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26 January 2008 @ 08:02 pm
Yeah, So How Much Of A Geek Am I Again?  
Dear New Doctor Who,

I didn't get it. I really didn't. It's totally my fault and I am sorry. I really am. I mean, it's not as if I didn't see anything. I saw "The Empty Child" and the last episode of it was so brilliant, I cheered. And I saw "Blink" and now I won't go into cemeteries with stone angels anymore, ever, thank you so very much. And my brother CALLED ME ON THE PHONE (something he obviously does rarely) to tell me that Elisabeth Sladen, the portrayer of my all-time favorite companion (more on that in a minute), Sarah Jane Smith of Croydon, was guest starring in an episode in Series 2 and I thought "Meh."

I simply didn't understand. Until tonight.

See, I had to go out and get food for myself because my blood sugar was dropping and I was feeling both lethargic and irritated beyond belief. I was flipping through channels and stopped on BBC America to see which episode of yours was on because eh, why not? It was called "Doomsday" and featured both the Daleks and the Cybermen (which probably triggered some sort of latent nostalgia, I'm sure). I set the current ep to record and went out for food. When I came back, I rewound and watched. And watched. And watched.

And now I know. I get it. I finally do. But just in case I was still confused or still skeptical, I found this:

And when I did, I literally burst into tears.

Now, I don't cry easily or often. Ask my darling Tiff. In the past three years, I have probably cried perhaps 10 times. I burst into tears when I saw that picture of Rose and Sarah Jane together. It was the strangest thing. All that love I had for Sarah Jane Smith just...reappeared. And all this new love I have for Rose (yes, she is my current favorite companion, thank you very much) sort of got caught up in the whole phenomenon. And I went through three Burger King napkins with the GEEKY CRYING!

Good gods and little fishes! I mean, really! There are more important things for me to be crying about! On a list of important things (sorted in descending order from Most Important to Least Important), this probably comes in way, way, waaaaaaaaaaay down at the bottom. I am both completely confused by my reaction and completely embarrassed by it.

So thank you, New Doctor Who, for reducing me to tears for no good reason. I appreciate the opportunity to be emotionally overwrought by an image, wiping my face with cheap fast food napkins while fighting embarrassment and guilt. If I promise to buy all the Rose Tyler episodes on DVD (including the ones she is rumored to be in during Series 4 this year), will you release me from this ridiculous, nostalgic, sentimental, emotional walk down memory lane? I would be most appreciative.

Thank you,

Erin H.

PS: It seems I am in need of a Rose Tyler icon or three hundred. Can anyone point me toward a reliable source? Thank you.
My State of Mind: embarrassedmortified
Tiffany: comic ds i am 10 ninjaspiekid on January 27th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
And what's wrong with the icon you used, young lady? Hmmmmm?

seftiri: Troi/Yar H/Cseftiri on January 27th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Absolutely nothing, my love! It fit perfectly with my boohoo-ing. I simply require Rose Tyler icons "leik whoa!"

::buries face in hands:: If I repeat to myself the words "I do not need a new fandom!", do you think I will listen?


::kisses you::
Tiffany: muppets swedish chefpiekid on January 27th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I know, sweetie, I was just kidding, of course. I'm just glad to see you use it.

Darling, I don't think you'd listen even if you'd lose your arm in exchange.
seftiri: LMAOseftiri on January 27th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Darling, I don't think you'd listen even if you'd lose your arm in exchange.

You are soooooooo right about that. Damn!

Tiffany: vg duck hunt *teehee*piekid on January 27th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
After all, you need something to take the edge off the Criminal Minds withdrawals I know you're suffering from.
seftiri: CM Goddess of Nerdsseftiri on January 27th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
You are so right about that!
tulliolus: flatirontulliolus on January 27th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
You realise that this tips the scale, don't you? You are actually more qualified to be British than I am. I've never seen a single episode of any series of Doctor Who, you see.
seftiri: O_oseftiri on January 27th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Hmmm... What would you say if I told you I've been watching British TV since I was about 8? I have watched many shows, including EastEnders, Are You Being Served?, Good Neighbors (aka The Good Life), To the Manor Born, No Honestly, The Poldarks, Upstairs, Downstairs, Rosemary and Thyme, Waiting for God, As Time Goes By, The Avengers, My Hero, Distant Shores, and The Vicar of Dibley...and, of course, Doctor Who.

It is quite possible that I was simply born in the wrong country... ;)
tulliolustulliolus on January 27th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
I've been watching American TV since I was about eight. I also know the juicy bits of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence by heart, and have a strange compulsion to take pictures of the Stars and Stripes.

There was also no question in my mind that Caitlin was ever going to be anything but American (though I did dither over whether she would be a Georgia peach or the pretty New England hothouse flower she ended up being.)

Wanna trade? ;)
seftiri: Don't Evenseftiri on January 27th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Oh, you don't even know. If I were to win a lottery over here, the first two things I would do would be to buy homes in the UK and in Ireland. I am not kidding!

I have never even been out of this stupid country once in my lifetime but the UK and Ireland call to me. My favorite soda? Lilt. My favorite gummies? Winegums. My favorite chocolate? Flake! I drink Bitter Lemon when I can get it and my favorite hard candy are blackcurrant/licorice drops. Lime curd is made of awesome and I am currently studying every thing there is to know about the Elizabethan era.

So sure! Let's trade! LOL
tulliolus: liontulliolus on January 27th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Like ZOMG!!!1!! We iz teh mirrr imagez!

In anticipation of a sufficiently large lottery win, this is what I have my eye on. My favourite soda? Coke! My favourite chocolatey snack confection? Peanut butter cups! I'm currently studying Hittite, but that's not important right now.
seftiri: O_oseftiri on January 27th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Criminitley! We are mirrors!

BTW, nice choice on the home! :D

Oh, and officially I am studying nursing. I do the Elizabethan stuff on my own.
tulliolus: feettulliolus on January 27th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
OK, now I'm curious. Why the Elizabethan period, specifically?

Is it the ruffs?
seftiri: Currant Eventsseftiri on January 27th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Nope. Actually, I am using it as a basis of research for a Post-Apocalyptic Political Fantasy series I am planning to write. Not that I'm going to recreate the Elizabethan era or anything, but I want the books to be imbued with the flavor of the era. Subtly. I am focusing on the politics of the era and the major political players, of course, but I'll read almost anything on the subject.
tulliolustulliolus on January 27th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
So, do you know all about Sir Francis Walsingham and his juicy espionagish ways?

It's entirely possible that 'juicy' may be my adjective of the day.
seftiri: Smileseftiri on January 27th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
I do indeed! He's one of my favorites! So excellent at that wonderful espionage.

As for "juicy", you should talk with Tiff. She has the perfect icon for that thought! :D
Tiffany: weird al w&n rotflolpiekid on January 27th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
I think that's the biggest compliment you could ever give her. LOL

I haven't seen any Doctor Who either; I don't get the BBC America, and I despair over that every day.
seftiri: Strengthseftiri on January 27th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Do not worry. We will have it (BBC America) and all the DW DVDs when you move here. ;)
tulliolus: saussuretulliolus on January 27th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
See, that is the only problem I can see with this arrangement. The UK is much, much further away from Nevæda than any state in the contiguous 48.
Tiffany: other freedom in nevadapiekid on January 27th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Yes we will, of that I am sure. ;)
Tiffany: discworld oook?piekid on January 27th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
When I first read this comment I read the 'DW' as 'Discworld' and couldn't figure out WTF that had to do with anything. Then I figured it out. LOL
froggumz: hehe boscofroggumz on January 27th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
It kind of sucks you in and asks to borrow your soul, doesn't it.

I'm not sure if you know this, but Sarah Jane Smith actually has her own show as well. It was just picked up for a second season :)
seftiri: Companionsseftiri on January 27th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't know that. AAAAACK!

When I was little--around 12--I would have crawled across broken glass for that woman. LOL God, has it really been that long? 38-12= HOLY GODS!
froggumz: lizzycutefroggumz on January 27th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I missed Sarah Jane until later on when it was replayed, but I was the same way for Peri, Ace, and Tegan.

The Sarah Jane Adventures ^-^ I think you can find them online, but I'm not sure where anymore.

Also, check into who_daily. It's full of links to what is happening in the Who world.

ralstralst on January 27th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
Sarah Jane was my favourite companion as a child and is my all-time joint favourite along with Ace and Martha. I watched a few of the new Doctor Who episodes when they first aired but I didn't really take to Christopher Eccleston's performance, so I didn't bother watching any more, but then someone told me Sarah Jane was returning and that was all it took to make me an avid Doctor Who fan again.

I can't say it brought me to tears (when I was a child I cried my eyes out over the DW episode where the boy companion was killed by the Cybermen) but it did let loose a burst of nostalgia.

Have you seen the two parter 'Family of Blood'?
seftiri: Rose Tylerseftiri on January 27th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. Adric's death. Destroyed us all, too. With no final credit music and only his broken badge on screen...

I have not seen "Family of Blood". I literally have only seen parts of "The Empty Child", "Blink", parts of "Doomsday", part of an episode about mad mannequins, and part of an episode where Rose consumes the entire Time Vortex to kill the Dalek emperor. I haven't even seen the episode yet with Sarah Jane. I shall have to make sure I am not hormonal when I do.

Oh, Sarah Jane. Who took her toys and went home. ::sigh::

What's "Family of Blood" about?
ralstralst on January 28th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
'Family of Blood' is rather hard to describe without going into spoilers. Basically it's set in a boys' school just before the Great War and concerns a new school master Mr. Smith... and if I say any more I'll probably ruin something, but it's very good and gives clues to later episodes.