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Anne's Weekly Obsession

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Obsession: “The Snowment”

From: Doctor Who, season 7

Why now?: For the entire month of March, I will be devoting the majority of my media related posts to Doctor Who in celebration of the return of season 7 on the 31st, and the 50th anniversary celebration coming up soon.

Favorite Things:

  1. Clara: Who is she? Why does the Doctor keep meeting her? And why the souffles? To me, Clara represents the writers taking another crack at the River Song type story, and maybe this time they’ll do a better job. I’m so excited to find out who she is, and what’s going on! Plus, I like what we’ve learned already – she’s clever, funny, sarcastic and cool. I can already tell she won’t be yet another girl hopelessly in love with the Doctor, and I’m very glad of that.
  2. The villain: Honestly, who would have thought of snow as a villain. How cool!  I’m still not sure I understand it, but I love it anyway!
  3. The Mary Poppins bits: I love how almost all the Christmas episodes are retellings of famous stories – though most of them only if you tilt your head sideways and squint. It took me quite a while to figure out what this one was meant to be, but once I did, I had so much fun picking out all the bits I recognized.

This is the last Weekly Obsession Doctor Who post, but these are by no means my only favorite episodes. There are far too many to feature them all. Just a few of the ones I missed (and may feature in future events like this): Blink, Father’s Day, Smith and Jones, Partners in Crime, Turn Left, most of season 5, The Doctor’s Wife, and The God Complex.

If anyone would like to contribute this month, there are still a few posting days open – please email me and let me know!

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I know I’m devoting the entire month to the love of Doctor Who, but what’s a true obsession if you don’t have a few things that just make you mad about it, right? And it isn’t fair to you to make out that the series is ALL THAT without telling you about the things I don’t like too. So, in no particular order, some things I actually kind of hate about Doctor Who.

  1. River Song – I know, some people think she’s great. And in fairness, I don’t hate her quite as much as I did when we first met her. She had the potential to be an absolutely awesome character – it’s actually kind of cool to see the Doctor with an equal. But River’s personality is incredibly annoying, which makes just about everything she’s in incredibly difficult to watch! (I feel like I should point out that I do get why she acts the way she does. I just really don’t like it.) So, at the beginning I hated her for her attitude, and by the end, I didn’t like her for who she was. I guessed it way ahead and I had several other ideas that I would have liked better, that I personally think would have been much more epic. I’ll put up with her since she cleaned up her act, but I sincerely hope we’re done with her.
  2. Big decisions being made for the wrong reasons – I know it’s not very realistic, but I’m a big believer in story. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t believe anyone can know what a story is going to be when they start. So, making permanent decisions, like say, leaving the show and not allowing “your characters” to be used under any circumstances ever again? Not very clever. And I am definitely not a fan of permanent solutions. Except death. I can live with dead characters staying dead. But otherwise, if there’s possibilities, I want them to stay possibilities.
  3. The loose ends – Normally I’m okay with a few loose ends. I usually love dreaming up what happened next, or in between. And I get it, I do. It’s not possible to put every single thing on the screen. But seriously, you can’t leave big gaping questions as cliffhangers and then NOT ANSWER THEM! Specifically, at the end of season 5, they left us with more questions than answers – who blew up the TARDIS? Why did they do it? And what’s up with the Silence? Of those questions, only one has been answered, and that was the least of the three. Two seasons on, and we still don’t know the answers. How is that fair? HOW?!

All of that said, I swear Doctor Who is still my favorite TV show ever. It can’t be perfect, but it’s certainly good enough for me!


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One of my favorite episodes of Doctor Who, “The Eleventh Hour” features the oddest combination of foods I have ever heard of – Fish Fingers and Custard! While I’ve never been quite brave enough to try it that way, I have my own way of making over the recipe into a semi-healthy dinner. It’s perfect for a Doctor Who themed party (not that I would admit to hosting such a thing… right?)

Supplies:

  • 1 filet of fish per person (I generally use Tilapia or Salmon, but anything that doesn’t fall apart before you cook it is probably okay)
  • 1/2 c. flour per every 4 filets (more if needed)
  • 1 egg white, beaten with a splash of water
  • 1-2 c. panko breadcrumbs (more if needed)
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • Tin foil
  • 1 wire cooling rack

Method:

  1. Cover the cookie sheet with the foil, then lay the cooling rack on top and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Pat fish until mostly dry with paper towel.
  3. Put flour, egg white and panko into three separate shallow dishes.
  4. Dredge each filet in flour, then egg white, and finally in panko. Lay on cooling rack so the filets aren’t touching.
  5. Bake at 350F until filets are cooked through and panko is browned (10-15 minutes depending on your oven and the type of fish you’re using.)

For the custard, I like to set a little ranch dressing on the table, though plain mayonnaise will work too, if you prefer. Enjoy!


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Show: Doctor Who, seasons 1-3

Network: BBC (BBC America in the US)

Composers: Murray Gold

WARNING: Contains major spoilers for all seasons.

All links open YouTube videos. Whovians, said videos may require tissues. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

The Doctor Who score is one of my all-time favorite TV scores. For one thing, it’s incredibly listen-able. I cannot tell you how often I put my ALL THE DOCTOR WHO playlist on continuous repeat (though I generally don’t finish it – there’s a lot!) It also lends itself very well to study. The majority of the cues are incredibly descriptive, and each episode introduces new themes to weave in amongst the ones we already recognize. And so, for our month long celebration of Doctor Who I’d like to take a look at the most prevalent of the themes – those that accompany the Doctor’s companions.

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TARDIS Tea

Image from the Adagio Teas website

Recently someone I follow on Twitter introduced me to the wonders of Fandom blended teas from Adagio Teas. While I’ve heard of the company, I had no idea there was anything like this available. There are SO MANY that I want, who cares what they taste like?! Some of the ones that made my wishlist (both for fandom-ness AND taste) are TARDIS tea, Amy Pond, and Donna Noble. I also like the look of several of the Harry Potter ones – Pumpkin Juice for example! [You can find a full listing of fandom teas here.]

River Song's Journal

Image from Think Geek

Some people want their own sonic screwdrivers, or maybe a bowtie or fedora, but my dearest Doctor Who wishlist item is a River Song journal. As much as I hate her as a character I love, love, love notebooks, and the idea of having one that looks like a leather TARDIS seems awesome! I know you can also find lots of these on Etsy so if you don’t like this one, or it doesn’t look authentic enough to you, you can look there.

What’s on your wishlist?


Anne's Weekly Obsession

Thanks to Kristilyn from A Winter Crafter for designing the banner

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Obsession: “Human Nature”/”Family of Blood” story arc

From: Doctor Who, season 3

Why now?: For the entire month of March, I will be devoting the majority of my media related posts to Doctor Who in celebration of the return of season 7 on the 31st, and the 50th anniversary celebration coming up soon.

Favorite Things:

Okay, seriously? You have to ask?!

  1. The Doctor as a human. I remember the first time seeing this one, after about 2 minutes in, I really believed they were going to tell me that the Doctor wasn’t real – just some dream this guy in the 1920’s had. I would have HATED THEM FOREVER if they did that. It is totally not fair to tell me this wonderful story and then actually come out and say “oh by the way it’s not real.” They didn’t, but they did such a good job that for at least half the first episode, I thought they would and I would have to stop watching the show.
  2. Tim Latimer. Can you say adorable?! I love this kid (not really a kid actually, since he’s only a year younger than me, but you know). Some kids are really awkward about acting, and you can tell the casting agents took whoever they could get to play them, but he really does justice to the part. Plus, he has my favorite line said about the Doctor to-date (the one about fire and ice and all that stuff) AND that scene at the end! *sigh*
  3. David Tennant. I know, this could be said about most of the episodes, but seriously. DAVID TENNANT. His performance as the split personality John Smith and the Doctor had me in tears many many times. I wanted him to stay human, because his relationship with Joan was adorable, and he was so perfectly… human! At the same time, I hated myself for not wanting him to change back because that would mean no more Doctor. *cries* SO. MANY. FEELS!

So far, no single episode/story arc has been able to top this one for my favorite. There’s just so much about it that I love!

If anyone would like to contribute this month, there are still a few posting days open – please email me and let me know!


Dear Elyen,
That sounds so formal, doesn’t it? It’s not like we’re writing letters or anything after all. This is a blog, and anybody can see it (although I’m pretty sure it’s just us right now). How does one start a blog post that’s supposed to be addressed to your best friend who moved all the way across the continent?
Sorry. I’ll try again.

Hey Elyen,
It feels like months since you went away, when in fact it has only been a few days. I get that you wanted to get away and start a new chapter and all, but when I imagined graduating college, I always thought it would be both of us, together. We’d sit together even though we were out of order, and we’d laugh at everyone’s outfits to keep from going to sleep during the speech. Remind me again, why did you decide to transfer to the boonies of Alaska halfway through your degree?! Everything was perfectly fine right here in Philadelphia.
It’s seriously strange not having someone with me through all my classes. I didn’t realize until you left how few people I actually know. We spent so much time together that I don’t know what to do with myself anymore. My mother suggested I join some sort of extra-curricular when she called the other day (“just to check in” but we both know she’s terrified you moving will somehow break me or something), but I really don’t think that’s me. Besides, it’s either chess club or cheerleading, or worse, a sorority (YUCK!) and can you honestly see me doing any of that? I certainly can’t.
Anyway, not much has happened since you left. Classes have barely started, and I sat through more “let’s go over the syllabus so you can’t blame me when you miss an assignment” seminars than I care to count. I Skyped with my cousin Alyssa yesterday – thank goodness for Skype or we’d never be able to have a proper conversation in sign. I’m still amazed at the people (like my own little brother!) who refuse to learn sign and therefore can’t communicate with her. It would drive me nuts to have to deal with a translator! Anyway, she’s settling in to college, figuring out her classes and such. Hard to believe that was us, just two years ago. Apparently her ASL translator is another student who happened to be taking most of the same classes (and is being paid to attend the rest with her) and he’s “very hot.” She’ll have him wrapped around her pinky by the end of the week!
Oh! And one final piece of juicy gossip. Remember Tia and Michael, the infamous on-again-off-again couple? Well, apparently they’ve split up for good now. Tia showed up with some incredibly ripped lifeguard escorting her to classes all day. You should have seen Michael’s face! He was clearly thinking murderous thoughts ALL. DAY.
I guess that’s about it. Don’t forget I want to know all about your adventures at the University of the Hinterlands!
I miss you!
Rachel

Don’t forget to head over to Winter Distractions in two weeks to see Elyen’s response!