Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Doctor Who, Steampunk Style

Ok, time for the aforementioned geekiness.  Is it odd that I see Doctor Who as ‘geeky’ but not fairies or the idea of grown women holding a mass virtual tea party while wearing funny hats?  I suppose one man’s geek is another man’s freedom fighter. Or something like that. Anyhow, yes, Doctor Who. There’s been loads of it on TV this week.

Saturday was the best. One of the digital channels was showing nothing but Who all afternoon - the old 60s films, that weird attempt at an American one with I and the Terminator, and some more recent stuff too.  Then there was the new episode on BBC in the evening, and then Barca beat United! Ah, Saturday was a good day my friends.  I didn’t leave the sofa. But back to the geekiness…

You see, it’s not that I think watching Doctor Who is geeky, per se, but talking about it online probably is. And talking about it online in relation to steampunk’s gotta be. Which is what I’m going to do now.  Sort of. I’m no authority on steampunk so I won’t be able to talk about it very well. To me it’s just a word that describes certain stuff. Stuff that I generally tend to like.

Sometimes some of that stuff pops up in Doctor Who. I do realise, by the way, that DW isn’t actually ‘steampunk’ as such (though there are those who would argue that it was a precursor for the sub-genre), but it does have it’s moments. Remember that episode with Queen Victoria and the alien werewolves - didn’t they want to build a coal powered spaceship or something?  

 And then there was that Christmas special from a few years ago, the one that was repeated on Saturday and got me thinking about this.  It had The Doctor floating about in a hot air balloon shooting rays from a sleek old fashioned rifle (ok, so it was a temporal converter thingamajig or whatever but it looked like an old fashioned rifle) at a big giant Cyberking - a dreadnought class starship with a steam engine, no less - which was wrecking havoc on nineteenth century London. As I said, I’m no expert…

Anyway, since then that thing’s happened. You know, when you’ve been thinking about something then you start to notice it popping up everywhere?  I’ve come across so much steampunk inspired Who stuff since Saturday!  Like these lovely drawings by Promus-Kaa on Deviant Art. Be sure and check out the fun little descriptions and anecdotes he leaves with each image.

When you’re over on D-Art, you could also swing by for a nosy at Vladislaus Dantes’ gallery. He’s got tons of handcrafted goodies for steam lovers, including these:

I want that TARDIS! Also on Deviant Art (god, they’re a crafty bunch over there), are Sydeian and the adorable K-1889. Aw, just look at his little wiggly megaphone ears! 

Not quite as friendly but certainly as beautiful is this “sewer maintenance machine” prototype by Alex Holden. It’s made from bubble bath! Confused? Click here

Finally, I just thought I’d post this for no other reason than it’s one of the cutest things ever:

Sorry, I can’t remember where I got it from. It is cute though, isn’t it?


Danni said...

Oh! I love Doctor Who and feel like a total geek when I talk about it online too. And Steampunk Doctor Who? Yes, please, send me that K9! :)

As far as chatting online about it goes, did you catch up on the new season while it was on Saturday? If so, whatcha think? I'm curious for the opinion of someone other then myself and the Doctor Who fanboys I know. ;)

AlphaBetsy said...

I am also a fan of Dr. Who. :) And the steampunk pieces just make me smile. Way to combine two of my favorite things.

I loved the Doctor's Wife, the Neil Gaiman episode. It was soo good.

Anyway, don't feel bad, you are not the only Who geek out here.

mademoiselle G said...

Aw love steampunk! And Dr Who is not that geek, don't worry! :-)

Jeanne said...

Hubby is really into Dr. Who but not steampunk...Me, I'm into steampunk but not Dr. Who......We're a real odd couple!
Love all those s/p items! Great finds. :0)

Linda in New Mexico said...

I love steampunk, (and tea parties) and I watch Dr. Who with my daughter. See there is diplomacy left in the world. I can see having a steampunk tea party....hmmmmm makes me pause.
XOXO The Olde Bagg

hey come by and help me celebrate my 2nd anniversary giveaway....

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Romantic Heroine said...

Oh I love Dr. Who. A pitty they don't televise it on german tv :(

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