Another Doctor Who shout-out

On A Late Show with Stephen Colbert, talking about Great Britain rolling out the COVID vaccine, the host mentioned all the famous old people in England, starting (of course) with the Queen, then Dumbledore, then that Doctor who’s been on TV for over 50 years…Who?…Who?!

Not Who, but still sort of genre: Later, naming new flavors of Yankee Candles for people who have no sense of smell, one of the undesirable smells was called “ComicCon Hotel Room.”

Belated Anniversary post

Should have posted this one a week ago, but life intervenes. The world of Who had a lot to offer on the anniversary date of November 23:

  • Big Finish released—for free—the first part of Polly’s Story, a Companion Chronicles adventure.
  • It was announced that the planned animation of the missing Episode 3 of The Web of Fear will be released in 2021.
  • A special edition steelbook containing the 2013 Doctor Who Anniversary specials (The Name of the Doctor, The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor, and An Adventure in Space and Time) was announced, although the release date was not given.
  • Amazon offered 25% off Doctor Who steelbooks for the week.
  • BBC Studios released this Series 12: Behind the Scenes supercut:
  • It was announced that Captain Jack would be in Revolution of the Daleks.
  • A synchronous worldwide watchalong of The Timeless Children was held.

With the Anniversary falling on a Monday this year, I settled for just watching the 50th Anniversary Special. As is our tradition, our Club had viewed the pilot episode at our meeting earlier in November. What did you do for the 57th Anniversary?

Doctor Who Shout-outs

Whole lot of streaming going on, with Doctor Who sneaking into other shows:

My daughter called to let me know an episode of Killing Eve had a character ask another who was the cutest on Doctor Who and received the answer, “Rose Tyler.” (Billy Matthews played Dominik on Killing Eve and Cornelius from “Eaters of Light” on Doctor Who.)

Watching The Magicians recently, a character was shown attempting to buy a Bag of Holding “whatever that is.” The black market magic vendor tells her, “It’s a kind of Doctor Who thing–a bag that’s bigger on the inside.”

I’m Back…

Just a quick one tonight, as I’m still trying to catch up with all the mundane stuff that was neglected during my busy work season. Check out the newest addition to the NEW SERIES GUARDIANS page, as I have added the next installment in my 2013 Doctor Who Vacation series.


A mini-blog post, as I have little time.

Yesterday I watched a YouTube video on Doctor Who mini-episodes (think “Children in Need” specials, Night of the Doctor, Pond Life, etc.). I had no idea there were so many, and so many I had never seen. I would love to search them all out to present at a meeting, but it will have to wait until my work schedule lightens up.

See you mid-November!

Act fast for Fanfic!

Just a quick repost of an article on one of my rare days off – Julia

The Curse of Fanfic – Raising funds for Parkinson’s UK.

Have you ever made up your own stories based on favorite shows, or wondered what would happen if two or more of your most loved characters came together in one great mash-up of an adventure? Between these covers you’ll find such unexpected bedfellows as Basil Brush and Larry Grayson, Steve Zodiac and the Alien Facehuggers, Doomwatch and Tomorrow’s World, Inspector Gadget and the Cybermen, and many more. Edited by Paul Castle, creator of legendary fanzine Shooty Dog Thing, with new fiction from the likes of Iain McLaughlin, Paul Magrs, John Dorney and many others!

Available for ordering    — only until September 1st!

Excess from the Newsletter

Here’s a couple of items that didn’t make it into the Gallifrey Guardian:

Big Finish staffers returned to work on June 8, and have resumed shipping CDs and box sets to clear the backlog of pending orders that built up during the pandemic lockdown.

An unsubstantiated rumor that Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall will be leaving the show after Series 13 comes from YouTuber Gary Buechler of Nerdrotic. Buechler admits he cannot verify the statement, but says it comes from the same source who had previously informed him that the Doctor would be shown as originally female and that “they would be ret-conning the Doctor’s past” (as happened in The Timeless Children).

Now here’s some material that did make it in, but bears repeating:

According to DWM’s Emily Cook , the bonus feature released on the Doctor Who: LOCKDOWN! YouTube channel on June 7  is the last of the content planned for that site.  The video can be accessed here: Better yet if you are still hunkering down at home and need a longer diversion, pull up YouTube’s Doctor Who Lockdown channel and let it run through its plethora of items.

My newest favorite DW webpage is DoctorWho.TV.‘s which is full of DW-related ways to pass the time while safely social distancing at home!

Homemade Who has once again extended a deadline for submitting fan-made re-creations of scenes from Doctor Who. Fans now have until July 31 to send in their clip; you might even win the Series 12 soundtrack album! See the rules (and the video montages from April and May) here: . The competition is open to viewers all over the world.

My work schedule is heating up, so this may be my last post for a while. Hope to be back–briefly–by September.  — Julia

A Return to Paint the Trail

Back on January 7 of 2018, I posted about finding the TARDIS (and Doctor Ten and John Hurt) on part of Seminole County’s ‘Paint the Trail’ display. The day after the Guardians’ June Anniversary Party (34 years!), three of us walked the trail to check out the artwork. We found one additional piece of Doctor Who art (Hint: Don’t Blink!).

P.S. The answers to last week’s trivia quiz have been posted on our Answers Page.


June 2020 Trivia Contest

The Pandemic Edition: a.k.a. “Germs, Lockdowns, and Masks—Oh, My!”

1. The ravages of radioactive war once forced which famous foes into lockdown?
2. In Gridlock, bioengineered mood drugs like ‘Forget’ and ‘Happy’ mutated into an airborne plague. Name the drug responsible for the mass death of the New Earth Senate.
3. A convict in a fearsome mask terrorized the First Doctor and company as Koquilion. Name the episode.
4. In The Caves of Androzani, what did the Fifth doctor have to get to cure Peri of Spectrox Toxemia?
5. In Revenge of the Cybermen the Fourth Doctor revealed that a plague that decimated most of the Nerva Beacon crew was artificial. How was it spread?
6. An old reptilian race awakens, and unleashes a virus hoping to wipe out humanity; the Third Doctor finds a cure. Name the story (the exact title).
7. The Invisible Enemy–that became a quite visible giant prawn–has a connection to another character in the story.     A) Which character?     B) What is the connection?
8. Which mask did the Fourth Doctor choose for the titular Masque of Mandragora?
9. The Tenth Doctor exposes clones used as germ factories, for all intents and purposes. Name the story.
10. The TARDIS goes haywire and locks itself down! Name the story (two acceptable titles).

Tiebreaker (if needed):
Master of Masks: name the story for each alias

1. Colonel Masters
2. “O”
3. The Adjudicator
4. Professor Yana
5. Bruce
6. Doctor Who
7. Melkor

Answers on the Answer Page next week!