I was feeling Christmassy so I decided to draw a famous scene from one of the greatest Christmas stories of all time. I actually started this drawing roughly this time last year, but I just never got round to finishing it with Uni and exams, but I have finally finished it. The advantage of doing it on a tablet it that it enables me to get the haunted atmosphere just right.
This is from a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and is such a famous scene it hardly needs an introduction, but I’m going to give it one anyway. Marley, who died 7 years previously is doomed to wander the earth due to his selfish and unfeeling ways. To prevent Scrooge from following the same route, Marley haunts Scrooge, giving him the opportunity to change his ways before dies and is forced to wander the earth.
As the Marley’s say in a Muppets Christmas Carol (or at least the soundtrack):
‘It is required of every man that the spirit within should walk abroad among his fellow men. And if that spirit goes not forth in life, he is condemned to do so after death, and witness what he cannot share, but might have shared and turned to happiness.’
This is from series 9 of Doctor Who. This is the first time we really see how amazing the 12th doctor is.
A splinter group of the Zygons wants to destroy the cease fire using the name of ‘Truth or Consequences’. Osgood is captured after losing her sister, Nightmare Scenario is declared and the Doctor is called. The Doctor rescues Osgood but Clara is also captured. The Zygons go to the Black Archive to use the Osgood box to expose the Zygons and take over earth.
The Zygons are given a surprise as there are two boxes, one red and one blue which both have two buttons, ‘truth’ and ‘consequences’. Kate and Bonnie (the zygon leader) are both at a standoff and don’t know which button to choose. The Doctor then gives a spectacular speech about war, which is where the drawing is taken from, before Bonnie figuring out the boxes are empty.
The transcript of the speech is below and is one of my favourites from Doctor Who as it is super relevant to today, so please, read it after looking at the drawing 🙂
‘The Doctor: And we’re off! Fingers on buzzers! Are you feeling lucky? Are you ready to play the game? Who’s going to be quickest? Who’s going to be the luckiest?
Kate: This is not a game!
The Doctor: No, it’s not a game, sweetheart, and I mean that most sincerely.
Bonnie: Why are you doing this?
Kate: Yes, I’d like to know that too. You set this up — why?
The Doctor: Because it’s not a game, Kate. This is a scale model of war. Every war ever fought right there in front of you. Because it’s always the same. When you fire that first shot, no matter how right you feel, you have no idea who’s going to die. You don’t know who’s children are going to scream and burn. How many hearts will be broken! How many lives shattered! How much blood will spill until everybody does what they’re always going to have to do from the very beginning — sit down and talk! Listen to me, listen. I just — I just want you to think. Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind.
Bonnie: I will not change my mind.
The Doctor: Then you will die stupid. Alternatively, you could step away from that box. You could walk right out of that door, and you could stand your revolution down.
Bonnie: No, I’m not stopping this, Doctor. I started it. I will not stop it. You think they’ll let me go after what I’ve done?
The Doctor: You’re all the same, you screaming kids, you know that? “Look at me, I’m unforgivable.” Well here’s the unforeseeable, I forgive you. After all you’ve done. I forgive you.
Bonnie: You don’t understand. You will never understand.
The Doctor: I don’t understand? Are you kidding? Me? Of course I understand. I mean, do you call this a war, this funny little thing? This is not a war. I fought in a bigger war than you will ever know. I did worse things than you could ever imagine, and when I close my eyes… I hear more screams than anyone could ever be able to count! And do you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where you put it? You hold it tight… Til it burns your hand. And you say this — no one else will ever have to live like this. No one else will ever have to feel this pain. Not on my watch.’
Osgood is a UNIT scientist in Doctor Who, and is my current favourite Doctor Who character and she’s a scientist who is obsessed with the Doctor. I cosplayed as her at a sci-fi themed church event in Sheffield as I’m such a big fan.
These are taken from 2 different series which Osgood was in.
The first was taken from Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor when we first meet Osgood. The UNIT scientist is asked to analyse the stone dust, and ends up discovering the invading Zygons. She is cornered and a zygon replicates her, sinisterly approaches her and asks, ‘Excuse me, I’m going to need my inhaler’.
The second was from the Big Finish audio series UNIT: Extinction. The autons are invading earth through 3-D printed objects. The To invade, they need to obtain the control spheres falling as commets all over the earth. Osgood is sent to obtain the control sphere knocked off course which landed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, but someone else gets there at the same time. Liuetenant Sam Bishop is shot and Osgood falls to the floor shouting ‘You’ve killed him. Osgood is then captured and interrogated.
Doctor Who – The Day of the Doctor – Excuse me, I’m going to need my inhaler
Recently I purchased a tablet and downloaded a drawing app. I started using it to draw scenes from the HIVE series written by Mark Walden.
The first is in the first book (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) when Nigel Darkdoom’s flesh-eating plant grows out of control and almost destroys the school. Nero is knocked unconscious and Wing has to defend him. He sees that Nero has the other side of his mother’s pendent and decides not to run away so he can find out if Nero killed his mother.
The second is from Dreadnought. Raven was captured by the one man she fears, Pietor Furan. She was captured after defending the HIVE students but was separated after capture. Furan visits Raven’s cell and fights her but she is wounded and Furan wins the fight. Raven knows that she cannot hold on much longer and yearns for Nero to save them.
Wing defends Nero from Nigel’s out of control, flesh eating plant