DORK TIDINGS, Thursday, December 30, 2010 – Paul Cornell's Very Clever Doctor Who Apples to Apples Set

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Paul Cornell’s Very Clever Doctor Who Apples to Apples Set
posted by John

In times like these, people start far too many articles with the phrase “In times like these.”

They also use “Am I right?” and “Who’s with me?” much too often. Especially on Twitter.

Am I right? Who’s with me?

But a nice thing I’ve grokked since joining Twitter is that it lets me meet far more clever, interesting people than I otherwise would, these days. (By which I mean “being a generally stay-at-home-midwestern-dadda/cartoonist, who-doesn’t-get-to-as-many-conventions-as-he-once-did, in-the-day.”)

(“In the day” is also used too often, if you ask me. As is “If you ask me.”)

One Very Clever person I’ve been privileged to meet on Twitter is Paul Cornell, writer, wit, raconteur and cricket lover. He’s written for Doctor Who, he’s written Batman, he’s written Captain Britain, and he’s cleverer than an entire pack of foxes at a Clever Convention. But you should know this already.

If that’s not enough for you, he’s also beloved of the CONvergence folks. Which is darned high praise.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, the fantastic Mr. Cornell dropped me a line, saying he was doing a set of Apples to Apples Doctor Who cards, and might I – as the illustrator behind Apples to Apples – sketch a little something for his blog when he posted it.

I was thrilled to be asked, and instead of a sketch, I did up the cartoon you see on the site today. I mean, who wouldn’t leap at the chance to draw Tom Baker, a Cyberman and a Dalek – a FREAKING DALEK!!! – playing a silly little card game, when offered the chance?

I note this to explain the apparent random nature of today’s cartoon. But also, it’s a chance for me to plug Paul’s rather brilliant Doctor Who Apples to Apples red apple card set.

You’ll have to print this up yourself, of course. And I’m not sure the inkjet blank Apples to Apples cards that Out of the Box once produced are still available in quantity, anywhere. But I’d love to hear from anyone who creates their own deck and gives it a go. Especially over this New Year’s Weekend.

You know: in times like these.

Who’s with me? Am I Right?

by Paul Cornell

Today’s blog is going to be a bit boggling for those who haven’t played Apples to Apples, a wonderful party card game that I was first introduced to at Convergence (the world’s best convention TM). Since the game’s now being sold in the mass market in the UK, and indeed, being pushed a bit in the Christmas rush, I feel rather more confident about presenting the basics for an absolutely non-official, no money to be made, Doctor Who version. Apples to Apples works by using two packs of cards, green cards, which have adjectives printed on them, and red cards, which show nouns or phrases. The game is about finding the green card which best describes a played red card, and that’s where the hilarity lies. Doing a Doctor Who version would be less hilarious, I feel, if the green cards were changed to be more Who-ish, with adjectives like ‘dimensionally transcendental’, so my version keeps the green cards as is, also reflecting DW’s mainstream nature. So a player will indeed have to decide if the Sensorites are ‘quaint’.

Thus, my 162 red cards, complete with their ‘flavour text’ descriptions (which don’t really describe the subject unless it’s very obscure), would be:

The First Doctor: Not a mountain goat, and he prefers walking to any day.
The Second Doctor: Oh my word!
The Third Doctor: A cosmic yo yo.
The Fourth Doctor: What?! Ah!
The Fifth Doctor: Interesting!
The Six Doctor: Repeat three times, loudly.
The Seventh Doctor: Burnt toast and bus stations.
The Eighth Doctor: Half human on his mother’s side.
The Ninth Doctor: Coming to get you!
The Tenth Doctor: He likes a little shop.
The Eleventh Doctor: Geronimo!
The Master: That jackanapes.
Davros: Made the Daleks in his own image.
The Daleks: Exterminate! Do not deviate!
Skaro: From the Lake of Mutations to the Petrified Jungle, the Dalek home planet.
The Kaleds: Kind of fated to become the Dalek race.
The Cybermen: You will be like us.
Mondas: Cyberman home, Earth’s twin, with it’s own Isle of Wight.
The Tardis: With a swimming pool, a boot cupboard and a typewriter control surface.
The Tardis food machine: You can get goo that tastes like bacon and eggs.
The Key to Time: A crystal that can stop everything so the universe can be fixed.
K-9: The shooty dog thing.
Playing Doctor Who in the playground: Who were you?
The Fourth Doctor’s Scarf: Made by a witty little knitter.
The Song of the Ood: Ood mood music, made psychically.
The Blinovitch Limitation Effect: You can’t mess with your own history (except when you can).
Luke Smith: He’s not a real boy. But he is Sarah Jane’s son.
Captain Jack Harkness: Does time travel the long way round.
Torchwood: Have never bothered with a pension plan.
The Slitheen: Always just a zipper away from revealing themselves.
The Sontarans: Sontar-ha!
UNIT: United… Something… Intelligence Taskforce.
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Enjoy saying his full name.
River Song: The Doctor’s wife… oh, isn’t she?
Rory Williams: No longer a Roman, or made of plastic.
Rose Tyler: Bad wolves like chips.
Martha Jones: A proper doctor.
Mr. Smith: Sarah Jane’s computer partner.
Gallifrey: Seems to produce its share of renegades.
Christmas Special: A BBC institution.
The Archimandrite’s Hat: From ‘Androids of Tara’, extraordinary millinery.
The Scarecrows: There’s got to be a word for that lolloping they do.
Amy Pond: Come along, Pond!
The Sensorites: The Ood must hate it that their neighbours are psychic.
Spoilers: It sounds better coming from River Song.
My First Episode: You’re old enough to have seen ‘An Unearthly Child’, right?
My Sonic Screwdriver: Could it be a bit more sonic?
My Favourite Companion: Who would you take on adventures?
My Favourite Story: Or the one you’ll admit to.
My Doctor Who Fantasy: Could be a what, could be a who.
My Squee Moment: When you screamed at the screen in delight.
My Fan Fiction Experience: Do we want to hear about your Adric fic?
My Opinions on Dalek Design: No, go on, tell us.
My Doctor Who Impersonations: Your Mum says they’re very good.
My Merchandise Collection: Do you have a special shelf?
My Convention Experience: What, really, in the elevator?
My Cosplay Moment: As Captain Jack, in the library, with the lead piping.
My Green Cathedral: I could play all day in it.
Bessie: The Third Doctor’s car. I’m betting ‘yellow’ isn’t in the pack.
Allons-y: Redirects to ‘Tenth Doctor’ on Wikipedia.
Donna Noble: Watch it, spaceman!
Executive Producer: One day it’ll be you.
Question Mark Umbrella: The Seventh Doctor never seemed to need it for rain.
The Rod of Rassilon: Controls great power on Gallifrey.
Doctor Who Annuals: Used to be the only book about the show.
Terry Nation: He created the Daleks, and Blake’s 7.
Silurians: The Earth’s theirs, we’re just squatters.
The Peking Homunculus: Otherwise known as Mr. Sin in ‘Talons of Weng Chiang’.
The Pandorica: A trap for a Time Lord.
The Meddling Monk: Didn’t seem bothered about the laws of time.
Adric: He had a badge for mathematical excellence.
The Zygons: Enjoyed life in Loch Ness, organised local charity functions.
The Ogri: Every stone circle is probably them.
The Zarbi: An actor inside every ant.
Venom Grubs: The grubs don’t work, as The Verve nearly said.
Jelly Babies: Would you care for one?
UNIT Dating: Well, we don’t know what they got up to, do we?
Running Down Corridors: About a whole episode’s worth in the old days.
The Last Great Time War: They’d know it’s the last one.
The End of the World: The episode or the concept.
Jago and Litefoot: The impressario and the doctor from ‘Talons of Weng Chiang’.
Being Exterminated: You can get a cream for that now.
Sonic Lipstick: Careful with the settings.
Multi-Doctor Stories: So there are five of me now!
Regeneration: When two becomes three.
Venusian Aikido: hai!
Quarries: Sometimes not standing in for alien planets.
The Fall of Troy: Is there a Doctor in the horse?
Time Paradoxes: I hope I never have to write another one.
Quarks: They had strangeness and charm.
The Weeping Angels: Don’t look away from this card.
Alternate Universes: Where there are always dirigibles, for some reason.
Vincent Van Gogh: Go on, describe his troubles with a funny noun.
Kroll: Kroll! Kroll! Kroll!
Harry Sullivan: Only qualified to work on sailors.
Movellans: Like the seventies never ended.
Reversing the polarity of the neutron flow: Can solve anything.
The Miniscope: The galactic zoo from ‘Carnival of Monsters’.
Getting Knocked Unconscious: Tom Baker does it three times an episode.
The Fast Return Switch: Written in biro on the Tardis console.
The Destruction of Atlantis: You choose which version.
Target Novelisations: Often by Terrance Dicks.
Kissing the Doctor: Yuck, soppy stuff!
Screaming: Something companions used to do.
Waistcoats: Most Doctors favour them.
Spraining Your Ankle: Only happened three times in the whole series.
Slash Fiction: We’ve all written some adult fiction involving series characters.
Chameleon Circuit: He could fix it if he wanted to.
A Junkyard in Trotter’s Lane: Where we first met the Doctor.
The Cloister Bell: Goes boom when there’s doom.
Event One: The start of the universe.
The Panopticon: Named after a prison.
The Next Doctor: Carried a real screwdriver.
The Ark: At least they preserved a small elephant.
The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Where bleeps come from.
The Spacetime Vortex: Seen in the title sequence.
Omega: Born Gallifrey, Died Amsterdam.
Frock Coats: The Doctor tends to favour them.
Hypnotism: The Doctor’s skills in this vary wildly.
Autons: Plastic but fun.
Traken: Where Nyssa comes from.
Russell T. Davies: The man who brought back Doctor Who.
Steven Moffat: Current Executive Producer.
Rani: At least three characters called that.
The Eruption of Vesuvius: You have to save somebody.
Bigger on the Inside than the Outside: To put it simply.
Queen Elizabeth: We think we’ve worked out what happened.
The Doctor’s Dancing: He could have danced all night.
Madame De Pompadour: The girl in the fireplace.
Ianto Jones: Made the coffee.
Retcon: The drug that… erm…
Question Marks: On the Doctor’s clothes, sometimes.
Wearing a Fez: He does that now.
Giant Maggots: They’re on the slag heap. I think they’re breeding.
E Space: Not like our own universe. Cheaper.
The Mara: Not just a big snake prop.
The Mona Lisa: Or possibly in the plural.
Pete Tyler: Always crashing in the same car.
Cat Nuns: Armed and fabulous.
Hello Sweetie: Should be on a t-shirt.
Sally Sparrow: The angels have the phone box.
Being Ginger: The Doctor would like to be.
The Vashta Nerada: Stay away from the shadows.
Sarah Jane Smith: The defender of Earth.
Gold: What Cybermen are afraid of. Well, one of the many things.
Talking Straight to Camera: Tom and Matt both do it.
‘Doctor in Distress’: A charity record to save Doctor Who.
The Great Fire of London: The Doctor’s responsible for almost everything.
Janis Thorns: What Leela uses to kill things.
Bad Wolf Bay: Looms large in Rose’s legend.
Mickey Smith: Not just a tin dog.
Wilfred Mott: Was in the Paras, you know.
The Adipose: Made of fat, like so many good things.
The Shadow Proclamation: Were the law in the universe.
The Judoon: Fo Mo Po Ro Sho!
The Matrix: Not that one, where Time Lords go when they die.
DVD Easter Eggs: Just click all over the menu.
The Family of Blood: Not unjustly dealt with at all.
The Not We: How the Kinda tribe describe outsiders.
Paris: ‘City of Death’ as we call it, to the French tourist board’s chagrin.
Pure Historicals: Stories with no monsters.
The Yeti: The ones with the spheres in their chests.

(Apples to Apples is (T) and (C) the Mattel corporation)

Muskrat out,

====== John


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