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Time Lords Use More Starch

I like tech, especially when it can be used for fun. That’s largely why I have a 3D printer, to make toys. Truth be told, it’s really why most anybody has a 3D printer at home, to make toys. Sometimes I’ll just hop onto the big library of 3D files on the Thingiverse website and waste an hour looking for something cool to print.

And sometimes I design something reasonably cool myself. Tonight I was inspired, and the thing I designed turned out pretty great. At least I think so.

Earlier this week I’d run across a design on Thingiverse for a Lego version of Han Solo frozen in carbonite. Neat! But it was lacking a bit of detail, so I grabbed the model, threw it into my design software, and before you knew it I had a nicely detailed Han ready to be hauled away by Lego Fett. Still, I had just cleaned up someone else’s design. I wanted to do my own.

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Suddenly I was interested in legos. I tried to think of other designs I could attempt. I remembered that there was a Doctor Who lego set due out, I’d heard about it on a the Radio Free Skaro podcast. A quick search and there it was on Amazon – it has Daleks, a weeping angel, and the entire Tardis control console. This is definitely on my list for Santa (hint, hint). And then it dawned on me. The Doctor was headed back to Gallifrey in the season finale, he was headed home. But the lego kit didn’t have any Gallifrinians or Gallifrayans or whatever they’re called (I’m a bad fan). But you know what every member of the Gallifrey high council has?  You betcha, a super-high three-winged Gallifrey collar! That’s what I’d build!

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I broke out my handy digital caliper, went down and dug out our daughter’s old legos, and began measuring. I mocked up a little helmet, something simple just to test that I had connector design right.  Why put all the effort into sussing out the entire design only to find the thing didn’t fit? So I took a baby step, and about half an hour later I had a little lego minifig wearing a silver helmet from the printer.  It clicked on and off quite nicely. I like small bits of success.

I then became absorbed. I think I lost a couple of hours, designing and fiddling and designing and tweaking. When I was ready to print I discovered two things. The helmet was too thin, and the supports the software automatically built into the design were too thick. But it fit. My lego minifig looked like a Time Lord.  🙂

Another hour of work and I had it. The helmet was thick enough that it didn’t fall apart, and I replaced the automatic supports by designing my own breakaway struts. I finished the model off by dropping the Seal of Rassilon onto the shoulders. The Time Lords are ready to greet Doctor Who! If you’d like to print one yourself, the file is up on Thingiverse. Enjoy!

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Do you think the show will have a warm, happy reunion between the Doctor and his home world? With an episode title like ‘Hell Bent’ I’d think not. It would be quite the twist for Timothy Dalton to give the Doctor a big hug and invite him in for tea…

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Zygons and Flagpoles

The new season of Doctor Who is quite terrific.  And at the moment the Doctor is witnessing the aftermath of the Zygon treaty hammered out during The Day of the Doctor (You remember, the 50th anniversary feature-length episode that aired in 2013.  The one that was in the movie theaters).  Part one of a new Zygon story just aired this past weekend, part two is coming up in a few days.

And the world waits with baited breath…will they finally explain the Flagpole Anomaly?

What’s that?  You’ve never heard of the Flagpole Anomaly?  Surely you jest.  Every Doctor Who fan knows of it.  Just Google it, I’ll wait.  What?  Nothing?!  Well how about #flagpoleanomaly?  Nothing again?!  It must be a conspiracy to delete all knowledge of our impending doom!

Or maybe it’s just something that bothers nobody else but me.  The Flagpole Anomaly.  It is real, and I can prove it.

Here, go watch The Day of the Doctor.  Well, not the whole thing.  Just a few seconds right around  the 2:40 mark in the program.  Here’s a handy link to the video.

Wow, you were gone for more than a few seconds there.  The Day of the Doctor sucked you in, didn’t it?  It’s quite good.

But did you see it?  Did you see the flagpole…moooooove?

It’s right behind Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, just as she’s noting the ravens’ lackluster movement.  Right here:

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Did you see that?  The flagpole moved.  You can’t deny it.  It really happened.  But…what does it mean?

I’ve wondered that for two years now.  Well, every now and again.  Perhaps we’ll get an answer this Saturday.  Here are the very best theories on how Stephen Moffat will resolve this mysterious occurrence:

  • The flagpole is actually a shapeshifted Zygon in disguise.  It heard the Doctor’s ringtone and started to run to warn it’s comrades.  Then it remembered it was a flagpole.
  • The tenth doctor is tunneling into the Tower of London and, well, missed the entrance by a few feet.  He banged straight into the base of the flagpole, causing the wobble.
  • A Silurian battle force was coming up from the center of the earth to prevent the Zygon plan and claim the Earth for the themselves.   The Silurians met a contingent of Zygons (shapeshifted into Yeti of course) under the Tower of London and a massive underground battle ensued.  It was spectacular, but sadly the episode has since been lost.  Telesnaps show that the Zygons won, but not before the one remaining Silurian loosened the ground under the flagpole’s base and wobbled the flag in a vain, dying attempt to signal for help.
  • The first doctor is back there by the light pole, trying to sneak by without anyone noticing.  Barbara trips, falls against the flagpole and hurts her ankle.  Ian helps her up.
  • The production team made a boo-boo.

Ok, so it’s most likely the last option.  But really now, Who Knows?  And aren’t the other options more fun?  🙂

Maybe we’ll find out on Saturday.  #flagpoleanomaly!

What’s the best Flagpole Anomaly theory you’ve heard?  Share it below!