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I hold on to the fun stuff.  There are parts of my childhood that I refuse to let go of.  There’s The Greatest American Hero.  There’s Star Trek.  There’s the wonderful world of professional wrestling.

And there’s sure as shit Doctor Who.

I started watching the show when I was about 13, maybe even younger.  I’ve looked back and tried to see exactly what it was that drew my in.  A big part of it is The Doctor himself: an action hero with great humor who – even with the odds against him – was able to save the Universe time and time again.  But one “character” that I was even more fascinated with than The Doctor was the TARDIS.  This is the ship that transported The Doctor through time and space.  As mentioned in a previous post, the outside is “disguised” as an ordinary 1960’s police box, but the inside is huge – some say infinite.  And the most important part of the TARDIS for me was the console.  This is where The Doctor piloted his craft.  The TARDIS console makes everything happen.

I’ve always wanted a TARDIS.  When I was a kid I tried making my own consoles.  They were very poorly and crudely done.  I would take apart telephones and various electronic gadgets found in the garage to get the buttons needed to make my time and space machine … on a card table.  In fact the very first time I met one of my lifelong friends Jake, another friend had led him into my bedroom where I was alone dressed in my overcoat and 16 foot Doctor Who scarf and I was TRAVELING THROUGH TIME AND SPACE at my TARDIS console.  That was the first image he had of me.  I’m still surprised he decided to hang out with me.

Even as recently as about four years ago, Rick helped me out with my passion and photoshopped me very well as the Ninth Doctor at the TARDIS console from 2005:

That's me as the Ninth Doctor - brilliantly photoshopped by Rick

That's me as the Ninth Doctor - brilliantly photoshopped by Rick

In 1996, FOX put out a TV movie that was meant to reboot the series in America (shot in Vancouver).  Part of this reboot was making a new TARDIS console and interior (they kept the Police Box, it’s pretty iconic and us nerds would have rioted if they changed it).  It also had the 7th Doctor regenerate into the 8th Doctor.  Sadly the movie didn’t do so well ratings-wise and a new show never materialized.  Through a ridiculous set of circumstances that I don’t completely comprehend, a SAINT of a man named Paul was able to get a hold of the TARDIS console from the movie.  He got it shipped from Vancouver to where he lives in Burbank.

A publicity shot for the TV movie.  The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) at the TARDIS console.

A publicity shot for the TV movie. The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) at the TARDIS console.

Burbank is just down the road from me.

Good ole Bob Mitsch made connections and arranged to have us visit this piece of history.  Along with Bob and I came Justin (who makes a pretty darned great 8th Doctor) and Scott, who is a friend and photographer.  Scott took a lot of great shots of Justin recreating shots of the movie with the console, and I was able to get several done as well.  It was a pretty sweet frickin’ day.  It was just thrilling to be at the ACTUAL console, flipping through controls on the same device that the 7th and 8th Doctors did on camera.

All photos are courtesy of Scott Sebring.  Most of them can also be viewed in their original size (they are so tiny here!) at my Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/62529181@N00/

 

Justin as the Eighth Doctor.  Compare with the Eighth Doctor shot above - pretty cool!

Justin as the Eighth Doctor. Compare with the Eighth Doctor shot above - pretty cool!

My first shot in front of the console

My first shot in front of the console

 

Just a DAMN cool shot

Just a DAMN cool shot

Look at all those buttons lit up!

Look at all those buttons lit up!

I had to include this because I'm not posing.  I don't even know a picture is being taken, I'm just taking in the fact that this is the real TARDIS console

I had to include this because I'm not posing. I don't even know a picture is being taken, I'm just taking in the fact that this is the real TARDIS console

The proud owner of the TARDIS console: Paul!

The proud owner of the TARDIS console: Paul!

Did I mention that there was a Dalek there as well?

Did I mention that there was a Dalek there as well?

With Justin, getting ready to shoot a wonderfully ridiculous guitar solo

With Justin, getting ready to shoot a wonderfully ridiculous guitar solo

Getting ready for takeoff!

Getting ready for takeoff!

This is pretty much as genuinely happy as I can get

This is pretty much as genuinely happy as I can get

I was able to take a small amount of video as well.  Short and corny, but fun.  Hopefully you can feel the very real joy that I was experiencing at this time.  Frustratingly, the video is rather washed out on my face but the idea is there.

Oh, and because fandom demanded it, here’s a clip of the Tenth Doctor (me) playing the guitar solo to Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” while the Eighth Doctor (Justin) calmly pilots the TARDIS.  You are welcome, world.  However, I’m not really a guitar player and it shows.  Sorry.

Many, MANY thanks to Paul, Bob and Justin for making this day a seriously memorable one.

Sooooo… we have access to a Police Box, a TARDIS console, and a couple of guys who could play a couple of Doctors.  We may have to write and shoot something.  It’s just a waste to have a REAL TARDIS console hanging out in a garage.  That’s gotta’ be SHOWCASED!

In the last month I’ve performed at the Comedy Store in Hollywood and operated a real TARDIS console.  I’m just going to put it out to the Universe that I would like to meet Bill Murray.

No wacky tagline this time.  Just… thankful and happy!

Kev

I had recently discussed my disappointment in the casting of a 26 year old kid as the new face of Doctor Who.  I really want The Doctor to have some gravitas and I find that the idea of a babyface doesn’t really help that.  Then came the rumors of what his costume would be.  Many were reporting that the BBC were going to play up the youthful appearance of the good Doctor and he would be wearing a hoodie and a t-shirt.  I was pretty much banging my head against the wall.  I was greatly concerned that they were marketing directly to the 12 year olds.

Let’s have a look at the past, shall we?

William Hartnell as The First Doctor (the original, you might say).

William Hartnell as The First Doctor (the original, you might say).

The First Doctor:  Whaddya’ gonna’ do?  He’s an old man.  He dresses like it.  Fine by me.

Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor

Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor

The Second Doctor:  This fits his persona as a “cosmic hobo”.  Solid idea for this character.

Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor

Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor

The Third Doctor: This took a fun turn!  From the “cosmic hobo” to frilly shirts and a cape!  Pertwee truly defined dashing in his tenure.

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor

Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor

The Fourth Doctor: This is what most non-fans think of when they hear “Doctor Who”.  “That crazy guy with the scarf” and sometimes a mention of a robot dog (K-9).  Iconic.

Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor

Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor (my favorite!): This costume would be perfect if it wasn’t for the silly striped pants and the goofy stick of celery on his lapel.  That celery is being weird for the sake of being weird.  I do have that sweater, however.

Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor

Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor

The Sixth Doctor: We don’t talk about the Sixth Doctor’s costume.

It’s really a shame – especially considering that Colin wanted a costume more like what turned out to be the Ninth Doctor’s.

Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor

Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor: I’m going to say something that is going to piss off a lot of Doctor Who fans.  I don’t hate the question marks.  I don’t know, I just thought it was fun!  It was a bitch, though, drawing red question marks all over my sweater.

Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor

Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor

The Eighth Doctor: This seems like a throwback to the era of the First and Second Doctors.  Classy.  I like it.

Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor

Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor

The Ninth Doctor: This costume frustrated a lot of fans in the respect that it’s not really a costume.  A sweater (different sweaters with different colors – the first time that The Doctor regularly alternated his outfit), a leather jacket, some dark pants and boots.  Sometimes we like The Doctor to have a bit of flash, but I believe this costume is just what Doctor Who needed at the time of the show’s resurgence.

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

The Tenth Doctor: Ah, David, I’m going to miss you, pal.  You are a heckuvan actor and play The Doctor with passion.  The costume is fun – somewhat timeless.  David suggested putting his personal Converse shoes on with the pinstripe suit was a nice touch.

And now…I was bracing for a friggin’ Russell Brand impersonator…a hoodie…a t-shirt… and here is the Eleventh Doctor:

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, and Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

TARDIS, Companion, and The Doctor

TARDIS, Companion, and The Doctor

I freaking love it!  You see, Steven Moffat is smart.  You’ve got this young kid as a 900 year old Time Lord.  How do you give us the impression that he has an old soul?  Dress him like an old school teacher!  Plus – the TARDIS has had a bit of an overhaul as well.  Bigger, bluer and they brought back the St. John Ambulance badge to the right door, not seen since the 1960’s.

After months of nervousness about the direction of my beloved show, I have been re-energized with excitement!

Thank you, Steven Moffat!

Kev