How do you confirm that you are still a geek?

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How do you confirm that you are still a geek?

You know it when you dream that your wife has taken you to a shop that spe­cial­izes in Doc­tor Who stuff and in the dream the owner hands you a 14 foot Tom Baker Scarf and you wake up just as he hands it to you and am about to put it on!

You would think at age 47 I wouldn’t wake up with a huge smile at that point but I did. Some­times I think men at heart never stop being kids. (The proof is yes­ter­day my youngest got the Com­plete Three Stooges Yes­ter­day and when he went to call his 55-​year-​old uncle to tell him his delight that same uncle shared his own delight at the very same gift!)

Speak­ing of which don’t think we didn’t notice that dur­ing yesterday’s Doc­tor Who Christ­mas spe­cial A Christ­mas Carol (which BBC Amer­ica sneak­ily put on at the same time as my show, so I had to watch the steam online sev­eral hours ear­lier) that the lit­tle kid was wear­ing a Baker scarf at one point given to him by the 11th Doctor.

Other than the open­ing which makes Christ­mas sim­ply the “win­ter sol­stice” (con­sist with the pray­ing to Santa non­sense in The Eleventh Hour and the ignor­ing of the con­se­quences of non-​timelords meet­ing them­selves in a time-​line (Maud­win Undead) it was a cute sen­ti­men­tal story that is very enjoyable.

How­ever I didn’t find it time­less, I have a nasty feel­ing that Steven Mof­fat is stuck on the same gim­mick and can’t get off of it. You will like it but will you want to watch it again and again?

There’s the rub.

You know it when you dream that your wife has taken you to a shop that specializes in Doctor Who stuff and in the dream the owner hands you a 14 foot Tom Baker Scarf and you wake up just as he hands it to you and am about to put it on!

You would think at age 47 I wouldn’t wake up with a huge smile at that point but I did. Sometimes I think men at heart never stop being kids. (The proof is yesterday my youngest got the Complete Three Stooges Yesterday and when he went to call his 55-year-old uncle to tell him his delight that same uncle shared his own delight at the very same gift!)

Speaking of which don’t think we didn’t notice that during yesterday’s Doctor Who Christmas special A Christmas Carol (which BBC America sneakily put on at the same time as my show, so I had to watch the steam online several hours earlier) that the little kid was wearing a Baker scarf at one point given to him by the 11th Doctor.

Other than the opening which makes Christmas simply the “winter solstice” (consist with the praying to Santa nonsense in The Eleventh Hour and the ignoring of the consequences of non-timelords meeting themselves in a time-line (Maudwin Undead) it was a cute sentimental story that is very enjoyable.

However I didn’t find it timeless, I have a nasty feeling that Steven Moffat is stuck on the same gimmick and can’t get off of it. You will like it but will you want to watch it again and again?

There’s the rub.