We’ve been closet fans of Dr. Who for years now. At first there was the old series; they were on late at night. Some were on a par with the old Star Trek in terms of quality, others were a bit better (or much worse). Then, it got real.
There was a time (as in about 1998-2002) where I seemed to spend a great deal of time breastfeeding. I love my kids, but you can only maintain eye contact with an infant for so long. I’d either be curled up with a book in one hand, or watching TV. Every afternoon I’d watch Ground Force with Alan Titchmarsh, Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh (I don’t care how hokey it was Allen; I really loved that show!). They’d take over someone’s garden and completely renovate it in 30 minutes. Well, 30 minutes of TV time. It actually happened in one weekend (these programs were the bane of Grumpy’s existence. I was always inspired to take on new projects which we (he) could never seem to complete in the allotted time). I often stalled and watched the next program (becoming a fan of Susannah and Trinny). Then they started showing ads for a TV movie about Dr. Who. It looked like a better version of the old series. I made a point of watching when it came on the TV, and I was hooked. I waited for the next TV movie, or hopefully a series…and waited…and waited…
Finally, in ’05 (or was it ’06?), it happened. A completely new series. Christopher Eccleston was the best doctor ever. Until David Tenant. David was crazy, and seemed to be the perfect Doctor. Then….along comes Matt Smith. I was gradually getting to like the Matt Smith character. He’s no Eccleston, never mind Tenant, but the 2012 Christmas episode, The Snowmen , finally won me over. And, as much as I liked the other characters (Captain Jack Harkness, Rose, Amy Pond and Rory), the new characters are even better. Madame Vestra, an alien lizard-woman and her wife Jenny, a potato headed creature named Strax and the Doctor’s new companion: Clara Oswin Osgood. She’s a crazy, brave human who has died twice already, but comes back again to be his companion. Clara is the best- I’m really looking forward to this season. Actually, the whole family is; we’re all huge Whovians.
So, guess who else is a fan? Our dear cousin Allen. He’s a big collector of Daleks, These are the alien robot creatures that look like a salt shaker. So, when his brother, our other dear cousin, Hylton suggested a snowman competition, I knew we had to make one of the Who snowmen. Allen didn’t make a who-related snowman, ,but did send along this photo of a snow-dalek (even before he saw our entry).
I will say, that we were somewhat challenged for time and materials. After a few days of single digit weather, it suddenly warmed enough to have slushy downfall that melted most of our snow. So….here’s one of the actual snowmen from the Christmas episode:
We have a cardboard standup of the Tardis in the kids gameroom, because it’s neutral territory and they all wanted to claim ownership. There are a lot of very cool tardis and dalek items for sale now.
There is also a few do-it-your-selfer’s who’ve come up with some great ideas. This one is by Greg Kumparek- and he’s my hero. Check out “The Augmented Reality TARDIS- It’s Bigger On The Inside!