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A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

M is for “are you my Mummy?”

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“are you my Mummy?” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

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Are you my mummy?

This line is probably one of the most popular lines from “new” Who – which is probably the reason behind its inclusion on this particular alphabet.

It’s first introduced in the episode “The Empty Child” with the ninth Doctor and Rose chasing a metallic object straight into the London Blitz.

As mentioned in a previous letter, we are introduced to the dashing Time Agent, Captain Jack Harkness, when he saves Rose. And the Doctor finds a group of homeless children who are being terrorized by Jamie, an “empty” child wearing a gas mask.

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Well, are you?!?

I’ve actually stitched the pixel people version of the empty child – it was on a onesie for her little girl with this line stitched beneath the image.

If you interested in stitching that particular design of the empty child or some of the other villains, monsters, and aliens from Doctor Who, click here.

The line has also been referenced by the tenth and twelfth incarnations of the Doctor. Ten asks the question when given a gas mask to wear, and Twelve asks it quickly while encountering a mummy-like Foretold.

I love when the Doctor makes fun of himself and references previous adventures. Sometimes, I swear the Doctor is his biggest fan – he’s just nerding out about his previous incarnations. He’s just too clever for himself!

 

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A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

L is for “we’re in a Library! books! best weapons in the world”

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“we’re in a Library! books! best weapons in the world” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This quote is from the episode “Tooth and Claw” from the second series. To me, this quote is similar to the words “knowledge is power.”

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Werewolves of London

This episode includes a “werewolf,” which is by far my favorite supernatural creature from lore.

Full moon and everything, the “werewolf” is actually an alien species that survived by passing its lycanthropic form from human to human.

This episode also has the best running gag. Rose and the Doctor encounter Queen Victoria, and Rose tries throughout the episode to trick the Queen into uttering the famous phrase “We are not amused.”

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Books = Weapons

This episode also mentions the Torchwood Institute, which is the title of the spin-off series with Captain Jack Harkness.

Torchwood is referenced from series 1, episode 11 to the end of series 2.

The events of this episode actually occur in the Torchwood Estate, which was designed as a trap for the “werewolf.” Queen Victoria creates the Torchwood Institute in that very estate to help defend Britain from further alien attacks (including the Doctor).

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You gonna take these, Doctor?

The line about books being weapons resonates with me – books contain knowledge, untold worlds, and endless possibilities.

Weapons against adversaries, and weapons against mental atrophy.

Books are powerful tools, and this quote is one of my favorite letters in this stitching alphabet.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

K is for “K-9

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“K-9” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

K-9 was introduced in “new” Who in the second series in “School Reunion.” K9 is the designation given to a series of intelligent, dog-like robots who served as companions.

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He’s so disco

The specific K-9 referenced in this post is K-9 Mark III – a third model that was shipped to Sarah Jane Smith at her “current” residence during her companionship with the Third and Fourth Doctors.

In “School Reunion,” K-9 was reactivated by the tenth Doctor when Sarah Jane meets the Doctor once again while investigating the same school. However, the robot canine battled the Krillitanes, blowing himself up to defeat them.

Initially, K-9 was sent to Sarah Jane for a spin-off titled K9 and Company, but the BBC chose not to produce a new series. However, the pilot was aired as a holiday season special.

“School Reunion” really connected the “classic” and the “new” Who for me as a viewer – bringing back such a fan-favorite companion and reintroducing the robot dog to the new travelers with the Doctor.

I love the interaction between Rose and Sarah Jane in this episode – arguing while referencing past adventures, including the Loch-Ness Monster and the Dalek Emperor.

Rose never even heard of Sarah Jane before meeting her, and Sarah Jane can’t help but mention Rose’s age. However, the two companions find common ground while describing the Doctor and his love affair with the Tardis.

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It’s like looking in a mirror

Another great moment in “School Reunion” is Mickey Smith realizing he’s the equivalent to the “tin dog” because of his secondary nature as a companion.

That realization inspires Mickey to travel with the Doctor rather than to continue acting as tech support for the Doctor when he saves the Earth in the present.

The episode ends with K-9 being rebuilt as K-9 Mark IV for a heartbroken Sarah Jane. Inevitably, Sarah Jane and K-9 decide to deal with the growing alien conundrum in The Sarah Jane Adventures, another spin-off series of Doctor Who.

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Good boy!

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

J is for “not bad for a man in his Jim-Jams

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“not bad for a man in his Jim-Jams” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This line is from the first full-episode appearance of the tenth incarnation of the Doctor. The episode “The Christmas Invasion” was also the first specifically produced Doctor Who Christmas special in the program’s history.

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Sleepy time

Funnily enough, the Doctor is unconscious through the majority of the episode.

He wakes up periodically to save Rose, Mickey, and Jackie.

And he is revived just in time to defend the Earth once more – but as the line mentions he does that in his “jim-jams.”

Rose’s reaction to the Doctor’s regeneration is so real to me. For any fan that began with the “new” Who, this was our first regeneration and her reaction is similar to several fans’ reactions to this and other regeneration.

It’s a lottery. We don’t know who this Doctor is, and he fundamentally stays the same yet he’s never the same – physically, mentally, behaviorally. We could love him or hate him – this “new” Doctor who we’re meeting for the first time.

I usually approach every regeneration with an open mind – the Doctor changes and that simple fact will never change. I really believe that regeneration is why Doctor Who has lasted over decades compared to other science-fiction television shows.

Bringing “new” blood every few years, Doctor Who changes Doctors and companions for the longevity of the show. And it really causes the show to evolve over time (and space).

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Told ya it was a fightin’ hand!

But let’s return to the events of “The Christmas Invasion” and the Doctor’s “jim-jams.”

He actually performs a duel in his pajamas, which is funny and swashbuckling.

The tenth incarnation is definitely a man with a bit of a hero complex, but his first romp in saving the Earth is performed with style.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

I is for “it’s bigger on the Inside

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“it’s bigger on the Inside” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

When you mention the Tardis, there is one phrase that best describes it just as well as its acronym title breakdown – “it’s bigger on the inside.”

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Well, this is unexpectedly delightful

There have been variations of the phrase being both a surprised utterance from companions and a spot-on explanation from the Doctor.

However, the companion Clara flips the switch by uttering “it’s smaller on the outside” when seeing the Tardis for the first time. The Doctor had expected her to utter the well-used phrase stitched above.

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Is it? I hadn’t noticed

I especially love when Martha Jones says this particular line because the Doctor mouths the words behind her as she says them.

It makes me smile every time I see it on screen.

Martha Jones is by far my favorite companion of the tenth incarnation, who is usually overshadowed by Rose. And I’ll have more opportunities to discuss Martha Jones later in this alphabet!

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

H is for “Hello, sweetie”

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“Hello, sweetie” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

These words mean one thing and one thing only – River Song. It’s her personal greeting to the Doctor, she calls him sweetie.

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By far, my favorite

Her storyline runs parallel with the Doctor’s timeline, but the best thing about it is that their experiences and interactions largely occur out of sequence.

The simple fact that the first time he meets her is the last time she meets him.

Her identity is later explained through more misadventures between them – “spoilers” – she is actually the daughter of two companions. She is a “child of the Tardis” and the wife of the Doctor, specifically the eleventh incarnation.

The twelfth incarnation used the phrase to identify himself to River, who didn’t recognize him due to his regeneration. In a timey wimey way, River rephrases the line in the Doctor’s first encounter with her, saying her final farewell to the Doctor from her point of view.

Once again, I wasn’t particularly fond of River Song in the beginning. I’m unsure why, but she just seemed to rub me the wrong way. After seeing more of her when re-watching the series and viewing reruns, I found her character more and more enjoyable.

Very few companions can get the drop on the Doctor – River Song does it without breaking a sweat. Her backstory really endeared her to me, specifically that she’s the daughter of Amy Pond and Rory Williams.

I shall leave you with this compilation of “hello, sweetie”s from series 4 through 7, including a few extra exchanges between Eleven and River Song.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

G is for “Geronimo

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

This line is the first catchphrase that Eleven cultivates, crying out the word as he and the Tardis crash quite aerodynamically through time and space.

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Oh, here it comes…

The Doctor uses it mostly when jumping into situations both dangerous and outlandish. Eleven is quite whimsical at times, bringing something more playful and boyish to his incarnation.

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Next stop – all of time and space

Whimsy is something I’ve always associated with the eleventh Doctor, especially when he was essentially Amy Pond’s imaginary friend as a child.

He’s real, but he’s magical.

And at the beginning of his incarnation that was what he portrayed himself to be – specifically in the events of “The Eleventh Hour.”

He’s much more than that of course, the Doctor is someone who inspires but he is also someone who inspires fear. He holds such power, and it is in his actions that he shows that he’s more than an unstoppable force – that even with his power and influence, he cares.

He cares no matter how much he wishes and acts as if he doesn’t – the simple fact is that the Doctor cares and that is what makes him the Doctor.


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