My “Day of the Doctor” Experience at BSFS

Yesterday was the most fantastic day I’ve had in years.

It all started when my friend and his Dad picked me up (agoraphobia, remember) and, after picking up his friend, we rode down to the best pizza I have ever eaten at a place called Matthew’s Pizza. We had wonderous garlic bread and three kinds of pizza: pepperoni, everything but olives and the famous crab pizza. I have never tasted such bliss before yesterday afternoon. I dreamed of that pizza’s wholesome goodness and they were blissful dreams.

After we ate, we rode around to The Baltimore Science Fiction Society to watch The Day of the Doctor. The wonderful people of the BSFS held a free screening of the 50th Anniversary showing of Doctor Who and it was amazing! I’m still in tremors over how absolutely fantastic the whole experience was. While I was there, I got a chance to see a very good friend of mine. I hadn’t seen him in person in years, since pre-agoraphobia days. It was really great reconnecting with him.

While we were there, some guy in a Doctor #4 scarf was handing out jelly babies. Most people, including me took them. It was a really sweet gesture of camaraderie and nostalgia for the show.

I must admit, once I was put in front of a big screen, I went into viewer zombie mode. I could barely make out what my friends and my friend’s Dad were saying but I tried to answer as best as I could. Some of the questions were about series seven, which I haven’t seen yet. That will be rectified today. A few of the questions were about me. Boooooring.

For those who haven’t seen it, fear not, there will be no spoilers on my blog. I respect your viewing pleasure.

One awesome thing I did see in the pre-show coverage was someone who’d completed Kate Atherley’s Doctor Who: Bigger On The Inside shawl showing it off. It never fails to inspire seeing that wonderful masterpiece completed. The drape and construction were fantastic! I can’t wait to get mine started with the yarn I bought for it. I nearly screamed when I saw it. Doctor Who has such awesome and amazing fans.

We watched the show and it simply tore our hearts out. As usual. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place by the end. There was a strategic box of tissues for anyone who needed it and, let’s just say, it got a lot of usage yesterday.

All good things must come to an end. My friends and I had to leave right after the show ended. I said my farewells to my very good friend and proceeded to wheeze and power walk my way through the darkening streets of East Baltimore to get to the nearest bus stop that would take us to the Metro. Suprisingly, I made it and we waited in the growing chill. I was so elated having seen Doctor Who’s 50th that I didn’t even feel it for a while and neglected to put my coat on for most of the wait. Eventually, common sense took over and I put the bloody thing on. 😀

I was so absorbed in the afterglow of the 50th that I could barely talk. So, my friends carried the conversation on the Metro ride out to our connecting stops. After warm hugs, we said farewell at their stop and I, shockingly, continued on to my own stop. No anxiety attack, no freaking out.

For those of you who aren’t in the know, I’m agoraphobic. Distressingly so. I can’t normally leave the house without escort and, last night, I was able to complete the journey home on the bus and walking by myself. That’s the power of friendship and Doctor Who on me. I can complete amazing feats without my Linus Blankets with me.

So, in the 27F cold, I made my way home. I’m bursting to tell you all about the showing itself but…spoilers.

My eternal thanks of gratefulness go out to the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for hosting this event and allowing us, the Fan Family, to see The Day of the Doctor for free. I highly recommend everyone goes to the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. They’ve got all sorts of wonderful things going on there from critique circles, to movie outings, to board gaming, to the largest collection of Science Fiction related books I’ve seen outside of a public library and so much more. Please check them out? 🙂

That’s about it. I need to go help The Maternal Parental bake a cake and watch Doctor Who series seven as well as a plethora of other movies and series. Later!


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