St. Patrick’s Day is near, when the world unites in all things Irish. Sure, the story of St. Patrick is littered with miraculous imagery to possibly cover over a gruesome part of old Ireland’s earthen history. BUT, the way people today share, cook, and toast to one another’s health, wealth, and happiness has added a new spirit to the day.
Here are some Geeky Irish Blessings created for you. Enjoy! Hopefully, there will be time to come up with some more.
There are a multitude of theories running around regarding who Clara Oswin Osward is. Everything from the “granddaughter” Susan to the Time Lord Romana, and Jenny as the Doctor’s test-tube daughter to an early regeneration of River Song. They are each plausible in the Doctor Who fairytale, and it’s amazing what that team of writers can do.
The River Song regeneration could be plausible as she mentioned being an “impressionable young girl” when she first meets the Doctor. Depending on a definition of “young”, that could have been Mel in Let’s Kill Hitler, but at that time, Mel was far from “impressionable” in the traditional sense. There’s also the issue that River’s regenerations bring around a new body, while Clara has been the same character twice. In a Steven Moffat-esque twist, this might still work. In the same episode, Amy mentions to River “Apparently you used all your remaining regenerations in one go. You shouldn’t have done that.” Perhaps as the normal regeneration process was interrupted, but she still retains some of the attributes. Maybe she’s now getting multiple 1UP’s. Same body, but having to continually take the slow route.
Amongst the guesswork, the hat should be thrown in that Clara Oswin Osward might be the legitimate daughter of the Doctor and River Song. To put it bluntly, they had to have had a few adventures together alone after they had been married. *nudge*nudge*wink*wink*
What’s the thrill and excitement in being predictable, anyways?
The TARDIS always takes the Doctor where he’s needed. Perhaps the TARDIS recognizes Clara, knows that the Doctor needs someone with him, and takes the initiative to bring the two of them together. With a mix of Time Lord DNA and human DNA with TARDIS blessings, the outcome could be a person that lives and dies, but retaining the same genetic codes. Almost like a reincarnation, complete with a simple mind wipe of the previous life (she obviously doesn’t recognize the Doctor in Asylum of the Daleks). Born on November 23, which is the date when the first Doctor Who episode was broadcast. A new life created on the birthday of the show?
Regarding the flirt and fascination with each other, it’s obvious that something’s pulling the Doctor and Clara together. It seems possible for an oddball twist reminiscent of the Star Wars Luke & Leia flirt-and-kiss before they knew that they were related.
Depending on how long Clara is planned to be a companion, the show could have lots of play time to build up the suspense of who Clara is. Sure, it would be a corny ending to the hype, but it also holds a much more emotional tie that could only be compared to the moment when we discovered that River Song was Amy and Rory’s daughter.
Besides, with Clara’s wit and feisty spirit, a “Hello Dad” could be delivered with the same enthusiasm as “Hello Sweetie”.
The name itself, Clara Oswin Oswald, seems like a brilliant search for anagrams. It’d be a shame if there wasn’t some kind of hint in there somewhere. Aside from some interesting words, “snow” does appear in it.
We inch closer day by day to the season premier of Doctor Who on March 30. I’m sure that the writers aren’t going to be letting us down. It’s going to be an intense roller coaster ride of adventure and emotion, and we can’t wait.
Nothing gets something hyped up like sneak peaks into the inner workings of production.
The following press release was released in August:
AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME TO MARK THE DOCTOR’S 50th BIRTHDAY
The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, the special one off 90 minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.
Written by Mark Gatiss, it is Executive Produced by current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner. The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC TWO.
Mark Gatiss, Writer, said:
“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true Television original. And how an actor – William Hartnell – stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I’ve wanted to tell this story this for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for ‘Doctor Who’s 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true”.
Steven Moffat, Executive Producer, said:
“The story of Doctor Who is the story of television – so it’s fitting in the anniversary year that we make our most important journey back in time to see how the TARDIS was launched.”
***UPDATE! FEBRUARY 2013***
It’s a bit reassuring for up-and-coming filmmakers that even an established production company still tries to do a guerrilla style sequence.
Doctor Who actors
David Bradley as William Hartnell
Jamie Glover as William Russell
Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill
Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford
Reece Shearsmith as Patrick Troughton
Nicholas Briggs as Peter Hawkins
Brian Cox as Sydney Newman
Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert
Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein
Sarah Winter as Delia Derbyshire
Jeff Rawle as Mervyn Pinfield
Andrew Woodall as Rex Tucker
Ian Hallard as Richard Martin
David Annen as Peter Brachacki
Pond Life is the new 5 part mini-adventure, with a new part every day, featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces! En route to visit the Ponds the TARDIS’ Helmic Regulator malfunctions, leaving the Doctor popping up everywhere in time and space. Will he ever make it back to them?
Watch Asylum of the Daleks, the new Doctor Who adventure, on BBC One on Saturday 01 September at 7.20pm, and on:
BBC America on Saturday 01 September at 9pm ET
Space (Canada) on Saturday 01 September at 9pm ET
ABC1 (Australia) — Coming Soon
Prime (New Zealand) — Coming Soon
***Be sure to check back here for a list of all the adventures as they are released!***
Little Amelia Pond, not scared of anything. Box falls out of the sky, man falls out of the box, man eats fish custard. Brave Amelia Pond, with one hell of a scary crack in her wall. Amelia hated apples, until her mum carved a face into one. With her mum and dad gone, little more than a memory, Amelia Pond is pretty much on her own.
When those apples started to turn, what did Amelia or her aunt do with them? Seems a shame to waste a perfectly friendly apple.
Here’s a recipe that both adults and kids can enjoy. Don’t worry, the alcohol in the rum burns off when making the glaze, leaving a delicious sweetness.
The Saucey Glaze:
• 1 cup dark brown sugar
• 1 cup Vanilla Rum (used Whaler’s brand)
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon ground cloves
• Small pinch of ground ginger
• 12 small to medium apples, washed, cored, and carved with smiley faces (used Honeycrisp because of the sweetness)
• 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
• 1 ½ cups unsweetened apple cider
For the glaze: In a medium saucepan, combine the dark brown sugar, rum, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and that small pinch of ginger. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes to allow the sugar and other ingredients to blend together (sugar dissolved) and thicken slightly.
For the apples: Preheat the oven to 375F.
Line, with foil, a baking dish that is large enough to hold all of the apples. Arrange the apples in a single layer. Pour the glaze over the apples and top each with pieces of butter. Add the cider to the bottom of the dish and place it in the center of the oven.
Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes until desires tenderness. Remove and let cool.
Delicious with ice cream, whipped cream, or even custard.
“Trock”. Have you heard of it? Alex Day, a YouTuber and fan of Doctor Who, dubbed this new Doctor Who musical genre as “Time Lord Rock”… “Trock” for short. Alex Day’s band “Chameleon Circuit” is one, if not, THE leading band for this new genre of fandom. They have a great sound, fun videos, and unique lyrics that can sometimes cross out of the Trock genre, and just into the normal rock world. Essentially, if you heard some of Chameleon Circuit’s songs, and aren’t a big Doctor Who fan, you might think of it as a VERY eclectic Indie band.
Similar to the fan-created genre based on the books and movies of Harry Potter named “Wizard Rock”, Trock is starting to gain momentum both in the USA and UK. Comparably, the two genres (Trock and Wizard Rock) are completely different, but both are great examples of how the fans are starting to fill in the holes that mainstream music lacks.
The current members of Chameleon Circuit are Alex Day, Charlie McDonnell, Liam Dryden, Ed “Eddplant” Blann, and Michael Aranda.
Chameleon Circuit’s albums can be purchased both through iTunes and Amazon.
“Chameleon Circuit is a band known for creating music inspired by the British television series Doctor Who. Composed of popular UK YouTube vloggers and Doctor Who fans, the band released their self-titled debut album on 1 June 2009.
At the beginning of 2011, Chameleon Circuit, in their new line-up of Alex Day, Charlie McDonnell, Liam Dryden, Ed Blann and American YouTuber Michael Aranda (who had originally signed up under a producing role), began work on their second album Still Got Legs. It was released on 12 July 2011, and charted on the UK iTunes Album and Rock Album charts, and on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the United States at #23.”
Chameleon Circuit – Type 40
Do you like free things? Are you going to be, or already are, at the Gallifrey 1 convention?
AnywhereInTimeAndSpace.com elves have been busy with little promo do-hickeys and thing-a-majigs. As per the elfish work-ethics code, they were only able to do a limited supply of each piece, which means a limited amount for each day. Once it’s gone for the day, that’s it… please be understanding. The “ribbon” will be paired with one of the temporary tattoos in a small zip-lock bag for convenience.
Here are the business card/card stock “ribbons” available throughout the weekend:
Here are two of the three temporary tattoo designs (missing is the Adipose). Each one is roughly about 1” tall:
Have you ever wanted to try a Jelly Baby? There will only be 1 or 2 bags open per day (please, only 1 Jelly Baby per person):
How to find all this awesomeness:
On Friday, look for the incognito Time Lady with this design on the back of her vest:
On Saturday & Sunday, look for a domesticated Cybershade with a bronzed dog tag hanging from around the neck:
It’s almost that magical time of year again! That’s right, Gallifrey One’s Doctor Who convention is right around the corner.
Rarely have so many Doctors & Daleks, Companions & Cybermen, Time Lords & TARDI (plural for TARDIS’s?) gathered together to share in such a similar (but wildly, imaginatively different) affinity of the Doctor Who series. *Keep an eye out for a domesticated Cybershade on Saturday and Sunday*
This year’s celebrity/production-people lineup looks to be absolutely fascinating. For a decent sized chuck of guests, see the list at the bottom. The Discussion Panels range from in depth talks about Doctor Who storylines/backstory, creating and crafting aspects of the Doctor Who genre, to even branching out into various other forms of media and television. Of course, there is the COS Play and costuming workshops to check out.
What happens once the sun goes down? More panels! This is one convention that offers late-night panels, along with live stage and comedy shows, gala events, late evening dances, karaoke, and the much loved Masquerade with the costume showcase.
The Gallifrey One team have such huge hearts, and they are continuing with the Bob May Memorial Charity Auction. This year, the proceeds will go to Students Run LA, a school-based mentoring and physical fitness program for at-risk middle and high school students in the Los Angeles area. On the agenda for Saturday is the Blood Drive for the American Red Cross.
Newly updated from Gallifrey One: “The original TARDIS console created for the 1996 TV movie will be on display at Gallifrey 2012 for its first-ever public appearance. Attendees can see this restored, one-of-a-kind iconic prop in person during all three days of the convention; stop by the COSplay Hall anytime during open hours to check it out up close. Everyone will experience the same lights, motion and newly added sound effects as seen in the TV Movie. A virtual photo tour will also be on display to walk folks through the step-by-step painstaking restoration process.”
For more info, and for the most up to date goodies, please click here.
February 17 – 19, 2012 at the Marriot Los Angeles Airport
PAUL MCGANN – The Eighth Doctor, 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie
CAMILLE CODURI – Jackie Tyler, Doctor Who Series 1-4 (2005-2010)
MARK SHEPPARD – Canton Everett Delaware, Doctor Who Series 6
LOUISE JAMESON – Leela, Doctor Who
MAUREEN O’BRIEN – Vicki, Doctor Who
WILLIAM RUSSELL – Ian Chesterton, Doctor Who
CAITLIN BLACKWOOD – Young Amelia Pond, Doctor Who Series 5-6
RICHARD FRANKLIN – Captain Mike Yates, Doctor Who
TONY CURRAN – Vincent Van Gogh, Doctor Who Series 5
DAPHNE ASHBROOK – Dr. Grace Holloway, 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie
YEE JEE TSO – Chang Lee, 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie
ERIC ROBERTS – The Master, 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie
W. MORGAN SHEPPARD – Old Canton Everett Delaware, Doctor Who Series 6
SIMON FISHER-BECKER – Dorium Maldovar, Doctor Who Series 5-6
PHILIP SEGAL – Producer, 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie
JOHN DE LANCIE – Agent Alan Shapiro, Torchwood: Miracle Day
TOBY HAYNES – Director, “The Pandorica Opens” through “Day of the Moon”
RICHARD SENIOR – Director, “Let’s Kill Hitler”
DANIELE FAVILLI – Young Angelo Colasanto, Torchwood: Miracle Day
NICHOLAS BRIGGS – The Voice of the Daleks, and Producer, Big Finish Productions
WARIS HUSSEIN – Director, “An Unearthly Child” (1966)
BARNABY EDWARDS – Dalek Operator, Doctor Who
JASON HAIGH-ELLERY – Executive Producer, Big Finish Productions
JANE ESPENSON – Writer, Torchwood: Miracle Day, plus television producer/writer
DORIS EGAN – Writer, Torchwood: Miracle Day, plus television producer/writer
JOHN SHIBAN – Writer, Torchwood: Miracle Day, plus television producer/writer
MICHAEL TROUGHTON – Author and son of Patrick Troughton
BETH CHALMERS – Raine Creevey, Big Finish Productions
LISA GREENWOOD – Philipa “Flip” Jackson, Big Finish Productions
NIGEL FAIRS – Doctor Who audio writer, producer, director
TRAVIS RICHEY – Inspector Spacetime on NBC’s “Community”
GARY RUSSELL – Script editor, The Sarah Jane Adventures
PHIL FORD – Producer/Writer, The Sarah Jane Adventures
CHARLIE ROSS – Comedian and Doctor Who presenter
SIMON GUERRIER – Writer including Doctor Who novels and audios
RICHARD DINNICK – Writer, “The Big Finish Companion”
LINDA THORSON – Tara King, The Avengers
JAY ACOVONE – Stargate SG-1, Beauty & the Beast
MARV WOLFMAN – Acclaimed comics writer
VIRGINIA HEY – Zhaan, Farscape
CHASE MASTERSON – Leeta, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
VERNON WELLS – Commando, The Road Warrior, Power Rangers
JAKE MCGANN – Alex Campbell, Big Finish Productions
DENTON TIPTON – Editor, IDW Comics
JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV – Writer, IDW Comics Doctor Who Series
MATTHEW DOW SMITH – Illustrator, IDW Comics Doctor Who Series
CHARLIE KIRCHOFF – Colorist, IDW Comics Doctor Who Series
BLAIR SHEDD – Illustrator, IDW Comics Doctor Who Series
RICHARD STARKINGS – Letterer, IDW Comics Doctor Who Series
JAVIER GRILLO MARXUACH – Producer/Writer: Lost, The Middleman, Medium
GILLIAN HORVATH – Producer/Writer: Highlander, Painkiller Jane
ELIZA ROBERTS – Miranda, 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie
DAVID GERROLD – Award winning science fiction novelist
BARBARA HAMBLY – Acclaimed fantasy novelist
NANCY HOLDER – Award winning fantasy novelist
DEBBIE VIGUIE – Fantasy novelist
LARRY NEMECEK – Star Trek historian and writer
KEVIN GRAZIER – Scientist, plus scientific advisor for many SF television series
STEVE ROBERTS – Doctor Who Restoration Team
ARNOLD T. BLUMBERG – Writer and publisher, including “Howe’s Transcendental Toybox”
RUTH WHEELER – Author, “All Aliens Like Burgers”
PAUL CASTLE – Author, “Shooty Dog Thing”
TIM HIRST – Publisher, Hirst Books
SCOTT ALAN WOODARD – Writer and TV animation producer
TRINA RAY – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
SARAH MILKOVICH – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
ROBERT SMITH? – Co-Editor, “Time Unincorporated”
GRAEME BURK – Co-Editor, “Time Unincorporated”
AIMEE MAJOR STEINBERGER – Animation producer, “Futurama”
TERRY RIOUX – Biographer of DeForrest Kelley (Star Trek)
DAVID WISE – Award winning television animation screenwriter
PAUL J. SALAMOFF – Comics/screen writer and producer, “Logan’s Run: The Last Day”
AUDRY TAYLOR – Anime publisher and writer
CRAIG MILLER – Television animation producer and publicist
ERIC HOFFMAN – Doctor Who and film historian
Delicious, Delicious, Daleks! Never before have the Daleks looked so delectable. Take that *crunch*! And that *bite*! Miss Cellania has found some great stuff.
…Although, these little creations do infringe on the Dalek belief of being a pure race…
Click Here for the original article on Mental Floss, along with the credits for the creative Whovians!