Who’s Coming Back?

I’ve decided I’m a terrible writer…

That’s right, boys & girls; you heard it here first before you hear it anywhere else! Ha.

I loved writing this blog. Every single post – good & bad, short & long, significant or less so – meant something to me.

This blog, it helped me through the dark times & ensured I remembered the good. But I stopped, abruptly with no warning; discarded it like a broken toy on the side of the road (or a simile less dramatic) as bigger, better, newer ‘toys’ came calling (obviously, by ‘toys’ I mean writing jobs).

It’s been so long since I last blogged (I like that word, it’s my new favourite) that I actually can’t remember my last blog and I’m far too last to look (yes, it only requires me to touch one button on my screen but, you know, that’s just how I roll). It was probably about 7 months ago and detailed, unnecessarily, the frustration at having to wait for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Yeah, because everyone wants to read a blog about waiting around & battling boredom (!).

Anyway, it’s been so long since I last updated this blog that life has inevitably changed & I miss this blog. I miss, in all the chaos of my new writing jobs (which I love) & exciting new business ventures, being able to spill my thoughts – rawly and without much coherency – out onto this digital page and write – solely – for fun. For me. Yep; it’s completely self-indulgent and no; I don’t care. You shouldn’t either because, let’s face it, I’m frigging hilarious and that. Just sayin’. Yeah…

So…

Get ready world – Sophiewho’s blog is coming back with full, unwavering and unapologetic force. Or something. Maybe not. But it will be coming back and it will be good (I hope) and, whilst I won’t be able to update it as much as I once did, I’ll be making every effort to do so as much as I can for as long as I can.

Happy blogging!

Until next time, please follow my theatre company on Twitter (I love it now – how much I’ve changed) and check out the online magazine I’m Deputy Editor of because… Well, we’re COOL and we do GOOD stuff.

Theatre Company Twitter: @MintyCrimples
Online Magazine Twitter: @femalearts

Theatre Company Website: http://themintycrimples.com
Online Magazine Website: http://femalearts.com

Oh, and one more thing (probably not, actually)…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Every single Mother out there is amazing and I’m constantly confronted and inspired by strong women who confidently juggle work & Motherhood on a daily basis.

Being a Mum is tough, being a working Mum is even tougher but, for every tough day are 100+ beautiful & rewarding ones that make it all worth while!

Since I was last here, I graduated from my Masters, had a play professionally produced in Camden, set up a theatre company with 2 incredibly talented friends, signed 2 more theatre contracts for productions in London later on in the year, got myself a job as Public Relations Officer of my local Borough Council’s annual business awards & became Deputy Editor of a wonderful feminist art magazine – promoting women in business and in the arts.

It may seem like an impressive workload whilst being a Mother but, honestly, I couldn’t have done any of it without the support from my own, working, Mum.

Lastly…

I wouldn’t change any of it for anything!

Chow for now (or something less pretentious).

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Who’s waiting (& jealous)?

So… It’s not long at all until the 50th anniversary and, apart from hype on Facebook and this weekend’s Doctor Who Weekend on Watch (I’m starting to love that channel) I haven’t seen much “buzz” surrounding the lead-up to a very special, very exciting event in televisual history… Maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places?

To be fair, I’ve been mostly looking down at my phone and my computer every moment or every day for the last few weeks (working, of course), but still.

Anyway, yeah, that’s what I’m currently wondering. Where’s the hype? Come on BBC, sort it out! I guess they’re looking to get Children in Need out the way first…? When is that? I know it’s in November; I’m just not sure when.

Tangent.

My Mum, little brother and little sister are going to a convention in London in November (can’t remember what it’s called – come on brain, it would be good if you started working now) and I’m pretty jealous. If I was younger and cooler I would say “well jeal” or if I understood Twitter a little better I would say #SuperMegaJealousMonster. Matt Smith’s there and everything. Boo!

That’s all I have to contribute this week.

#NoWonderIHaveNoReaders

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I just thought that picture was funny. Because it’s true. Funny and true. Yeah.

Who’s seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?

So… I passed my driving theory test on Thursday!

I got in there, convinced that all 50 questions on the multiple choice section would be focused on gears and how to execute the perfect hill-start (I drive an automatic so I don’t really know) and I screwed up one of the hazard perception clips…

Anyway, there I was, convinced I’d failed by half way through when, immediately upon finishing, I was escorted out of the deathly quietly and suffocatingly nervous room of sweaty people and dusty computers, almost breaking my pair of headphones along the way (in true “me” style) and told I’d passed… Quite well, too!

That’s one thing ticked off the long list of things to accomplish by the end of the year. Next is completing my MA (wish me luck, my final hand-in is on 27th)!

So… That gives me slightly more time to indulge in Doctor Who. Something that, yes, I did do last night and, yes, I did thoroughly enjoy!

Once I’ve completed my MA I may treat myself to a Doctor Who, 3 month marathon… Anyone have any suggestions for which episode to start with? I’m thinking Peter Davison’s first; Castrovalva (nope, I can’t spell it and I’m not even going to apologise).

I saw this picture on Facebook page The Doctor Who Hub that someone had sent in from a school in New Zealand:

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Yep. Pretty. Much. Still.

Who really is frustrated (in a minor way)?

So, at the moment my life has been all consumed by my Sustained Independent Project (SIP); the final project of my MA.

For this I have to write a full length radio play (68 pages) plus a 3000 word, critical evaluation of the play (yeah, I know, I fell asleep half way through, too).

On top of this I’m also learning to drive (yeah, again, I know, what utterly stupid timing) and have my theory test next week – wish me luck – which I’m studying for every day!

The cherry on top of this “sleep-will-have-to-wait-for-a-month”, rapidly souring cake is that I, of course, have a beautiful, well-behaved, yet speedy and nosey, daughter of 10 months (who I love very much but who is even more stubborn and strong willed than me) and so, as you can imagine, things have been a little busy lately.

However, my entire household has taken to watching re-runs of Doctor Who at 7pm (GMT) on BBC3 every evening and I just can’t resist having a cheeky little watch from behind my essay, practice theory test or the stink lines which regularly emanate from my baby’s nappy when I change her ready for bed time…

Damn you Doctor (!), your brilliance is distracting.

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#BecauseOfDoctorWho

Speaking of which, it’s currently on Watch & Watch +1 (more Doctor Who dedicated channels).

BYE!

Who watched The Proms?

Last week I didn’t post. I don’t really have an excuse. I just didn’t…

I did, however, watch Doctor Who at The Proms on Monday…!

We all did in my house (even my little Stormaggedon was glued to it).

My Mum cried throughout the entire thing, my Nana asked unnecessary questions throughout the entire thing (like “wasn’t Peter Davison the ‘Clown’?”) and my own Stormaggedon cooed and sang along with the music (in that cute, baby way) throughout the entire thing!

I can’t remember what I did.

But it was great!

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My Mum found this on Facebook. I thought it was cute…

Who’s in double figures?

So… We’ve finally made it into double figures on the countdown to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special on 23rd November (UK).

A week before the 50th AS (Anniversary Special) my baby turns 1.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m anxious for time to hurry up so I can see what happens for the big 5-0 but I also want it to slow down so I can keep my baby… Well, a baby… For a tiny bit longer.

Mixed feelings. Excitement, anticipation, nerves, welcomed nostalgia… And a little bit of sadness all thrown into one big emotional pot.

Ah, the trials and tribulations of being a Whovian Mother….

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Pretty much…

Who’s all brand new?

Last Sunday was rather a tense one in my house and all our important (!) chores were remixed to revolve around BBC One (UK) at 7pm (GMT).

We had an early dinner, we bathed the children an hour earlier than normal and we all sat down together to watch the 35 minute long programme (did it really need that long? Come on BBC!) that all Whovians around the world had been anticipating for… Well, a while…

The announcement of the new Doctor.

It was an emotional 35 minutes, I must admit. I laughed, I cried… My tummy got all bubbly and butterfly-ish…

But I was quite pleased when they announced that the Twelfth Doctor was going to be Peter Capaldi!

Now, I haven’t seen him in much (I probably have but just not realised) but what I’ve seen him in, I’ve loved him in.

I mean, how could anyone not ADORE him as “Sid’s Dad” (can’t remember the character’s name because my memory is extra specially awful since I had baby) in Skins? He was AMAZING. I still cry when Sid finds him dead…

So, yeah, like with the announcement of any new Doctor I’m apprehensive. I can’t imagine anyone taking the place of the incredible Matt Smith (just like I couldn’t imagine anyone taking the place of Gorgous-Tennant) but I trust Moffat’s judgment on this.

A lot of fans dislike Moffat with a passion. I don’t. Some of the best Eccleston and Tennant episodes were by Moffat. Wasn’t Madame De-Pompadour Moffat? I think it was, if my (awful) memory serves me right. That still stands as one of my favourite ever episodes. What about “Are you my Mummy?”? Stroke of genius.

He’s also responsible, of course, for Sherlock and Coupling…

Coupling was a brilliant programme! Sherlock is good (albeit rather cheesy and OTT but it’s meant to be).

Killing off main characters DOES NOT show weak writing, in my opinion. Look at Rory (bless him)!

Anyway, bit of a tangent there…!

My point is…

Peter Capaldi? Good choice.

My Mum is dubious.

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(He would probably make a good Master with this corker of a goatie)