While we are a cosplaying Collective here, I’ll admit I haven’t participated in much crossplay. Um, what’s crossplay, you ask? Well…

It’s basically crossdressing cosplay. Duh. But, more than that, crossplaying gives men and women the opportunity to dress up as their favorite characters without gender-enforced stereotypes, and we love that. While there are some crossplaying dudes, many of them (that I have run into) perform Japanimation crossplay, which I know nothing about. What I do know is that in British and American television, my forte, there are more strong male characters than female characters. Case and point; I am a Doctor Who fan but if I’m dressing up, why do I have to be a companion? Why can’t I be the Doctor? Well, with crossplay, I can and I shall be brilliant. And, let me just add, if you are a purist who thinks that ONLY a man can dress like the Doctor or Sherlock or any other male character, well, bugger off and don’t read this post because you will not be happy.

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#4 The Wedding of River Song written by Steven Moffat aka the Dark Lord of the Whoniverse
If you were to ask me what my favorite Eleventh Doctor episode is, this just might be it. Honestly, it’s a tie between this and next week’s, but I flip-flop back and forth. If you are a River Song fan (and many Whovians are not), this episode canonizes my OTP and puts to rest the question that has followed River since she rejoined the cast in season 5; Is River the woman who marries the Doctor or murders him? Spoilers: BOTH. I decided to start with this River episode because it is easiest to follow her Impossible Astronaut story line if you start here, at the end of season 6. Yes, I know, wibbley-wobbley, timey-wimey. But River and the Doctor’s stories run in opposite directions, and I find it helps me comprehend her time line if we begin when River marries/kills the Doctor.

I consent and gladly give.
I consent and gladly give.

#3 The Doctor’s Wife written by Neil Gaiman

Whovians love the TARDIS because she is sexy and exciting. We know that she doesn’t always take the Doctor where he wants to go, but she always takes him where he needs to go. In The Doctor’s Wife, famed sci-fi writer Neil Gaiman takes a Whovian dream and makes it a reality by giving the TARDIS a voice and a flesh body. This season 6 story begins with a Gallifreyan hypercube communication device summoning the Doctor to a place outside of the Universe. The Doctor, Amy and Rory travel through the time vortex to an alien asteroid that has been summoning and consuming Timelords for an undetermined amount of time. In a twist of plot that involves shutting down the TARDIS mainframe and stealing her soul, the TARDIS consciousness is transferred into the lovely, steampunky Idris (Suranne Jones), who embodies the Doctor’s ultimate companion in this exciting episode.

The Doctor and his wifey.

#2 Vincent and the Doctor written by Richard Curtis

Oh, the Doctor Who feels. This episode is full of them. The show opens with Amy Pond fangirling over van Gogh paintings at the Musee d’Orsay with the Doctor spotting something alien painted into one of the artist’s pictures. Eleven decides to take his companion to investigate the strange face in the van Gogh portrait and meet the painter. At this point in the series (this is episode 10 of Matt and Karen’s first season together), we have watched the relationship develop between the Doctor and Amy, while the Timelord Victorious lay dormant inside of him. In a previous post, I briefly discussed the idea that the Doctor is a god, and when he acts like a god, people get hurt. In Vincent and the Doctor, Amy develops a relationship with a troubled Vincent van Gogh, even though she knows less than a year after their meeting, he will commit suicide.

Vincent, Amy and the Doctor on a starry night.
Vincent, Amy and the Doctor on a starry night.

#1 The Eleventh Hour written by Steven Moffat

This Wholigan is not happy about the fact that Doctor Who doesn’t come back on air until November 23. Do you realize that is 16 weeks away!? A bit overwhelming when one has to travel time in a straight line. In honor of Matt Smith’s departure from Who this Christmas and to keep sane for the next 115 days, I have decided to count down my favorite 11 episodes featuring the Eleventh Doctor well, just because I can. Each week for the next 11, I will give you a rundown on an Eleventh Doctor episode, and hopefully satiate this longing for new Who as well as mentally prepare myself to say goodbye to Matt Smith. The most difficult part of a list like this is trying to put the episodes in order of preference, because honestly, I love every single one of them. Therefore, I won’t necessarily begin with my favorite of the 11, instead, I will begin where any Whovian trying to catch up with Smillian really should begin, The Eleventh Hour.

Little Amelia Pond and the Raggedy Doctor.
Little Amelia Pond and the Raggedy Doctor.

Who doesn’t want to get their geek on while at work? I love to nerd-out discreetly; a framed minimalist Sherlock artwork, Star Wars business card holder or Doctor Who fobwatch can brighten a dreary day at the office. In this small way do we get to say “Screw you” to the work day and flaunt the fandoms tastefully. Check out these fun items below (most of them from ThinkGeek) and consider nerding out at the office just to annoy your boss.