Monday, December 31, 2012

Doctor Who Christmas Tree & Weeping Angel

This year our family's Christmas tree had a Doctor Who theme! We were inspired by a gift of Doctor Who character popsicle stick puppets & Christmas ornaments made by my friend Karen (who also makes Doctor Who bento lunches, see my post featuring her blog, What's In Our Lunch Bags).

Doctor Who Christmas Tree with Weeping Angel Topper!
It was such fun to decorate! I turned an ordinary angel tree topper into a Weeping Angel (DIY instructions in this post), added blue lights, TARDIS lights, the ornaments from Karen & a few more, a little bit of blue ribbon and...  voilĂ !

Doctor Who Christmas Tree with Weeping Angel Topper!

You can see the ornaments better with the lights off. Besides the DW ornaments, I stuck to stars and snowflakes, as suggested by my 10 year old,  "because there are always stars in space and there's always snow in the Christmas specials" :)

These are some of the ornaments made by my friend Karen:

Eleven & a baby Adipose ...

... River Song & her psychedelic lipstick kiss (it says Hello Sweetie) ...

... Ten & the awesome Donna Noble - loved them together ...

... Rose Tyler & a Dalek ...

... even Sarah Jane & K-9 ♥

There's also a red ball with a fez drawn on it, and she made popsicle stick figures of pretty much every major character. Some are pointed out in the photo but some are around the sides, and some didn't make it on to the tree (I ran out of the ribbon I was tying them to the branches with).

Poor Ood Sigma didn't make it on to the tree, but he's here to show you what the character ornaments look like in popsicle stick puppet form, before a scrap of wired ribbon turned them into ornaments like this one of Amy Pond:

We already had plenty of star & snowflake ornaments, but I bought this one anyways; as soon as I saw it I thought of the Empress Racnoss' Webstar:

My friend Kathy sent me a surprise Christmas gift of ornaments she painted herself. One was this Van Gogh-style TARDIS one, gorgeous! And she didn't even know that "Vincent and the Doctor" is one of my favourite episodes!

In fact, when she painted it, she had no idea I was doing a Doctor Who themed tree!

I wasn't sure about the idea myself. I thought the kidlets might miss having our usual ornaments and colourful lights... but they loved it! Love my little Whovians ♥ 
Here's my middle child Pickle, excited about the TARDIS lights I'd just put up:

The TARDIS lights (from ThinkGeek) come on white wire, like these we have hanging outside, but the little TARDISes snap off for changing the bulbs, so I just snapped them over a set of lights on green wire to blend in with the tree.

Of course, the "stone" Weeping Angel tree topper doesn't light up though ;)

Don't Blink!

Doctor Who Christmas Tree Weeping Angel Topper!

Maybe next year we'll have some snow to make an evil snowman!

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Doctor Who, Torchwood, & Sarah Jane Adventures Watching Order

Doctor Who, Torchwood & Sarah Jane Adventures Watching Order

To help my new-to-Who friends,  some of whom are a little confused, I've made a chart showing the order to watch which episode & special of Doctor Who, Torchwood, & The Sarah Jane Adventures ... a sort of Whovian Guide for the Newvian... as best as I can figure :)

Order to Watch Doctor Who,  Torchwood,  & The Sarah Jane Adventures
Doctor Who Series 1
9th Doctor & Rose Tyler
1. Rose
2. The End of the World
3. The Unquiet Dead
4. Aliens of London
5. World War 3
6. Dalek
7. The Long Game
8. Father's Day
9. The Empty Child
10. The Doctor Dances
11. Boom Town
12. Bad Wolf
13. The Parting of the Ways 

Christmas Special
10th Doctor & Rose Tyler
Christmas Invasion

Doctor Who Series 2
10th Doctor & Rose Tyler
1. New Earth
2. Tooth and Claw
3. School Reunion
4. The Girl in the Fireplace
5. Rise of the Cybermen
6. The Age of Steel
7. The Idiot's Lantern
8. The Impossible Planet
9. The Satan Pit
10. Love & Monsters
11. Fear Her
12. Army of Ghosts
13. Doomsday 
Events at the end of Doctor Who Series 2 take place prior to Torchwood Series 1
Christmas Special 
10th Doctor & Donna Noble 
The Runaway Bride
Torchwood Series 1
1. Everything Changes
2. Day One
Events in Doctor Who Series 2 take place prior to The Sarah Jane Adventures
Doctor Who Series 3
10th Doctor & Martha Jones
1. Smith & Jones
2. The Shakespeare Code
3. Gridlock
4. Daleks in Manhattan
5. Evolution of the Daleks
6. The Lazarus Experiment
7. 42
8. Human Nature
9. The Family of Blood
10. Blink
3. Ghost Machine
4. Cyberwoman
5. Small Worlds
6. Countrycide
7. Greeks Bearing Gifts
8. They keep Killing Suzie
9. Random Shoes
10. Out of Time
11. Combat
12. Captain Jack Harkness
13. End of Days
The Sarah Jane Adventures
New Year's Day Special
Invasion of the Bane

The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 1

2-part episodes
11. Utopia
12. The Sound of Drums
13. Last of the Time Lords 
<-- Events at the end of Torchwood Series 1 take place before these episodes  1. & 2.
Revenge of the Slitheen
Christmas Special
10th Doctor 
Voyage of the Damned
Torchwood Series 2
1. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
2. Sleeper
3. To The Last Man

3. & 4.
Eye of the Gorgon
Doctor Who Series 4
10th Doctor & Donna Noble
1. Partners in Crime
2. The Fires of Pompeii
3. Planet of the Ood
4. The Sontaran Stratagem
5. The Poison Sky
4. Meat
5. Adam
6. Reset
7. Dead Man Walking
8. A Day in the Death
9. Something Borrowed
10. From Out of the Rain
5. & 6. 
Warriors of Kudlak

7. & 8.
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
6. The Doctor's Daughter
7. The Unicorn and the Wasp
8. Silence in the Library
9. Forest of the Dead
10. Midnight
11. Turn Left
11. Adrift
12. Fragments
13. Exit Wounds

9. & 10. 
The Lost Boy
(see note below)
12. The Stolen Earth 
13. Journey's End 
<-- DW / TW crossover
Events at the end of Torchwood series 2 take place before the final 2 episodes of DW Series 4
<-- DW / SJA crossover.
Events in the final 2 episodes of SJA (take place AFTER the final 2 episodes of DW Series 4 
Christmas Special
10th Doctor
The Next Doctor

Easter Special
10th Doctor
Planet of the Dead
Torchwood : Children of the Earth
Mini-series of 5 episodes titled
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2
2-part episodes
1. 2. The Last Sontaran
3. 4. The Day of the Clown
5. 6. Secrets of the Stars
7. 8. The Mark of the Berserker
9. 10. The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith
11. 12. Enemy of the Bane
Autumn Special
10th Doctor
The Waters of Mars
Episodes 5 & 6 of the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3, "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", take place before the Doctor Who Christmas Special "End of Time part 1"The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3 2-part episodes
1. 2. Prisoner of the Judoon
3. 4. The Mad Woman in the Attic
5. 6. The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith
Christmas Special
The End of Time part 1

New Years Special
The End of Time part 2
7. 8. The Eternity Trap
9. 10. Mona Lisa's Revenge
The Gift
Doctor Who Series 5
11th Doctor & Amy Pond
1. The Eleventh Hour
2. The Beast Below
3. Victory of the Daleks
4. The Time of Angels
5. Flesh and Stone
6. The Vampires of Venice

7. Amy's Choice
8. The Hungry Earth
9. Cold Blood
10. Vincent and the Doctor
11. The Lodger
12. The Pandorica Opens
13. The Big Bang 
Episodes 5 & 6 of the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4. "Death of the Doctor" take place after Doctor Who Series 5 episode 13, "The Big Bang", and before the Christmas Special "A Christmas Carol".           Sarah Jane Adventures
Series 4
2-part episodes
1. 2. The Vault of Secrets
3. 4. The Nightmare Man
5. 6. Death of the Doctor
Christmas Special
11th Doctor & Amy Pond
A Christmas Carol
7. 8. The Empty Planet
9. 10. Lost in Time
11. 12. Goodbye Sarah Jane Smith
Doctor Who Series 6
11th Doctor & Amy Pond 
1. The Impossible Astronaut
2. Day of the Moon
3. The Curse of the Black Spot
4. The Doctor's Wife
5. The Rebel Flesh
6. The Almost People
7. A Good Man Goes To War
8. Let's Kill Hitler
9. Night Terrors
10. The Girl Who Waited
11. The God Complex
Torchwood : Miracle Day

1. The New World
2. Rendition
3. Dead of Night
4. Eascape to L.A.
5. The Categories of Life
6. The Middle Men
7. Immortal Sins
8. End of the Road
9. The Gathering
10. The Blood Line

12. Closing Time
13. The Wedding of River Song
The events in Miracle Day appear to take place and be resolved prior to the end of episode 11 of DW Series 6Sarah Jane Adventures
Series 5

2-part episodes
The Curse of Clyde Langer
The Man Who Never Was
Christmas Special
11th Doctor
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Doctor Who Series 7 
Part 1
11th Doctor & Amy Pond 
1. Asylum of the Daleks
2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
3. A Town Called Mercy
4. The Power of Three
5. The Angels Take Manhattan
Christmas Special
11th Doctor
The Snowmen
Doctor Who Series 7
Part 2
11th Doctor & Clara 
6. The Bells of Saint John
7. The Rings of Akhaten
8. Cold War
9. Hide
10. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
11. The Crimson Horror
12. Nightmare in Silver
13. The Name of the Doctor
50th Anniversary Prequel
mini webisode
The Night of the Doctor

50th Anniversary Special
The Day of the Doctor
Christmas Special
11th Doctor
The Time of the Doctor
Last Updated June 2015

I hope you find this helpful! I tried not to make it spoiler-ish. If you spot something I should change, please let me know in the comments!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Nearly down to 2 weeks left!

No, not until Christmas... well, yes, until Christmas, but more importantly, until the Doctor Who Christmas Special! 

This is not new, but I love this station identification short with Number Ten :