So let’s get some things straight:
- Christopher Eccleston is NOT a dick. CE’s tag as well as the Ninth Doctor’s tag is loaded with hate this morning AND that’s just uncalled for.
- Christopher Eccleston LOVED playing the Doctor: “I love the BFI. I love the Doctor and hope you enjoy this presentation. Joe Ahearne directed five of the 13 episodes of the first series. He understood the tone the show needed completely – strong, bold, pacy visuals coupled with wit, warmth and a twinkle in the performances, missus.“If Joe agrees to direct the 100th anniversary special, I will bring my sonic and a stair-lift and – providing the Daleks don’t bring theirs – I, the ninth Doctor, vow to save the universe and all you apes in it.”
- If you indeed have watched series 1 with Eccleston then you understand his story arc. You’ll understand the emotional growth in the NInth Doctor’s journey. Me thinks CE read the ridiculous 50th anniversary story about retconning the Time War and said no.
- I have no proof that these were his intentions but knowing how he chooses scripts for British TV, I really think that he felt the Ninth Doctor’s journey was being minimized and dismissed. Hence, the comment on Joe Ahearne and wit/warmth.
- He signs stuff for fans all the time AND signs as THE DOCTOR.
- People need to separate what they WANT from what an actor wants and looks for in a script. He owes you nothing but he’ll pose for a pic on the street with you, and sign your Ninth Doctor memorabilia ANYTIME.
OH MY GOD HE’S SO CUTE AND SWEET AND PERFECT I S2G IF YOU’RE MEAN TO CHRIS I’LL BITE YOU
He didn’t want to come back for the 50th because he had a very bad experience with the BBC when he was the Doctor. It has nothing to do with his feelings on the script. He has said time and time again that he never WANTS to come back as the Doctor. It’s not to say he wasn’t a good Doctor and that he’s not a good actor or not a wonderful person, he just didn’t appreciate how he was treated during his season and he never wants to come back.
That’s it. That’s the explanation.
No…that’s NOT it. That was the explanation he gave as to why he left the series under RTD 8YEARS AGO. This is a new era and the meetings between himself and Moffat were great AND he almost came aboard. Times have changed, certain people who caused problems with him have moved on."Showrunner Steven Moffat talks about the discussion he had with Eccleston in an interview with SFX magazine (as reported by Doctor Who TV). “I had an initial contact with Chris and, in a very amiable and gentlemanly way, he didn’t feel that he could come back to it,” he says. Moffat continues, “There wasn’t any big fuss about it — I had a couple of meetings with him, and he was perfectly pleasant, and indeed quite enthused about the show, but he just doesn’t do that, it’s just not him.”So yeah….that’s NOT the only story.
^ this a billion times over. this is like the same bullshit with fans of the prisoner who think it was all george markstein and zero paddy. it’s their headcanon and it’s stupid and annoying.
when people say CE hated who, i just show them this .gif:
look at how happy he is to tell the little boy how he feels about nine and rose. please. ungracious? my ass. stop the fucking nonsense.
8-foot giant squid pillow.
- 2 yards of felt
- 1 yard of patterned fabric (I suggest a polka dot-type pattern so it looks like suction cups)
- 1 medium piece of black felt, 1 medium piece of white felt (for the eyes)
- white thread, black thread and thread of the same color as the felt you’re using
- about 5 lbs. of stuffing
- a couple big sheets of paper to draw your pattern
First, you need to draw out your patterns. Here’s a basic template to get you started, although most of the measurements are reasonably fudgeable. If in the likely event you don’t have any four-foot-long pieces of paper lying around, just tape a few pieces together.
Once you’ve drawn out your eight patterns, it’s time to cut the fabric. Pin the pattern to the fabric, laid flat, and cut out the following, leaving a half an inch or so of extra fabric around the edge of the pattern:
FOR THE ARMS: 8 felt and 8 fabric cutouts of piece 1
FOR THE, UH, LONGER ARMS: 2 felt and 2 fabric cutouts of piece 2
FOR THE BODY: 2 felt cutouts of piece 3
FOR THE FIN: 4 felt cutouts of piece 4
FOR THE HEAD: 1 felt cutouts of piece 6
FOR THE EYES: 2 white felt cutouts of piece 7 and 2 black felt cutouts of piece 8
So now you’ve got all your pieces ready, it’s time to start sewing them together. I did mine by hand because my sewing machine is busted and I get a kind of Zen buzz from sewing by hand, but if you have a non-busted one I recommend that you use it as it will be MUCH EASIER. You’re going to be sewing everything with the nice side of the fabric facing in, then turning it inside out to stuff it.
THE ARMS: Pin together one patterned fabric piece 1 and one felt piece 1 (with the nice sides facing the inside). Sew down around the U-shape and back up, leaving the top open. Then turn the arm inside out, stuff it (it’s easiest to do both of these things if you sort of scrunch it up like you’re trying to put on a pair of tights, excuse the non-dude-friendly reference) and sew the top closed. Do the same for the other seven arms and rejoice in the fact that this is the most tedious part. Same deal with the two long arms, they’re just harder to stuff.
THE FINS: Pin together two of your piece 4s and sew together the curvy outer edge. Turn the piece inside out, so the seam you just sewed is on the inside, and start sewing up the other side, stuffing gradually as you go along. You should end up with a triangle-ish puffy thing. Repeat for the other two piece 4s.
THE BODY: Put down one piece 3, then place the two fins you have down with the point up and the curvy side pointing in, then make a sandwich by putting the other piece 3 down on top. Pin it all together and sew around the edges with the two fins still inside, as shown. Turn it inside out and move on to…
THE HEAD: So take piece 6 and the ten arms you’ve already done. Lay the arms, fabric side facing you, out with the arms’ top seams in a line half an inch from the top of piece 6. The order should be arm arm arm arm BIG ARM arm arm arm arm BIG ARM. The legs should be almost entirely covering piece 6. Pin them in place and sew a straight line through the individual legs seams to attach the legs to piece 6.
When you pick up the other side of piece 6, you now have something resembling a really weird untied hula skirt. Sew together the two 9-inch ends of piece 6 with the fabric side of the arms on the outside, and keep it inside out for the moment.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: Fit the open end of the body through the arms (still fabric side facing out) and pull the edge all the way through the felt cylinder so it’s even with the edge that DOESN’T have arms attached to it. Sew around the diameters of the head cylinder and the body cylinder to attach them, then pull the legs down over the head and you’re almost done!
Stuff the body, then seal it off by sewing piece 5 over the open end (even if you do have a functional sewing machine, you’ll probably have to do this part by hand).
THE EYES: Sew the black circles on the white circles and whipstitch the eyes onto the head. You do this last because you can’t tell where they’re going to end up on the end product if you put them on before stuffing the body.
pretty much everything you’ll see from me for the next three weeks or so is all queued.
i’m sorry about that, it feels like cheating or something.
thanks to everyone who reached out to me after i fell. i appreciate all the kind words and good thoughts. it means a lot.