Dilettante Fascination

Main themes of this blog: ANIME and SCIENCE. Although I like plenty of things which may show up from time to time. Like Doctor Who. Or Sherlock. Or Supernatural. Or Steins;Gate. Or Persona 3/4.
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The psychic link, the horse, the prattling about in just a nightgown, the “oooh” Scottish accent, the S.S. Marie Antoinette…hell, even the dark tone (Strax was about to commit suicide!)—Deep Breath certainly heralds a lot to the Tenth Doctor/RTD days. Can’t wait to see more!


"Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube," Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat explained at a recent fan event in New York.

“I happened across it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963. We got in touch with him, and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do that one.’”

Mr Hanshaw thought it was “a wind-up” when Moffat’s fellow executive producer Brian Minchin got in touch. “I had to pinch myself because I didn’t know if it was really happening,” he says.

“It’s one of those stories about people putting something on YouTube - it’s usually a musician this happens to. They put a performance on there and they get picked up by a label. “It’s a similar kind of story. I thought, these things don’t generally happen.”

The Doctor Who fan who created the show’s new titles


Was absolutely brilliant. For a redo after my failed attempts in 2010 and 2012, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I’m going to keep this nice and succinct, since I’m just about ready to pass out; I waited in line for 7.5 hours, and I’m quite pooped. 

Don’t worry, no spoilers for the episode here. 

After seeing photos of people outside the Ziegfeld this morning, I ran straight to the city. After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I arrived at ~12:30 PM. There were already a good ~50 people in front of me, but it wasn’t all bad. Managed to engage in some nice small talk with the peeps around; they were all pretty nice people. Many cosplayers, of course. Some were actually really good; unfortunately, I was sorta locked in place limiting my movements.

Some props came with being early. For one thing, we got free donuts, courtesy of the staff. The staff was pretty damn awesome. 


Over the course of the day, we also got free pins and a free laminated pass thingy after verifying our tickets. Also got to take a pic with an adipose. Thanks, staff :D

Later in the afternoon, there was a Cyberman up by the carpet. There was this one instance where the Cyberman pointed at a taxi driver and it drove away in apparent fear. The Cyberman then marched down the street in pursuit. Humorous moment.


The cons to being near the front is that it was by the pedestrian sidewalk; most of the cool things, such as the cameras, the Cyberman, and the arrival of Capaldi/Coleman/Moffat, favored the street side. To be fair, those on the street side (tail end of the ticketed line and the overflow line) deserved the extra service, so I can’t complain.

As previously mentioned, it was hard to make out the arrival of the guest of honor (although I was able to make out Capaldi’s grey curls and shades). The venue opened up slightly late, at 7:35 rather than 7 PM sharp. Besides those points, the theatre was magnificent. Large screen, quite accommodating, and our little group was able to catch seats up left, third from the front.

The actual episode, Deep Breath…friggin’ took my breath away. It was like being punched hard in the gut. I’m being intentionally vague here; whether I mean that in a positive or negative way is up in the air. There’s so much I want to elaborate on, but I’ll be patient and wait it out.

The Q&A afterwards was also pretty fun. A quick rundown of highlights from the top of my head:

  • Steven Moffat once again tells people how he enjoys watching others suffer
  • The Twelfth Doctor’s costume was inspired partly by Capaldi’s memory of black-and-white television. This comment made Hardwick (MC) literally fall out of his chair
  • No catchphrases for 12. Moffat comments that it’s usually fans who make them up…that, and Matt Smith really liked saying “Geronimo”.
  • Ca-PAL-di, not Ca-PAHL-di
  • There was this one poor bloke who started off by saying how he liked Capaldi’s role in the Fires of Pompeii as Julius Caesar. Yeah, this was met with negative backlash from the audience. I feel kinda bad for the guy; I’m assuming he was just low on sleep, and he just created his own living nightmare. It was pretty funny, though.

Also purchased a T-shirt and the Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver. Yes, Twelfth Doctor’s Screwdriver. I wonder if commenting on it is spoilers…eh. I’ll wait that out.

So, TL;DR—THIS WAS FUN! For posterity, here’s one final pic of a Capaldi facepalm.image

It’s an adipose from Doctor Who Tumblr! I lent it my flat cap. Ya kno. Cuz flat caps are cool!

Only took 11 minutes for those Doctor Who tickets to sell out.

Well, five of those minutes were consumed just searching for the link I suppose. Certainly took me that long lol

Four years ago, when Matt Smith visited NYC to do a preview screening for Season 5, I was stopped literally inches away from the door. Then the site for tickets crashed when they returned in 2012. I FINALLY GET A REDO

I think the biggest difference compared to the last two attempts was Twitter. Checking BBCA’s page proved to be a blessing, since the link wasn’t posted anywhere else. I wasn’t on Twitter in 2010…and I think I was out in the city in 2012. I actually think I ran to the theatre to get tickets that day, but alas that story’s history.


Doctor Who: The World Tour
U. S. Premiere Fan Screening Event
Ziegfeld Theater, New York, NY

A link for those who can’t find it:



Time Slice by Richard Silver

The idea behind the “Time Sliced” Project was to photograph iconic world buildings at sunset and capture the changing light from day to night in a single image. Experimenting with a few different kinds of processes I came up with the “Sliced” idea. I decided to Slice time and light showing the progression of the day from left to right.

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