alas I fear it’s destined to continue until you succeed or another country starts putting out such compelling dramas.
The Poll is now closed. Thank you for voting!
With the start of Doctor Who Series Seven and the introducing of a new companion, we’ve been reflecting on series past and the different approaches actors have taken to the enigmatic man with the time travelling blue box. Saying that each doctor has brought his own version of the time lord to life is an understatement and leaves us wondering, which Doctor is your all time favorite? Vote now to make your favorite Doctor known! Poll closes 9/30/2012.
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If you are a Doctor Who fan, you already know that the Doctor’s current companions Amy (The Girl Who Waited) Pond and Rory (how many times can I possibly die) Williams will be leaving the Doctor in the hands of a new companion at some point next season. Though past companions have left with their lives intact (albeit some with erased memories or in alternate universes) it seems the Ponds might not be so lucky. In their final episode, they travel to 1930’s New York, River Song makes a return, and they face-off with the only Doctor Who baddies to ever give me nightmares, the Weeping Angels. Much ado is being made about the Statue of Liberty herself being a Weeping Angel (why else would they chose NYC?), but that little tid bit has yet to be confirmed. What we do know is that show-runner Steven Moffat has said the Ponds final episode will be “heartbreaking” and that not everyone will make it out alive this time. That doesn’t bode to well for Amy and Rory, but you never know in the world of Who. (Source 1, 2, 3)
Whether you’re happy or sad to see them go, you have to admit it’s always exciting when the Doctor takes on a new companion. The lucky girl is named “Clara” and will be played by actress Jenna-Louise Coleman. Little is known about the character, who will meet the Doctor in the Series 7 Christmas Special. We know Clara will be a human from contemporary earth and she will not be related to previous Doctor Who Characters, but that doesn’t shine much light on the situation. There have been a bunch of teaser statements saying how Clara meets the doctor is “different” and “intriguing” as well as hints that there is something very special about Clara that the Doctor will uncover (perhaps in the vein of Donna Noble?), but what that all means is yet to be known. What we do know is that Moffat says she can “talk even faster” than the Doctor and she will “lead him on his merriest dance yet.” (Source 1 & 2)
What else do we have to look forward to in Series 7? Here is a short list of what to expect:
- Daleks, daleks, and more daleks! The first episode of Series 7 is said to be jam-packed with every type of Dalek in the show’s history. Sounds like a lot of exterminating will be going on…
- Moffat has promised a brand new monster/baddie that we’ve never seen before that he thinks will scare us.
- The Doctor, Amy, & Rory will take a trip to the Wild West where they go up against a cyborg
- The Doctor may have had it with some mother bleeping Dinosaurs on a mother bleeping spaceship
To find out exactly how Amy and Rory will say their goodbye, who Clara is, and exactly what kind of trouble the Doctor will get into next, we’ll just have to wait till Series 7 premieres later this year.
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“First Doctor Who Season 7 Trailer Revealed & One Huge “Spoiler” We Hope Comes True.” TOR. 18 June 2012. <http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/03/first-doctor-who-season-7-trailer-revealed-a-one-huge-qspoilerq-we-hope-comes-true>
“‘Doctor Who’: New Companion Jenna-Louise Coleman’s First Official Photo With Matt Smith.” The Huffington Post. 18 June 2012. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/doctor-who-jenna-louise-coleman-photo_n_1581360.html>