Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Four (?) Doctors

Hey, your screwdriver is bigger than mine!
On Friday night Lucy and I took a few minutes to get into costume (and character), then drove down to the Barnes and Noble at Patrick Henry Shopping Center for a little fun with fellow "Doctor Who" fans.  Lucy garbed herself in the green jacket, pocket-watch and neck-cloth of the 8th incarnation of the titular Gallifreyan (as portrayed by Paul McGann) whilst I donned the hat, coat and (early model) scarf of the 4th Doctor (though it must be noted that Tom Baker played the character with a much more prominent coif than I am able to muster on short notice--if at all!).  Of course we prepared ourselves for temporal adventure with our trusty Sonic Screwdrivers!

Once at the bookstore we quickly discovered that some sort of timey-wimey paradox had occurred;  I had a doppelganger attempting to usurp my role as the 4th Time Lord!  This sharply-dressed fellow (with quite a bit more scarf than I, meaning that he came from a point further "down-stream" in the Doctor's time line) and I joined in the trivia contest and found ourselves dead-locked; we soon realized that Mr. Baker's personification of our hero was broad enough for two cos-players and quickly joined forces.

But we weren't alone!  The 10th Doctor (complete with red trainers and "modern" hair) joined the party and, along with a very young lad in a red bow-tie and suspenders (hmmm...can't imagine "Who" he might have been!) had a good time with the displays.  There were quite a few Whovians of all ages, which is always a pleasure to see.

In addition to the trivia contest and costumed fun, the young 'uns each took a turn at building Adipose "children" out of marshmallows and toothpicks (yuck!), and a raffle closed the evening, prizes going to three of the younger fans.  Lucy and I left for dinner and a movie--a private screening of "Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D."!

An excellent time, I think, was had by all.
The Tenth Doctor and the Eleventh share a moment.

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