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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.


“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?

“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.


“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.


“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!


“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

U is for “i’ve never met anyone Unimportant


“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.


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.


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.


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!


Here fishy fishy

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

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


“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

K is for “K-9


“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.


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.


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.


Good boy!

A to Z Challenge – Doctor Who cross stitch

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


“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.


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).


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

H is for “Hello, sweetie”


“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.


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


“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.


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.


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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