Less than a week remains until Doctor Who‘s series eight premiere! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait. I’m especially excited because I’m going to see the episode at a nearby movie theater! (But the showing isn’t until the twenty-fifth, two days after it airs on TV, so please don’t tell me any spoilers
The first episode is titled “Deep Breath,” and its trailer can be found below:
Now that you’re (hopefully) excited, what can you do while you wait and wait for the episode?
Or maybe the real question is: What fun, geeky things can you do on your own so that you don’t irritate your family by constantly talking about the story? Because I know that’s something I do quite often. Well, I’ve come up with five Whovian-related ways to spend your time.
1. Build a tiny paper TARDIS using the pattern found here.
I made one of my own just the other day, and it’s so cute! It’s sitting on my desk right now… just below a drawing of the TARDIS that’s affixed to my bulletin board. (Everything in my room is a geeky mess, all right? I have Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and Harry Potter and Hunger Games stuff everywhere. Therefore TARDISes fit in perfectly.)
The link above also mentions that you can photograph your TARDIS in various locations and post it to social media with the hashtag #DWWorldTour. I doubt I’ll bother with that, but it might be fun for those of you who are into that kind of thing.
2. Borrow a copy of Who-ology by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright from your local library.
This is a really neat book, especially if you like trivia! You could certainly read it straight through, if you want, but merely browsing through it works equally well. I just opened the book at random and flipped through its pages until I found headings that caught my eye.
The book covers every aspect of Doctor Who knowledge from 1963 through the 2012 Christmas special, “The Snowmen.” I loved that it explained so much Classic Who, because I would like to watch more of the older stories without becoming completely confused.
My absolute favorite parts, however, were the Doctor’s family tree and River Song’s timeline!
3. Listen to “One of these Days” by Pink Floyd and let me know if it reminds you of some other song.
Hint: Evidently, the band worked with the lady who created the original Doctor Who theme. Cool, right? Listen to the song; you’ll hear several bits that sound like that theme.
…all right, maybe I’m the only one who’s interested in this, but I thought it was kind of cool. I’ve been listening to Pink Floyd lately when I write and I stumbled across this one. I thought maybe I was wrong about the songs matching up until I read the comments on YouTube – and I was right!
4. Look at pretty clothes worn on Doctor Who.
I am not into fashion. (In the morning, I usually just throw on whichever clean clothes I see first.) BUT I am pretty interested in movie/TV design. It’s not something I’d like to do for a job, but I like seeing how all the design elements come together: sets, props, costumes.
And there is actually a website (called Worn on TV) that lists the clothes worn in various episodes of various TV shows. It’s kind of fun to browse through especially since at this point, seventy-five percent of the Clara-appreciation I still have left relates to her clothes. Seriously. I get bored by her character and her plots, so I start looking at her clothes – they’re always super-cute.
5. Tell me YOUR thoughts on the upcoming series, if you haven’t already.
And if you have already told me, tell me some more! I love geeking out with all my readers and I’d like to hear what you have to say. Are you looking forward to seeing what Twelve is like? What are your predictions and hopes for this new series? Are you secretly a fangirlish Dalek who has infiltrated the Whovian fanbase in hopes of exterminating the human race?
Talk to me, people. CO-MU-NI-CATE, CO-MU-NI-CAAAATE!
P.S. You can read my previous posts about Doctor Who‘s eighth series here and over here – the former details my reactions to an earlier trailer (not the one mentioned in this post) and the latter is a wishlist, consisting of story elements that I’d like to see soon.