Also today, this glorious thing went up: Pedalpalooza Time Travelers’ Ride
The ride, formerly known as the Doctor Who Ride, is now in its fifth year. My husband and I have attended each. Three of those years – maybe four? – we have also won the trivia contest at the end. The first year, I found myself a flag tee and went as Rose Tyler:
The second year I played the TARDIS, complete with helmet light and swirling vortex, formed from a chiffon veil left over from my bellydance days. I am sadly without a photo of that, at least on this computer.
For two years following I dressed as the Fifth Doctor, the youngest before Matt Smith and only blond Doctor so far. Normally I wouldn’t repeat costumes, but I’d made some changes, including a fabulous celery pin with its very own story…
That’s with the original ‘real’ celery, which completely didn’t work. (It wilted really fast.) Following this event, I searched for a celery pin – any celery pin – on that wellspring of nerdery, etsy. To my very great surprise, I found nothing. I have no creative skills myself, and was temporarily at a loss, until I recalled the beaded-fabric flower jewelry of my old friend Kelly. I then emailed Kelly with my rather odd request, leaving her somewhat baffled. Her husband explained, and I sent reference photos; she then became very excited about the prospect, and delivered me this wonderful thing:
Even better, once she put the thing online she began to sell it to other nerds – one of whom reportedly went so far as to get it signed by Fifth Doctor Peter Davison himself! She’s sold quite a number by now, and I can’t help feeling a little pride in my inspiration – not to mention her amazing skill! As a bonus, one of her daughters is now a fangirl as well. It’s contagious!
I don’t yet know what I’ll wear this year. We had discussed a Third Doctor team costume, with myself as Liz Shaw, my husband as Three, and one of our friends as the Brigadier. But after 3 rides and 3 cons my other half is wearying of his Third Doctor routine, and the friend in question may or may not still be on board, so I may do something else instead. Maybe Nine…
I will be sure to post photos, in any case.