We just learned about a wonderful new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting. It’s a family tradition, called Dinovember, created by writer Refe Tuma and his wife. Every night in November, after their children have gone to bed, the pair set about creating a new scene involving their children’s dinosaur toys which makes it appear as though the tiny dinos came to life overnight and had all sorts of mischievous fun. They cook, paint, pretend to be knights and dragons, take other toys hostage, and play the kids’ boardgames. They’ve even teepeed the bathroom.
Tuma explains, “In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs. Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”
The photos you see here are just a small sampling of this delightful project. Follow each new installment of Dinovember over on Facebook.
But you know what else they had? Strong female characters
OK, not trying to start shit. You’re allowed to like what you like and dislike what you dislike. But I don’t see how you can see River, Amy, Clara, Sally Sparrow, Nancy,…
I am reblogging this SO HARD right now, because this is brilliant. Especially this bit:
“In fact, to the best of my recollection as a fan who started watching way back in 1978, it wasn’t until RTD revived the show in 2005 that we were presented with female companions whose entire lives and ambitions revolved around the Doctor, who attributed every good thing in their lives to meeting him, and who couldn’t endure the thought of not being his eternal One and Only (*cough*Rose*cough*).”
Rose decided there was “nothing for me here” and bailed on her mother and her boyfriend to be with the Doctor (TWICE), and gave no thought to her future beyond being with him. Sarah Jane’s story was retconned to make her pine after the Doctor for 30 years. Martha spent a year trying to prove herself. Donna put her life on hold so she could look for the Doctor, and then lost everything.
Amy had a life with Rory outside travelling with the Doctor, and when she had to chose between the Doctor and Rory, she chose Rory every time. Clara goes home after travelling with the Doctor, and the adventures happen on her terms. She had to be convinced to travel with him at all. The Doctor is a very important part of their lives, but he is not the be-all and end-all of their universes.
RTD had the Doctor sonic Elton’s girlfriend’s face onto a paving stone. Moff gave us Sally Sparrow, Nancy, Rita, and River.
RTD’s not some sort of sainted feminist ally, and Moff is not the worst woman-hating misogynist who ever lived. RTD’s female characters had their strengths, and Moff’s have weaknesses. Both of their eras have flaws. But if we’re basing their worth solely on their female characters, I know which era I would chose.