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Motherly pride on Doctor Who's Eve

There's a bit of Who-fever at my house, you could say. For those who are not yet infected, tomorrow is the Season 6 premiere of the "new" Doctor Who. I'm all atwitter. Well, I don't actually do Twitter, but I did break down and do Tumblr. Sort of. Don't expect much. However, on the Official Doctor Who Tumblr page, there is a photo of my daughter and her friends in full-on Whoverse drag*:

A Doctor, a TARDIS, and three Daleks walk into a con...

Are they not adorable? McDiva is the TARDIS. She designed and constructed her dress herself, as did the Doctor (Eleven), who also created the pattern for the Daleks. They won the "Best Workmanship" and "Cuddliest Presentation" awards in the Novice division at the Gallifrey One #22 Convention in February. They called themselves Cutesy Who for the purposes of the masquerade. It was pretty funny, because 1,500 people heard the name and started to jeer, but immediately switched to saying "Awwwwww" when the girls crept out on stage. Because they were just that cute.

Anyway, there are hundreds of notes on the Tumblr post about how delightful they are, which has been most gratifying to the kids. There are a couple of scattered offers of dates, which make me want to shout, "They are just kids, you louts!" But that's my issue. One of the early notes read "Homeschoolers? Homeschoolers." and while I can't figure out how to set the record straight over there, I can assure you that these girls are not homeschooled — although their parents are awesome, obviously — but are instead "art schoolers". Public (that's "government" to you Brits, I believe) Art School, no less. Thank you San Francisco Unified School District and all its supporters!

My fandom is still Buffy, but I'll be watching to see the gang tomorrow. Also, Mark Sheppard (of Firefly and Dollhouse) will be in the first couple of episodes. I know he plays despicable creatures a lot, but I find him very alluring. It's that smart Brit thing, against which I am apparently helpless.

*Remember when they used to call it "dress up"? Now it's cosplay, but I still like to call it drag.

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Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
There's even a fez!!!!

Yes, pride is appropriate. They are adorable. I don't really approve of New!Smarties-coloured!Daleks, but I'll make an exception in their case. *g*

And Buffy is my fandom too, but Dr Who has been my fandom since 1963 - honestly. And I'm pretty excited too.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
I do think the new!Daleks make cuter dresses than the old. The girl in the fez made a red one, which I think makes her look a little like a ladybug, until she brandishes her "Exterminate" placard in the most menacing — but ultra cute — way.

McDiva is thinking of doing a Victory!Dalek costume for next year...we shall see. My very favorite Dalek at the con was the Tiki!Dalek (life sized) which had a grass skirt body and coconut shell "dots". It had a cocktail and a tiki torch as it's appendages. So, so awesome.

I am entirely a new!Who gal, and Eleven was instantly my Doctor. I'm told it's a requirement to have one of your own. I suspect it's because River Song and Amelia/Amy Pond are so strong and wonderful, in addition to the air of general impishness. Who knows why we love the ones we do, right?
Apr. 23rd, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Hmm. When you're older than grit like me it's permissible to have more than "one" Doctor - my favourites are Hartnell, because he started it, Troughton, Tom Baker, Davison, Tennant and Smith. If pushed to choose only one it would have to be Baker, he of the curls, scarf and jelly babies.

I may or may not have spent much of my pre-teen years holding my nose, sticking out the other arm and intoning EXTERMINATE. ::whistles innocently and looks elsewhere:
Apr. 23rd, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm also an old broad, but an American one. Christopher Eccleston was my first Doctor, and a grand one he was, too. So my Who-play mainly consists of beginning every text to McDiva with "Hello Sweetie". We get our kicks where we can...
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Awww, is right! They are so adorable.

And Mark Sheppard! Best guest star, ever. (he was also on Supernatural and BSG and Medium.) Alluring, that's a good word. :-)
Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Gah! Mark Sheppard on BSG was utterly gutting. Though as Crowley on Supernatural, I finally got the guh!factor. Probably because he's constantly going around kissing men to "seal the deal". (Be still my slashy heart.) Or maybe the suits. Definitely the sarcasm. I may have misunderstood when he spoke at the Con, but it sounded like he was coming back to Supernatural. Flashbacks? Some crazy demon resurrection? What are the chances? Anticipate!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Aww! McDiva and her friends made my night! They are absolutely delightful!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
Heh. So happy to make you happy! They just keep getting more amazing...
Apr. 23rd, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Too adorable for words! And now I desperately want one of those Dalek dresses!

Also, I am the hugest Mark Shephard fan alive.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
You can't have Mark! Enver is your future husband! Focus!

I do not sew, but I suspect that people who do could recreate the Dalek dress without too much fuss. In any color, really. Maybe floor-length for evening occasions? One of the commentors said that her prom has an "Amazing Outer Space" theme (or similar) and she's totally going to do one of these. Heh. I might've even gone to my prom if it had been that cool...
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Seriously, this is the cutest picture ever. If I wore dresses, I would want a TARDIS Dress.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Hee! McDiva mostly wears black jeans and combat boots, but she has this odd little provocative streak that comes out in Gothic Lolita. I feel like they are the drag queens and punk rockers of now. It's so flamboyant and not stealthy. She and her friends have been called "freaks" in San Francisco, which is quite an accomplishment. (It was little kids doing the name calling, and my girls thought it was hilarious. I hope it is ever thus.)

Oh! And you can't see in this photo, but the "In case of emergency" sign is on her back. Pretty legit.
Apr. 23rd, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
I know, right?
Apr. 23rd, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)
McDiva & friends are teh cutest thing evah! they make me want to go to con, and go in costume. They are that cute!

I do like McDiva's alice in wonderland tardis. What a cute idea!

tomorrow is dedicated to helping small children dye easter eggs, but I'm so watching DW before bed!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
You can't see her little top hat in the photo, which is supposed to be the light on top. Heh.

I'm glad that you've been able to restart going to Cons, since you've been having such a great time. Dying eggs is up there on the fun scale, though! Have a great time!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
My daughters are DEEPLY DEEPLY jealous now... *g*
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
The feeling is mutual, as your daughters get to see the episode hours ahead of those of us on the West-most Coast of the Wild West.

However, you can rest easy knowing that your kids will appreciate having a fandom-savvy parent. When I introduced MiAmore to scarlettgirl at Gallifrey, mentioning that we had met at Comic-Con, she looked at McDiva and said, "She never had a chance, did she?" Hee!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
Wonderfully adorkable!
Apr. 23rd, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I wonder if the Doctor will ever wear one of those? *points to icon*
Apr. 27th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
Oh my lord those girls are adorable!
Apr. 28th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Hee! Ain't they just? I wonder what they'll come up with next time?
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