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A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

Z is for “prisoner Zero

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“prisoner Zero” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This quote is from the first episode of the fifth series “The Eleventh Hour,” which tells the first full story of the eleventh Doctor and debuts the new companion Amy Pond.

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You can’t see me, na-na, na-na, boo-boo

That particular episode also introduces the words “silence will fall,” which becomes a critical plot thread throughout the lifetime of the eleventh incarnation.

The Doctor meets a young girl Amelia Pond, after crashing the Tardis in her garden, who has a crack in her bedroom wall that becomes a recurring image throughout the fifth series.

The crack is emitting a message “Prisoner Zero has escaped.” However, the Doctor is interrupted in learning all he can about this unknown prisoner who used the crack to escape and he promises Amelia to return in five minutes. And of course, the Tardis doesn’t comply with this quick five-minute trip.

The Doctor actually returns in the morning twelve years later.

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You’re Amelia Pond!?!

This episode was a great introduction to both the eleventh Doctor and his new companion Amy Pond.

Because of his disappearance for twelve years, Amy is no longer a little girl who will simply follow his every lead and the Doctor is still new to this regeneration.

But he’s the Doctor and he will defend this planet from here until the very end.

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Look me in the eye and say that to my face

However, the Doctor saves the day only to disappear.

He returns two years after the events of that day dealing with Prisoner Zero.

Fourteen years since he promised to take little Amelia Pond on a trip.

Amy Pond becomes his new companion and known to Whovians as “the girl who waited,” but she leaves behind a very conspicuous white wedding gown hanging in her closet as the Tardis disappears from her garden.

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All of time and space… let’s do it!

She turns out to be a little bit of a runaway bride, running from her life choices and life style to travel time and space with her imaginary best friend.

I’ve always loved that about Amy Pond – she’s the first face the Doctor sees with his new regeneration and she wants to run just as much as him.

She wants to see the stars and the past and the future, and her “raggedy man” is going to give her all those adventures and more.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

Y is for “You are not alone”

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“You are not alone” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This is the message from the Face of Boe. These were his final words to the tenth Doctor before his death.

This quote is from the episode “Gridlock” where the Doctor takes Martha Jones to New Earth.

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Sonic in the face!

What I love about this episode (other than the big reveal of the Face’s words) is that Martha really confronts the Doctor for the first time.

She’d met him (her first adventure) and the two had traveled to the past and met William Shakespeare (her second adventure), and she’d heard his comments about Rose, but she hadn’t said anything.

She won’t be a “rebound companion,” which is what I feel she’s usually thought of by those who really loved Rose and hated to see her go. She’s her own person, and she won’t have the Doctor take her on “recycled” trips through time and space to relive his “glory” days with Rose.

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Possible kidnapping needs to be the #1 warning to becoming a companion

Yes, Martha finds the Doctor attractive (and come on, mixed signals with the kiss when dealing with the Judoon), but she really wants to know him – his story and his motivations.

She actually refuses to move until the Doctor tells her the truth – what the Face of Boe meant by his seemingly cryptic words.

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He’s dying…

Later, these words are referenced when Martha and the Doctor travel to the end of the universe in an attempt throw Captain Jack Harkness.

The Doctor and his companions meet Professor Yana – Yana as in an acronym for “you are not alone.” Professor Yana is actually the Master, who used the same technology (a watch) to contain his Time Lord essence and memories rendering him seemingly human.

This quote ends up being ultimately bittersweet for the Doctor because it is the Master, his oldest friend and enemy, who is the only other Time Lord to have survived the Great Time War.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

X is for “i think you call me seXy

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“i think you call me seXy” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

fangirl stitches made a bit of a stretch for this letter, but let’s be honest folks that the letter x would be damn near impossible for several fandoms and their quotes.

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That’s ood

This line is from the amazing episode “The Doctor’s Wife” in which we see the Tardis in human form.

In the beginning of the episode, the Doctor receives a message from an old Time Lord friend, which brings Rory, Amy, and him to another universe where they meet an alien who eats Tardises.

I love this episode because it is so revealing when it comes to the Doctor and his relationship with the Tardis. In his mind, he stole her – his blue box. But she always believed that she stole him to see all of time and space.

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I know you, Doctor

This episode also has one of my all-time favorite quotes from Doctor Who, which is “No, but I always took you where you needed to go.”

During a discussion between the Doctor and the Tardis, the topic of reliability comes up after a bit of snarking at each other while rebuilding a Tardis console.

He claims she’s not very reliable, which she replies back with a snarking “And you have!” This discussion ends with those words – “where you needed to go” – and it gets me every time. It’s true – the Tardis is an equal partner in saving and protecting, caring for others across time and space.

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“Hello”

I also love that she references all of his companions as strays.

This episode is definitely up there when it comes to my favorites.

It’s another standalone that has no references to some overhanging plot for the series, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a starting point to begin at. I think future Whovians would need a bit more Tardis behavior from previous episodes to fully appreciate this monumental episode.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

W is for “wibbley Wobbley timey wimey”

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“wibbley Wobbley timey wimey” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This line is another quote from the fabulous episode “Blink.” The Doctor is describing time to Sally Sparrow as he communicates through movies that she owns.

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Time – it’s a big ball of stuff

These words are actually describing stuff or what time is made of. It’s a really great part of the dialogue that is directed at the non-companion Sally Sparrow.

I cannot keep from talking about this particular episode – it is just that good! And we Whovians always mention it when speaking to non-Who fans that are thinking of joining the ranks of this particular fandom.

The phrase “timey wimey” is mentioned in the 50th anniversary special, which sets the war doctor off on another lecture about his impending mid-life crisis – Time Lord style.

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They’re sonic screwdrivers… for God’s sake!

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

V is for “Vote saxon”

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“Vote saxon” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This quote was seen in the background throughout the third series much like the first series’ big “bad wolf.” Subtly appearing whenever the Doctor and Martha Jones were adventuring in “present” time, this phrase was seemingly meaningless until the penultimate episode of the season.

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That was a rough ride

Now, I could go into the nitty-gritty of this particular storyline, but then what would I write about when it comes to the grand phrase for one of the upcoming letters.

Awww to hell with it, anyone reading these lovely letters for the month most likely already know! And if you don’t, then – spoilers!

The quote is from the episode “The Sound of the Drums,” which begins immediately after the previous episode “Utopia.” In that previous episode, we were reintroduced to one of the Doctor’s friend and opponent the Master during an adventure to the end of the universe.

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Angry face

This marked the first re-appearance of the Master since the 1996 TV movie.

Saxon is the alias that the Master took after disappearing with the Tardis from the end of the universe.

He fabricated a past as Harold Saxon to gain political support, dealing with the setback of only being able to travel to the 2000s by the Doctor’s last-minute interference when stealing the Tardis.

The Master targets not only the Doctor, but his companion Martha and her family. I always loved Martha’s fierce protectiveness and dedication to her family, lashing out at the Doctor when the Master manipulates and kidnaps her father, mother, and sister.

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I will turn this car around!

Again, I have to reiterate how much I love Martha Jones!

She gets a lot of criticism not only from fans, but from the Doctor himself.

Rose was a fan-favorite at the time and the Doctor was separated from Rose unintentionally and unwillingly.

Ten compares the two ladies throughout Martha’s run as his companion, and she stands as her own person fierce and determined.

She’s an intelligent, quick-thinking woman who is becoming a doctor. She makes certain that the Doctor hears her, and she has the strength to stand alone against impossible odds.

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I’ll be back!

“The Sound of Drums” ends with the Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness, who had tracked down the Doctor with his amputated hand from “The Christmas Invasion,” defeated and captured by the Master.

Martha escapes from the Master’s clutches, but at the cost of her family’s safety and the Doctor’s help. She begins her mission to spread the word of the Doctor in the year that never was.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

U is for “i’ve never met anyone Unimportant

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“i’ve never met anyone Unimportant” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This isn’t an exact quote, but it is a nice little paraphrase to fit the alphabet. The actual quote from the 2010 Christmas special is “… I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” With a little creative licensing, fangirl stitches made it work in favor of the alphabet.

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Mind if I drop in

This quote is from one of my favorite Christmas specials, “A Christmas Carol.”

It’s the first Christmas special with Eleven, and it spins a classic holiday story.

I love this classic Christmas story – countless adaptations through the years that I have watched and loved.

To me, this story is about redemption. From Scrooge to this adaptation’s Kazran Sardick, this story is about change and betterment even after long years of cruelty and harshness. It’s a story about the hope of transformation.

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Nice shark

Sardick is changed by the Doctor, who travels through his past to prevent him from becoming the lonely old miser that he currently is.

Along this journey, the Doctor and Sardick meet Abigail, a young woman frozen as collateral for her family’s loan from Kazran’s father.

Because of this meeting, the Doctor’s help is not the only factor in Kazran’s ever-changing history. Abigail becomes a large part of Kazran’s life, but she herself is living on borrowed time.

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You shall be visited by a ginger ghost

I love the little throwbacks to the original story including the obvious heartless selfish man who is seemingly beyond redemption.

Amy Pond is the specter of Christmas present, begging Sardick to help the crashing space liner where she and her husband Rory Williams are honeymooning.

Not only is this episode one of my favorite Christmas specials, it has beautifully melodies sung throughout the episode by Abigail (played by Katherine Jenkins).

“A Christmas Carol” is another great standalone episode – blending Doctor Who with classic Dickens and a bit of music. Remember, the (ninth) Doctor has actually encountered Charles Dickens, the author of the tale.

Oh, and let’s not forget the sky fish!

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Here fishy fishy

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

T is for “Time and relative dimension in space”

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“Time and relative dimension in space” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

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This isn’t the TARDIS you’re looking for

A Tardis or TARDIS or TT Capsule is the primary space-time vehicle used by Time Lords from the planet Gallifrey.

Allegedly, Susan, the original companion and the granddaughter of the Doctor, conceived the acronym.

However, some beings such as the Sisterhood of Karn knew the acronym without prompting from the Doctor or his companions.

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I’m in your neighborhood mindin’ my biz

The twelfth Doctor once claimed to Osgood that he made up the term TARDIS from the initials, “Totally and Radically Driving in Space.”

Osgood mentioned that she had heard several variations of what TARDIS stood for.

The Tardis moves through space and time by disappearing there and reappearing here, materializing almost instantaneously from one moment and place to another.

The Doctor did demonstrate that his Tardis cloud fly through space like any other spacecraft, but it was not the recommended form of travel using a Tardis.

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She’s a beauty

His Tardis is a phone box – the chameleon circuit broken and his arrival in 1963 never forgotten.

The Tardis is a complex machine, grown rather than constructed unlike conventional spaceships.

The Tardis has such a personality – embracing some companions better than others. She takes the Doctor where he “needs” to go rather than where he wants to go. The Doctor is a mad man with a box – it’s always him and that blue box in the end.