One fat geek's attempt to regenerate into a not-so-fat geek by watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill

Ten Little Indians

Oct 16 2017
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Ten Little Indians

it's been a day of ups and (huge) downs, with still more to come, but I want to get this post out of the way now so I don't end up writing it at midnight. This morning my adult autistic son had a blood draw, which can be a battle. He's almost as strong as me, and if he wants to fight something then he isn't easy to physically control. That being said, he surprised us all by not even flinching when the needle went in. He never even complained. How awesome is that? Unfortunately, that happy start was dampened a few hours later when we had to put down our dog Chuy. He had been barely eating, and kept having seizures. Upon taking him to the vet it turned out that he had cancerous masses in his stomach and there was literally nothing that could be done to heal him. Rather than let him suffer any further, we chose to let him rest. It was a very difficult decision, and we are heartbroken. And now, swinging back completely in the other direction, I am about to go to my first rehearsal for my first professional musical theatre production, for which I am very excited. So like I say, it's all ups and downs today.

But mixed in with all that, I started a new Doctor Who story on the treadmill today. So let's talk about that.

My Other Birthday Episode

Oct 15 2017
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My Other Birthday Episode

During my lifetime there have been precisely two episodes of Doctor Who that have aired on my birthday. There was also one other that aired on my birth date, but two years before I was born (Episode 10 of The Daleks' Master Plan), but that doesn't count since I wasn't alive. My first birthday episode came on January 15th, 1972 when I turned four -- Episode 3 of Day of the Daleks (again with the Daleks, and also: meh). Today's viewing gave me my only other birthday episode on January 15th, 1977 when I turned nine - Part 3 of The Face of Evil. It is hands down the best of the lot (and not just because it doesn't involve any damn Daleks).

Let's talk about that.

They Say the Evil One Eats Babies

Oct 14 2017
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They Say the Evil One Eats Babies

Yesterday I put off using the treadmill pretty much all day, until after 9pm. I felt fat and bloated, and weighed in a full six pounds heavier than the morning before. Today I bounced out of bed and hit the treadmill early in the day, and weighed in back in range with recent history. The moral of the story is, don't put off my workout. It doesn't work out. Better yet, today my wife bought me some new shorts with a 40" waist. When I started this project I was wearing a 46. I can't remember the last time I wore 40's. I do remember that in high school (back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth) I wore a 38. The new shorts? They fit perfectly. How cool is that?

I also started a new Doctor Who story today, and it's a good one. Let's talk about that.

On His Own For the First Time

Oct 12 2017
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On His Own For the First Time

I really gotta start writing these things earlier in the day. It's after 11pm, I have an early day tomorrow, and I still need to talk about Doctor Who. Good thing I am weirdly obsessive about getting this done. So let's talk about this monumental and singularly unique story so that I can get some sleep.

Farewell, Sarah Jane Smith

Oct 11 2017
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Farewell, Sarah Jane Smith

Ah, what a bittersweet day of viewing Doctor Who. At this point I have lost track of how many companions I have seen come and go. Some left huge impressions, like the original trio of Ian, Barbara, and Susan. Some came and went easily enough, like Dodo Chaplet. The most difficult to leave behind up until now was Jamie, but his departure was swept up all in one package with the Doctor regenerating and the format of the show changing to color. This one, though, hurts. At the end of today's viewing the Doctor dropped Sarah Jane back home before leaving to face Gallifrey alone, and I have to admit I teared up a bit. Maybe it was just sweat dripping in my eyes after fifty minutes on the treadmill.

Careful. That's not as 'armless as it looks.

Oct 10 2017
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Careful. That's not as 'armless as it looks.

For nine out of the last ten days I have weighed in at under 260 pounds, and I expect that tomorrow will finally be the day when the five-day moving average finally shows me at more than fifty pounds lost since I started this project. This makes me very happy. On the other hand, tomorrow will also be the last day that Elisabeth Sladen appears in the classic series as Sarah Jane Smith, and that makes me very sad. True, I have Louise Jameson's Leela to look forward to this weekend, but that's a whole different thing. The good news is, Sarah Jane goes out on a strong story.

So let's talk about that.

Weird Coincidences

Oct 09 2017
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Weird Coincidences

As I have worked through this project, I have encountered any number of odd coincidences (due, certainly, to the human mind's propensity to see patterns even where none exist). Today I noticed that today is Columbus Day (I know, I know, Indigenous Peoples Day), and I just finished watching a story set in the same year that Columbus set sail. This evening I also saw that news that a full restoration of Shada, the great unfinished story from the Fourth Doctor era, will be released next month. I counted out the days, and it will become available for digital download two days before I hit that point in my viewing. If I hadn't missed three days due to my Texas trip the week before last, I would have had to watch it slightly out of order. Instead, it will drop into place perfectly. How wild is that?

Anyway, let's talk about today's viewing.

In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two, Other Stuff Happened Besides Columbus

Oct 08 2017
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In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two, Other Stuff Happened Besides Columbus

You know, I am just so wiped out today I can't even think of anything pithy to say. I didn't even get on the treadmill until late afternoon because I just couldn't drag myself out of bed to get it done in the morning. Then I had kind of a rough afternoon with my son (some days dealing with autistic obsessions is hard, yo). But you know what? It's all good. I felt better after my workout, I had a nice dinner with my wife, and life is good.

But before I go to bed, let's talk about the awesome new backup TARDIS control room.

I'm just a mean green mother from outer space and I'm bad!

Oct 07 2017
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I'm just a mean green mother from outer space and I'm bad!

True story: I first heard of St. Paul's Cathedral in London because of Doctor Who. If you don't know anything about the show, you might think "that's nice."  If you are a big fan of the show, you might assume that I (a young American boy in the Pacific Northwest at the time) learned about it from the classic story The Invasion with the iconic scene of the Cybermen marching down the steps of St. Paul's. But no, my first exposure to the cathedral in pop culture was from reading the novelization of The Seeds of Doom. There is a scene towards the climax where someone asks the Doctor how large the Krynoid will grow, and he replies "About the size of St. Paul's Cathedral..." Ten-year-old me had to go to the school library and look it up in the Encyclopedia Britannica (fitting!) to understand the reference, and I went on to read all about the history of the cathedral and its importance during the Second World War. So there you have it, Doctor Who achieved its stated mission of being an educational television program for young viewers!

So let's talk about the giant plant.

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