I’ve found a small and ever growing community of followers and friends on Twitter. It’s been fun and interesting, and somewhat surreal to share my thoughts and have people relate to and respond to them. I’ve felt warmly welcomed among other Doctor Who fan-creators. The amazing women behind Black Girls Create and TARBIS have been incredibly accepting and awesome. Joy has been so supportive and helpful. I am finding new people all the time to share in my Doctor Who love and frustration.
I enjoy all of our conversations. I love reading your stories, listening to your suggestions, and debating on which Doctor is Most Dramatic (Ten). I appreciate everyone who takes the time to answer my questions, and I see every like, reply, and retweet. I’m especially happy when y’all find me and immediately jump into the threads, dropping gifs, making jokes and reminding me that there are people who just get it.
I’ve never really thought that my opinion or my voice was valued, so it means a lot that there are people who find something worthwhile in what I have to say. Thank you! I hope I can continue to do what I love —
watch TV and tweet — and build an even larger community of diverse Whovians who bring their unique intersections of identity and experience to our shared appreciation of the show.
On May 12, 2013 I created a blog on Tumblr called Critical Whovian which, as its title suggests, is entirely dedicated to criticizing Doctor Who. As of this writing, it is still live, but I have been debating on whether to delete it. That blog was born out of my deep disappointment with the show post season 4 and is largely full of ire toward Steven Moffat. That said, I feel like it captured in real-time my growing frustration with the direction the show had gone.
I haven’t engaged with it much recently, but I find some value in the opinions I expressed there. I’ve considered republishing some of those posts here because they still feel true and relevant. My only hesitation is that I had a tendency toward antagonism. And though I actively avoided making personal attacks, I understand that some people still felt attacked. Frankly, I could be an asshole.
And I can still be an asshole. When I think about the ways in which the writing has disappointed me, I do get in my feelings and rant about it. When I am live-tweeting an episode and am reminded of a way a story or character was ruined for me, I do go off on tangents. I sometimes reply to people with snark and sarcasm. As funny and random as I can be, I can also get touchy. But I think that is, in part, why people follow me. Because I’m passionate about the show and express my feelings about it candidly.
So, I want to be true to my feelings and (re)share some of the things I’ve already written on Critical Whovian. But I don’t want to lean too heavy into “hate” or focus solely on the aspects of the show I didn’t like. And I guess I just wrote this to make sense of it all. I just want to bring more interest and value to this space.
Welcome to the new Black TARDIS. What started years ago as an (overly) ambitious idea to create an entire community for Black/POC Doctor Who fans is now a personal project run by me, Nicole. Like the Doctor, it has had many iterations. And like the Doctor, it has remained the same at its core.
Black TARDIS started on Tumblr. It’s where I first encountered Doctor Who fandom. It’s where I first encountered the Martha (and Mickey) hate that would prompt my friend and I to create this. It’s where I have participated in Discourse™. And it is where I found my niche, and where people found me.
I love Tumblr for that, but it is very limited and what I want is the ability to grow and adapt without restraints. I want to create and curate more. I want to make it as easy as possible for people to engage. I want the freedom and flexibility I can only create for myself. So, I’m taking everything I’ve already built on Tumblr, bringing it here, and adding to it. I’m making it something the same, but different — better.
This site will build on that foundation. Black TARDIS will still be there, but it’ll also be here and it’ll be more. I hope you’ll follow me on my journey through time and space.