A Very Doctor Who Christmas! – The Thirteenth Doctor Holiday Special

Weeks ago, listening to “What Christmas Means To Me” while decorating got me thinking about what Christmas means to me.  I decided to spend the month of December reflecting on it with a series of posts and I decided to use Doctor Who Christmas specials as the lens through which to do my reflecting…and now we’re here!  I feel like I blinked and I’m writing the fourth piece and Christmas is this week!  Ahhh!  Showrunner Chris Chibnall has shifted the Doctor Who special to New Year’s Day as opposed to Christmas but – as Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor has become my favorite Doctor – I didn’t want to leave the Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham out of the fun here.  Enter Titan Comics to the rescue!  Jody Houser (writer), Roberta Ingranata (artist), and Enrica Eren Angiolini (colorist) took the fam on an amazing Christmas adventure last year in Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Holiday Special.  Yay!  So, What Does Christmas Mean To Me (Vol. 4)?  Well, let’s crack open a couple comics and figure it out.

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A Very Doctor Who Christmas! – The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Inspired by listening to the song a few weeks ago, I decided to spend the month of December reflecting on what Christmas means to me.  Then I decided it would be a fun to use Doctor Who Christmas specials as the sole lens through which to consider this question!  “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” written by Steven Moffat, was Doctor Who’s 2016 Christmas special.  It starred Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Matt Lucas as the ­oh-so-amazing-yet-forever-underrate Nardole, Justin Chatwin as Grant Gordon/the Ghost, and Charity Wakefield as Lucy Fletcher.  Picking favorites out of the Doctor Who Christmas specials is all but impossible.  Still…this one has always stood out for me.  So, What Does Christmas Mean To Me (Vol. 3)?  Let’s follow the Doctor stateside to New York City and start breaking that very question down! 

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A Very Doctor Who Christmas! – A Christmas Carol

Listening to “What Christmas Means To Me” while I was decorating a few weeks ago got me thinking about, well, what Christmas means to me.  So I decided it would be fun to spend the month of December reflecting on that with a series of posts.  Then I thought it would be even more fun to use Doctor Who Christmas specials as the lens through which to do so!  This time I want to look at Doctor Who’s 2010 Christmas special, “A Christmas Carol,” the first written by Steven Moffat and starring Matt Smith as the Doctor along with Karen Gillan’s incomparable Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill’s Rory Williams.  So, What Does Christmas Mean To Me (Vol. 2)?  Well, it turns out “Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol” has a lot to say about that!

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A Very Doctor Who Christmas! – Voyage of the Damned

It’s officially December so that means it ‘tis the season.  As I was decorating a few days ago I was, naturally, rocking out to some Christmas carols.  When “What Christmas Means To Me” came on I danced and sang along as loud as I could.  I didn’t get much decorating done for those ten minutes (because who only listens to that tune one time??) but the break was festive and fun and totally worth it.  It’s always been a favorite Christmas song of mine and every time Steve Wonder’s classic is covered it makes me happy because it means I have even more chances to hear it randomly playing in a store or on the radio.  Anyway, as I was singing along it got me thinking about what Christmas means to me (my love!).  I thought it would be interesting to reflect on that with a series of posts through December.  And then I thought using Doctor Who’s Christmas specials as a frame for those reflections could be fun.  So, What Does Christmas Mean To Me (Vol. 1)?  Well, let’s turn to “Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned” and talk about it!

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#GivingTuesday and The Talker Toy Challenge!

In 2012, an idea was born.  We had Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving when, for decades, stores traditionally offer crazy deals to kick off the Christmas shopping season).  We had Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving when similar sales pop up all over the web).  What if we focused a little of our Christmas-driven consumeristic madness on helping others?  With that, Giving Tuesday – “a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration” – arrived on the scene. Continue reading

Mystery Blogger Award!

As I count down to my 100th post, I’m honored that I get to include this special recognition!  The Bradscribe himself – Mr. ML Bradford – has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award!  I’m always extremely humbled by these awards because they are passed along through the blogging community by the blogging community.  Bradscribe is a wonderfully fun, supportive, and engaging blogger who was also my very first follower!  So I’d like to send a BIG “Thank You!” to the man, the myth, the Bradscribe and encourage everyone else to follow/regularly read his work (if you don’t already).  You’ll find a fun mix of movie reviews, comic flashbacks, and some incredibly fun/funny fiction too, all written with his distinct voice. Continue reading

Star Wars ComLINKS – Go Rogue!

This is not the post I was planning to write.  October’s ComLINKS was to be a reflection on our experiences of Rogue Friday and the frenetic quest to gather new Rogue One merchandise on the day it dropped.  Hannah (my dear friend, fellow Star Wars fanatic, co-worker and co-conspirator for many work shenanigans) and I headed out after school, excited at the prospects of what the sequel to our Force Friday adventure would yield.  We were completely unprepared for what we would find… Continue reading