We Are The Fandoms United

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It all began one lazy Sunday afternoon, I was merely having a quite lunch at a cafe, and in came Matt Smith with his ancient tweed jacket, that oh so bright bowtie, and the inevitable suspenders. Well, of course it wasn’t really Matt, but a fan in a cosplay. Heart thudding, I approached her, and viola, the rest is history. 

Immediately I was sucked into (quite pleasantly, I assure you) this alternate reality that is the Doctor Who Group, India, and later the Fandoms United India, where everyone is just as much into various fandoms as I am. People take insults to their fandoms quite seriously, something for which I had been mocked for my entire life! Finally, a decade after having been hit by the magic wand that introduced me to Harry Potter, I had a found a place where I belong.

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Here, age is irrelevant, and so is your geographical location, so long as you are passionate about the things that automatically render you socially inept, you are more than welcome. Any and every fandom is offered equal face time (unless you are a fan of the Twilight series, then you will be dragged into a dark alley and be politely beaten up with words that will hurt more than sticks and stones ever will). The only requirements to be a part of the Fandoms United is to be fun, geeky, passionate, bat shit crazy, and of course intellect.

For the first time, you may have more friends than you can count on both your hands (WIN). We come off as normal, with our fancy professional degrees, and our calm demeanour, but dare you bad mouth the characters we worship, and the force shall be with you, and not in a good way. We know what it is like to stay up until late into the night and obsess over things that can so easily be trivialised, and wake up early the next morning only to continue where we left off the previous night even before we have had our first cup of coffee. 

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There are things about us that can be categorised as weird or borderline OCD. Like say for example, crying every time our Doctor regenerates or suffers a major loss, rejoicing at the possibility of a deadly and evil villain being alive, reading a book into the night just cos our favourite character is in a fix, or waiting out in a long queue at the doors of a bookstore braving all kinds of climatic conditions when a new book in the series is about to be released. We laugh reminiscing about something geeky at completely inappropriate times, and we are so, so not sorry about it *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*.

We urge you to come and join us, so long as you do not spam our timeline, bore us with nonsense, and are genuinely geeky, for there is finally a place for you to belong. Signing off, Allons-y, Mischief Managed, Geronimo, Live Long and Prosper, You Shall Pass!

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Celebration that called for a Gunnies World Record Award

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special won the Gunnies World Record Award for the largest simulcast of a TV drama ever. Here is a look at the things that made the show shine across universes.

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Its almost been a week since the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, and the Whoniverse is still glowing in the aftermath; at lease I know that I am. I have been oblivious to other shows and the world in general since I watched the Special episode. There have been some vague registrations on my sub-conscious mind related to Carrie from Homeland apparently relapsing into her neurotic Brody-crazed self, and also there seems to be a new teaser trailer out for Sherlock. But as I said, I am oblivious.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special was unlike any wonder I have ever witnessed, and to think that it has been a creation of a human being is a little surprising. Steven Moffat must by all means donate his brain to science and I am dead beat sure that NASA’s search for extra-terrestrial life will end right there, as nothing that displays this magnitude of brilliance could come from a human brain (sorry Dr. Sheldon Cooper, but Moffat steals your ‘alien’ thunder). Minute after minute the episode makes you gasp, laugh, cry (a little bit, not too much, and I am grateful for that), and squeak, yes, squeak with excitement as Matt Smith, David Tennant, and John Hurt bring to you nothing but sheer magnificence. 

I can go on gushing and puffing, but where’s the fun in that? So I am just gonna break it down in terms of what I loved and where I found the episode a little lacking. Worry not, there is nothing very much ‘lacking’ per say, you will get what I mean when I get there. 

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The Bad Wolf Girl: Yes, we were literally dying in our pants to figure out what or who Billie Piper plays in the Special episode, and I would be speaking for most Whovians across the globe (read galaxies) that we were not disappointed. To bring back Rose Tyler would have been a stretch since she is safely locked away in the parallel universe with her metamorphosis Doctor, and to take their story further would have seemed like a stretch. Billie shined as the Moment, and fit in perfectly in the episode.

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John Hurt: It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to admit that everyone was a little bit scared of what damage John Hurt would inflict on the show with his tremendously shocking appearance in The Name of the Doctor. It was a touching experience watching him play the Doctor on the day it was impossible to get it right. He doesn’t miss a beat, and not even for a fraction of a second does one doubt him being the Doctor.

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Tom Baker: The curator of the national museum, or the retired Doctor? Tom Baker was a marvelous and simply unforgettable addition to the episode; it was one of the most magnificent moments, almost like a full circle. His exchange with Matt Smith was so touchy-feely that I am sure there were gigantic grins on Whovians’ faces everywhere.

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David Tennant and Matt Smith: Watching either of them play the Doctor singularly is in itself an overwhelming experience, imagine the crackers that burst and the sparks that flew when they were on screen together! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is one that the Whoniverse will not forget for years and may I say centuries to come. They are both sizzling and hilarious in their own right, but David steals the show with his classic gut-wrenching ‘I don’t wanna go’, only this time it is with a lot less despair and a lot more hope.

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Blink and you may have missed it: Yes, of course, I am, referring to the intense and glorious stare that Peter Capaldi left us with to prepare us for the oncoming storm that he is going to be. Obviously it was yet another stunt by Moffat to make the audience scream and maybe even wonder if it was a hallucination. It worked, sweetie.

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The absence of the 9th Doctor: Christopher Eccleston’s absence is not something that I could get over. It was like the omnipresent Black Hole that created a bit of a dissatisfaction that is hard to ignore. This is the ‘lacking’ that I had mentioned earlier, and I it would have been an early Christmas if he has been there. Oops! Christmas is not to be mentioned, not with The Time of the Doctor arriving so soon, taking away… I cannot bring myself to say it. 

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All in all, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special was fantastic, brilliant, cool, and then some. It was just the right mix of all the Doctors put together, and for all those people who said that nothing this hyped can ever turn out to live upto the expectations of the audience, its time to go home and eat a humble pie.

There is a slight infraction where people were hoping that the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special would answer some of the loose ends of the previous season related to Trenzalore, but I think those questions are being held off for the Christmas Special. However, a lot of people are unhappy with the lack of explanations, but don’t you think that too many explanations and full circles would spoil the charm of the show?

Doctor Who is about a ‘mad man in a blue box’, and mad men do not go about explaining every move of theirs. Also, if everything was so clear-cut and spoon-fed, where would there be room for wonderment and amazement? We wouldn’t gather around with a hot cuppa soup (wink) and discuss in wonder as to what may or may not have happened. To all those people who snort and have this holier-than-thou attitude I say- use your imaginations, and trust the Doctor.

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Latest Pictures and Thoughts: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

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Okay, so here are some of the latest pictures that have been released by BBC from the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special episode. My head is spinning so fast it is a wonder that it hasn’t fallen off of my shoulders and hit the floor. There are so many thoughts that come to mind when looking at the pictures, so here is what went through my mind when I saw the pictures.

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This has to me Matt Smith, given the skinny pants and the shoes. There is not a shadow of a doubt that this is going to be one heck of a heart thumping moment when the 11th Doctor is dangling from his TARDIS, hanging on to dear life!

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There is definitely no contest when it comes to whether or not John Hurt looks abso-friggin-lutely delectable trying to fly the TARDIS. He would have made a brilliant Doctor, not just for one Special episode, but for a number of seasons. A number of questions are going to be answered through John Hurt, and lets just hope that ‘the question hiding in plain sight’ doesn’t get answered *wink*.

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Now here is a picture that will warranty cardiac arrest on a scale that would be so hard to measure.  Three fantastic, brilliant, and cool Doctors in a row with death-like serious expressions on their faces. What are they staring at?

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Oh yes, this is MY Doctor, the 10th Doctor, David Tennant! Need I say more? It is going to be so magnificent to watch him fly his beloved TARDIS and in action once again, there are no words to express the emotions that will run through the hearts of the fans. However, where is Rose?

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And finally, here is the 11th Doctor. He may not be MY Doctor, but I still love him dearly, and this sad and troubled expression bothers me to no end. Of course, I have witnessed this expression a gazillion times on his face, but it seems so much more intense and meaningful now. Its almost like him saying, ‘my time is running out, and I know it.’

This episode is going to be a whirlwind of adrenalin running high, tears, laughter, nerve-wracking action and so much more that any number of blog posts cannot convey to the fullest extent.

The End of Innocence

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By the end of Doctor Who Season 7, you may no longer be smiling. Agreed, none of the end of seasons bring a smile, they are more of a gut wrenching experience, but this time it is a little more than that. This time you know that things are not the same, you have known it since the Christmas Special episode when your once cheery and eccentric 11th Doctor suddenly seemed to have aged a century in a short while, and chooses to brood away in his TARDIS upon a cloud.

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Its like the life and joy had been snuck out of him since he lost the Ponds, and there was nothing, not even the Impossible Girl who could bring that light back. Its like Amy and Rory took away a part of the Doctor with them when the Angels got them. Gone are the fez and the suspenders, only to be replaced by the Abraham Lincoln-like hat. Some may disagree with me, and say that Clara did make him better, maybe she did, but still a tinge of the darkness and the sorrow always remained in his eyes.

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Its like the show has matured since the loss of Amy and Rory, and the darker tones are embedded in the essence of the Doctor; it is a whole new dimension for the fans, like watching your favourite character grow up. And now the 11th Doctor is going to leave us. Let’s see who comes along to fit in his boat-sized shoes (I say boat-sized not because he wears big shoes, but because the expectations from the 12th Doctor are going to be tremendous as Matt Smith has left behind big shoes to fit in, quite literally).

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The Moment I Fell for Matt Smith

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Well, I admit, when I began watching season 5 of Doctor Who when Matt Smith begins to play the role of the eleventh Doctor, I was not so very thrilled. I missed David Tennant terribly, and honestly, I didn’t like Matt Smith one tiny bit. Agreed, he is good looking and everything with some amazing hair, but somehow, every time I would watch an episode with a really tensed and intense moment, my mind would automatically begin to envision how David Tennant would play it out.

While my conscious mind was busy re-enacting the scenes with David Tennant in them, Matt Smith was very cleverly seeping into my subconscious mind and wrecking havoc there. The result, by the time I reached the eleventh episode of season 5 named The Lodger, I instantly fell in love with Matt Smith. Funny isn’t it, me falling in love with the eleventh Doctor in the eleventh episode, almost like it was the eleventh hour of the season? Blimey, a lot of elevens there!

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I don’t know exactly how it happened, as The Lodger isn’t one of the most spectacular of episodes in the season, but it did. I think it was the voice, Matt Smith’s voice that is, and I don’t care what the reviewers say, but that episode is one of the most amazing episodes according to me. It has that witty sort of humour, and also that alien-detecting machine that the Doctor creates on his bed is so hilarious and adorable at the same time.

David Tennant will always be MY Doctor and there is no one who can change that, but Matt Smith holds his own, and he is spectacular in his own right.

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