I always love it when we cover something cool, only to see it go on to much bigger success. Last summer we shared our love for The Doctor Puppet, a tumblr blog created by Alisa Stern. Being a passionate Doctor Who fan and an impressively crafty sort, Alisa created an adorable puppet version of the Eleventh Doctor. (It made sense; Matt Smith kind of looks like a puppet anyway.) And from that humble beginning, the adventures of the Doctor Puppet have expanded ever further, and these days the Doctor Puppet even has his own stop-motion web series on the Nerdist’s YouTube channel.
It’s a natural evolution of Alisa’s original concept. Armed with a felt Time Lord, she first began photographing the Doctor Puppet in various scenic locations around New York City. It was clever and charming, a great example of the Internet’s ability to let creative folks shine and get people’s attention in ways that would have been tricky, if not impossible, in the days before the digital age. We were doubly happy when Alisa released a Christmas special this past year, a sweet tribute to both Doctor Who’s annual holidays specials and the stop-motion Christmas movies many of us grew up with.
So far the Doctor Puppet has had three stop-motion adventures (four counting the Christmas special): “The Red X” (embedded above), “The Conjunction of Eleven,” and “The Doctor in the Garden” (both embedded below). Even more exciting, Alisa has also built puppet versions of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors (Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, respectively). I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she’ll keep working backwards until she gets to the First Doctor (and if she makes the puppet in shades of black and white, I’ll award her some GFR Bonus Points*).
A fourth Doctor Puppet episode is in the works and will premiere later this summer. In the meantime, you could always check out Nerdist’s other puppet-related programming…
* One GFR Bonus Point is equivalent to one eighth of a Ningi.