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THE MINI ISSUE


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8 Squee meet fangirl! A debriefing on examination of fangirl grief vs logic with a dash of handy tips to ease the pain. what this magazine has to offer.

CONTRIBUTORS

10 Follicled Fashion. Could clothes REGULARS made from hair become mainstream 26 D.I.Y: Food. Have a go at making fashion? Bread & Butter Pudding. 12 Gift Guide. Some geeky & not so 29 Real Life: Random & Fandom chat geeky buys. Treat yourself! with A Whovian – coping with Eleven’s 19 Sherlockian Love. Sherlockian, Andy, regeneration and graphics. tells us why she the Consulting Detective is 31 Feels. Time of the Doctor review, all that and a bag of chips. Some things you need to know about the 32 So your Doctor is regenerating? An Desolation of Smaug and more.

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COVER GRAPHIC BY ANDREA “ANDY” BEA

CONTENTS

Dec 2013 / Jan 2014

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Delicia Downing Founder & Editor-in-Chief ometimes it’s hard out here for article in here about hairy clothing and a chat

fangirl. It feels like we have to work twice as hard as the guys to prove we’re genuinely into geek. We’d like to be able to enjoy our fandoms without our femininity being scrutinized, geek out without being accused of being interested in something, just for the pretty faces. We all know their sexy is just a bonus. Not to mention most women’s magazines are filled with sexist and stereotypical information that end up instilling anxiety. This is where Squee comes in – a magazine and online community where you can be as unapologetically fangirly as you want. We’re going to discuss movies, comics, games, TV, the internet and everything in between. While this mini issue is not representative of all that we’ll offer or the exact end product, I just want to whet your appetite a little. Maybe entice some of you to get involved. It is the work of a few but in time it could be the collaboration of many. Now to the matter at hand - it’s the new year and that can mean: 2013 ended as swiftly as it started, fireworks, parties and everything smells like star shine, rainbows and butterfly milk. That is, if you’re a muggle. If you’ve managed to fall down the rabbithole of some charming on the outside, gutwrenching on the inside fandom things aren’t always so chipper. These past twelve months have been some of the most emotionally crippling for fandoms from the finale of Breaking Bad to the travesty of the Red Wedding. We’ve lost bad ass vet, Hershel Greene, Carol’s still nowhere, Judith’s missing, Alison’s alive (not sure if that’s a good or bad thing) and Kevin Tran’s dead. DEAD AND GONE! Writers in all their cruel glory, giveth and taketh away. Eleven regenerated halfway through Christmas dinner! I can see Moffat’s happy Grinch face now. Luckily there are ways to deal the transition of a Time Lord. And while you’re struggling to cope why not tuck into some bread and butter pudding. There’s an

with a Whovian. Since we’re on the topic of Moffat creations: it’s always nice to see an intelligent, meticulous, sarcastic, well cheek boned character on TV. Sherlock returns on New Year’s Day with the first episode of its third series, The Black Hearse. We’re starting the year like we mean to finish – strong! Sherlockian, Andrea Bea, talks about her love for London’s famous detective. Fandoms aside, however you plan on ringing in the new year, make sure you have a GOOD (but responsible) time. Party like last year wasn’t easy. Like you had to fight your way through to the end. You’re alive and doing you despite everything that was thrown at you. Whatever troubles you’ve had remember you survived. Party like you’re still here standing and getting ready to kick ass in 2014. Oh - one more thing. I am very grateful to everyone who has supported and contributed to this adventure. Pauline, Aprilyn and Andy I won’t forget how willing you were to help, a stranger really, when I asked. Also thank you for reading! As I end my very first editor’s letter I do so with a great deal of hope that what I am doing will be the start of something good. For all who live in Middle Earth, Westeros, Neverland, Emerald City, Hogwarts, Narnia, thereabouts or even at home in bed under a duvet trawling through Tumblr, this mag’s for you! Hope you like it.

Happy New Year Everyone,

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meet fangirl. Hey girl! Fangirl meet Squee. “ Squee Now we’ve got the basic introductions out of the

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way, let’s get down to business.

quee! Ah the sweet sound of fangirling. This word fits perfectly into the ethos of the type of magazine I wish to create – fresh, funny and fangirly. Squee is an original fangirl lifestyle magazine and website unique in its ability to connect with quirky, geeky young women. We seek to bridge the gap between fandom and femininity. Here are some of the things you can expect from the magazine.

In every issue

Dear Squee Here we’ll publish some of your letters, posts, emails, questions, tweets and thoughts that you send to us.

Real Life In this section we’ll discuss news and views happening in the actual real world. You know muggle territory. You may find a column or two. If you have a topic you’ll like to discuss, you’re a budding writer or journalism student/graduate get in touch you may well be our new columnist. There’ll be an Advice column and Wellness column; because we care about your wellbeing too. Natter is the area in which we’ll chat to readers, authors, actors and you about life.

Style Faaaashion. Looking good and feeling fine. Slay! No, don’t worry we’re not going to tell you what to wear, how to dress yourself or what you should like. Instead we’re just going to share ideas and places that cater to the unique. You can choose the bits you want. So you can be the great individual that you are! Beauty Because all fangirls are sexy and we want to share all the things you can do to

persistently marinate in that sexy. If you’re shaking your head because you’re secretly telling yourself you aren’t sexy, pretty or anything positively radiant, then you better tell yourself to shut the hell up because all fangirls are sexy and everything else is irrelevant. Okay? Okay.

Feels Our culture, review and fandom news section. Here you’ll find our thoughts on anything pop culture. New TV shows, books, music, films etc.You can get involved too – with reviews of your own. I’d like to start a book club too. Our discussions/meet ups will be published in the magazine and online. The website will track the day-to-day stuff while the magazine will feature the end result – a review or any interesting findings. The book club will depend on the number of people interested. Stuff and Things Anything else we feel you should be aware of! Fanart, great blogs. We’ll showcase your work too. In this section Random & Fandom is where we’ll chat to fangirls/you.

D.I.Y. Think of it as the three C’s. Cooking, crafts and cosplay. Tips, tricks, how to’s, best places to find… all that good stuff! We’ll chat to cosplayers and show off their hard work. Cosplay of the month too. Volunteers are welcome.

Directory A list of all the events you need to know conventions, competitions, art shows etc. If you don’t see an event on the list that you believe should be there, please get in touch. (This is for future reference. There is no directory in the Mini Issue).

Not in every issue

The Sex Files Sometimes we’ll talk about sex, baby!

Features Cutting edge articles, interviews with your favourite actors, animators, directors, artists, musician and so on. TV show theories like who’s A anyway?

Extra fun times Freebies, giveaways, meet ups, competitions, objects of desire. We take suggestions too.

Important things to note!

The attitude of Squee is funny, fierce and full of sass. Squee is for those geeky young women who want a magazine free from hate. We want to celebrate all things female- our bodies, skin, hair, likes and dislikes. We don’t want to change you or make you hate yourself. We want to love, share and give you a nudge in the right direction should you need one. Our main focus is young women aged 18 and over. It doesn’t mean that anyone below 18 can’t read it or get involved. Take Random & Fandom, for example, in this issue it’s with a 15-year old. While this magazine has feminism at its core it isn’t a social justice magazine. Will social justice issues pop up? Do bears sh*t in the woods? As a human being and woman of colour, I believe it is important to see the flaws in our various fandoms and their representation of minorities. Lord knows I have issues with the representation of women and people of colour on The Walking Dead yet it remains one of my favourites. Don’t get me started of Game of Thrones either! It is a place at the forefront of fandom – Squeedom if you will – for all female geeks to be as unapologetically fangirly as they like.

If you’d like to contribute, get involved, have suggestions or simply say hello contact details are at the back of the magazine.

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Clothes made from human hair – fashion statement, taboo or novelty item? I investigate & speak to Jodie Breeds, hairdresser turned hair couture gown designer and Kerry Howley, Creative Art student. he idea of using hair as a fashion resource isn’t new. In the ‘90’s, American, Barber Bill Black created a twin set of bikinis from human hair, which he used as a prop to promote his idea that using hair in different ways could save the world. He said three basic human needs are food, shelter, and clothing. You can grow food in it, build bricks from it, and make clothes from it. As the world's population increases and its resources dwindle, we would do well to use all of the materials at our disposal, even if they're swept from a barbershop floor. Clothing sewn from hair has been on the scene for some time. In 2008, Project Runway's Chris March sent models clothed in human hair down the final runway, and shocked viewers, judges and mentor Tim Gunn. The following year, designers Sonia Rykiel, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Maison Martin Margiela and Alena Akhmadullina's included human hair creations in their fashion shows. This hairy plight was amped up by designers like Charlie Le Mindu, VPL, Holly Russell and Grau Wal. Much of this is owed to Mother Monster and slave to fashion Lady Gaga donning dresses from their hair innovated collections. 2011 saw an extravagant hairy creation. Thelma Madine, a renowned dress designer, with the help of Liverpool based hair stylist Ryan Edwards, has possibly created the largest dress made out of human hair. The size 6 dress took over 300 hours to make, used 820 feet of hair and weighs about 33 pounds! Over a period of 12 days, a team of eight people put in around 300 hours of work to complete the dress. The dress is made up of about 10,000 hair wefts combined with 12 underskirts and 1500 crystals. “It’s fair to say we’ll probably not see another dress like it for a very long time,” Ryan Edwards said. The dress was first revealed at the 2011 Alternative Miss Liverpool pageant and Thelma Madine set a price of £50,000 for this unique

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wedding dress. Last year a Sunderland hairdresser caught the media’s attention with her hairy haute couture gown. Jodie Breeds, owner of 24 Carat Salon designed a dress made entirely out of human hair. The blonde ensemble was modelled by Holly Lyons in the environmentally-friendly dress section of the Miss England 2012 contest. Jodie’s original idea for the dress came from the beauty pageant and her desire to keep her brand involved. She said: “I wanted my winner of Miss 24 Carat Hair & Beauty 2012 to still stay with my brand theme as well as being eco-friendly Friendly. I’ve worked with hair extensions a lot but never incorporated it into an item of clothing before.” She had already worked extensively with hair extensions “but never incorporated it into an item of clothing before.” She started planning the dress back in September 2011 following Holly’s win. She then gathered the extensions and passed them on to her aunt, Margaret Jenner. It took her aunt six hours in total to stitch it all together. Wearing human hair is still very much a taboo subject. In today’s society, hair is worn with pride but once severed it is viewed as filthy, swept away and binned. As such the idea of clothing made from hair and then worn on our bodies is a grower (no pun intended). Charlie Le Mindu once said: "People just need to get over the fact they are wearing something from their body. They seem to think it is still living and that freaks them out." He added once society gets their heads around wearing hair it will become mainstream like wearing fur- a luxury. Jodie drew on past trends to explain the reluctance


and evidence of this trend’s staying power. For me I struggle to fully appreciate large human hair dresses, like Madine’s gigantic wedding dress. As beautiful as it looks all I keep thinking about is how much all that human hair would have helped cancer patients, who are on waiting lists to get wigs because there aren’t enough people who have 9 inches or more of one length of hair to donate to them. As long as designers wish to create with human hair it should remain within the realms of high fashion for one-off couture pieces. As for why clothing made from human hair will remain taboo, Kerry said it best: “I don't think people can ever get over where the material came from. Materials like bone and hair and teeth are so personal, [once] separated from their 'body' perhaps they can only be a reminder of mortality, violence and decay. Hair less so, but still a material that belonged to someone in an elemental way.” Jodie Breed’s blonde gown worn by Holly Lyons, during the Miss England 2012 beauty pageant.

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to follicled fashion. She said: “Well thinking back on different fashion trends from the past. I imagine that back in the 60’s there would have been an initial uproar when the mini skirt was first seen on the streets of Britain. All new styles take time to catch on.” Jodie isn’t the only hairdresser creating haute couture pieces from hair. In 2009 Huang Xin, a hairdresser from Beijing created works of art from discarded human hair. Some of his notable artworks include a replica of Tiananmen Square and a model of Barack Obama to celebrate the 60th anniversary of People’s Republic of China and the President of the United States of America’s visit to China respectively. The following year Kim Do, a Vietnamese hairdresser, designed a tunic made from one million meters of hair. The hair was collected from 54 different people across Vietnam, then died and sewn into the dress using a needle. Two years ago, Tsai Shiou-ying, 54, a Taiwanese hairdresser made a pair of high heeled shoes from real human hair. According to Charlie Le Mindu “ in 10 years we'll all be wearing clothes made of human hair, we just need to get our heads round the fact." Perhaps he is right. Jodie believes that through more exposure we may see more hair clothing pieces being designed and made. Clothes from hair is still a somewhat new concept but with the likes of innovative designers finding new ways to use hair in their collections and influential people like Lady Gaga wearing hairy couture, it is feasible that fashion of this kind, can make its way to high street shops. So long as it becomes more contemporary, wearable and accessible. Perhaps the delicate human hair necklaces of, 23 year-old creative art student, Kerry Howley would make a smoother transition for some. When asked if she thought her necklaces could ever be sold on the high street she said: “I would like to think that we may do one day.” However she believes that clothing and accessories made from hair has a place in high fashion “as a statement but probably not everyday fashion.” Either way Kerry’s necklaces serve as an alternative to dressing in hairy clothing

Miss Voodou, winner of AlternativeLiverpool 2012 wearing Thelma Madine’s hairy wedding dress.

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Treat

Yourself Sometimes we forget to reflect on the good or to even pat ourselves on the back. Don’t fear being good to yourself!

Give yourself a Happy New Year pressie. You’ve earned it!

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SHERLOCKIAN LOVE

For decades Arthur Conan Doyle’s books about a genius detective and his long suffering friend have thrilled many but 21st century’s Sherlock, created by Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatniss, made the fandom get real. You know it’s official when a fandom has its own name. Sherlockian, Andrea Bea, shares her thoughts and love for all things Consulting Detective Holmes.

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veryone knows Sherlock Holmes. To noticed that, after becoming a Sherlockian, I've been me, when I first read the books, I saw viewing things quite differently. It may sound crazy but I've Holmes as the first and only "one-man- been observing things the way I think Sherlock would see CSI", whose deductive and reasoning things - trying to deduce random people in my mind and skills surpassed every brilliant mind ever trying to see what the eyes cannot see. known during his time. Sherlock's biggest impact in my life is probably due to the Having said that, when I asked a friend to suggest a few Sherlock fandom. I've met so many wonderful people TV series I could watch during summer break, she gave from different parts of the world who are me a whole list. But the one that stood out to me the most brilliant and amazing. I recently watched The Hobbit: The was "Sherlock". Probably because I was familiar with Desolation of Smaug with someone I met on Tumblr Doyle's original books but I mainly who's also a big Sherlock fan. She, got intrigued when I found out it The whole Sherlock Holmes saga is a bencumber (on Tumblr), is was a modern interpretation of the triumphant illustration of art’s supremacy amazing and I love her. We have series. I thought, FINALLY! I was over life. Perhaps no fiction character ever so much in common, it's crazy! curious to see how such a brilliant created has become so charmingly real I've also discovered that I could to his readers. It is not that we take our and eccentric mind would use his blessed Sherlock too seriously... But Holmes make graphics and I learned how deductive skills when technology is pure anesthesia. We read the stories to use Adobe Photoshop because and advanced resources were al- again and again; perhaps most of all for of the series. And when people the little introductory interiors which give tell me that they like the things I‘ve ready available. Just like every Sherlock fan, the a glimpse of 221B Baker Street. made, I can’t believe it and it –Christopher Morley first thing that excites me about makes me so happy. Because of season three is finally, satisfying the that, it inspires me to be more frustration of finding out how Sherlock survived that creative and to improve on myself whatever I’m making. bloody fall. Also, how John would react when Sherlock For people who have not yet seen or even heard of comes back to him (He would probably beat him up or at BBC's Sherlock, you’re missing out on such a brilliant least give him one huge POW right in the kisser!). thing. It is everything that I could want in a TV series. Something to always look forward to with Sherlock is Other than the mind-boggling cases, brilliant humour and the series' own interpretation of the cases the old Holmes the most frustrating cliff-hangers that will keep you at the came across. I mean who wouldn't be excited for another edge of your seat – and make you want to smash your TV season of a brilliantly written and well thought out show? screen...with your face – believe me when I say this show And we finally have a premier date 50 years earlier than is definitely a work of art. The cinematography is so what everyone expected. But seriously, it's still 2 years of original. It is truly unlike anything else on television. The waiting after all, so you can't blame me for being madly episodes are so well thought out that you would think that excited about Sherlock season 3. And frankly, seeing you're watching a movie instead of an episode from a TV Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin show. So if someone would ask me if I would Freeman as John Watson is solely an exciting treat by itself. recommend Sherlock to them, I would say, as Sherlock himself would have uttered: Obviously. Heck, I'm even excited about seeing Anderson again! Sherlock has made an impact on me as well. I only

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GRAPHICS I usually get inspiration for my graphics from the show's quotes or sometimes a random quote that can be related to Sherlock. I'd start picking a nice quote, and build the concept from there. Captions for the graphics are in the order they appear:

Sherlock & Moriarty graphic - "You're me, you're me.” Typography pickpocket graphic - "Where did you get this? "Detective Inspector Lestrade"?" Sherlock's hands graphic - "Think." Shattered face Sherlock graphic - "The most damaged people are the wisest." Art of Disguise graphic - "The art of disguise is knowing how to hide in plain sight."

Andrea “Andy” Bea, is a 20-year old civil engineering undergrad on her way to medical school. You can follow her blog on Tumblr. She’s ‘getanderson’.

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D.I.Y FOOD

bread & butter pudding SATISFY YOUR SWEET CRAVINGS WITH THIS HEARTY WINTER TREAT

I love this family favourite. Most recipes require custard but I can’t stand custard, so I worked my magic and voila! This version is earthy, warm and well spiced. Just what you need for cold days. Remember day old bread works best.

YOU’LL NEED

25g/1oz butter, plus extra for greasing your baking pan 8 thin slices bread 50g/2oz sultanas 4 tsp cinnamon powder 350ml/12fl oz whole milk 50ml/2fl oz double or single cream your call 1 or 2 free-range eggs 25g/1oz granulated sugar nutmeg, grated to taste

You must think me a piece of bread that needs to be buttered so heavily? – Odin

DIRECTIONS

1 Preheat the oven to 180C/355F/Gas 4. 2 Grease a 1 litre/2 pint pie dish with butter. 3 Crusts are optional. Spread each slice, on one side with butter, then cut into triangles for a neat finish or rip the slice in 2 or 3 pieces for a rustic look. 4 Arrange a layer of bread, buttered-side up, in the bottom of the dish, then add a layer of sultanas. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and then repeat the layers of bread and sultanas, sprinkling with cinnamon, until you have used up all of the bread. Then set aside. 5 Gently warm the milk and cream in a pan over a low heat until it’s lukewarm. Don't let it boil! 6 Crack the eggs into a bowl; add three quarters of the sugar and nutmeg. Then lightly whisk until pale. 7 Add the lukewarm milk and cream mixture then stir well; it should be frothy and runny. If it starts to thicken up use a whisk instead and add some milk. 8 Pour the mixture over the bread layers. 9 Sprinkle the remaining sugar and leave to stand for 10 minutes so the bread could soak up all that goodness. 10 Place the dish into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the pudding has set and the top is golden-brown. It should be firm but jiggly.

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Bread & butter pudding is best served warm with a dollop of cream. If you try this recipe we’d love to know how it all went down. Send us some pictures too! Got some recipes you’d like to share? Drop us a line.


“And now it’s time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now, the clock is striking Twelve’s.”

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auline:

• is a 15 year-old Whovian who lives in Sweden. • can speak German. • is also a Superwholockian. To get to know more about Pauline, check out her blog. You can find her on Tumblr. She’s snogponds.


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Random & Fandom with Pauline!

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hat Peter Capaldi graphic was reblogged by Doctor Who’s official Tumblr which is how it came to my attention. It captures the sadness of Eleven’s regeneration and Matt Smith’s departure; yet there’s a glimmer of hope even excitement – what happens when the clock strikes Twelve? What new adventures are we about to share? When a simple graphic manages to do all that, I had to click on to its creator’s blog for a quick online chat and luckily Pauline didn’t say no.

Is Doctor Who your favourite fandom? Yeah it really is.

How did you first get into Doctor Who? Well if you don’t count that i watched the Sarah Jane Adventures when i was 11, I got into Doctor Who via Tumblr and friends.

Sarah Jane Adventures definitely count. Your graphic is What inspired it? Honestly? Nothing specific. I was just messing around, it was 4 am and I honestly had never tried making graphics like this before. I didn’t know who I wanted to do a graphic of, but for some reason I decided to go with Peter Capaldi. I really don’t know I just made it up as i went along with it Well colour me impressed! I can’t even make a graphic with a stickman let alone something so delicate and on my first try. How did it feel to have it reblogged by Doctor Who’s Tumblr? You know the episode where the space Titanic rams into Ten’s TARDIS and how Ten reacted? That was my initial reaction. Then I couldn’t stop grinning.

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Will you be making more? Well yeah! I literally just posted a graphic with Eleven and I don’t know...I probably will do more since this was really fun.

Ha! My timing is as always impeccable. Everyone has a first Doctor, is Eleven your first Doctor? Nope, mine was the ninth Doctor.

Are you ready for Eleven’s regeneration? I know I’m

not. NO! I’m not ready help!

I’m not sure I can! Any tips on how to deal with it? You can cry and be all gross with your emotions. Dealing isn’t even an option. -sobs-

Yeah there really should be some sort of programme for this, like Fictitional Death Anonymous...hmm. Who’s your favourite companion & why? I think my all time favourite has got to be Sarah Jane Smith because of her intelligence and her cuteness wow! (Also Elisabeth Sladen was wonderful).

She was such a BAMF! In life and as the Doctor’s companion. Nice choice.

What do you think makes Doctor Who so amazing? The variety of events and that everything is possible. I don’t it’s just so magical. -Squee- I know right!

Lastly your Doctor Who cosplay is beyond words! How long did it take to make? I didn’t make it, I bought it so it didn’t take that long 8) Haha! Still looks fab! Cheers for the chat.

“Random & Fandom” with...will be a regular in the magazine where we’ll chat to one of you about something random and fandom. There are two ways you can get a quickie: 1 Volunteer as tribute. 2 Wait for us to volunteer you.

If you choose to start a random & fandom chat with us, you have free reign to decide what fandom and how random the questions may be. Naturally if we choose to chat with you and you concur that free reign is now ours.

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NEXT IN SQUEE

THE CREATIVITY ISSUE

Get ready for...

FAN ART, BAD ASS AUTHORS, FEMLOCK AND BOOBS WITH THEIR OWN NAMES


FEELS

Culture/ TV/ Film/ Books

TIME OF THE DOCTOR REVIEW & TIPS ON DEALING WITH A REGENERATION

A glance at some potentially big animated films of 2014. If you’ve not watched it yet & don’t mind spoilers – some important things you should know about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug & some must read books of 2013 that we never quite got around to reading but totally should. And totally will...


Doctor regenerating? ou get new Doctor, you like new Doctor, you love new Doctor, Doctor regenerates. And so the vicious cycle continues. This isn’t new to you. Being a Whovian is knowing regeneration is as inevitable as a companion. However logic is futile now. Once the regeneration is complete you deal with the pitfall of emotions. Days may have passed since Matt Smith’s departure and it still hurts a little, that glimpse of Amy saying farewell to her “raggedy man” was a tearjerker. When it comes to fangirling, regardless of age, emotion and logic are almost always at luggerheads. The following is a snapshot look at that mental battle. If like me you’re still butthurt from that lacklustre episode, Sherlock premieres soon. Silver linings and all that.

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The Stages of Fangirl Grief vs Fangirl Logic

Denial

Matt Smith and Moffat are just trolling. *Watches the regeneration* Nope!

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“How dare he write a regeneration storyline that includes Christmas!!!!” Christmas IS ABOUT GIVING! NOT TAKING AWAY!!!”

You have had all the warnings and enough time to prepare yourself. Capaldi looks like he’s goning to be hilarious once he gets used to his kidneys. Technically he’s doing a bit of both – we are getting a new Doctor. So...on to the next emotional phase.

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@bbcdoctorwho Don’t let Matt go! Eleven needs to stay! I’ll love you forever. All my tears. #makeithappen #PLEASE

It doesn’t matter how much you beg. Matt thinks it’s the right time to leave so we should do the right thing and wish him all the best! He was a magnificient Doctor. [sobs internally]

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[screams internally] [pain intensifies] [sobs alone in a cold, dark corner]

Eventually you will make peace with the idea that Eleven’s gone. Chin up! Did you just say chin...[sobs]


How to deal with the pain: Wallow in your messy emotions. This is completely allowed as long as you don’t stay like this for too long. Throw a Doctor Who themed party. Decorate, dress up and dance the hurt away.

Cosplay! Get some friends together and step into the world of Doctor Who. This way you can get the gang back together – Eleven, Amy, Rory, River, Vastra, Jenny, Strax, Clara and the TARDIS. Turn your room into the TARDIS. You can get this door cling from ThinkGeek Everything feels better on the inside!

Ask yourself: “What would Amelia Pond do?” She would wait. Relax, sometimes change is painful and annoying but it can also be a beautiful thing. Remember when Nine became Ten? Ten was a good time too!

A little chocolate never hurt nobody.

We’ve created a puzzle on page 38 in honour of Matt Smith’s tenure as Eleven. Feel free to print & keep.

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Matt Smith. His Doctor was one of my favourites and he never let me down. A Cyberman’s head, affectionately called Handles was a clever move, in theory. The execution not so much. Sontarans in the snow. All plot lines wrapped up nicely (at a price). I especially love the crack in time/ Gallifrey comes a-knocking since the Doctors managed to save them in The Day of the Doctor. Eleven’s aging: We have seen older Doctors before but one dying of old age while serving badass Santa realness, was fresh and rather adorable. The Amy Pond “Raggedy Man goodnight” was as unexpected as it was moving. Then it hurt because I’m still not over The Angels Take Manhattan. The regeneration itself was a new kind of beautiful. I loved Matt’s speeches, using regeneration energy as a weapon, dropping of the bow tie and “I will always remember when the Doctor was me.” I enjoyed the break away from the traditional one-face-changinginto-another transformation. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it change was just right. Peter Capaldi has the maddest stare, kidney issues and TARDIS piloting problems. Roll on Series 8!

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But I cannot stand Clara. This wasn’t always the case. Her first episode, Asylum of the Daleks, where she The pace of this episode went from turned out to be Soufflé Girl/Oswin/Dalek supersonic to sloth-mode and back again. Moffat is a skilled storyteller: he can weave then died - I was all in! Followed by Victorian/Governess Clara in The Snowmen a web of Whoness that traps us with pithy “She’s going to be the best companion monologues and intricate concepts. ever!” my heart roared Unfortunately he’s seemed to as I cackled with glee. I wil l al w ays develop a habit of That was shortlived. overdoing it. There was so remember when the Just when I started much crammed into this Doctor was me. warming up to her, this episode the only way to –Eleven episode made me like jiggle them about was to her presence a lot less have warp speed storytelling. than I did to begin with. She has so much As a result the plot suffered. I had this potential but it’s wasted with the writing. niggling feeling that I was missing She’s supposed to be the Impossible Girl something even though I hadn’t moved while being “perfectly ordinary”. She is from my seat for the entire 60 minutes. underused, underwritten and underdevelThe last 15 minutes were brilliant the oped. Now don’t get me wrong, Jenna other 45 felt like wasted Coleman is fabulous and I’ve seen her in opportunities. other shows too. It’s Clara that’s my issue. No one suffered more, from You see companions are like Wilson. this, than Handles. I know I put When they’re lost at sea you feel the pain. him in the good bit but let me With Clara her being lost would make me explain. The writing and pacing let feel joy. I’m not sure if she lacks ‘relatability’ him down. In short, Handles does since she’s the Doctor’s Saviour. A point not a Wilson make. When he died I underbacked up by the Time Lords response to stood Eleven’s loss but I didn’t feel it. her S.O.S. The thing is, the writing reduced When Wilson was lost at sea, in her to a mystery, a plot device and once Castaway, leaving Tom Hanks to fend for that had been solved she’s just blah. himself, I was distraught. In fact thinking Perhaps with Peter Capaldi’s Twelve she about it now is giving me a critical sadmay have some room to grow. face. It took Robert Zemeckis and It was entertaining, almost great but as William Broyles Jr. roughly two someone who loves Doctor Who I felt like hours to embed Wilson, the volMatt deserved more. The hype was strong leyball, into our hearts and minds. but the follow through was weak. I liked Handles but I didn’t love I’ll miss you Matt and I’ll always him. Because there wasn’t enough remember when the Doctor was you. time to love him. Because too much was Here’s to fishfingers and custard (in theory). happening for me to remember to love him. With more time I would have cared about Clara’s family (her nan seems like a good time), Tasha Lem and the town called Christmas. With more time Moffat might have rekindled my fondness of Clara. Since the dawn of time (by which I mean my first Doctor Who episode) I have aways enjoyed the companions - getting a new companion was like a regeneration. Each relationship different, strong and emotionally crippling in their own right.


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Some [not all] important things about The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug He came in like a wrecking ball....

There was no little bunny & honey moments... [sobs] STILL BRINGING THE HEAT!

I’m surrounded by peasants...

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Thorin doesn’t get a Hobbit in crisis. He’s all about riding molten gold.

Too fabulous for Middle Earth! #WERK

Uncle Thorin doesn’t get Ohana.

Dude we want to see Erebor too!

Kili stay, you’re dying. Fili get in the boat. Don’t ruin this with your feelings.

Make a king’s decision Fili. Boat. Now.

Ohana means family and family

means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

This ain’t Hawaii! #Bye #SailsAway #EreborBitches The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien The Hobbit (2012 Movie) © Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema/MGM

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10 Must - Read Books of 2013

If you’re like me & your reading list is so ridiculously long that you’ve failed to notice some spectacular books of this-soonto-be-over year...fret not! The following are ten books from YA to historical fiction; that have rave reviews & subsequently a place on my must-read list. If any of the books below are not new to you then turn the page if not, read on! Leonard Peacock wakes up the morning of his 18th birthday with plans to kill his former best friend, then himself.

The story about Ursula Todd a woman who grows and dies repeatedly, in any number of ways – shortlisted for the 2013 Women's Prize For Fiction.

Teen, Marina, longs to escape her unEnglish family to a traditional boarding school only to realise she made a huge mistake.

A tale of 2 diaries: one, belongs to a young victim of the 2011 tsunami, while the other is the only solace of a teenaged girl from Tokyo. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

The moving autobiography of Malala, the girl shot in the head at point blank range by the Taliban because she refused to be silenced & fought for her right to be educated.

Rudy moves to a small-island with his parents & dying little brother, when they learn that fish exclusive to their coast heal the sick. There’s even a merman.

Sage Singer befriends an old man who's beloved in her community. One day he asks her to kill him. He believes he deserves to die since he was a Nazi SS guard. Sage’s grandmother is a holocaust survivor.

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From the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns – An emotional tale of two siblings separated in 1950s Afghanistan.

Cather’s a star in the fan-fiction community & university fresher. She’s scared of this new place but her identical twin’s having a whale of a time! Loved by Tumblr’s book club. Mystery & suspense novel set in 19th century New Zealand. This year's Man Booker prize winner.

I’d love to start a bookclub however, that would depend on the number of willing participants. We’d all read books, review/discuss them and even meet up (sometimes). If you would like to get involved in the book club, have any suggestions then please get in touch.


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