Sofia’s Tardis: Me & The Doctor

A column for Whovians by a Whovian!

Special thanks to Sofia C. for sharing her fandom!

TardisI am a die hard Whovian. I love it all; from the very beginning with William Hartnell all the way to the current, Peter Capoldi. When I hear someone say “Doctor” I instantly think “Doctor Who?” and all of my friends want to kill me. Once you get me started, it is very hard to get me to stop. You know of the term “don’t listen to that, cause then your ears will bleed?”

Yeah, that would be what happens if you let me go off about The Doctor.

Which Regeneration is my favorite?

I love Tom Baker, and David Tennant. But in the end I really love them all for they are all the Doctor. I was first introduced to Doctor Who by an old friend of mine named Joe back in 2009. David Tennant was my first doctor, and it was an INSTANT love affair. DOCTOR WHO

I could not tell you which episode is my favorite; I love them all. I could not tell you which one touched me the most; I cry through most of them. I get the “feels” for all of the episodes, and I get the tears for all the sad ones. They all mean so much to me, and they all are a day in The Doctor’s shoes. Each teach you a lesson if you want to learn, and each one shows you a side of The Doctor that you may not have noticed before. The Doctor is both kind and cruel, both optimistic and pessimistic, and both adventurous and cautious, you take it in strides. But one thing that you will always notice is that The Doctor is a sad and lonely man. He can never be left alone to think of the friend’s of the past, choices he could have changed, or people he could have saved. It eats him on the inside, and he tries very hard to hide it from you. The Doctor ALWAYS needs a companion, or maybe two.

companionI could tell you which episode you have to watch first, to make you a fan, but by doing that I take away the chance for you to fall in love with him on your own pace. I don’t recommend a specific episode, I recommend them all. You don’t have to watch them in any order, but so semblance of chronological order is recommended  just so you don’t get TOO confused in the canon.

You can start from the very beginning; 1963 with William Hartnell, or you can start with the revival of Doctor Who in 2005 with Christopher Eccelston. It does not matter to me where you start. To me, the beginning episodes (1963- 1989) start a little on the boring side, and the only thing to keep you going is your fandom of the show, to know where it all started. But that does not mean I HATE the early episodes, it just means I like the revival episodes more. But I still love them all! In the end, the only thing that I ask is that you just give the show a try.

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Start on an episode and just go with it. Ask around if you want, but just lick it up where YOU want to start, or ask a Whovian friend to show you “the ropes”.

drwhofathersday5But, if you want me to give a recommendation on which one to watch, then I have three choices for you. Either start with Christopher Eccelston, for he explains A LOT of information (yet an episode with walking mannequins is not everyone’s thing right up front). In series one, my favorite episode would have to be Episode 8: “Father’s Day”. It is a heartwarming episode in which the Doctor and Rose go back in time so Rose can see her father that she never met, but a quick decision changes history and thus causes problems in the time rift. Will the Doctor and Rose be able to fix the mistake Rose has made??? (Watch out for MAJOR feels in this episode)Or you can start with series two where David Tennant (*drools*) shows up, in this series you can see the love between the Doctor and his companion grow and thus all the feels come into play with this heart warming series.

toothandclawIn series two I have a tough choices in picking my favorite episode, so I will tell you which ones are my three favorite episodes. First off is Episode 2: “Tooth and Claw” the Doctor and Rose go back to 1879 with Queen Victoria, and you almost immediately start to laugh with Rose’s horrible Scottish accent and the way the Doctor reacts to it (for those that do not know! David Tennant IS Scottish), the episode has a wonderful twist Nd starts with a good mystery that they add onto actual history and it ends AMAZINGLY.

girl in the fireplaceMy next favorite episode would have to be, Episode 4: “The Girl In The Fireplace” (*le siiiigh*) such an amazing episode. Versailles, Madam De Pompadour, what is there NOT to love about this episode? It has a sad ending, but you get used to that in Doctor Who but it is still an episode to sit down, watch, and enjoy. I will let this episode explain itself, because it is just THAT awesome.

Now last, but NEVER the least, Episode 13: “Doomsday” this is the last episode of the series and you really have to watch episode 12 to fully understand it, but I love this episode because (in my opinion) it has the most feels of the entire second series. It is the end of the line for The Doctor’s companion Rose, and you will cry your heart and eyes out every time you watch the episode. (I know that I did, and do). The earth is once again threatened and the The Doctor has some tough decisions to make to save the day once more. What will the doctor do to save the day, and how in the end, will the day turn out to be when he is done saving it??doomsday
So there you have it my faithful Whovians, those are my recommendations and choices for what to start out with. You have my opinions, now it is time to go out and make your own thoughts on the wonderful show. Just remember, there IS a reason as to why it just recently won the Guinness book of world records for being the “LONGEST RUNNING SCI-FI SHOW”. Why? Because it is just THAT good, and we can not get enough of it! Now then, Are you ready to go? Well then my friend, in the MANY words of the WONDERFUL Doctor….

drwhoquoteALLONS-Y!!!!!!
GERONIMO!!!!!!!
And of course
RUN!!!!!

 

 

 

 

-Sofia C.

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2014 Southeast Convention Overview

Take a deep breath. Do you smell that? Yes, the (hopefully soon-to-be) warming air and comforting musk of stir-crazy fanboys and fangirls. Winter has come…and is leaving. Now it’s Convention Season. Delicious.

So what cons are Krissia (my partner-in-con) and I looking forward to in the coming months?

Let’s pull out our crystal balls and stare deeply!

(Permanent Page here- 2014 Southeast Conventions. Stay tuned for updates and coverage!)

anachrocon bannerAnachro Con
http://www.anachrocon.org/
February 14-16

$70 3-Day Pass
Firday $30 single day price at the door
Saturday $40 single day price at the door
Sunday $20 single day price at the door
Ambassador Pass $100 includes a specially designed badge, a gift bag, a private tea party, access to Green Room and priority seating in panels!

Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center
246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30346

Guests:
Lawrence M. Schoen: Authority on the Klingon language and constructed tongues. Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. Author.

Allan Gilbreath: Author of adult vampire novels, Galen and Dark Chances and the Jack Lago supernatural mysteries.

Kimberly Richardson: Author of Tales from a Goth Librarian. Finalist in the National Best Books 2009 Awards and 2010 International Book Awards.

Lee Martindale: Author of numerous short stories. Named Bard, a Lifetime Active Member of SFWA (where she serves on the Board of Directors), a fencing member of the SFWA Musketeers, a member of the SCA, and a popular guest at science fiction conventions all over the country.

Jana Oliver: Author of Briar Rose, a dark steampunk take on Sleeping Beauty, the award winning Time Rovers triology, and Demon Trappers, a young adult series.

Thomas Willeford: Artist. Specializes in steampunk sculpture and wearable art. Author of Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos.

Bill Pacer: Performer, Actor, Baritone, Former War Correspondent and News Editor. Reprising the role of Benjamin Franklin, Mr. Pacer’s credits are numerous and span opera, stage, film, and paper.

Balogun Ojetade: Author and authority on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines African American culture and lifestyle with steampunk philosophy and fiction.

Phillip Sacco: Author, Mythologist, Speaker. Author of Awaken the Warrior- a multi-discipline study of the armor of God, and leader of Walk-n-Talks- a unique blend of astonomy and story telling.

& Many More Authors, Performers, and Artists!

Events:
Panels
Performances
Vendors
Costuming
Horror Track
Gaming Track
Culture & Media Track
Fabrication Track
Fashion Track
History Track
Science Track
Etiquette & Indulgence Track
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Absinthe Tasting

momoconbannerMomocon
http://www.momocon.com/
May 23-25

$45 3-Day price at the door
Friday $25 single day price at the door
Saturday $35 single day price at the door
Sunday $25 single day price at the door
Early Bird Rate (3-Day): $40 before May 11th

Downtown Atlanta
Hilton Atlanta And Marriott Marquis
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Guests:

Troy Baker: Voice of Joel in The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite, Vincent Brooks in Catherine, Excalibur in Soul Eater, and many more!

Courtnee Draper: Voice of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite, and many various live action and voice over roles!

Doug Walker: The Nostalgia Criticand mastermind of ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com!

Dante Basco: Rufio from Hook, Voice of Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, and General Iroh from The Legend of Korra!

Tress MacNeille: Voice of Dot from Animaniacs, Mom from Futurama, Agnes Skinner from The Simpsons!

Rob Paulsen: Voice of Yakko from Animaniacs, Pinky from ‘Pinky and the Brain’, and Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom!

Maurice LaMarche: Voice of The Brain from ‘Pinky and the Brain’, and Morbo/Kif/Calculon/The Donbot/Clamps in Futurama!

Cherami Leigh: Voice of Asuna from Sword Art Online, and Lucy from Fairy Tail!

Bryce Papenbrook: Voice of Kirito from Sword Art Online, and Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist!

Sifu Kisu and Sifu Manny: The creators of martial arts style of ‘bending’ from Avatar the Last Airbender and Korra!

Jordan Weisman: Creator of Shadowrun, MechWarrior, and Crimson Skies. Founder of over 6 companies including Harebrained Schemes!

Mike Reiss: Creator of ‘The Critic’ and current writer/producer on ‘The Simpsons’!

Event Offerings:
Panels
Screenings
Workshops
Rave
Karaoke
Costume Contests
Blades Demo
MomoCon LAN Party (byoc)
Board Games
Card Games
RPG Tabletop Games

seishuncon bannerSeishun Con

http://seishun-con.com/

June 20-22

$30 3-Day price at the door
$20 single day price at the door
$25 3-Day price pre-registration
(*prices based off 2013)

Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
500 Powder Springs St
Marietta, Georgia 30064
United States

More Information Coming Soon!
Last year was a blast!

metrocon bannerMetrocon
http://www.metroconventions.com/
July 11-13

Single Day Ticket (Friday) $35.00
Single Day Ticket (Saturday) $35.00
Single Day Ticket (Sunday) $30.00
Weekend Pass $60.00
Weekend Pass (Early Bird Pre Reg Before March 31) $48.33
Weekend Pass (Early Bird Pre Reg Before May 31) $51.67
Weekend Pass (Early Bird Pre Reg Before June 30) $55.00
Fantasy Masquerade Ticket $10.00
VIP Weekend Pass $100 (Available until June 30, Includes: early entry to all Main Events and Special Events, premiere seating during all Guest Track, Main Events, and Special events, admission to the Fantasy Masquerade, exclusive VIP events, early admission to the Dealer’s Room, priority access to Guest Autograph Signings, and one convention T-Shirt. Benefits subject to change.)

Guests:
Scott McNeil: Voice of Piccolo from Dragonball Z, Koga from Inuyasha, Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing, Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, Stork from Stormhawks, all manner of Transformers, and many other roles!

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: Voice of Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, Cornelia in Code Geass, Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, and many other roles. Director of several series including Naruto, Tenkai Knights, and Penn Zero Part Time Hero. Vocalist in the American adaptation of Akira Yamaoka’s Silent Hill music.

Richard Epcar: Voice of 40 characters (and the narrator) and author of White Eyes- A Doc Savage Novel, a pulp fiction audiobook. Voice of Batou from Ghost in the Shell, and many other video games andanime. ADR Director of titles such as Blue Dragon, Unreal Tournement. Director of Lupin the Third, Ghost in the Shell 2, Noien, and others.

Ellyn Stern: Director of several projects including Samurai X and Star Wars Episode lV-A New Hope dubbed into the Navajo language. Voice of Yu’s Mom in Noein, Jack’s Mom in Marchen Awakens Romance, Hiroshi’s Mom in Zenki, and Ichigo’s Mom in Bleach. Voice of many other non-mom characters in anime and video games as well!

Zoe Van West: UK Hardcore Vocalist who has worked with Sythnwulf, Rythmics, DanielSeven, Flawless, and Transcend. Promoter of Happy Hardcore, designer of Kikgirl, and sponsered artist of Kikwear and Kikgirl.

dcon bannerDragonCon
http://www.dragoncon.org/
Aug 29-Sept 1

Downtown Atlanta
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta Hilton
Sheraton Atlanta
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

More Information Coming Soon!

awa 2Anime Weekend Atlanta
http://www.awa-con.com/
Sept 26-28

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
Cobb Galleria Centre
Sheraton Suites Galleria

More Information Coming Soon!

mizucon bannerMizucon
http://www.mizucon.com/
Oct 3-5

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center
711 N.W. 72nd Avenue
Miami, Florida, 33126

More Information Coming Soon!