A Weekend of Wonderful Exploration 

Happy Sunday! 

As I sit back and wait for The Walking Dead premiere, I am feeling great about the week ahead. This weekend, I took my daughters to the NASA open house event to celebrate their centennial year of operation. We live in Hampton, now known as the place where the events of Hidden Figures took place and it was incredible to walk on the same grounds where Katherine Johnson quietly made history. 

My oldest daughter is 8 and the Hidden Figures book/movie have had a profound impact in her at any early age. She now wants to be an aerospace engineer and I want to do what I can to help build and support her life vision. She was in awe of all the wind tunnels and computers. It gave me joy to see the wonder in her eyes. 

After a few hours at NASA we made our way to our local comic convention. I managed to see a con friend Stephanie and I made my way out of the vendor room without doing too much damage. Stephanie is the brains behind Red Fish Rue Fish, a company that makes metal bracelets, pins, iron-ons, and much more. I bought my three year old a bookmark and myself this cool Ravenclaw bracelet. I couldn’t get the word “wit” into the photo but Potterheads know how we roll. 


My mom came to my house today and we took the kids to the pumpkin patch. It was nice to get out in a field with a wagon and shears while we searched for the perfect pumpkins. I felt a sense of calm in the middle of no where. 

And, to cap off a great weekend, I am overjoyed about the latest Doctor Who news!! I am thrilled about Jodie Whittaker as the first woman Doctor, even if I don’t see it as a “representation win.” BUT I think I’m even more excited to see a Black male AND a woman of color (Mandip Gill) as her companions! I haven’t had time to formulate my full thoughts and hopes for them, but I am hype! Look at how wonderful the TARDIS will be with more diversity! Thank you Martha Jones and Bill Potts for paving the way. 

Source Facebook/BBC

So much happy in two days! I hope this feeling lasts all week long 💕

Do you love Doctor Who? How do you feel about the companion announcement? 

Let me know how your weekend went and what you want to happen this week.

-Tai Gooden 

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Doctor Who and Theism: My Observations on The Mary Sue

Hi Everyone!

As you all know, I love Doctor Who! Today, my article for The Mary Sue posted and it’s pretty awesome! The relationship with the show and theism is a hot debate among fans. I made a few comparisons to prevalent concepts in theism and showed how they are used in the show to make it incredible!

Of course, these concepts are not exclusive to theism, but they are strongly associated with religion. 

Soooo check it out here!!!

-Tai Gooden

12 Awesome Things About (Re)Generation Who

Hi!

My article for Paste Magazine was posted yesterday and the response has been overwhelming! I was so busy yesterday that I forgot to post the link here.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts below!

12 Things We Learned at (Re)Generation Who

*Special shoutout to Robert Coe and his 10th Doctor costume…you were my favorite! 🙂

-Tai Gooden

A Couple of (Unofficial) Words About ReGeneration Who

ReGeneration Who was incredible, but I’m glad to be home! This weekend was so much fun! I loved meeting so many passionate Whovians. A lot of people ask me why I love Doctor Who. Yes, it is a crazy sci-fi show, but it is also a source of wonder and adventure. And, for many viewers, it is an escape from the negative aspects of life.

I heard stories from young kids (and kids at heart) about how they have been bullied and teased for being nerds and how they found comfort in watching the show. The Doctor encourages them to dream big and be fantastic. The Whovian fandom is their family and friends! I’m not exactly a so-called “nerd”, but I have always been rather off-beat so I understand how they feel.

I met so many quirky and creative people. I love them for their energy, kindness, and individuality. I also met a few writers and actors from the series…they too were quirky, funny, and humble!

I will rest a bit tonight because the rest of the week will be filled with video editing, transcribing, and writing my articles! And, I will be posting links to this blog as well as writing my own personal review as a Whovian!

-Tai Gooden

Tai Gooden Heads to Maryland!

A couple of weeks ago, I did an article about Doctor Who conventions in America. If you are wondering what the hell Doctor Who is, check out my previous post or my Whovian experience piece on xojane.

The article was an instant hit among my Whovian friends and I was invited to attend a new convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland. I can’t wait to attend (Re)Generation Who and write about my weekend with Doctor Who fans!!

Writing AND a Whovian-filled weekend? It’s like a dream come true LOL

-Tai Gooden