The first: Doctor Who, a TV show from the BBC. I started watching Doctor Who when it showed up on my Netflix instant-watch recommendations, thus beginning a beautiful addiction to a fantastic series. One of the main character’s most famous enemies is a group called the Daleks, one of which is pictured here.
The basic premise is that the Doctor is from another planet, from a race called the Time Lords. He can travel throughout space and time using the Tardis, which stands for “Time and Relative Dimension in Space.” He very often has a human companion or two who takes part in his various adventures.
While I was in London, I had the good fortune to be able to visit The Doctor Who Experience in Kensington during my second week. Dozens of costumes and props were on display — I felt like a kid visiting Disney World for the very first time. I even gave in and bought a Tardis mug in the gift shop. Perfect for enjoying a cuppa tea.
Later during that same week, a few of us went to the Tower of London. At the time, I was reading The Boleyn Inheritance, a novel by British author Philippa Gregory. Reading a ficitionalized tale of some of the people who were actually imprisoned and executed there made the whole experience even more real, because it was easier to remember that these were indeed real people, not just more names in a history book.
One of the more peculiar things about the Tower is all the ravens there. According to legend, if the ravens were to leave the Tower, then the nation would crumble. To prevent this (and to amuse tourists, I’m sure) six ravens are always kept in cages, while numerous others roam the grounds. This particular raven didn’t seem to mind when I sat down next to him to snap a few portraits.
The little blue doors in the background of the photo are the homes of the Tower’s caretakers and their families. The caretakers are officially called Yeoman Wardersbeefeaters. Unofficially, they’re known as beefeaters, the origin of which remains uncertain.
Check back next week for more tales of life in London!