Judging the New Doctor

“I will not judge the new Doctor until I’m used to him. I will not judge the new Doctor until I’m used to him. I will not judge the new Doctor until I’m used to him.”

Usually I find it hard to stick to that. For example I HATED Matt Smith in his first episode (I love him now), but to be fair he was coming after David Tennant. And that chin!

But this time? I’m finding it much easier.
The first couple of episodes with Peter Capaldi, I really wasn’t sure. His Doctor kind of reminds me of Sherlock, loveable and infuriating at the same time, you’re never sure whether you want to hug him or hit him. After three goofy, loveable Doctors, it was a bit of a shock, but also kind of refreshing. So I’ve come to the conclusion that I like the new Doctor. I think. Sometimes. You know, I’m still really not sure. He’s kind of hard to figure out. Especially for Americans, who apparently can’t understand a word he’s saying.

One thing I’m really not happy about, though, is his “professional detachment.” The way he seems to let people die and not really care too much? Yeah, not liking that so much. I know the Doctor changes when he regenerates, and I know this one’s supposed to be less “user friendly,” but it’s always seemed to me that the one big thing, the thing that never changes, is that the Doctor cares. He cares about people, and he always tries to save everyone, no matter how hopeless it seems. He doesn’t give up on anyone. I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem to fit with my idea of who the Doctor is.


Of course, all this is just an excuse to show off my Dalek that I made for the Nerdy Hookers LudiCAL on Ravelry:


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And my cool new Doctor Who shirt. (It’s a men’s shirt and it’s massive, but hey, it has Doctor Who).
That said, I’d really like to see more geeky shirts in men’s AND women’s sizes. Some women like to watch sci-fi AND wear clothes that fit.


Hey, speaking of Doctor Who and awesome geeky finds, how cool is this pocket watch from Fremantle Markets?

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Okay, so it’s Harry Potter, not Doctor Who, but it’s to do with time, it’s totally relevant! And I wanted to show it off.

New Zealand: Part 1

So mum decided that she wanted to go to New Zealand. She planned out a nice, small, cheap trip in a campervan around the South Island.

Then I decided I had to go to Hobbiton. Which is in the North Island. And so began our epic journey across two islands, on a quest to see as much of New Zealand as we could in three weeks, and possibly destroy a ring in the process.

There and Back Again Continue Reading →

Lunch: Stuffed Mushrooms and Haloumi

This was one of those “look in the fridge and throw random items in a frying pan” meals. I wasn’t really paying attention, so it’s a bit vague on measurements and timing.

Stuffed Mushrooms and Haloumi


  • 2 1cm thick slices of haloumi cheese
  • 2 chestnut mushrooms (or any biggish mushroom)
  • 2-3 grape tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • About 2-3cm wide slice of red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • Basil, oregano and pepper to taste
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Small amount of oil for frying


  1. Fry the haloumi and mushroom on a medium heat until haloumi is light brown on one side
  2. Turn the haloumi and the mushroom over and ad the tomato and capsicum to the frying pan. Sprinkle tomato and capsicum with oregano, basil and pepper and fry until haloumi is light brown on other side
  3. Fill the mushrooms with the tomato and capsicum mix and top with some shaved parmesan

Stuffed mushrooms