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“Run for your life.”

Hello sweetie, I did it! I made it through another A to Z Challenge – I was worried about it when it came to the actual blogging, but I sometimes wrote in advance and maneuvered around my work schedule.

For those who haven’t been stopping by this past month at my nerdy lil corner of the internet, I decided to stitch some quotes from Doctor Who, specifically fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

Unlike last year, I only stitched a single alphabet for the challenge. It was extremely intense last year being my first attempt and I decided to be a bit less ambitious with the stitching for this second participation.

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“Sorry, that’s The Lion King…”

Sharing each quote to represent the letter of the day, I not only stitched the corresponding words – I shared some of my personal thoughts and knowledge about the character who spoke it and the episode when it was mentioned.

While I shared my thoughts and stitching, I was rewatching Doctor Who for the umpteenth time, and I actually started watching the new episodes that premiered this April.

If you haven’t read through the challenge posts, then you may not know the facts about my interest in Doctor Who – so here are the basics:

  • Nine is my Doctor! Never start a marathon without watching the first series of the “new” Who. It’s fantastic!
  • Martha Jones is my favorite companion of Ten! She was not a “rebound” companion; she stood fierce and strong and walked the Earth to spread the word, the idea of the Doctor.
  • River Song grew on me like a fungus, but not! I didn’t particularly care for her in the beginning, but learning the truth about her made me love the sassy know-it-all!
  • Captain Jack Harkness and Torchwood are the main reasons behind me even watching the Doctor! I was really interested in the spin-off, which caused me to start watching the series… and I never looked back.
  • The Ponds are the best power couple! The last centurion and the girl who waited are simply amazing together – and I admit wholeheartedly that I cried when they left, but they chose each other. And I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry, but one couldn’t stay with the Doctor without the other.
  • And… are you my mummy?
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“Am I people? Do I even look like people?”

Spoilers! I am going to miss Peter Capaldi’s Doctor so much – I loved him from the beginning, but I’ve been a fan of his since watching The Thick of It and his several cameos in Doctor Who and Torchwood.

However, I am open for the next regeneration – I’m always ready for the next Doctor as long as the series continues to RUN!

For me, this challenge had different difficulties compared to last year’s SUPER challenge.

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“Oh, the pointing again! They’re screwdrivers! What are you going to do, assemble a cabinet at them?”

I will be completely honest – I waited til the last minute to decide to even participate in this year’s challenge.

I had so many ideas for the challenge after last year’s intense yet fun filled month of superheroes, but I simply put everything on the back burner.

I had no problem stitching the actual alphabet, which I finished before the month was half way through. It was the process of essentially rewatching specific episodes to edit screenshots that took a good chunk of time.

I also took the time to write posts in advance when given the opportunity to work around my third-shift schedule. It was certainly less intense compared to last year, but the challenge always has its moments of suspense when it comes to time management.

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“Laser screwdriver. Who’d have sonic?”

Again, I made the mistake of waiting too long to decide whether or not to participate – I had so many possible topics last year, and I’ve had so many more ideas since participating in this year’s challenge.

I’ll definitely be taking another hiatus from the blog, but I was only gone for a year (give or take a few weeks) so that’s a plus! Don’t blink!

Through the challenge, I met some amazing bloggers. I checked out far more blogs than last year, which was something of an achievement for me – I’ve definitely added some more blogs to my reader!

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“I don’t care!”

Will I do the challenge next year? I’m not sure.

Not that I don’t love the challenge because it really brings out the hardcore fangirl crafter from within, but after last year’s first experience I simply put my ideas on the subject of the challenge in the back of my mind. Who’s to say that I don’t turn around and do the exact same thing this year? Not that this challenge was poorly executed or unfinished, but I had such enthusiasm and passion that was diverted to other projects throughout the year.

So… unlike last year there is no concrete decision on next year’s challenge, but I will say that it will be in my thoughts, swimming in my brain waiting to strike when inspiration arises.

Come along, Nerdy Girl!

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

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

Q is for “silence will fall when the Question is asked”

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“silence will fall when the Question is asked” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

The question – the mystery behind the question spanned across several series. Fans thought they had answers when only more questions arose.

The question – “the first question, the oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight” – Doctor Who?

I loved the question storyline – it is one of my favorite arcs alongside bad wolf, the face of boe’s message, and the impossible girl. It spans across not only series, but the changing over of companions and a regeneration.

I knew that we wouldn’t learn the answer to the question, not the “true” name of the Doctor. But the answer never really mattered to me – he’s the Doctor. It’s not the name that he was given, but it is the name that he chose.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

P is for “come along Pond

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“come along Pond” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This line is another catchphrase for the eleventh Doctor. It reoccurs in several variations throughout the run of Eleven.

The phrase refers to Amy Pond, but he also references Rory as a “Pond” rather than a Williams.

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Let’s blow this popsicle stand, Pond!

Some Doctor Who catchphrases become bigger than they actually are – I mean, this phrase alone was only uttered eight times throughout the run of the “Ponds.”

Many reoccurring phrases in the “new” Who become so much more – and several of them are included in this alphabet.

This phrase embodies the “Ponds” – Amy was the first face that the eleventh Doctor saw and in a way, hers was the last face he saw before he fully regenerated.

Amy followed the Doctor even when real life started happening for her and her husband Rory – they traveled until the end, until they could no longer.

Amy and Rory are definitely some of my favorite companions of the Doctor – a wife and husband duo who waited and fought for each other. The Doctor was her imaginary friend, her “raggedy man,” but Amy was Rory’s queen.

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

O is for “the Only water in the forest is the river”

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“the Only water in the forest is the river” is from fangirl stitches’ doctor who themed alphabet quotes.

This quote is from the episode “A Good Man Goes to War” from the sixth series. They’re subtle words, but they turn out to be what reveals the true identity of River Song.

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I’m in your robes, not being headless

The events of the episode really show how far the Doctor would go when someone he deeply cares about suffers so greatly that their lives are forever changed.

The severity of his anger and the raising of an army to his cause truly shows just how frightening the Doctor can be.

The Doctor travels to Demon’s Run to rescue Amy Pond and her baby from the clutches of Madame Kovarian, the malevolent eye-patch lady. Three allies that the Doctor gathers together to fight later become known as the Paternoster Gang: Madame Vastar, her lover Jenny Flint, and Strax.

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Shiny!

But what truly reveals the identity of River Song is a small unassuming gift from an inhabitant of the Gamma Forests and a cleric from the Church.

Amy and Rory find out what happened to their daughter by learning that there is no word for “Pond” in the Gamma Forests.

Spoilers – River Song is Melody Pond! This episode really was a turning point for me when it comes to my feelings about River Song.

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Surprise! It’s a girl

After learning this and watching the series again, I really started to love the character and her backstory.

For the longest time, I was not in the River Song fan club, but looking at her character and her development after learning the truth – she is so sweet! She’s a Pond, and I love the Ponds!

She’s Melody Pond. She’s a human with Time Lord DNA conceived in the Time Vortex abroad the Tardis. Yes, the Doctor finds the Ponds’ daughter, but certainly not in the manner that Amy and Rory envision. Because time can be rewritten, but certainly not this – never this.

This episode was truly gut-wrenching for both Amy and Rory – finding each other, finding their child, and losing that child. It was an emotional roller coaster that we don’t even see the resulting aftermath until its conclusion in “Let’s Kill Hitler.”

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Say, what now?!?

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.


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