Doctor Who: Creating TARDIS

Creating the Thirteenth Doctor traveling away from some undefined threat, is joyful about her new body shape, thankful she’s not fat, and gazing out at the stars as she travels slowly through Space.

Crunching the AI, and reading the comments… she’s going to need an EPIC story arc, a great love interest that the fans will relate to, and some good stories, some amazing special effects – she’s going to have to run up ceilings like Trinity, and fart diamonds in order to be taken seriously, but she might bring back the fans that were alienated by Capaldi….

Just one thing… Please… I do not want an anthology format. It’s going to have to poop miracles to be any good as a drama – because beeb dramas are so anodyne and boring — this is not the target audience for Tolstoy, or Wolf Hall — after Game of Thrones, these things are snoozathons.

I really wasn’t mad about the forced two-parters in the series before last – it put me off reviewing and they’re good only when they serve a narrative purpose not when they fulfil a formatting diktat, and the individual stories are good because they can stand alone, or be part of the whole arc. RTD and SM did this and it worked. This is part of the baby, not the bathwater!

Why I like Star Trek is Science Fiction is more than just a Broadchurch, single drama, elongated to fit 6 episodes. Rather it is a canvas for exploring interesting concepts. The first two seasons of Torchwood were awesome, but after everyone died, it became the Gwen and Jack show and spluttered through long-winded repetitive cliffhangers before it curled up inside its own bottom and was subsumed by its own creator.

So yes.

Anyway, back to the point of the post. The response to my TARDIS was pretty much silent, so I wondered if people could see what went into it. So I made a video about it. As an artist, it is a real Torchwood to have to add cameras and think about recording in 10 minute bursts (ta Nikon, Sony)… but I have dug out the old iPhone 5C – wiped everything off it except what I need and hopefully it creates something less intensive in the admin department in the future.

I’m not a great movie maker, but this has been sped up to give you an idea of how Thirteenth Doctor came about.

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Thirteenth Doctor Who, Who are You?

Doctor who is a lady in a small wooden box that travels through time and space
Doctor Who is a lady in a small wooden box that travels through time and space…

Well, it’s been some time since I’ve written about Doctor Who, and it’s not because of anything other than writing takes up more time than I have with everything else happening. I’ve been watching the new Series from Christopher Eccleston’s regeneration, and I’ve just moved onto David Tennant. Loving it. Working up to writing some more in depth reviews. If only I had a time  machine eh? I’d hover in a gap of 5 minutes and write for hours of earth hours.

So I received the news that the Doctor was going to regenerate into a lady-shaped body in good humour. I felt finally, I could enjoy the show relating to the Doctor in new ways. I know it’s going to provoke outrage, men feel emasculated. It’s not true, they aren’t actually being emasculated, it just seems that way due to perceptions that may need to shift with the force of Thor’s thrustful hammer.

But I do wonder if we’re going to experience more resistance as the tender gender bias is challenged. I sincerely hope that the show doesn’t end up the same way Torchwood did. There are certain things that work, and individual stories are one of them. This is what makes Star Trek so good, and so prolific. I have similar fears over the new Star Trek and whether it is just planning to be an overlong, single note movie bedecked in lens flares.

So, back to the subject of my post, then I started working on several TARDIS canvases using distinctly different techniques, I plan on sharing these as they progress. This one was my favourite concept, I liked the look of monochrome with hints of blue and a cheeky streak or two of pink. What would she look like? I suppose this is important for the costume designer to get right. But in the absence of any source material at all, I started shaping her onto the canvas using a small brush and a few reference pictures of her facial features.

I included a bow tie as a nod to Matt Smith, and a waistcoat and red lined tailored coat to wink at Peter Capaldi – what a doctor. I really need to get reviewing the last season because it was just brilliant. I do not know what the sad people are on about, I do wonder if they watched the same show as me? Science Fiction is by it’s very nature, socially, and politically experimental. It enables writers and thinkers to project ideas into other contexts so that we can learn something new about how we experience the world. Seriously, read some Asimov, it’ll blow your mind!

So the original artwork is bigger than my usual miniature canvases — need to check but I reckon it’s 40″ x 50″…and she’s not for sale. But I am willing to share her, and to that end, she is available at my shop on RedBubble — Please stop by. She also looks good on other things, so please take a few moments to enjoy her in other ways. I’d appreciate that so much. Thank you.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration Refractions



    Refraction is a fun photographic technique that I’ve explored over the years. It was difficult to pick six images that showcase different subjects, but I think this week’s collage shows several examples.

    Anniversaries, wine and candlelight are essential ingredients to building a romantic atmosphere. The first photograph is a lovely Cape Sauvignon Blanc taken in front of a mosaic glass candle lamp Captain Kirk found on sale at TK Maxx one fine wintry day, bringing together all the elements for a lovely evening. The refracted candlelight blends into the clear, light wine deepening harmonies of light. The next time you’re out with a glass, take some photos of lighting through the liquid – you’ll be delighted at the results. (iPhone)

    Perfume bottles of various shapes and colours, with unique scents to bring back memories of celebrations past… I don’t so much wear a signature scent as wear scents that evoke recollections of significant past moments, holidays, times in life. My all time favourite is Chanel No. 5 … although I love it, I can never wear Davidoff Cool Water again because of past associations. Scent and memory are intrinsically linked. (Nikon)

    The top right photo of the refracted cast-iron sunflower topping of a garden bell – don’t you love the way the bare spring branches and blue skies to the left give a sense of context to the myriad of sunflowers refracted through the crystal ball of the spiral light-catcher? (Nikon)

    I certainly don’t go around outdoors wearing this sort of earring when in my yoga pants (“trousers” for English people who think pants are what Superman wears over his tights)… but a sexy dress, a little make-up and a few sparkles means we’re celebrating something! I’m sensing this is a theme! (Nikon with 10x Macro filter)

    I love buttons. My gran had a button box and I would spend hours rummaging through all shapes and sizes of buttons she’d collected through the years. I don’t even know what happened to it after she passed away – I don’t think anyone knew how much I enjoyed playing with them (apart from her), but I’ve started my own small collection that my daughter loves playing with. It’s funny how activities can be passed down from generations before, because I recall my gran told me that she used to enjoy playing with her mum’s buttons too. This image is simply buttons in a jam jar. (Nikon)

    Stained glass is an excellent medium to take pictures through. This was taken at a mall in Wimbledon splitting upstairs from downstairs, with a Nikon. This was when we went to the Polka Theatre to see the Charlie and Lola production – which my daughter loved. We’re going to see the Gruffalo soon – a memory in the making.

    My daughter started Reception year this quarter and I found myself feeling quite lost and empty for a few weeks as I got used to losing another 15 hours of time with her (previously she’d only been going in for half days).

    I have some really good friends (and Captain Kirk who is my best) and being able to talk about my feelings about being faced with being by myself (and being myself – whoever that was), and trying to figure out who I’d now become was invaluable! It’s been an interesting few weeks and they’ve gone fast. I’ve done a lot of free work for people, and I have done it with a good heart and the best intentions, but I need to start getting something back for the effort I’m putting in and I am plotting ways to make this happen.

    At this juncture, between phases there needs to be a pause and looking at my selection of images in the collage – which were the ones I was drawn to when scrolling through my humungous library of images and I noticed that there’s a theme of memory and celebration (and how the two are linked) and we haven’t actually stopped long enough this quarter to catch our breath, and take stock of everything we are thankful for.

    This may have been a challenging year, but it has never been without its rewards – so Celebration Pending!


    Best life things are free
    Moments, memory windows
    Remembering love

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Doctor Who: Trick or Treat

 Trick or Treat

The TARDIS has landed…
The pathway’s lit up…

What lives beyond the double doors?

Curious cat’s yowls
Hooting owl howls, Trick or Treat
Where is the Doctor?

Doctor Who Trick or Treat watermark med

I’ve been away from the social networks for a while, I know I’m behind on my Season 8 Analyses, but I’ve just opened up Jamtart Parlour, my Etsy Shop, for business, and in the process of uploading my hand-drawn illustrations.

Because Halloween is just around the corner, most of the images available are seasonally themed, and the rest are hand drawn typographical quotes. Check back, as more will be added.

Please feel free to browse:

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