For years, a big blue box has been invading my dreams, filling my closet and improving my Saturday nights. So it only made sense that seeing a “real” TARDIS was on my travel to do list last year when I made my way to Cardiff, Wales for the Doctor Who Experience. I said then that it was glorious, because it was. But I wanted to expound on that a little for people who are considering spending a ton of cash going there OR who may never have the chance to see it for one reason or another.
Big Blue Box isn’t just a silly name the show’s writers came up with in a moment of whimsy. The TARDIS is quite simply put, a giant blue prop, upon which many a nerd have placed a fantasy or a thousand. Many a drunken night has ended with a wish for a Big Blue Box. And with science fiction, time travel seems to be one of our key tools of choice. Whether Hermione’s Time Turner or Doc’s DeLorean, we nerds have a fondness for controlling time. For me personally, it’s a bit of an obsession. I have said to friends once too often: if it’s about time travel, I don’t care what Rotten Tomatoes says, I’ll watch it. Remember, The Butterfly Effect?
And so the TARDIS holds special meaning to me and seeing it was undoubtedly a fun memory. But the truth is, I didn’t NEED to see it for it to hold such importance to me.
I couldn’t open the door. It wasn’t truly bigger on the inside. I wasn’t going to travel to another space or time. It’s meaning was truly attached to how much I love the sentiment of the show.
This post isn’t mean to discourage you from making the trek to Cardiff if you want to see the real deal. Trust me, it is fun. But I would like to remind us all of something that can become so true when you are a fan of something: you don’t NEED the THING for the THING to be the THING. That can be a very expensive movie prop, or a trip to a set or something as simple as a tee shirt. Sometimes, we celebrate our nerd loves in a way that can be financially costly… and forget the main truth: It’s already in your heart. You just need to tap into it.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
It’s been a while since we’ve done a giveaway around here. I’ve been missing Doctor Who lately, so why not go for a lovely TARDIS themed gift? This one comes from ThinkGeek’s awesome customizable bracelet collection.
HERE’S HOW YOU WIN:
1. Take a picture on instagram of how you live a geek chic life and use the hashtag #beinggeekchic
2. Do this by Monday, May 12th at Midnight EST
Can’t wait to see all your pictures. I’ll get us started by posting a great picture of the bracelet - which you can see on my instagram: @lizgiorgi - Follow me and I’ll post lots of geek chic inspiration in the next two weeks.
*The fine print: Giveaway only open to US readers. All prizing is provided by ThinkGeek and Being Geek Chic. The total value of the prize is $65 plus shipping and handling. The giveaway also includes the cost of shipping to one address in the continental United States. Please follow the rules and be kind to one another.
It’s not just Donna Noble that wants to be the Doctor. Sure, being a companion is great, but being witness to space and time history over and over again? I could do that job. Sign me up.
It’s a lonely life, but let’s gloss over that for a minute and pretend like I’m going to work… as the Doctor.
In complete honesty, I’m brand new to Doctor Who, and I only found an episode on Netflix because Liz asked me to prep for BGC’s 30 days of Doctor Who. The episode was called “Blink” and featured Carey Mulligan fishing around and solving timey wimey problems while the Doctor was stuck in 1969.
But now I’m hooked. And lucky for me, I had a Doctor Who fan and near-expert at my fingertips: my sister! Meet Tessa Bauer: a 24-year-old chemist with streaks of glambition and fabulosity. Her shoe collection rivals Carrie Bradshaw’s (in the first few seasons, at least), she thrives on mixing chemicals and tinkering with lab equipment, and she’s been known to let her dog get a little pudgy.
So here you have it: a conversation between two sisters about the adventurous, charming, cheeky and brilliant Doctor Who. Enjoy!
Me: So let’s start with this, very basic: why do you enjoy watching Doctor Who?
Tessa: Hmm. Well I started watching Doctor Who because I felt like I needed to expand my nerdiness.
Me: Your nerdiness?
Remember this? Well, I wasn’t full of shit. I really do love pins. And I had to have that TARDIS one.
I think it looks pretty good in all these capacities. Lapel. Clutch. Necklace. Hair. All lovely. All sophisticated. All conversation starters. Most importantly, I can go to work without causing a stir.
Looking at thees pictures it’s pretty clear that I haven’t been able to properly process my weight loss either… like, it doesn’t seem real to me. I am proud of myself. I’ll write about it someday, once I figure out what the hell there is to say.
Either way, I had way too much fun playing dress up with this pin… So watch this video to check out the fifth way to wear the pin:
I had to give you a reason to click play after all…
If you care at all what I’m wearing: