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13 Fun and Impressive Pieces of Doctor Who Fan Art

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Doctor Who is approaching its 50th anniversary this fall, and while fans wait and wonder exactly what surprises the 3D special will hold, the world’s adoration for a regenerating time traveler has never been greater. In honor of the longest running sci-fi series in history, let’s take a look at some of the fantastic creations made by the show’s worldwide legion of fans.

1. Darfield

What happens when you combine one of the world’s most popular comic strips with one of the world’s longest-lasting TV shows? As Tone Cartoons shows us, you get a little bit of magic known as Darfield. With John presumably filling in as the Doctor, Odie as K-9, and perhaps even Nermal taking on the role of one of The Doctor’s adorable companions, it’s easy to see why Darfield and his Cyberman Pooky toy are so darn grumpy all the time. Tone Cartoons features a new Dalek cartoon every day.

2. The Diamond Dalek Jubilee

Can’t get enough Daily Daleks? Then head over to Daleks of the Day, where you can find delightful creations like this one, designed in honor of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last year.

3. Norman Rockwho

Rockbetter takes classic Norman Rockwell artwork and makes it more applicable to modern life—or at least, modern pop culture. While the site has a few Doctor Who creations, this one, showing David Tennant’s tenth Doctor checking on a baby Adipose, manages to maintain the touching slice-of-life feel Rockwell was so well known for.

4. Doctor Deco

Something about Matt Smith’s eleventh Doctor seems appropriate for an art deco creation like this one; maybe it’s his old-school style or maybe it’s just that Bill Mudron is such a great artist that he could make any of the Doctors look amazing in this setting.

5. Extermifelt!

DeviantArt user GlassCamel’s light-up, needle-felted Dalek might look more cuddly than intimidating—but it’s important to remember that looks can be deceiving.

6. TARQUILT

As if this TARDIS quilt by craftster user gatheredthreads wasn’t impressive enough thanks to the amazing level of detail and wonderful stitching, the beacon at the top of the TARDIS even lights up, fading in and out as though the famed police box were landing over and over.

7. The Girl in the Paper Craft

It’s hard to imagine a more fitting artistic tribute to the “The Girl in the Fireplace” episode than this stunning paper cut-out creation by DeviantArt user CT201. She sold a similar, though less intricate, version of the design as a pop-up card in her Etsy shop and while it’s now sold out, you might be able to convince her to make a new one for you if you have a special event that only The Doctor could properly commemorate.

8. Doctor Who-Who

If the “Who” in the show title ever reminded you of an owl, then you should check out Etsy seller Kelsey Wailes’ shop where she has a variety of the Doctor’s incarnations converted into owl forms, like this one, an adorable take on Peter Davidson’s fifth Doctor.

9. A Box of Police Box

Rose and Number Ten never looked as sweet as they do in this adorable shadow box diorama by Etsy seller WonderlandContraband.

10. Wallace and K-9

Granted, they may not be claymation, but even as drawings by Roger Langridge, The Doctor and K-9 look perfect in the style of Wallace and Gromit and the choice of Tom Baker’s fourth Doctor couldn’t be more appropriate.

11. Cyber Posters

Mohamed F. Haque made three great Doctor Who posters last year, one featuring a Dalek, one with The Silence and this one, with the intimidating face of a Cyberman threatening “You will become like us.”

12. Sonic Scarfdriver

Looking for a bit of Whovian fan art that you could actually use in a practical manner? Then you’d better head over to Etsy seller MyAlterknits’ shop and grab up this great sonic screwdriver scarf while it’s still on sale. Alternatively, she also offers a “Vote Saxon” scarf for fans of the show’s political figures.

13. The Big Bad Wolf

Given how much Rose’s early storyline revolved around the reappearance of the words “bad wolf,” it’s only fitting for DeviantArt user khallion to wonder how Little Red Riding Hood might take that graffiti, even if she was already adapted to the madness that surrounds the lives of a companion of The Doctor. The artist has also imagined the TARDIS sprouting up in a number of other fictional worlds, including as one of the trees in Jack Skellington’s holiday forest. If you thought Jack screwed up Christmas, imagine him trying to fight off the Cybermen, the Weeping Angels, or the Daleks.

So my fellow Whovians, which one is your favorite? Or do you have another favorite piece of Doctor Who fan art that I left off this list?

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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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This Is What Flowers Look Like When Photographed With an X-Ray Machine
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Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Peruvian Daffodil” (1938)

Many plant photographers choose to showcase the vibrant colors and physical details of exotic flora. For his work with flowers, Dr. Dain L. Tasker took a more bare-bones approach. The radiologist’s ghostly floral images were recorded using only an X-ray machine, according to Hyperallergic.

Tasker snapped his pictures of botanical life while he was working at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Hospital in the 1930s. He had minimal experience photographing landscapes and portraits in his spare time, but it wasn’t until he saw an X-ray of an amaryllis, taken by a colleague, that he felt inspired to swap his camera for the medical tool. He took black-and-white radiographs of everything from roses and daffodils to eucalypti and holly berries. The otherworldly artwork was featured in magazines and art shows during Tasker’s lifetime.

Selections from Tasker's body of work have been seen around the world, including as part of the Floral Studies exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego in 2016. Prints of his work are also available for purchase from the Stinehour Wemyss Editions and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)

X-ray image of a rose.
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “A Rose” (1936)

All images courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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