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    Posted November 4, 2013 by
    slythgeek
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    St. Louis, Missouri
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    ‘Doctor Who’ turns 50

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    The Tenth Doctor, my Alter Ego

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     slythgeek told me, 'Doctor Who has helped me to bridge the age gap in fandom. Since I run my own science fiction/fantasy convention that caters mainly to younger fans, I have found that fans have stereotypes of others based on age, and Doctor Who, spanning 50 years, has helped me to find common ground with fans who think they're too old for some of the other content the younger fans enjoy. With the fiftieth anniversary coming, I've found Whovians are interested in the history of this fandom, so I've found ways at my own convention and others to cross over the generations, breaking down the age barriers we've put around ourselves.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    As a person who has never quite met the standard of "normal", I  identified with the Doctor immediately in such an all-consuming way  that I was making Doctor Who costumes within two months. While each and  every person who has played the Doctor has brought a new facet to the  character, the Tenth Doctor, played by the the ever-ebullient David  Tennant, reminded me of myself. I quickly realized it wasn't just his  enthusiasm or his tendency to use furniture in unconventional ways. He  also had the anxiety and mood swings I've experienced most of my life  though his, of course, were of a more fantastic nature. He showed  loyalty to people who had hurt him in unimaginable ways and yet found he  couldn't open up to those he was supposed to trust. Watching him  struggle with some of the same problems I had but still save the world  showed me that you don't have to be perfect to be someone's hero.

     

    I made it my goal to create his costume, learning to do  tailoring I never thought I'd have patience to learn. In creating my  Tenth Doctor costume, I learned skills I still use on every costuming  project. I use tasks that would normally be tedious, such as finishing  stitches, as a form of meditation. When I completed the costume, having a  theatrical background, I set about trying to learn David Tennant's  voice and mannerisms.

     

    I wore the costume first to Dragon Con in 2012, and even  among the crowds of Tenth Doctors, I got a lot of compliments. Ever  since, I've been playing the Doctor at events in St. Louis, making  videos after each event for my facebook page:  http://facebook.com/doctorhimself

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