In this edition, I close out the Tennant years with more tears and gush over Matt Smith. But first ….
I can’t continue on to the Eleventh Doctor without mentioning one of my favorite Who characters of all time: Captain Jack Harkness. Oh Captain Jack. He’s a swashbuckling, ornery, adorable hero who flirts like it’s his job. He has a lot of wonderful moments but I think I’ll just stick this compilation here because it kind of encapsulates his character perfectly. Captain Jack loved …. well everybody.
*when he grabs the robot’s boobs though*
As we end the time of Tennant … we see him at his most raw and vulnerable. Tennant does an amazing job of showing us all of the heartache and pain and fear and love that the Doctor feels for all of humanity. And, in the end, as he always does, he sacrifices himself for one he loves, with honor.
And in the end, with one last heartbreaking look, he tells us goodbye. *cue tears*
We didn’t want you to go either!! But … as we said goodbye to Ten we get to say hello to Eleven. The totally adorkable Matt Smith (who is still not a ginger). And while he comes across all Great Dane puppy like with flailing limbs and floppy hair … this scene from his first episode shows that no matter how goofy he comes across … he is still The Doctor.
We also get to meet the amazingly wonderful Amy and Rory. The first Couple Companions. From her realization that he is more than a friend, to him waiting thousands of years for her, to the birth of their daughter (spoilers!), to jumping off a building together. They were a love story for the ages. Together. Or not at all.
Did you love Amy and Rory as much as I did? Did you like Tennant or Smith better? Let me know and come back soon. Next I’ll share some of my favorite Matt Smith moments, including the AMAZING Day of the Doctor episode where my two faves are together for some serious shenanigans.
17 years ago, in the wee hours between November 29th and 30th, I held my fathers hand as he left us. It was and will always be one of the most important moments in my life.
If you’ve lost a close family member you know it never really gets easier. That’s not the right word. It gets more normal maybe, but life is still never quite right. Something is always just a little bit off. Missing.
I miss him every day. And I never know when something will remind me of him, but it happens all the time. I see him in my kids, in their ornery senses of humor and quiet loving ways. I still can’t watch a TV show or movie where the dad dies. It kills me every single time. And you know what … I’m totally okay with that. I’m perfectly fine with the crushing feeling in my chest that I get when I thing about a father dying. Because it sucks.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have happy memories of him and I have the ability to think of my dad and smile and laugh and there are many, many, many things in life that make me think of him with a smile. But I also cry and that’s perfectly fine with me. Because I miss my dad and it makes me sad that he is gone. I hope that in 17 more years I still cry sometimes when I miss him. Not all sadness is bad and not all heartache is unnecessary. Sometimes it’s a reminder of a love larger than life.
I continue on with my undying love of David Tennant and will now show you the first Who episode that made me cry like a baby. I’m talking about an ugly, nose running, sobbing uncontrollably kind of cry. This episode completely did me in. We only had Eccleston for one Series (the Brits don’t call them Seasons – deal with it), so after three Series with Tennant, I had become quite attached. As did Rose. And as did The Doctor to Rose. Clearly. Now, this wasn’t when we were all going to have to say goodbye to The Doctor, but it was the episode where Rose did. She had only spent one series with the new face, but she had become accustomed to it (sorry, not sorry) and accustomed to life with The Doctor. The clip below is from the second of a two-parter and in this two-part Series Finale we got to see Daleks and Cybermen together for the first time ever. We got to see how important the Companion is to The Doctor. And we get to see Rose, in a final act of bravery, save the World, save her Doctor and end up in the parallel universe forever.
And with the bridge closed and the wall between them forever, the sadness in his face killed me.
However, he is a Time Lord and in a grand and romantic gesture, while “burning up a sun just to say goodbye,” he visits Rose one last time.
It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful.
Now let’s move along to something more lighthearted. Donna Noble. Catherine Tate is a fantastic British comedienne and her dynamic with The Doctor was a nice break from the Romeo & Juliet – ness of the Ten and Rose. These two had some hysterical moments together for sure, as demonstrated in her horrible charade skills:
She also became the most important woman in the universe, when we became the Doctor Donna, half human / half Time Lord, and defeated the Daleks:
But in the end being half human and half Time Lord proved to be too much for her and we have another heartbreaking goodbye to an awesome companion, when The Doctor wipes her mind and returns her home to be the Best Temp in Cheswick.
Thank you Donna Noble … for bringing so much humor and humanity to Doctor Who. One of the best companions ever, for sure.
That’s it for this time. Next time we say goodbye to Tennant and hello to Smith. My two favorite doctors for sure, for very different reasons.
This past week us Whovians celebreated the anniversary of the television show Doctor Who. Doctor Who is one of those shows that people seem to either love or be totally indifferent to. This is my Doctor Who journey and some of my favorite quotes and clips, in honor of The Day of the Doctor.
I watched my first episodes back in the 70’s when Tom Baker was the doctor (The Fourth Doctor) so …. technically he is my first Doctor. But I was a kid and only found the show by accident and watching a handful of episodes doesn’t really count as far as I’m concerned. My son re-introduced me to Doctor Who after the “modern era” when it was brought back. At that point the show was well into the Tenth Doctor, but Jamison had me start from the beginning of “New Who” with Doctor Number Nine: Christopher Eccleston, so I consider him my first doctor. He was a very unusual doctor, dark and lonely but in a diferent way than Ten was lonely. Many people didn’t like his Ninth Doctor – but I loved him. We had some great moments with him, he was the Oncoming Storm and reminded us we are all important. He gave me my first Who episode where I cried, when he regenerated into Ten. He was the first to tell us we were all important. He was Fantastic.
As Nine regenerated into Ten we were introduced to David Tennant’s doctor. Possibly the most popuar of the modern doctors. And as much as Nine was my first, Ten was my first love. Goodness I adored this Doctor. One of my favorite episodes of his era actually doesn’t feature him much, but it does introduce one of the most terrifying monsters in the Who universe. The Weeping Angel. From his message to Sally when he tells us that time is Wibbly Wobbly and whatever you do … don’t blink …
In the episode “Silence in the Library” we are introduced to another terrifying monster, the Vashta Nerada. Tiny, microscopic creatures that eat human flesh. We are also introduced to the incredible River Song.
We hear the phrases “Hello Sweetie” and “Spoilers” for the first time, but not the last by a long shot. We meet “Other Dave” and “Proper Dave.” We also get the fantastic quote: “I’m a time traveler, I point and laugh at archeologists.” And another of my favorite Who quotes, regarding the importance of books. We also meet another terrifying monster and with the final line in the clip above, we are giving a whole new reason to be afraid of what is always in the dark. This clip also shows, very briefly, some of the humor that I love about the era of the Tenth Doctor. There are some seriously funny moments to be found within the interactions of both The Doctor and Donna Noble and The Doctor and River Song. One of the many reasons Ten might be my favorite doctor.
Another great Ten episode is his first one: “A Christmas Invasion.” The first episode after a regeneration is always interesting. We get to see how the companion has to deal with the new face of the doctor and all of the confusion and loss that goes along with it. And we get to see just what kind of doctor this new guy is gonna be. In Tennant’s first episode … he spends much of it alseep, but when he finally emerges in the dramatic moment, with that eyebrow and that hair, and those simple words, right when the Earth needs saving … totally worth it.
Next time, I’ll continue with my love fest for Ten and talk about the episodes that made me cry like a freaking baby. I could fill a million posts with clips from this show that I love, there are far too many to include all of them, so for now enjoy the few I shared here. If you are a Whovian, what are your favorite moments from the Nine and Ten years? Were you a fan of the Eccleston Doctor, or not? Did you fall for the wit and charm of the Tennant Doctor like I did? I’d love to know if any of my readers are also Whovians!
Stay tuned for more, I intened this to be one big post about my love of all things Who but … there is just too much!
I’m addicted to Pinterest. I will fully admit that. Somedays I surf Pinterest more than Facebook and Tumblr put together. I have all of these amazing boards curated with a very, very wide variety of things. From home DIY projects to amazing recipies. From sketching and drawing tutorials to crochet patterns. Boards of shoes and clothes and purses and jewlrey. Photos and memes from my favorite TV shows and movies. Boards dedicated to my nerd side with Doctor Who and Rooster Teeth both fully represented. And several boards with meaningful and deep quotes on life and love and the pursuit of happiness.
So … a quick glance at my main Pinterest home page can be …. interesting. Between my friends that I follow and the “suggested pins” that the Pinterest algorythm assigns me, I have a lot of fun, interesting, and rediculous stuff to look at. As an exercise in transparency … what follows is a photo collage of the first several pins on my Pinterest Hompage from some point today. Enjoy.
PS: Bonus points if you know what the bracelet is!!
Fire: I have a situational/irrational fear of fire. I can handle a nice camp fire that is contained and I don’t mind burning candles in my house, but I my last house had a fireplace and I was terrified to start a fire in it. And fire that seems to me to be out of control in any way terrifies me. This is also one way I really, really would not want to die. Also I am consistantly terrified that my car is going to randomly burst into flames on the freeway. Note the irrational disclaimer at the beginning of this section.
Spiders: Yes. I’m afraid of spiders. Shut it. Don’t judge me. Spiders are creepy and freaky and I hate them.
Disappointing My Children: Probably the one fear that is most likely to actually come true. As a mom, I’m always concerned with doing the best I can for my kids. Keeping them happy and healthy and well cared for is my most important job. Now that my life circumstances have changed, this job terrifies me. On a daily basis I find myself wondering what they think of me and if they understand how much I love them and that I’d do anything for them and I worry every minute that what I’m doing is the right thing. #reallifefear
Three Things I Love:
My Kids: I went with the obvious answer first.
Music: Music is a very big part of my life and the life of my kids. We all sing and have since we were young(er). Music helps me express emotions, gives me an outlet for the side of me that is a performer, allows me to be brave and put myself out there, and acts as a sort of therapy sometimes. I can’t imagine my life without music.
Kindness: There is nothing sexier than a strong, kind man. Not kindness because it looks good, but kindness because it’s inherent. Because it is just what you do.
Sense of Humor: I love laughing. Major bonus points if you can keep me laughing every day.
Love of Music: Music is one of the biggest “things” in my life – aside from my kids – so having a love and appreciation for music is not just a turn on but a requirement.
Optimism: I’m an optomistic person. I generally see the glass as half full and also usually see the best in people. Or at least try to. In the past I know this has driven people crazy, as I am usually looking for the bright/good side of things and some people just don’t think that way. So, someone with optimism, love that.
Three Turn Offs:
Negativity: As much as kindness and optimism are important to me – negativity is more than just a turn off. I don’t like it. I’m an empathetic person, I don’t know that I’d go as far as to say I’m an Empath, but I do know that negativity reallty effects me. In a very bad way. Being around negativity for too puts me in a bad mood and exhausts me. Probably because I’m spending all of my brain power and energy on offsetting the negative energy with my own positive energy. Negative people suck out my life force and make me sad. And I forget how much I really hate negativity until I end up around it and it drags me into a shitty mood. Negativity sucks.
Self-Centeredness: If you are the most important person in your own life … I don’t need you in mine.
Laziness: I don’t mean sitting around for much of a weekend every now and then or spending a Saturday binge watching on Netflix. But doing that 98% of the time … not so much. Sitting around like that too much makes me tired and depressed. I don’t even mean “working” but just not sitting around all the time. Go for a walk or a hike. Wander around the mall and look at the shit I can’t afford to buy. Go to an antique shop. Just every now and then. Get off the couch and get out in the world.
How Many Tattoos/Piercings Do I Have: For now, I only have my ears pierced. For now. Hoping to change that soon. And (as I’ve said before) I’m pretty certain once I start down the Tattoo Road I won’t be able to stop. And I’m totally cool with that.
What Is Your Go-To Order At Starbucks: Most times it would be a Quad Venti Carmel Macchiato. Some days just a good old fashioned Americano. During the Fall/Winter I like a good Holiday Spice Flat White or – my new favorite – the Chile Mocha. Generally if I ever get a flavored drink, I get an extra shot of espresso.
Something I Really, Really, Want: Happiness. Fairly simple and yet extremely difficult to find for real.
The Meaning Behind My Blog Name: I have to admit – I 100% stole this phrase from someone else. Some friends of mine are in a quartet and at a rehearsal (if I remember the story correctly) one of them was thinking of the phrase “catch lightning in a bottle,” but instead said “catch fire in a bucket.” It became a bit of a thing, we’d use the hashtag #fireinabucket when posting pictures and other stuff in regards to the quartet, and when I was trying to think of something to call this place it came to mind. So thanks to Jon and his quartet The Regulars for being the inspiration behind the name of my blog.
Someone I Miss: My dad. I really, really miss my dad. Every single day. He’s been gone for 17 years this year and I still miss him every day.
Favorite Part of My Daily Routine: Most weekdays I get up early enough to leave myself a good 30 minutes to just sit and enjoy my coffee and read whatever book (or one of the books) I’m currently reading. I also read many evenings before I go to bed, but I really enjoy this slow entry into my day. No one else is awake and there is no TV or computer on anywhere in the house. Just me and my coffee and a blanket and a book. Love that.
Something That Is Currently Worrying Me: Making Christmas awesome for my kids. I know it’s not about the “stuff” and luckily my kids have been raised to know that … but still. I want it to be a great Christmas for them and I really hope I can make that happen.
Where Were You 3 Hours Ago: At home trying to convince myself that coming in to work was a good idea. The jury is still out.
Where I Work: I work as an Administrative Assistant in a Real Estate office.
Something That’s Constantly On My Mind: My 100% honest answer: Money. I’m in a pretty shitty place financially right now. The worst I’ve ever been in. I knew it would be like this, so I’m not complaining or looking for pity. Just stating that this is constantly on my mind. I’ve done the single mom thing before, but honestly back then I was making more per paycheck and my rent was about half what I pay now. It’s tough. A constant struggle. One that I am not alone with – there are many, many, many people and families out there living just like this. So far I’m pulling it off and pushing through – working towards better days, which I know will come eventually. But until then … I’m constantly thinking about the money.
Three Habits I Have:
I Hum. This is a habit I didn’t even realize I had until it was pointed out to me recently by two different people. I hum, sort of quietly and under my breath, much of the time. When I’m walking just about anywhere, in the car (if music isn’t playing), at the grocery store, at work, around the house. I hum.
I chew on my fingers. If I have a hangnail or some dry skin on my fingers, I bite at it. I’m not a traditional nail biter but I do still manage to often times be chewing on my fingers.
I’m a leadfoot. I have a bad habit of driving fast, kind of all the time. It’s a problem. The fact that I don’t have a lovely collection of speeding tickets is kind of a miracle.
My Idea Of A Perfect Date: It would need to include food, drinks, music, and a fun activity. In some combination. I’m a pretty easy date, it really doesn’t take much. Dinner could be as simple as pizza or wings, maybe stopping somewhere to play pool or throw darts, maybe bowling. Most likely there would be music playing wherever the activity is taking place. Bingo – great date criteria achieved.
Do You Like Bubble Baths: I love bubble baths. I don’t take them too often though. My current tub is small-ish and if I can’t fit all of my body in the water, it’s not as relaxing or enjoyable for me. Drawback of having certain body parts of a larger size – they don’t fit in the tub with the rest of me. #firstworldproblems
A Photo of Myself: This is from a few years ago … but my hair is almost this length again. And the soft, warm light hides all the wrinkles and gray hair. So bonus.
In what I hope will be a weekly thing, here is a song I love this week. Well, I love this song all of the time, but I’m sharing it this week. Deal with it.
This week’s song is: “Crabbuckit” by k-os
I discovered this song because of video #2 in this post. GQ is one of my favorite female quartets and this song is on their newest album. I got to hear it live last summer before the album was released and have been obsessed with it ever since. There is just something super fun and funky about it and I sing it in my car at least once a day. Minimum.
It isn’t a deep song with any kind of meaningful lyric. Just damn fun to listen to and sing along with. I’m sharing the original by k-os as well as a video of GQ singing it live at a Regional contest.