A few months ago, I asked my nephew what he wanted for Christmas. “I want the sonic screwdriver,” he said.
“Which one?” I replied. (At five years old, Jacob is one of the most prolific Whovians I know.)
“The Tenth Doctor’s. Cuz he’s the best.”
I ordered him a sonic screwdriver off Amazon the next day. Bam. Christmas shopping done. But then, I did a silly thing and left the screwdriver in a place where any five-year-old could find it: right next to the Wii. From my silly mistake spawned a wonderful idea that encompassed the gift giving for both Jacob and his mother: a Whovian Christmas.
Phase One: The Idea
The Collected Canadian had the idea, I must say. We were brainstorming gift ideas for Jacob’s mom, and the Collected Canadian said, “You know, I bet she’d love a Doctor Who-themed photoshoot. She’s always saying she needs pictures of all of us together.” Bam. There it was. We’d all dress up like Whovian characters and do a photoshoot. We all know how much I love my cosplay, right?
So, the casting:
- Jacob as the Doctor
- The Collected Canadian as the TARDIS
- Moi (The Collectress) as Bad Wolf Girl (From “The Day of the Doctor”)
- Jacob’s mom as Amelia Pond
- Jacob’s mom’s boyfriend as Rory Williams
Phase Two: Putting the Pieces Together
Now came the hard part: putting it all together without my sister (and housemate!) knowing. We started small, by first implanting the idea of buying Jacob a Doctor outfit to go with his sonic screwdriver. We decided on the Eleventh Doctor, because Jacob really likes his fez. (Fezzes are cool, don’t ya know…)