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And Europe burns...

"Deep Breath" tonight in the theater!! EEEE! If we're able to leave work early (we might not, depending on what my husband has to get done), we'll be going in our Fifth and Fourth Doctor costumes. I need a lot of time to get dressed up because it's really hard to get the edges of my black hair (I'm Asian) colored so that it doesn't look bad with my blond wig. If we can't leave work early, then my husband will probably just wear his scarf and hat over his DW t-shirt, and I'll go in my Ten-inspired outfit (this nifty collared brown shirt over a light-blue tank top and white high-top trainers; sadly, I'm knitting up a brown and light-blue kerchief to go with it, but it's not done yet) and replica brown coat. If we're forced to go directly from work to the theater, at least we're both in DW t-shirts. See, all contingencies are planned for!

I spent yesterday with my friend planning our trip next month to England (I did mention that trip before, haven't I?). Anyway, it seems that everything is converging to ruin the trip. Here's the list so far of all the things that we either just missed or are just happening to make things go wrong. Back in February or March, we were trying to decide on whether or not to travel in September or October, and we chose September. The original itinerary was to land in Bristol, stay in Cardiff for a couple days, then go to Bath for a few days, then maybe down to Brighton or Southampton, then go to London for a week.

  1. About a month after we booked the reservations, the Doctor Who Experience announced it was closing its doors for the entire month of September and part of October, to renovate for the Twelfth Doctor. Sigh. This was the main reason to go to Cardiff, so we removed it off the list and decided to either go to Scotland or Paris. Sadly, we're stuck flying into Bristol (unless we want to pay nearly $1000 per ticket to change the flight) so if we do Scotland, we have to start in the south, train up to the north, then train back down to London.
  2. The last concert of the BBC Proms is Sept. 13. No way for us to be in either Swansea or London to catch that (not to mention we probably can't get tickets).
  3. Then I find information on Dimensions 2014, but it's in October. Double sigh. So close to meeting Peter Davison, and yet so far. :(
  4. Oh, did you know there's a new David Tennant movie coming out in the UK next month? Yeah, we're going to just miss it.
  5. Then there's that decision between going to Scotland or going to Paris. Well, we decided on Scotland, and we'll be in Edinburgh on the day of the Scottish Referendum vote. We were joking that we're going to be there during the New Scottish Revolution. (Though actually, it's rather exciting to be there on such a historic date. We're looking forward to it.)
  6. Of course, we're not going to Paris... and they're in the middle of a governmental upheaval. Apparently just the idea of the two of us coming to their country has thrown it into chaos.
  7. Lastly, one of the volcanoes in Iceland is about to blow its top. Iceland is directly on our flight path, as in, "Look at our flight path: it bisects the island!" This is actually the most serious part of the whole thing: the last time a volcano erupted in Iceland (Eyjafjallajokul), it closed down air traffic in Europe for a week. If that thing waits a week and a half to erupt, our holiday might get completely canceled. :(

So yes, we've come to the conclusion that our trip is cursed and everything that's coming into contact with us is doomed. FEAR US, EUROPE! We are coming to your shores, and bringing our bad karma with us!



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Aug. 25th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
Have you not seen Deep Breath yet, or are you just going for fun? I couldn't imagine waiting!
Aug. 25th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
We haven't seen it yet. We don't have TV service, but I did download it from BBC iPlayer for later repeat viewing. My husband and I did have about an hour of going back and forth on whether or not to watch it on Saturday. We decided that seeing Day of the Doctor for the first time in the theater last November was so awesome, we wanted a repeat of that experience. :)
Aug. 25th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
You might be able to get tickets for the last night of the Proms in Glasgow, so it's worth finding out. BUT it is always televised with the added benefit of a simultaneous radio broadcast on Radio 3, if that helps, so there is no need to miss it at all.
There are some decent places to get Doctor Who memorabilia in London, that are definitely worth visiting. And it is fairly easy to reserve seats on the trains to London (and get them cheaper at the same time). Or of course there are reasonably cheap flights up as well, if you book now.

Out of the two, I'd have recommended Brighton over Southampton, unless you have a particular reason to be there. But I'm probably biased with that one... There are more celebrities to spot in Brighton though.

As for that volcano, it's been threatening to blow for months now, so it's best not to worry until it actually happens. Whatever happens, I hope you have a wonderful trip!
Aug. 25th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips! We'll still be in Bath on the 13th, but I will be very happy to catch the Proms on either TV or radio!

We're relying completely on rail, as we've purchased BritRail passes already. We're looking forward to the train rides, seeing the countryside and relaxing between running around every town we stop in.

We've got a much more solid itinerary now. Bath, York, Scotland, then a week in London including day trips to Canterbury, Cambridge, and Brighton.

So excited! Thanks - we are going to love this, no matter what!
Aug. 25th, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, gods!!I'm so sorry about your trip, honey!! But...it could actually turn out to be the best trip ever...just because 'DISASTER EVERYWHAR ZOMG!!!'

Have a good time! And enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Think you'll love this episode!

Aug. 25th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
Disaster everywhere makes an awesome memory! :D
Aug. 26th, 2014 06:17 am (UTC)
YES, costuming!! That's some solid planning! ;)

I think you did mention the trip, yeah! And I'm sorry things are all going wrong, that really sucks :( Though I exploded in laughter when you mentioned the French government mess in correlation to your trip XDDD More like our ministers don't know when to shut up.

Ugh, I hope the volcano behaves itself, too =P I also laughed when you purposefully put in the name of the previous volcano—had fun spelling that, didn't you? ;) Anyway, keeping my fingers crossed that the bad karma will turn better! Fate just wants to try your patience, if you grit your teeth and stick to it it might just turn out good! :D

Aug. 26th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
I had to type that out! I can't resist a volcano name with so many j's!

I can't really say that I know anything about what's going on over there, but when I read the headline "French Government Dissolves," I nearly fell out of my chair. :D
Aug. 27th, 2014 06:01 am (UTC)
You bet! ;)

I loved the term "dissolving" there. XD Come to think about it, it's the same term we use but in a non-native context… I pictured a pill fizzing away in a glass of water =P So random.
Aug. 26th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
So now that you've seen it, what did you think about Deep Breath? Inquiring minds want to know.
Aug. 26th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
I plan to write a longer entry here about it, but in short, I think Capaldi is brilliant, I didn't get a very good impression of who the Doctor is so I'm reserving my opinion on the Twelfth Doctor (so far I like him), and I thought the episode was, well, disappointing. I felt that it was very heavy-handed with its parallels between the robot and the Doctor, and how they handled the whole subplot of Clara's inability to accept the new Doctor as a different person who's still her friend was irritating. More later. :)

What did you think of it?

Edited at 2014-08-26 08:58 pm (UTC)
Aug. 27th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't get much of an impression of the Doctor, either, so on that front I'll reserve judgment. As for the episode itself, I was kind of disappointed, too. I don't really care for Clara as a companion and her inability to accept the Doctor even though she watched him regenerate was annoying. I did like the nod to earlier New Who with the reference to the SS Madame du Pompadour, but the droids themselves were a little lackluster.
Aug. 28th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
Clara's the one companion who should understand regeneration completely. Even in The Day of the Doctor, she said that she remembered Ten a little, when she met him, and she's met three of the Doctors, so she should get it. I think it would have been handled a lot better if instead of questioning why he had to change and not accepting the new Doctor, she had actually mourned Eleven and refused to deal with Twelve because she was still missing him.
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