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‘Doctor Who’ turns 50
Using Doctor Who To Connect With My Daughter
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For Christmas in 2010, I spent months writing a book for her called "Bailey and the Doctor". In it, Bailey meets the Doctor who takes her on an adventure and teaches her that travelling and meeting new people isn't a punishment, but a wonderful celebration. There is also the lesson that there are those in your life that you'll leave, that will leave you, that will be taken from you and that will just fade away. But they live in your heart and no one can ever take that from you. Essentially, I was able to use the Doctor to tell her what I as her father couldn't.
This last year, we dressed up and attended San Diego Comic Con dressed as our favorite characters. Me, as the 11th Doctor in his purple coat and her as Oswin Oswald, the Doctor's current companion. For the love of my daughter, we woke up at 2:30am and sat in line (or slept, in her case) for six hours to attend the Doctor Who panel. We were in the last 100 people to get into the 6,500 person audience and were the first in the world to see the trailer for the 50th Anniversary special!
We're now pretty settled here in Southern California and she has spread her love of the show to many of hew new friends in school. She wears t-shirts that say "Bow Ties Are Cool" and her red Oswin Oswald shoes and tells her friends that "her Dad is amazing" because we have such a close relationship over Doctor Who. Her Christmas list is very "tardis blue" and I suspect she'll love everything she receives.
I'm also working on the next book. Maybe I'll have it done in time for Santa Claus (who we suspect is a Timelord) to deliver!