In the midst of planning a trip to the UK last year, I suddenly realized I had a whole day with nothing scheduled—24 hours not filled with travel, visiting, or shopping. The same day, the official Doctor Who Facebook page posted an announcement about the Doctor Who Experience opening in Cardiff.Clearly, this was A Sign!
Now, thanks to Sherlock I knew Cardiff was only a few hours’ train ride from London. I quickly contacted a friend who lives near London and we arranged to go together.
There is absolutely no way to describe the feeling you get the first time you walk through the doors of the TARDIS. Bigger on the inside, smaller on the outside, is there a kitchen…
The Doctor: It’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? Tiny box, huge room inside; what’s that about? Let me explain…
Rory: It’s another dimension.
The Doctor: It’s basically another dimen- what?
Rory: After what happened with Prisoner Zero, I’ve been reading up on all the latest scientific theories. FTL travel, parallel universes.
The Doctor: I like the bit when someone says “It’s bigger on the inside!” I always look forward to that.
So that might explain why my friends conspired on a Christmas present: personalized business cards, with a hand-drawn TARDIS on the back.
They had fun with the front of the card too, as you can see:
And that’s me in a nutshell: Author, (supposed) genius, and Whovian. I probably won’t hand the cards out in a professional capacity, but they’re fun to have.
Speaking of fun to have, have you ordered your set of Doctor Who stamps from the Royal Mail yet? I’m ordering the presentation set this time—I just got the sheet of Austen stamps last month, and wish I’d spent the extra dollars on the pretty set.
Now for the Top Five Whovian Questions:
1) Favorite Doctor? Eleven, though I’ve yet to meet a Doctor I didn’t like. (Have met One, Nine, Ten, and Eleven.)
2) Favorite episode? “The Doctor’s Wife,” because Neil Gaiman is a genius. Also on the list of constantly-rewatched: “Vincent and the Doctor,” “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances,” “Christmas Invasion,” and “Partners in Crime.”
3) Favorite monster? Daleks! Absolutely love the Daleks. “Asylum of the Daleks” is another episode I’ve seen multiple times.
4) Who monsters: scary or awesome? Um, scarily awesome? Of course they’re terrifying onscreen, but that’s what makes them so incredible.
5) Who would win a staring match between the Silence and a Weeping Angel? The Angel. Eventually, the Silence would blink, and since the Angel would still be looking at it, they would remember it was there and be able to attack and send it back in time. Hmmm, maybe that’s how the Silence first came to infiltrate Earth in the past!
Now it’s my turn—how would you answer those five questions? Tell me what kind of Whovian you are in the comments.
Nancy Kelley is a Britophile, blogger, and author of Jane Austen sequels. She has two cats instead of a metal dog, but she does believe that if you’re ever passed out from regeneration sickness (or any other ailment, such as work) tea is all you need–it’s just the thing for healing the synapses. You can find Nancy on Twitter @Nancy_Kelley, at nancykelleywrites.com and on Indiejane.org.