Dalek Craft

Here’s the pattern for the Dalek ornament (as seen on the Who tree at past Guardian Wholiday Parties, now given out at SF events).

Cut out each figure, also cutting the many parallel lines at the top of each Dalek. Roll the paper into a cone shape and glue the side flap. Fold each of the strips at the top of the Dalek over each other, then tape down. The finished product can be seen here, with the small TARDIS craft and a K-9.

You can make your Daleks on white or color paper, or color them as you like before cutting them out. Attach a loop of thread to the top to hang as an ornament, or just stand them up for display. Make your own finger-sized Dalek army, or enlarge the pattern for more variety!

Next time:  K-9.


Don’t Blink!

Upside to downtime during the lockdown:  playing Legos with family, especially when we can give it a Doctor Who twist. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

You blinked, didn’t you?

More DW News

Here’s some that missed the Gallifrey Guardian:

As a shared viewing for two, Mandip Gill and Sacha Dhawan, in coordination with BBC America, chose to simultaneously watch Spyfall while tweeting with the #SpyMaster hashtag. A sampling of their Tweets:
Really thought I’d get to wear my police uniform again…but what a good boss.
Did you know when we stepped into O’s hut (South Africa), we were back in Cardiff!!
There he is!!! Loved playing ‘O’. At this point I hadn’t even looked at the script pages for The Master… In order for the reveal to work it was easier to play them as two separate people.
This was the first I was revealing The Master to anyone. I was having fun but I was genuinely terrified!! The crew were so brilliant that day allowing me to bounce all over the place.
Dhawan described the last scene in Spyfall, Part Two as particularly difficult because he had to memorize a three-minute monologue.

Candy Jar Books has free-for-download short stories in The Lucy Wilson Mysteries series. In Copy/Paste by Jonathan Macho, Lucy is locked down with her family and has to save the world at a time when she can’t even leave her house. The story includes a special message from Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Lucy’s grandfather). In Sweet Revenge by Paul W. Robinson, Lucy is still stuck in isolation, away from her best friend and getting bored…but aliens aren’t following the lockdown rules. To download, visit the Candy Jar Books website.

And here’s the link to the skit with Catherine Tate as schoolgirl Lauren, currently struggling with being remotely educated by her teacher, played by David Tennant, from BBC One’s The Big Night In.


The following info did appear in the Gallifrey Guardian, but deserves repeating. If you have enjoyed the global viewings and extra stories and videos that have been created for them, please give back if you can.  Everyone involved in making the videos specially written as companion pieces to the global viewings contributed their time and talent for free. You can show your appreciate by donating to The Film and TV Charity’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, to support the creative community which has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. https://justgiving.com/fundraising/doctorwholockdown

Doctor Who writers and other creatives continue to provide new content to encourage fans at this time of isolation and anxiety; most can be found at BBC’s Doctor Who website:
New short story by Joy Wilkinson, The Simple Things https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/3ac9b498-fbdb-4687-8044-bf167a17beff
New short story by Paul Cornell, The Shadow Passes https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/ea758c64-014d-40f3-ba6f-3136207abfa2
New short story by Steven Moffat, The Terror of the Umpty Ums https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/a094ba61-81b2-465b-9b87-2f509fe2a117
New short story by Pete McTighe, Press Play https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/0f866ddb-21fd-47e0-80c2-0f7da6ac64a8
Don’t miss the Fun and Games page, with virtual reality, quizzes, coding games, stories, crafts–and be sure to check out the “Makes” sub-page! https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2qyNmF9cjkvhcQHWXCdj5jl/makes


TARDIS Craft – again

As mentioned previously, here is the pattern I used for the full-page paper TARDIS featured (and autographed) in my 2013 Whovian vacation articles on the GoG Blog’s “New Series” page. To construct, follow the directions from the small TARDIS ornaments craft post of April 5.



May the Fourth be with Jodie!

Jodie Whittaker has joined Brian Cox and Ewan McGregor to support the Geeky T-Shirt awareness drive and fundraiser for a charity helping terminally children in Scotland. Children’s Hospices Across Scotland is better known as CHAS, a charity which provides vital hospice care services throughout Scotland to support the whole family. As part of the Share Your Joy campaign, on May 4th, CHAS are encouraging the public to show allegiance to their favourite science-fiction, fantasy, cartoon or musical hero and by virtue the charity itself, by digging out their favourite geeky t-shirt to wear on the day. Participants are encouraged to share their efforts online and donate just £3 by texting ‘Geeky 3’ to 70450. The event also included a ‘Big Geeky Quiz’ on Facebook Live, hosted by CBeebies actor James Mackenzie. CHAS has had to dramatically transform the way in which it provides its services and have set up Scotland’s first-ever virtual hospice to support children and families who are having to completely self-isolate. CHAS family support teams are also offering an expanding range of interactive activities, art clubs, storytelling and conference calls to children and parents.

Free Comic Book Day 2020?

In any other year, I would have posted my road trip itinerary for Free Comic Book Day by now, to encourage as many fans as possible to get out there and support their local comic book store. The good news is, Free Comic Book Day has not been cancelled by Diamond Comic Distributors, just postponed until later in the summer. The bad news is, some of your local comics stores may not survive that long.

Even the mundane press (The Orlando Sentinel) noted the issue, with an article in last Sunday’s paper headlined, “End of Times for Comic Books, Shops?” If you have the cash to spare, go to your favorite comic store’s website and support them with your online order.  You can find comic book stores near you using the locator page at DCD’s website: https://www.comicshoplocator.com/ or check out the Guardians of Gallifrey’s Comic Book Compendium (last updated during last year’s FCBD) on our website.

For posts (with photos) about past Free Comic Book Days, check the GoG Blog dates of May 2 in 2018 and May 9 and 15 in 2019.


Urgent opportunity for fans–act fast!

From http://homemadewho.com/how-to-take-part/ :

“Doctor Who fandom makes people feel connected in a unique and joyous way – and that’s never been more important than right now.
If you’re struggling with social distancing and lockdown (or you’ve just already binged through your entire watch list), we’ve got something fun for you to do at home!
With Doctor Who celebrating 15 years since its revival, we’d love to see you recreate some of your favourite moments from 2005 onwards.
That’s the Christopher Eccleston era, David Tennant era, Matt Smith era, Peter Capaldi era, and Jodie Whitaker era.
We want you to send in a short video clip of yourself (and/or your family, housemates, pets…) acting out any moment or scene from the past 12 seasons of Doctor Who.
If you don’t want to say any dialogue, it can just be an action – running down a corridor totally counts!
We’ll then edit the clips together into a compilation video for you all to see in May.
Don’t worry if you’ve not got a proper video camera (your phone is fine) or if you don’t have everything you need to make the perfect costume – it’s just for fun!
In the true spirit of Doctor Who, this is all about old-school creativity and imagination using whatever you can find at home.
The lovely folks at Big Finish have also kindly provided a copy of Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time (worth £49.99) to be won by the maker of our favourite entry!

We promise everyone who enters will be included in the final video, but please follow these simple rules:
1. Your clip should be between 5-30 seconds long.
2. Film your clip in landscape (sideways/wide) – not portrait (upright/tall) or square – this is an important one!
3. Don’t add any music or text/titles to your clip.
4. Don’t include any actual footage from the TV series.
5. Entrants under the age of 18 must ask permission from a parent or legal guardian before submitting an entry.
The deadline for entries if you want a chance to win The Legacy of Time is midnight on Thursday 30th April 2020. (But don’t worry if you miss that, as we’ll have more prizes to give away in May!)
You’re welcome to send in more than one video.
This is open to fans all over the world.
To enter, just email your video as an attachment to video@homemadewho.com – or upload it onto YouTube and email us the link.
Please also let us know which episode the moment is from and the country you live in.
And if you take any fun photos while filming, feel free to send us those to share too!
If you have any questions, just email us at video@homemadewho.com and we’ll get back you.
Good luck, we can’t wait to see your creations!
Follow us on Instagram as we’ll be sharing lots of our favourite clips for you to see!
#homemadewho (We have no official affiliation with the BBC or the makers of Doctor Who. Doctor Who is ©BBC)”

More stuff to do…

Fans (professional and other) around the world have held virtual events for the enjoyment of Doctor Who fans. Yesterday the Doctor Who Appreciation Society presented The Capitol: CONtact has been made, featuring panels from past events. Panelists included Terrance Dicks, Katy Manning, Louise Jameson, Daphne Ashbrook, and more. The videos can still be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/user/DWASonline .

If you still need something to do, check out the BBC’s Doctor Who webpage and click on Fun and Games then choose Makes–get your artsy/crafty on! https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0


Stuff to do…

…to get you through.

(The lockdown, that is).

Doctor Who (and now Torchwood) global viewings continue, as well as free online content for fans. Check out the BBC’s Doctor Who webpage for new fiction from the world of Who:   https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0

Here’s a trivia puzzle from the BBC I saved months ago:

Now seems the perfect time to post it, in the middle of my state’s lockdown. (No, I don’t have the answers.)

Until next time–stay strong, stay safe, and STAY HOME!


Bits from the newsletter…and excess

From the Gallifrey Guardian:  “I know it’s rough out there right now, but we have a chance to save the world just by staying home! To make the best of the situation, the Doctor Who community is staying connected in spite of mass in-person isolation. Check it out…” — Julia

There have been several online global  events in the past month. If you missed joining in on the mass viewing of Day of The Doctor, here is a link to the new, specially written scene to introduce the #SaveTheDay international online event:

Russell T Davies wrote a prequel for the global viewing of Rose. You can read Doctor Who and The Time War, and Davies’ introduction, here:

Past and present members of the Doctor Who team are sharing with fans how they are coping and ways to help others, with suggestions to pass the time. A new very short story from Chris Chibnall can be accessed at the official BBC Doctor Who website, here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/97411dd5-13e3-45a8-9ed2-dbf97ef85516

Jodie, in character as The Doctor, recorded a brief message offering encouragement and advice. Others involved with the show have posted videos and pics of interest to fans. To see Jodie’s message and these photos/videos, go here:

And, now, news that missed the newsletter:

Doctor Who Series 13 is likely to premiere in the autumn of 2021. (from The Mirror, make of it what you will)

Matt Lucas (Nardole) will replace Sandi Toksvig on The Great British Bake Off, co-hosting alongside Noel Fielding in Series 11. Lucas said he was “chuffed to bits” at the opportunity, and “bearing in mind my love of cake, I’ve already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation.” Channel 4’s Director of Programs, Ian Katz, said “We’re thrilled that one much loved national institution is joining another. Matt has everything it takes to be a great Bake Off presenter: he’s warm, hilarious, and loves cake.”

Need more ways to pass the time? At the link below, scroll down past messages about the global viewing party to reach a post with free printable Doctor Who-themed coloring pages, offered by @ginoodle. Also, Director Rachael Talalay has posted behind-the-scenes photos from her personal collection.


Still need more Doctor Who? Check out behind-the-scenes photos and mini-documentary videos from recent episodes: