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A Doctor World: A beautiful mashup of Doctor Who and A Softer World. (Note that some posts contain major spoilers for "A Good Man Goes to War.")
posted by rhiannonstone (29 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is awesome. (and there isn't even a new episode this week!)
posted by Gordafarin at 12:56 PM on June 13, 2011


I'll see this, and raise you Texts from the TARDIS.
posted by fijiwriter at 1:00 PM on June 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


Much better than I expected. Yay softer doctor! doctor world!
posted by rmd1023 at 1:02 PM on June 13, 2011


I like this and I didn't think I would.
posted by tommasz at 1:13 PM on June 13, 2011


Oh, dear.
posted by Legomancer at 1:16 PM on June 13, 2011


Okay, I admit I'm getting burned out on the new Who bandwagon, but seriously this and the additional link from fijiwriter is great. Now if I could only stop wanting to punch that girl on FB who thinks she discovered the Doctor...
posted by Kitteh at 1:27 PM on June 13, 2011


I'm trying to conceive of someone actually spoiling this season of Who for me, and I just can't imagine how they could do it. I've seen the whole blasted arc up to A Good Man Goes to War and I don't have the first goddamn clue what's happening or why.
posted by Naberius at 1:32 PM on June 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Naberius: email me with questions if you like. I was able to explain things well enough for my never-saw-an-episode-before-in-her-life mother to follow one of the episodes, so I'd like to take a crack at it. (Going to email so we don't derail.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:40 PM on June 13, 2011


Quickly, before the "what is this I don't even" crowd arrives:

A Softer World is photo-based webcomic that updates three times a week. Here is a Wikipedia article about the series.
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:42 PM on June 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Nice, but I'm really waiting for the Classic Who version. (There's at least one Classic Who TFLN tumblr and I'm pretty sure I've seen another one).
posted by immlass at 1:54 PM on June 13, 2011


Okay, I admit I'm getting burned out on the new Who bandwagon, but seriously this and the additional link from fijiwriter is great. Now if I could only stop wanting to punch that girl on FB who thinks she discovered the Doctor...

I kind of adore the way Doctor Who has spread. I got into it about two years ago, after a lot of prodding from my husband. At first I scoffed--it seemed so cheesy, and I've been into Serious Business SF since I gave up on the Hitchhiker books after 2. But it quickly completely won me over (Silence in the Library was what did it for me). At the time, I couldn't shut up about how great it was, but it still wasn't super well known. I managed to convert my mother to a Whovian, but that was about it.

Now it seems like everyone I know is pretty into watching it, and talking about it. It's the kind of show that engenders conversation, the kind of great word-of-mouth advertising you can't fake.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:56 PM on June 13, 2011


I kind of adore the way Doctor Who has spread.

*snerk* I recently flew to London expressly to see the David Tennant/Catherine Tate production of Much Ado About Nothing, and had to explain to a few people I knew "why on earth are you flying all the way to London to see these two people again?" I usually told them that it was because of their comedic chemistry -- and for the people who hadn't ever seen Doctor Who, I usually sent them a clip of the kitchen scene from The Unicorn And The Wasp to illustrate what I meant (you don't need to set it up too much for someone else to get the humor).

In one case, though -- one person I emailed that link to was so taken with it that she then did a hunt on YouTube for the rest of the episode, watched it through, then watched another episode online, then called me the next day to grudgingly admit that she was now officially hooked and would I please tell her when the show aired?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:07 PM on June 13, 2011 [4 favorites]


I recently flew to London expressly to see the David Tennant/Catherine Tate production of Much Ado About Nothing

I want your life.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 2:11 PM on June 13, 2011 [6 favorites]


My favorite A Softer World remix.
posted by joyceanmachine at 2:16 PM on June 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Seconding PhoBWanKenobi.

Also, I don't begrudge anyone getting into Doctor Who (despite every stupid fangirl cell in my body that goes, "Nooo! You cannot has, n00b!"); it's just not bothering to watch any other Doctor other than the past current 3. I'm like, "Sure, old Who is cheesy, but that's a great part of my childhood there! Enjoy the cheese! Embrace it!" And even worse, it's having no concept of classic Who villains and why they are classic. I don't ask for much, but please do the goddamn homework.
posted by Kitteh at 2:17 PM on June 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


joyceanmachine: Ray Stevenson as Titus Pullo is total swoon. For reals.
posted by Kitteh at 2:18 PM on June 13, 2011


What? No Doctor Horrible Who mashup yet? (Come on, Nathan Fillian as The Master? Gotta happen.)

Still, I'm waiting for the next phase in mashups... My Little Pony: SVU
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:18 PM on June 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


I recently flew to London expressly to see the David Tennant/Catherine Tate production of Much Ado About Nothing

I am so jealous. I have tickets, purchased on the off-chance I might actually find a way to go, but it's looking unlikely. I'm only hoping that they will film it. Oh, and the scene that grabbed me with the two of them was the miming scene through the window in "Partners in Crime." They are awesome together.

I'm personally pretty burned out on the Matt Smith/Steven Moffat WHO and am ambivalent about picking it back up when it comes back after the midseason break, but I'm very excited to be starting in on watching some older WHO and discovering some unfamiliar Doctors. There's tons of old stuff on Netflix and YouTube and I'm ready to dive in.

And now I'm fainting at the idea of Nathan Fillion as the Master. Ha!
posted by OolooKitty at 3:24 PM on June 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


And even worse, it's having no concept of classic Who villains and why they are classic. I don't ask for much, but please do the goddamn homework.

When I went to the premiere screening in NYC a few months back, there was quite a bit of cosplay, and it was all Amy, Tennant, and some Smith.

And one. Lone. Troughton. Girl had it down. I should have gotten her number.

TROUGHTON FANS REPRESENT!
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 3:56 PM on June 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Amelia Pond is Stephen Moffat. As a child, he had the Doctor but he left. Now, as an adult, he travels with him. He recreated the universe from what he saw on TV as a kid - the universe streaming into Amy's head from the crack in the wall.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 4:26 PM on June 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


I totally get happy when I see Who fan at cons representing old-school Doctors and Companions. Of course, I still remember in not too long ago memory when it was rare to even see anyone dressed up as Tennant and Piper.
posted by Kitteh at 4:38 PM on June 13, 2011


Oolookitty, that's one of my favorite Tate/Tennant scenes, too! I was wary about the return of Donna because I wasn't so fond of her in The Runaway Bride, but holy cow, the comedic chemistry between the two is so, so, so good -- and that was the moment I sat up and decided I think I'll like this companion after all. Love the two of them together.

I didn't explicitly go to London to see Much Ado About Nothing, but when I realized that I would be there during previews, I snapped up tickets the day they went on sale. It was a ton of fun. I would recommend it if you can go (and my folks, who've never seen an episode of Doctor Who in their lives*, enjoyed it immensely. Good fun all around, even if you didn't know the leads).

While I'm a fairly recent convert (watched the reboot, starting with Eccleston, a year ago during a week being sick with the flu, and surprised myself by falling in love with it), I spent a few hours carefully setting up my Netflix queue to show me all the available Classic Who episodes in order. I'm only a few discs away from meeting the third incarnation of the Doctor. (And it will probably take me a couple of years to get through them all, at my rate. They could be on the twelfth Doctor by the time I get caught up.)

*Well, now they have, because I was so excited to be in the UK and see DW as it airs instead of waiting for it to show up on Netflix. What did we get? The Rebel Flesh. A two-parter -- which isn't the best way to introduce someone to DW who's never seen it before. Especially if they won't have access to part two. It was made all the worse because I broke down and got a season pass on iTunes just so I could catch the second half... only to learn it would be airing a week later. Grrr.
posted by paisley sheep at 5:11 PM on June 13, 2011


Progressive Boink did a whole series called A Softer Worldmap where it was A Softer World mashed up with video game screenshots. Unfortunately it seems to have disappeared except for this one.
posted by NoraReed at 7:31 PM on June 13, 2011


fijiwriter I see your Texts from the Tardis and raise you Texts from the Tardis - Classic Who (horrible layout, great content).
posted by Coobeastie at 1:09 AM on June 14, 2011


Also, I don't begrudge anyone getting into Doctor Who (despite every stupid fangirl cell in my body that goes, "Nooo! You cannot has, n00b!"); it's just not bothering to watch any other Doctor other than the past current 3. I'm like, "Sure, old Who is cheesy, but that's a great part of my childhood there! Enjoy the cheese! Embrace it!" And even worse, it's having no concept of classic Who villains and why they are classic. I don't ask for much, but please do the goddamn homework.

My favorite Doctor so far is Eight (tied with Eleven, granted). Not only do very few of even the invested fans who participate online get into the novels and audios, but you get constant snotty remarks about how the Eighth Doctor Adventures "aren't canon," nevermind that the Whoniverse has no canon. Sigh.
posted by bettafish at 6:24 AM on June 14, 2011


I'm simply here to provide a link to the beautiful A Softer Sunnydale. Nerds.
posted by susoka at 9:18 AM on June 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


Just wanted to drop in and say good job, rhiannonstone, on the post's title. My favorite ASW strip by far.
posted by shesaysgo at 2:23 PM on June 14, 2011


What? No Doctor Horrible Who mashup yet?

Of course there is.
posted by webmutant at 10:45 AM on June 18, 2011


This is good and all, but so far, every single A Softer World mashup linked here appears to be missing the hover text. Half or more of the ASW strips I've bookmarked are because of the hover text! Someone needs to get in their TARDIS and go back and fix this so that this comment contains nothing but praise for the awesome content of the OP.
posted by mysterpigg at 10:47 AM on June 20, 2011


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