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It is one of our personal goals to turn all of our friends into Whovians.   We just want everyone to understand WHY we are so overwhelmed with feelings all the time.  We have a couple of friends on the VERGE of dipping their toes into Doctor Who Universe.  Our friend Samantha already KNOWS that the Ultimate OTP of the show (despite our undying devotion to Rose x Ten) is actually The Doctor and the TARDIS.  She got there on her OWN, you guys!  We were so proud!  Recently our friend Anna asked us what episodes we would recommend for someone considering jumping into the lifetime commitment of being a Doctor Who Fan.

She also said she was asking “for a friend”.

A likely story.  We know you are on the verge, Anna.  Don’t deny it.

That got us thinking…where WOULD we start?  Personally, when I (Kim) started Doctor Who around this time last year, I started with the first episode of Series One,  “Rose”.  Then again, I HAVE been accused of being a “Completist” on a well-known pop culture website.  I don’t deny it.  WHY WOULD YOU START ANYWHERE BUT THE BEGINNING?!

We put a call out to our Twitter followers and Facebook fans (PS: are YOU following us yet?) about which episodes they would suggest to newbies, which spurred a great debate.  Eventually 6 episodes (well, technically 8, as there are two Two Parters on this list) rose to the top of the heap.  Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

Also to Anna and Sam: You WILL become Whovians in 2013.  You should accept your fate now.

Tenth Doctor Soon

“Rose” (Series One, Episode One) – Sage

@ottofernandez: “My first episode was “Rose.” I don’t think it best represents the series, but why not start at the beginning?”

As a famous singing nun once said, the beginning is, in fact, “a very good place to start.” For your completist friends who refuse to watch anything out of order, you have no choice but to begin here. My own first experience with the Doctor was in this pilot episode of the modern series. “Rose” introduces us to Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, his new companion Rose Tyler (my future wife Billie Piper), Rose’s mum Jackie Tyler and boyfriend Mickey Smith, and the TARDIS, the Doctor’s transport across galaxies. Did I mention it also travels in time?

This episode is a romp. “Rose” only hints at the emotional depth of the series with the “turn of the earth” monologue and Eccleston’s portrayal of Nine’s worldweariness. The effects are charmingly low-budget and silly. But it also brings us up to speed on 40-some years of history in about 45 minutes and establishes a crackling chemistry with the Doctor and Rose. Showrunner Russell T. Davies wrote this one and cleverly peppers in snappy dialogue that also lets us know what to expect in the world of this show. This exchange is one of my favorites.

Rose: “If you’re an alien, how come you sound like you’re from the north?”
Doctor: “Lots of planets have a north!”

In six words, Davies establishes that, despite being able to access any point in space and time, the Doctor will spend a lot of time kicking it in present-day London. And despite knowing every single language there has been or will be, his default is modern English with a Brit accent. If you need a better explanation than that, then this isn’t the show for you. Move along.

“Rose” packs a bigger wallop on rewatch. When I first returned to it after catching up to series 7, it meant so much more to me to see the meeting of two of my all-time favorite characters and the inside of the TARDIS for the first time. Any Whovian who doesn’t get chills when Nine grabs Rose’s hand in that dark basement and whispers, “run,” isn’t a Whovian at all and is probably dead inside.

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Posted by Kim

Whenever I go to the gym, I always hashtag my FourSquare check-in #runningfortheTARDIS.  Technically I guess I should say #ellipticallingfortheTARDIS, but that just doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.  It is both a way to connect with my fitness buddy Jenn and very often my sole motivating factor that gets me through my cardio.  Cause let’s face it.  They do a LOT of running on Doctor Who.  And when the Doctor comes for me (SHUT UP HE WILL), I want to be ready.  I can’t be slowing him down when we are running away from Daleks or Cybermen or Dinosaurs!

There also happen to be a lot of songs about running on the playlist.  Songs about running away together.  Songs about running TOWARDS each other.  Best of all, songs that capture that incandescent and reckless feeling that comes along with being head over heels in love with someone.  Bonus: All but one of these songs are pretty happy, so you won’t want to kill yourself at the end of this post.

You’re welcome.

Rose and Tenth Doctor running and laughing

“Baby let’s just get out of this town…”

“Get Out of This Town” – Carrie Underwood

“Let’s get out of this town tonight!
Nothing but dust in the shadows,
Gone by morning light.
Somewhere we won’t ever get caught, ever be found,
Baby, let’s just get out of this town!
Don’t need directions, don’t need a map
If we get lost I’ll be good with that.
Yeah, we’ll find a way to make the time pass…”

For as much as we focus on all the ANGST that comes along with Rose and Ten (because we do love all the angst) we tend to forget about the times when they were just blissfully happy together.  The giggling and flirting in “Tooth and Claw”.  The opening scene of “The Idiot’s Lantern” (“You going my way, doll?”).  Their sexy sleuthing in “Fear Her”.  And that running gif completely personifies this song.  Yeah, they are likely running for their lives at that point.  But that moment when they look at each other and just LAUGH and keep running.  He’s saying, “Let’s get out of here, baby.”  That, my dear readers, is the breathless feeling of being in love personified.

And the line “Yeah, we’ll find a way to make the time pass…” = doing it, doing it, TARDIS doing it.  You know this to be true.

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A few weeks ago we had a Sexiest Man Alive contest which lead to ultimate Life Ruiners Joel McHale and Adam Scott being crowned the First Annual Head Over Feels Sexiest Men alive and being retired to the Hall of Fame.  Now…let it never be said that we are not equal opportunity objectifiers here at Head Over Feels.  We appreciate the hot ladies just as much as we do the men.  Maybe even more.

So get thee to our Facebook page (and while you’re there, go ahead and like us) and vote for the First Annual Head Over Feels Sexiest Woman Alive.   Voting will close tomorrow evening.  Don’t see your favorite sexy Lady? Nominate your own choice!  In the meantime, feast your eyes upon the gorgeousness of our Top Six Nominees…

As always, thank you to the lovely Chelsea for helping compile gifs and photos.  Somebody hire her please.  Gif collecting is totally a special skill.

ALL THE PRETTY AND SMART LADIES!!!

1) Alison Brie

Any Sexy Lady poll that doesn’t include Alison is invalid.  Not only is she Community‘s Annie Edison and Mad Men‘s Trudy Campbell (bb, you deserve so much better than Pete.  Please divorce his ass next season and become BFF’s with Joanie), just LOOK AT HER.  That hair.  Those Eyes.  Those Legs.  The perfect complexion.  Don’t even get me started on her cleavage.  It’s pretty famous on the internet.   And she even knows it.  And the fact that she is an incredibly talented actress and comedienne?  Well, Ali, that’s just ruining everything for the rest of us.

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Rose and Ten The Satan Pit kiss
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I’m having a hard time starting this post, because I’m so distracted by this gif. He closes his eyes. HE CLOSES HIS EYES. Sigh. My OTP is more beautiful and star-crossed than yours.

Anyway.

Last week, the fangirl wife and I touted our respective favorites in the only 90s boy band standoff that matters: *N Sync for me, and BSB for Kimmie. In keeping with the theme, this week’s Rose and Ten Playlist picks are all teen pop oriented. I’ll take my gut-wrenching tragedy with a side of cheese, thank you.

“Get Up and Go” – Hanson

“What could I give when you’ve got all you need?
And she looks at me like, ‘all I want’s a little free’ 
Every time I’m here with you it makes me see 
That it’s alright, yeah, it’s alright 
We’ll get away, be in love, we can make it better 
All I need’s a little time for us to get together 
Happiness is just a step away 
When it’s alright, yeah, it’s alright 

Just a girl like you, and maybe just a 
Just a guy like me, maybe we 
Could take a walk on the wild side 
Take a look and see 
Get up and go.”

We focus on the sads a lot in these posts, but let’s not forget the good times. In between all the slutty French ladies, aborted love confessions, and wretched goodbyes, Rose and Ten were just having a ball, boppin’ around the universe.

Remember that time they were more concerned about getting the Queen to say, “We are not amused,” than catching the GIANT WEREWOLF that was ripping people to shreds? And how Ten almost collapsed laughing when he realized that Pete’s World Rose was a yappy dog? And how they got all greaser-ed up in matching outfits for the 50s? And when Rose referred to her first trip as their “first date” and the Doctor didn’t argue? And the way they flirted like sexy, unrelated Hardy Boys in “Fear Her”?

This song makes me imagine what it must be like to go on history’s longest road trip with the one person in the whole universe you have the most fun with.

Also, Hanson is perfection.

Pirates of the Caribbean madness or brilliance

How I feel about this playlist on a daily basis.

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49 years ago today, the World’s Most Life Ruining Television Show was born.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOCTOR WHO!!  Thank you for giving us all the feels, the world’s most flawless OTP, and David Tennant and Matt Smith’s hair.

David Tennant Catherine Tate BuzzcocksLife before Doctor Who

Doctor Who Mel stupidLife after Doctor Who

Also, Doctor, any time you want to show up and take us away in the TARDIS…we are ready and we have been training for it. I mean…as Eleven…I mean Matt Smith said to us, on our ultimate Whovian Friendaversary: “I mean…what a thing to say to someone! Do you want to come with me?”

YES. YES WE DO.

“All of time and space…what do you want to see?”

EVERYTHING.

Ninth Doctor fantastic

Dalek party hard

david tennant cake

Eleventh Doctor hello i'm the doctor

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Ten Rose Hands

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XOXO to Kim for taking over my last playlist post while I dealt with day-job craziness. The storm has passed and I can now again focus on what’s really important: soundtracking the romantic relationship of fictional characters.

The Doctor is such a rich character to analyze. He’s constantly dealing with all the realities of the universe and the turn of time, but with some very familiar and human emotions. And he’s almost completely undone by his love for this girl. All of my playlist selections today are from the heartbreaking POV of the Doctor.

“Just Me Before We Met” – Noah and The Whale

“Looking through the photos you find in my drawer
Laughing so hard you’re rolling around on the floor
At all the bad haircuts and smoking cigarettes
The lustless romantic trying hard to impress

Well that’s just me before we met
Well that’s just me before we met

Putting down the photos you look up at me
Enjoying the thought of the person I used to be
The things I was proud of
The things I regret
Some things I remember
Some things I forget

Well that’s just me before we met
Well that’s just me before we met

Well I’ve always had a wild imagination
And a see through heart
Which I know can be a wild combination
Like a flame forms from a spark

But don’t be shy
Be brave little champion
It’s better to live than to hide”

“Just Me Before We Met” is one of those songs that just tackled me when it came up on shuffle one day. I had to stop on Astor Place, hit replay, and lean against the K-Mart while the feels washed over. It could speak to the Doctor’s relationship with any of his companions, but there’s something very Rose about it to me. I can picture them doing this, probably right after “School Reunion” – him showing her pictures of what he used to look like and the silly things he used to wear; and her wanting to know absolutely everything.

Rose is the only modern companion to have known more than one regeneration of the Doctor, so I think that she understands him in a way that Martha, Donna, and Amy don’t. (Every companion has a unique relationship with him, after all.) She’s had to come to terms with the fact that Nine is both always there and never coming back. I imagine that, once she understood the circumstances and came to trust Ten, he would regale her with stories about all of his past selves: mistakes, triumphs, and tragedies. What a relief for the Doctor that Rose accepts and loves this very alien part of him.

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Rose and Ten Forever

If you love and hate their precious faces in equal measure, they’re probably your OTP.

As promised, we’re devoting one post a week to spotlighting five songs on our awe-inspiring Rose and Ten playlistRead Kim’s first playlist breakdown post here. This week, I’m walking you through five more selections and why they’re reminiscent of the best OTP in all of time and space. Ugh, I could write about these two all the live-long day. Pop open your Spotify, queue up Rose and Ten, and get ready to re-feel all the feelings.

“Just Like Heaven” – The Cure

“‘Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick 
The one that makes me scream,’ she said 
‘The one that makes me laugh,’ she said 
And threw her arms around my neck 
‘Show me how you do it 
And I promise you I promise that 
I’ll run away with you 
I’ll run away with you.’
Spinning on that dizzy edge 
I kissed her face and kissed her head 
And dreamed of all the different ways I had 
To make her glow 
‘Why are you so far away?’ she said 
‘Why won’t you ever know that I’m in love with you 
That I’m in love with you.'”

In my weird brain, Robert Smith sat down with a pot of tea and decided to write a song about the Doctor and Rose Tyler. The first verse is pure Series 1. The Ninth Doctor was born out of war, and carries that cynicism and world-weariness on his back. And then Rose comes into his life – this blond bundle of curiosity, compassion, and joy. As MATT SMITH SAID TO ME ONCE, “seeing the universe alone is different to showing the universe and letting someone else experience it.” Things change for The Doctor as soon as he starts looking at the world through Rose’s eyes. I’ve always been partial to the theory that Ten is who he is because, when he regenerated, Nine was so in love with Rose and in awe that she basically sacrificed herself to save him. He’s always wanted to be better for her and now he has the opportunity to literally become the man she needs. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that, folks.

Cute lyrics, right? It’s all spinning around and magic tricks and love and fun. Right? RIGHT?

Then this:

“And found myself alone alone 
Alone above a raging sea 
That stole the only girl I loved 
And drowned her deep inside of me .”

It’s basically “Doomsday” set to music. Ugh. Let’s move on.

“Long Live” – Taylor Swift

“Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
I was screaming, long live the look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered.”

“And you take a moment
Promise me this
That you’ll stand by me forever
But if God forbid fate should step in
And force us into a goodbye
If you have children someday
When they point to the pictures
Please tell them my name.”

In the special features on the Series 2 DVDs, David and Billie do a visual commentary for “Doomsday.” Even though they both admitted to being devastated by filming the goodbye, that wasn’t the last scene they shot together.

The last scene that David and Billie shot as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler was the final scene of “The Satan Pit.” They’ve materialized on a space station stuck in the orbit of a black hole; saved as many of the crew as they could; defeated what may have been the actual devil; and come close to actually dealing with how they feel. (“If they get back in contact – if you talk to Rose – just tell her…tell her…oh, she knows.”) They’re safely back in the TARDIS when crew member Ada asks, “You two…who are you?” The Doctor looks at Rose, smiles, and says, “Oh…the stuff of legend.”

They couldn’t get through it without crying.

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