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All the Doctors Seen in 10 Completely Different Ways

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Peter Capaldi plays the 12th Doctor of the Doctor Who series, but some fans count more of them, depending on whether you count John Hurt as the War Doctor and/or Peter Cushing as the movie Doctor. No matter how you count them, there are many artists and crafts folk who feel the need to have a complete set. And not only a complete set, but often a complete set reimagined in a different species or medium. Keep in mind that a “complete” set depends on not only how many Doctors one counts, but also whether a set was generated before the 12th Doctor was announced.

1. Dogs

DeviantART member tee-kyrin (Christie Cox) illustrated 13 “Dogtor” Whos, assigning a dog breed to each of the Doctors by looks and temperament. The breeds are greyhound, Boston terrier, sheepdog, flandoodle, yellow lab, cocker spaniel, Basset hound, Irish setter, schnauzer, Doberman pinscher, long-haired chihuahua, mutt, and Irish wolfhound.

Each incarnation also gets its own portrait. Shown here is the 4th Dogtor. See all of them all in tee-kyrin’s gallery

2. Cats

Scientific illustrator Jenny Parks reimagines a world of pop culture characters as cats. This is her Doctor Who series called Doctor Mew, with 13 cats as each of the Doctors. It’s for sale as a poster at Etsy. Parks also has collections of cats as Star Trek characters, comic book heroes, and movie casts. Check out her science illustrations, too. 

3. Owls

The Doctor Hoo pun has been around for as long as Doctor Who himself, but it’s still cute. DeviantART member pupukachoo put eleven Doctors as owls on one branch in this delightful painting. The design is available on a t-shirt

4. Bunnies

Illustrator Lar DeSouza imagined the Doctors as Velveteen Rabbits. Eleven of them exist together in one print called All the Bunnies, which is for sale.

5. Ducks

This one isn’t exactly a complete set of Doctors, but since we’ve done other animals, this illustration from Everything is Better with Ducks just seems to belong here. These ducks by Tea are modeled after the Tenth Doctor, a Dalek, and a TARDIS.

6. Easter Eggs

Christie Cox (who did the dogs) also made Easter eggs in the likenesses of eleven Doctors last year. She photographed them, and then ate them as deviled eggs.

7. Simpsonized

Dean at Springfield Punx renders many pop culture characters in the Matt Groening style of The Simpsons. He’s done each of the Doctors over time. This wallpaper shows twelve of them, the first eleven Doctors plus the War Doctor.

Dean later illustrated the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in the same style.

8. Women

Gladys at Rocket Surgery reimagined eleven Doctors as women in the series Time Ladies. As far as I know, the series would work just as well if the Doctor regenerated as a woman. See some of her other Doctor Who fan art

9. Charms

DeviantART member Cinnamonster made this awesome charm bracelet featuring eleven Doctors (plus a TARDIS) modeled of polymer clay and painted appropriately. It’s a one-of-a-kind artwork. As new Doctors are added to the canon, she can add more charms!

10. Amigurumi

Allison Hoffman at Crafty is Cool completed a commissioned collection of Doctor Who amigurumi figures, featuring the likenesses of eleven actors who've portrayed the Doctor as of 2012. At the site, you can see all the crocheted Doctors side-by-side with the TV version. One clever detail is that the first Doctor, from the early 60s, is crocheted in black, white, and gray, except for the skin tone, as the series was broadcast in black-and-white at that time. If you'd like to try this yourself, you can order the patterns from Hoffman's Etsy shop.

This post was inspired by my friend oneswellfoop.

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A Beached Whale Sculpture Popped Up on the Banks of Paris's Seine River
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In Paris, dozens of fish varieties live in the Seine River. Now, the Associated Press reports that the famous waterway is home to a beached whale.

Rest assured, eco-warriors: The sperm whale is actually a lifelike sculpture, installed on an embankment next to Notre Dame Cathedral by Belgian artists’ collective Captain Boomer. It’s meant to raise environmental awareness, and evoke "the child in everyone who still is puzzled about what is real and what is not,” collective member Bart Van Peel told the Associated Press.

The 65-foot sculpture has reportedly startled and confused many Parisians, thanks in part to a team of fake scientists deployed to “survey” the whale. One collective member even posted a video on social media, warning Parisians that there “may be others in the water” if they opt to take a dip in the river, The Local reported.

The whale sculpture is only temporary—but as for Captain Boomer, this isn’t their first whale-related stunt. Last summer, the collective installed a similar riverside artwork in Rennes, France, and they also once strapped a large-scale whale sculpture to the back of a truck and drove it around France.

[h/t Associated Press]

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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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