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    Posted November 14, 2013 by
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    ‘Doctor Who’ turns 50

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    Using Doctor Who To Connect With My Daughter


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Radioman1017 told me, 'As for how it's impacted my life the most all goes back to my daughter. It's a great show, but the joy I see in her eyes each time a new episode comes out of when a new tidbit hits the net is really best part of it. There's this perception that fathers and daughters don't bond as well as fathers and sons, but our mutual love of this show is part of the glue between us.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Because of my job, we have had to move a couple of times. All of them have been hard moves for the kids, particularly with my daughter Bailey. As she constantly had to say goodbye to her friends, her and I became best friends. Doctor Who became the show that really cemented our relationship through our love of the characters that shared a lot of the same stories of travel and loss that we did.

    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!

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