Doctor Who Sanctuary Base 6 Space Suit: Helmet Part 1

I love a good challenge when it comes to crafting costumes, and after seeing Kill the Moon I knew I wanted to make one of those orange space suits.

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For this project so far I’ve used:

  • 1 1960’s motorcycle helmet (the old style helmets are a lot smaller than current day helmets)
  • 1/2 inch EVA foam pads from Harbor Freight  $10.00
  • Aluminum foil
  • Heat Gun which I also bought at Harbor Freight for around $14.00
  • Duct Tape
  • Sharpie
  • Box Cutter
  • Total cost to this point: $24.00

This is my first time making an EVA helmet so I’ve relied heavily on this great YouTube tutorial by Ted Smith.

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I covered the helmet in aluminum foil

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Then using short 4 or 5 inch strips, I covered the helmet with duct tape.

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I drew pattern marks, labeling F for front and B for back, R for right, L for left.  Don’t forget the hash marks!

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I cut out the pattern and then chose the side I liked the best.  This ensures that both sides will be identical. Make sure to cut out the hash marks

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I pined the patterns to the foam, drawing in all the hash marks and marking front back, left.  Then I flipped them over and drew them again, this time marking right.

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After cutting the pieces out with a box cutter (fresh, sharp blade is required and make sure you are cutting at 90 degrees), I heated them and gave them each a curve. Watch the youtube video I reference above for more info on this step.

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Then very slowly, and carefully I hot-glued the pieces together. I’d only glue an inch at a time and then hold.

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And there you have it. The base of my space helmet.

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Doctor Who: Death in Heaven and Princess Aprons part 2

This will be my fourth viewing of Death in Heaven.  This one didn’t resonate with me as, Dark Water,  but it seems to improve with each viewing.

We start this episode with Clara’s statement that sent fandom reeling when the trailer was released: “Clara Oswald has never existed.”  She follows it up with, “I’m the Doctor,” and my brain starts to question and quickly scans all the past episodes. Was there something I missed?  In this panic I didn’t see the opening credits where Clara’s eyes appear rather than the Doctors.  Probably best that it happened that way.  I think it’s easy to forget what state Clara is in at this point. It was only an hour or so ago that she was throwing TARDIS keys into the lava, and only a few minutes ago she was talking to her dead boyfriend.  So while I think Clara comes across a tad irritating here, I have to give her credit for thinking on her feet.

I’d be taking a selfie with the cybermen too, if I saw them in the street, but these aren’t tourists, but UNIT.  Kate Stewart has one of the best character entrances this season, and I totally love her saying, “haircut?” to acknowledge that the Doctor has regenerated but she recognizes that it is him.   The opening of the dome of St. Paul’s is a cool little special effect, and there is some great witty dialogue here, what Moffat is famous for. Not to mention the great cyberman theme playing over and over dramatically.

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Enter Seb, and Danny.  This is where things get fuzzy and you can’t think about the plot too much, because it’s full of holes and confusions.  Rather than ripping the concepts of cybermen needing consciousnesses, being seeded by rain (where does the metal come from?), and in the end they are puppets, we will suspend our criticisms and just enjoy the character stories.

The whole concept of the water coming down and raising the dead made me think of the Christian idea of Christ being living water that grants eternal life (John 4:14).   But we know that sometimes evil copies good, so here is some evil water that grants a sort of eternal or extended life, but not in a good way.  There are some Christian visual symbols here too, crosses in the graveyard, an all seeing eye on the wall of the mortuary, a burial cloth (John 11:44)left on the table after the ‘resurrection’ of Danny.

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Notice the burial cloth on the table, and the eye on the wall to the left of the mirror.

The scene cuts back to the Doctor who is revived and lead to an airplane.   I want to squee when he corrects Kate and calls Clara “my friend.”  Do you notice the Doctor putting like 10 cubes of sugar into his tea cup, and then picking up the saucer to drink from?

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Clara rattles off facts about the Doctor and we are reminded how much Clara knows about the Doctor, also how fast Jenna Coleman can talk and then cyber-Danny just blows the heck out of the other cybermen. Nice!

In the belly of the airplane is where Michelle Gomez really shines as Missy.  She is witty, bananas, and incredibly frightening all at the same time.  The Doctors line about becoming president of the Earth and Missy’s face was priceless.

Now we get to the creepy graveyard scene.  Lots of people have talked about how much they liked how they shot the cybermen crawling out of graves, but I found the creepy music, and shaky hand-held camera work a little too campy for my taste.

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These are the worst guards of all time.  They just stand there while Missy manipulates Oswin and escapes her bonds.  RIP Oswin.  The fact that Moffet killed off the character that symbolizes the fandom is very meta.

Clara bookends the friendship arc by her speech to cyber-Danny claiming that the Doctor his her best friend. Contrast this to Mummy on the Orient Express where she said the Doctor “isn’t [her] anything.”

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Unfortunately this little speech seems to push cyber-Danny over the edge.  When he takes off his mask (since when to cybermen helmets come apart this way?) we get the feeling that he is not coming back.  Up to this point we though that maybe he might come back, but now, with his rotting flesh on display we get the sense that this is the end of him.   Clara is basically suicidal at this point, which is proven by how violently she throws her phone(no person in their right mind would throw their phone that way).

When first watched this, and Kate is sucked out of the airplane I think that maybe there will be a time reset in this episode. I mean, look at the body count.  I am both hoping and not wanting a time reset.

I don’t have a lot to say about the Doctor diving into his TARDIS while the James Bond type music plays.  Again, a little too campy for my tastes.

The next few scenes are excellently acted.  Jenna, pulls out all the stops again. Seriously, this girl must have been swollen eyed and crying for days to film this.  The conclusion of this heartbreaking conflict is that Clara is an officer.  The Doctor walks away and Clara does what she has to do for the greater good.  Her confession that “she wasn’t very good at it” but she did love Danny, was perhaps the truest thing she has said this whole season.

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But while all this is well acted, it doesn’t strike a cord with me like I think it should.  I find that I’m not as invested in Danny Pink as maybe I could be, and his criticizing the Doctor up until the very end hasn’t helped.  Clara spends the rest of the episode basically shut down emotionally.

When Missy gives the cyberman controller to the Doctor I’m truly confused.  I do love her sing-song line, “I need my friend back.”   I also love the flashbacks of the major themes of the series; as a die-hard fan I’ve already made these connections, but still it’s nice to see them tied in here.

The Doctors conclusion that he is an “idiot with a box” feels like a bit of a cop-out.  If anything, this episode proved that the Doctor is an officer, after all, in the end he gives the command to Danny, the soldier, to solve the conflict.

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The cyber-Brigadier appearance was a big moment for a lot of fans.  I’ve watched enough classic Who to know who the Brigadier was, but not enough to have the affection for him so many others have evidently.  I did like that the Doctor solutes cyber-Brigadier as a show of respect for soldiers, a nice turn around from his anti-soldier attitudes all season.

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This last scene is the only one this episode that brings tears to my eyes.  They’ve spent so much time lying to each other all season, but here they are lying to protect each other.   It was pointed out on this thread at Gallifrey Base there is a white clock on the wall behind Clara, who is dressed in white, and a black chalkboard behind the Doctor, who is dressed in black.  The Doctor even tells Clara that she’s “on the clock.” The chalkboard has been associated with the Doctor since Deep Breath, but how is Clara represented by a clock?  Perhaps because Clara’s time is coming to an end??

The Project

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I’ve taken some time to sketch out my ideas and make an accounting of what I already own and what I need to buy.

Starting on the Rapunzel apron, I cut across right where the ties attach.  Then I cut the front in half up and down and sew a pizza shape piece of pink fabric into it. I’ve gathered the “skirt” and then resewed it back onto the top part.   I’m really  just making this up as I go, but so far so good.

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Here is what I’ve got so far.

Doctor Who: Dark Water and Princess Aprons part 1

Confession: since it was aired six days ago I’ve watched Dark Water five times, and yes, that’s right, I’m going to watch it again. I’m also starting a new project today, Princess Aprons for my teenage daughters and not be left out, a Minecraft Apron for my son  (I considered a prince apron for him, Hans maybe, but he’d never go for it).

The TV Show

So when I went to watch this episode for the first time, I considered grabbing some tissues as I headed for the couch but then thought, “no, it’s the first half of a two-parter. I won’t need tissues until the second part.”  And then there I was, 15 minutes in, crying my eyes out, running for TP in the bathroom because, stupidly, I don’t keep a tissue box downstairs.  That’s a fine start.  Even now, I can’t take out my project until I get past the volcano and Clara/Twelve scenes.

There are so many great bits here:

The sticky tabs on the bookshelf,

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Clara’s halo, or crown,

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Clara’s eyes, dark and large when she talks to the Doctor on the phone.

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Did you catch the key in The Time Traveler’s Wife? Interestingly, the only modern looking book on the Doctor’s shelves.

Both, Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi are acting there socks off here and they totally sell the volcano scene, a scene that could have felt fake or forced, is beautiful and tragic all at the same time.

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“A future that never got lived, days that should have been that never were, This isn’t just the past, it’s a whole future that never happened.” Rings of Akhaten

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Clara’s dream patch, reminded me of this scene from Fires of Pompeii.

Ok, yeah, I’m tearing up again. Will I ever watch this Doctor/Clara exchange without getting emotional? Perhaps not.

On the Verity! Podcast, Deb commented that the Doctor forgiving Clara made her think of Christianity, and unconditional love. She was shot down by her fellow podcasters, but I have to agree with Deb here, in that I did make a religious connection with the Doctor saying, “Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference.”    This is a religious undertone I caught on to in Kill the Moon when Clara says to the doctor “That was you, my friend, making me scared.”  It made me think of the idea of a Supreme Creator, who supposedly loves us, but then sends us to earth alone, to work things out on our own and to face hardships.  Religion tells us to trust God, that he loves us, but the reality is that even the faithful sometimes feel betrayed and abandoned.   Take that full circle to this episode, and the Doctor’s reassurances to Clara; it feels like a resolution of that subtext.  Even though God leaves people alone, to work out their own issues, he loves them unconditionally.  In this case, the Doctor is willing to, quite literally, go to Hell for Clara.

And then there is the creepy, yet oddly helpful, Seb, and poor Danny in the Nethersphere.  We all suspected we’d be learning about Danny’s bad day since it was first hinted at in Listen, and here is the revelation. No big surprises here.   This is another scene that is sold on the acting chops of Samuel Anderson, and Chris Addison.  It’s nice to see SA get something that he can really sink his teeth into, seeing as his character has been a little flat since The Caretaker.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big surprise since BBC has been showing images of Cybermen in promo material for the last month or so. but still, the reveal of the tomb and the throne sitting skeletons was truly creepy.  I was one of the suckers that bought into Missy being a robot (thought I admit I was disappointed- “is that all there is to it?”)

And the Missy/Doctor kiss!  And Clara’s face!  So nice that they give us little comedic breaks between the emotional turmoil.

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There are hints of cybermen throughout the episode.  In fact, hints have been given throughout the whole series, if you go back and look for them.  I first noticed the eye/teardrop motif on Missy’s wall in The Forest of the Night, but in retrospect it also appeared on the spaceship nav in Robots of Sherwood, on the vault map of Time Heist, and in the promo material for Kill the Moon.  Well played Moffat.

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Do you see it there?

But even the densest of fans couldn’t miss this big hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-hammer hint.

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Not just the doors, but the cyberman theme blasting. It wasn’t a smooth music cut either, it just came blasting in very obvious and in a different key.

Meanwhile, Danny and Clara have their heartbreaking conversation.  Gosh Danny, can you not think of one thing to say to Clara that would prove your identity?  Surely, you talked about something for the past year or so, or however long you’ve been dating.  This was the only place in the whole story where I was frustrated a bit with the writing. I really don’t think Danny is that dense.

The slow reveal of the draining water was perfect, perhaps the best reveal of a baddie ever.  And I especially loved the camera work on the focusing on the cyberman behind Clara, and then she turns to see it.  Ah! So great!

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Am I the only one that jumped to the River Song conclusion when Missy said that she was a ‘Time Lady’ that the Doctor had abandoned using a computer to suck up people’s intelligences?  Yes? Well, I can be slow at times.  I’m glad Missy is the Master. There really was no other solution that would be as satisfying. Some twisted River Song, or future Clara gone bad, or new original character would have all been a disappointment (or heartbreak).  But the Master. Yes. Creepy Mary Poppins. So many possibilities! I hope she sticks around for awhile.

The Project

I first saw princess aprons at comic con this summer. They were frilly princess dresses for the little ones.  Then I saw the more practical aprons online for the grown up types, and I thought that they were perfect for my teenage girls, who are, after all, just grownup princesses at heart.  All the kids like cooking and their aprons are pretty old and outdated.

Here are a few images of what has inspired me:

This is a pattern from Etsy

There is a tutorial for this Anna apron here.

And then for my boy:

I can’t find a link for this one, but I grabbed this pic of pinterest.

Now, I could buy fabric and sew these up, cute as could be.  But I want them to be real, usable aprons, that you can get dirty and I also wanted to make them fast and cheep. So I bought some colored aprons off of eBay for like $3.50 each.  Now I just need to look through my fabric scraps and make a plan.

Unfortunately, I got so wrapped up in the episode and posting screen shots, that all I got finished this time is taking the aprons out of the wrappers and sending them through the wash.  They aren’t exactly the colors I wanted, but I will make do.  Hopefully, as I go I will work out a better balance between reviewing and crafting.

Until next time.