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On Love, Loss & Life (Or `how Life imitates Art that we create!’)

“Have you loved, loved someone or something so dearly ..and lost?..” So begins the monologue – something I wrote ..about 11 months ago…at a time when I was nursing my own broken heart.

The lines were for The Doctor – now in a female form, in a minisode that I wrote, directed, filmed and produced. It stars my friend Sandra Tena (published Writer, originally from Mexico) as the  world famous wanderer in Time and Space. I think, at the time, Sandra too was hiding an aching heart..    It was a case of two people with similar pains coming together to create art!  (Sandra and I are just friends, and remain so..  in case you were wondering..)

DrWho Love Loss & Life
Scene from DrWho Minisode `Love, Loss & Life’

 

The minisode was filmed by the Docklands area in London, way back in January of this year (2014)…but we only aired it on 23rd August (same day as when Peter Capaldi’s new Doctor Who episode aired on BBC TV).   Technically, that’s the launch date of `our’ own Fan video series…but full episodes are coming in January 2015 (we just finished filming all 7 stories).

So back to Love then.

I thought about the kind of pain that The Doctor might be feeling..about always loving people..and then loosing them to the passing of time…watching them age and die, or get killed..  or just them giving it up and leaving the life inside the TARDIS.    Yes, we’ve seen many glimpses of this sadness that the Doctor contains…and he does contain it..  (how could he not…he’s lived over 2,000 years old..    If he did let it sink too much..his heart will break..  both of them..   Well, I put that line in there too..  🙂

Sandra brought a real sense of inner vulnerability to that minisode when we filmed it..

And of course, a few days later, she was leaving London…and heading back to Mexico.. In a way that was a bit sad too..

But it gets better 🙂

She left some of her suitcases with me in London for safe keeping..  And she came back to London in July..   and we filmed many more episodes… And guess what…she found Love.. !  And guess a bit more-    she found love with another friend of mine..   a guy who was also in my Doctor Who fan production..by the name of Stephen Cole..   (An actor who lives in Glastonbury..)  And go on..guess once more..   they met `on the set’  during our filming of his Doctor Who story (yes, we have two Doctors!).  And they `got together on `International Peace Day’ ..That was back in September’14.

I hear they are moving in together in 2015.. and going forward in life..  so good happy news..

Well there’s more to it..   Sometimes, when some hearts mend, other hearts get broken..   and that’s life too..  I think another friend of mine ended up with a heart ache..  But wait..  the other friend found love again..  So it’s all okay!!  Honest!!  🙂

As for me..   well..  looking back at my own last 2 years ..I wonder if `Am a good man?’  I  think I am  a fallen Angel..  or a rising Demon..  Am never sure.  Broken hearts can create all sorts of turmoils..and personality shifts..  make one bitter, depressed, reclusive, unable to go forward or backwards..   (well, isn’t this a joy…Actually it is to those who follow my blogs..  I rarely write about my personal life..  and often keep to just being astrological, spiritual and all that… So here you get a glimpse…And why ever not…It’s the last day..of 2014…the `Year of I’mPossible Dreams’  that I set off back in January..   How many of those became possible..am not sure..     )

All I can say is…my story is still unfolding..    and am sure a travelling Companion will walk into my TARDIS…I mean my life.. at some point.. Well, for that to happen, I need a TARDIS first…   And seeing I partially built one years ago..and then got fed up and burnt most of it..   Yes, I have plans to build a new TARDIS…both the inside console room..and the outside Blue Box..

Then a Companion can accidentally walk into it..  I’ll make sure the door is unlocked..and kept open..  Doors..?  Hearts… TARDIS?  Life?  All same thing..   Have you not figured it out..?  Did you think just  am not talking transpersonal psychology today? Why would I stop doing that??   🙂

Have you had a dream  or two..or hundreds…of a box, a bed, a room, a ship, a car, a hut or a house?  It’s all you..you  ..you..  symbolically..!  well, same here… Yeap, Psychology ya see!

Meanwhile..    watch this minisode…It’s Brilliant and bitter sweet..  I should know..  I wrote what I felt.. and I know that parts of those tears in her eyes were not acting at all..

-Mani Navasothy  (Executive Producer / Director/ Lead writer)

Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan Productions

London
31s December 2014

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Minisode Info:

Doctor Who Imaginarium Fan productions  presents..  starring Sandra Tena as The Doctor in `Love Loss and Life’.

Written, Directed, filmed & edited by Mani Navasothy.
Filmed on location in the Docklands area of London (in January 2014).
This minisode is a character piece that explores the pain and anguish of love lost.. especially for a Time Lady!
Enjoy the minisode.. Our full run of stories start in 2015, with a Prelude called `Lucifer’s Legacy’, and first full story, `Dragons of London’  and then `Shaman’s Game’.

We already have 7 stories to tell..ranging from the final days of the Dark Times of Gallifrey (That wasn’t even its name then).. to raging Cyberman wanting the God Upgrade..and old foes playing with The Doctor’s soul itself.. !! And another thing.. One of those Doctors is not Who he appears to be..!

Doctor Who (c) BBC. TARDIS (c) BBC.

No copyright breach intended. This is an entirely non-profit fan production..by fans for fans..just for fun!!

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Links

Doctor Who Imaginarium – website

Sandra Tenna’s Books on Amazon (in Spanish)

Inkwells & Daydreams – Sandra’s professional blogs

Sandra’s personal blogs – That Voice in my Head

 

Doctor Who: The Jesus Incident..and other such musings..!

Time Travellers are often seen meddling with every other religious or historical events.. The most famous of all – The Doctor (Doctor Who) has been seen going in and out of so many events..  Not just historical ones..but many world religious myths and related ideas or names have been used in Dictor Who..   and over the years, I have enjoyed spotting them..   But suddenly..  one day..  it’s all too much!

Deva Loka is not a planet where the snake beast Mara lives..  but it is the `heavenly’ place for Hindus, where Devas live.  Christmas is not a backwater planet..  but an actual festive event.  Barcelona …well, that’s a place in Europe..

Ashta Varada..  well, that sounds awfully like a name from a Hindu myth..  and the first name `Ashta’ actually means the number 8..   (as in `Ashta Luxmi’ refers to 8 Goddess Luxmi’s    just as Dasa means number 10..!

DrWho Jesus Incident - Resurrection Casket -fan art by Mani Navasothy 2014
DrWho Jesus Incident – Resurrection Casket –fan art by Mani Navasothy 2014

And Incarnations..(Avatars)..   Shall we look to the oldest pagan religion of the East..  Hinduism.. and to the forms Lord Vishnu (protector) has taken ..anything from a giant Fish, Turtle, Wild Boar, Human-Lion hybrid Narasimar, Rama, Krishna and Kalki, Mohin (female) and more..? or the 64 incarnations that Lord Shiva took to appear on Earth to test and greet his devotees?   No one ever went 2000 years back..to the small Crypt where a dead man’s body vanished.. through a stone door seal..   He was seen later ..not the same..but his friends recognised him. Sounds familiar?  Am talking about the Jesus Incident!

So..I got to thinking..  about using some of the Christian mythologies (the don’t have mythologies as such do they? They call it Bible Stories..  written records of what really happened..  not myths!)

I got to thinking ..what of the time travelling Doctor Who was there…2,000 years ago..  when all that crucifixion was taking place..?   It just lends itself so easily..  more so than any other myths …a dead boy..   a closed crypt sealed by a stone door..    dead-man coming back to life..  Won;t it make a classic Doctor Who story?

Why have they not written one..then?

Oh wait.. They don’t want to offend the Christians..  Right…I forgot about that.

That’s okay,,,keep plundering other religious stories, names and concepts..   Those people won;t mind..   Go on..  talk about the trans-dimensional mountain that’s lighter than it looks..and floats down to Mohammed..   show the Bodhi tree ..and the transcendental Light Creatures that merged with Buddha..   Why stop at the savages of Mayas and Aztecs, Marco Polo.. Take a pot shot at Mythras while ya at it too..   Roman Cult meetings with blood of freshly killed Bull pouring down the new initiate in an underground chamber..  That’s got high ratings written all over it..

Have I made my point ?  More importantly..  before you send me fan mail ( or hate mail) have you understood the point I am making? 🙂

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

ps.    This story starts with The Meddling Monk.. a renegade Time Lord..   And on the planet Jehruz-al-om,  2,000 yrs ago.., a fixed point in time was tampereded with!  And the Universe has been suffering the consequences ever since.. !    Thankfully, another Time Lord (or Lady) is about to visit that planet.. and that will lead to one thing.. the thing that you and I and the rest of history had thought happened in the first place!!   Do you want to know more..?  :-p

link

Doctor Who Imaginarium – site for fan art, fiction & videos

DrWho: CyberGenesis (new fan video production, London)

CyberGenesis - Broken Horn (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
CyberGenesis – Broken Horn (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
“Halloween! Windsor Great Park!! A shamanic group is performing a ritual to honour the Dead. A freak lightening has brought back something dead and forgotten..and it’s looking for the forbidden upgrade! The old myth of Hern the Hunter and his Wild Hunt is about to take a new twist..! ” (story by Mani Navasothy)

So are you a Doctor Who fan?    Have you watched all those fan videos on youtube?   Have you made any yourself?   so you make or wear your own costumes and run around with a SOnic screwdriver fighting doors..and the occasional Dalek or a shadow..or some memory being?   Do you walk past a statue of an angel and shiver ..just for fun?

Well, this news is just for you..!

This is one of the Doctor Who fan productions I’ve started work on..  and I’d love to meet up with fellow fans..who might like to get involved..

Big Question: Will I be in it?  Yes, probably..  Will I be playing the `Doctor’?   Big..No!  (May be the Valeyard or The Master..and no doubt a few monsters).

Thing is I will be writing., directing and producing …so better am behind the camera..or at home making props.  I’ve done video plays before…decades ago..with my cousins (they were more Blakes-7 style, and some thrillers). I’ve done audio plays with friends at school..  and for the past 7-8 yrs I’ve done numerous `public’ rituals..where I write lines and make masks..and people do them in festivals and pagan events.. I’ve also written many novels, short stories, sci-fi and all that..

But it’s time..to put all that creativity where it’s really supposed to be..  in making videos and films!  That’s been the secret passion for decades…

So here we are..!

3-4 stories are planned, and will be filmed and released in 2014..  as and when production completes! (It’s for fun, and depends on how many others get involved…acting, filming, editing, special effects, props, sets, transport to locations outside london, editing, music and so on..  !!)

Working titles are as follows  (not in any order)

  • Wounded Healer / Fractured Soul
  • Glastonbury Mystery
  • CyberGenesis
  • Dragons of London
  • Equinox / DarkLight

There is a story arc..but am not telling.. 🙂

So if interested in getting involved..  please contact me using the form below..   (Ig you have a video camera and can do second unit filming even better.. as it’ll save time..!)

Best Wishes

-Mani Navasothy

Website:  Doctor Who Imaginarium

Timelines: Personalised Doctor Who graphics – Celebrating 50 years of Time-Travel!

Well, by now you can’t have failed to notice..that the whole World is heading for a cataclysmic event of epistopic proportions..  (epic is such a common word now..so am borrowing `epistopic’ from the Doctor Who series itself!).

Actually it’s not cataclysmic …but jubilant and utterly Celebratory!

No other TV show has been going on for 50 yrs – yes okay with a few years of break in the middle! But that’s like a person going all recluse for few years and returning to family & friends.. What matters is when it started..and if it’s still `alive’  🙂   Besides, in the `gap years’ there have been plenty of audio & video dramas of Doctor Who stories..  starring actual past `Doctors’ ..so I call that a good continuity!

Right..  I have much to say about a Hero and a show that has inspired me, seen me through personal hard times, propelled me to go on and do a Physics Degree, turn my hate of History & Sociology into deep interests and much more..

But ..bit busy right now..!

So I’ll start ..by sharing some of my recent art works/ graphics…modeled on the `Time Lord mythos’ ..as it becomes applicable to my own life. (not that you’ll know..unless you are a close friend ..)

-Mani Navasothy

The personal story so far…

Timelines (c) Mani Navasothy   - May2013
1.  Timelines (c) Mani Navasothy – May2013

The original TimeLine graphics  (above) shows me at various events..wearing masks (for Pagan ceremonies etc).. and key points..  with key people (partner, sister)..

But the one below is a variation on my original `TimeLine’ graphics…but with a Halloween Twist (with `Death’) in the middle..  It’s as if other forces have started to interfere with my timelines..  (bit like when the `Great Intelligence’ jumped into the Doctor’s  time-steam in `The Name of the Doctor’)

TimeLines (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
2. TimeLines2 (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

And below you can see a recent one I started to do..  called `Regeneration’ ..as a result of  personal stuff…!   (yes I really was going through difficult times in my life ..this whole year has been like that- sadly).

Regeneration (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
3. Regeneration (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

On an artistic level, this (above) shows two separate `worlds’ merging..  (the outdoor nature shot is taken in Euston, London, and the indoor shot is part of the Westminster tube station, London..   and the Tardis is a photo of the model that is outside Earl’s Court tube station, London)..and me..well, that’s a photo of me in my room.. ! 🙂  The `jacket’ of course is my 9 year old `tribal jacket’ (that I wear for rituals in woodlands..)

This then leads into the one below.. called `UnRegenerate’ ..  and it takes the concept of a Regeneration `going wrong’..  (as in the case of when The Master trying to regenerate beyond his 12th incarnation in the `Deadly Assassin’ (Tom Baker story set in Gallifrey).  I used the same background graphics as before..but used a new photo of me being in my comfy night robes at home..

UnRegenerate (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
4. UnRegenerate (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

This then leads me to a strange one in the middle.. `Shadow Hunter’.  The idea is that the `Regeneration’ has gone a bit warped..creating a fractured / splintered personality..  ie the Shadow.. of the Self.

Shadow Hunter (c) Mani Navasothy 2013
5. Shadow Hunter (c) Mani Navasothy 2013

And all this finally brings about a happy resolution..which is.. `Manifestations’   – where the process is complete, and a more settled `new’ self finally surfaces and..settles..  🙂 ..and about time too…’cos it’ll be my birthday soon.. !  ps. If I ever run a big magical empowering conference or something ( a festival)  I’d call it..  `Mani-Fest’ of course… a play on words..my name..and festival..but also about manifesting your own realities..:-)

Manifestations (c)Mani navasothy nov13
6. Manifestations (c) Mani Navasothy  – Nov13

And that brings me to something else that I shall blog later this evening.. something that will blow you side-ways..to know ab out the good Doctor Who.. !

-ManiNavasothy

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Doctor Who blogs

Making of the Cyber-Sun mask

Tardis Tales0 Cyberhead, Colin Baker & me

My K9 – many X’masses ago

Doctor Who art- Ship-Wreck

12th Doctor- Peter Capaldi

TARDIS Tales: K9 and me.. many X’masses ago

DrWho: K9 robotic dog - full scale model - made by Mani
DrWho: K9 robotic dog – full scale model – made by Mani

I am a big Doctor Who fan..  and have been since I landed on the shores of UK back in 1985, and started reading the old Target novels, and watching Trial of a Time Lord (Collin Baker…6th Doctor final season in 1986).  Doctor Who is the BBC TV’s science fiction drama series, that has been going on now for 49 years (50 years in 2013!!) and charts the the adventures of a Time Lord who travels in Time & Space in an old London Police Box – ie his time machine disguised (TARDIS – Time and Relative Dimensions in Space).

My K9 & incomplete TARDIS in the garden
My K9 & incomplete TARDIS in the garden

And it has – next to Star Trek & Blakes-7 – been the biggest TV sci-fi series to make the biggest impact in my life..  inspirations, motivations, and at times, even solace. Oh yes! How? well, all that in blogs to come..  (Why you ask? well, it’s my blog  and I can talk about my life.. any and all facets of it 🙂  Go on start your own blog, and talk about anything you like..   !)

So to kick off my Doctor Whovian blogs, I’m  starting with K9 and me  (am not making that word up at all..  In fan circles and even in published magazines, `Whovian’ is a real word that’s used!!)..

Few years ago, I started doing special Christmas projects – based on Doctor Who…just for my own fun..  making art & craft stuff.  K9 – the robot dog that Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor had for quite a while (from the `Invisible Enemy’ story on wards) was my first `big’ Doctor Who project.

I’ll dig out the actual `making of K9′ photos another time (it’s in an external drive..)  but here’s the finished item..   (with  a part of the TARDIS door that I started to make behind)…and a photo of me sitting on K9   (it’s a wood & hardboard full scale model..that can take my full weight. I posed this way as I recall Peter Davison (5th Doctor) being seated on k9 in a publicity photo for the 20th anniversary special `Doctor Who: Five Doctors’.  So I figured if I can’t build a motorised model, it should at least be strong enough to support my weight. (and no reason why I can’t motorise it one day).

In fact,one of these days – I may take `my’ K9 out for a walk around London…yes, in the real trains & tubes..  (I can just lift `him’ into buses and trains 🙂

Mani seated on K9
Me (Mani) seated on my K9 (4-5 years ago)

So anyway,

I’ve lost touch with fellow Whovians..   and would welcome contact from you all.   `Who’ knows..  perhaps to build a few Daleks..  complete a TARDIS… make a few short videos ….just for fun  (plenty of woods and historic sites about in London.. )

-Mani Navasothy

Link

Trial of a Time Lord: Kangaroo Court & me

Sonic screw drive too far?

Ultra sound : Mouse repellent to Muscle warmer

Trial of a Time Lord (pt1): The Kangaroo Court

Doctor Who- Trial of a Time Lord. Photo by Mani.
Doctor Who(c)BBC

Doctor Who – one of my all time favorite TV shows – I’ve just been watching one of my old video tapes..

In the story `Trial of a Time Lord’ – the High Council of Gallifrey (Doctor’s own people)  take him out of time (sort of a `hi-jack’) and start with an `inquiry’ into his behavior.

“By Order of the High Council, this is an impartial inquiry into the behaviour of the accused person- known as The Doctor – who is charged  that he on diverse occasions has been guilty of conduct unbecoming a Time Lord. He is also charged with on diverse occasions of transgressing the first Law. The Doctor is an incorrigible meddler in the affairs of other peoples and planets”   – says Valeyard , the Court Prosecutor.

The proceedings start and the Prosecutor begins showing `evidence’  – bits of scenes gathered and presented, with parts of it censored or deleted (for security reasons, he claims). As the Doctor was yanked out of Time, he has temporary amnesia, and plays along with the `inquiry’  in order to get to the bottom of things.

And of course, what started off as an `impartial inquiry’ starts to evolve alarmingly – against The Doctor!

“These proceedings started as a mere inquiry into the Doctor’s activities. I am suggesting that now it becomes a trial. If he is found guilty, I strongly suggest the termination of his life..!”   blows the Court Prosecutor.

(Of course it is later revealed that the High Council was corrupt, and the Valeyard was hired to scapegoat and destroy the Doctor.. in a trumped up Trial.. There is more to the nature and identity of the Valeyard, but that’s a big psychology topic for another post!)

`Trial of a Time Lord’ –  first broadcast by the BBC in UK way back in 1986 (produced by the late John Nathan Turner). It is a 6th Doctor story (starring Colin Baker, who is currently on `I’m a Celebrity..Get me out of here’ on ITV..). By the way, few decades ago,I met Collin Baker in a science-fiction convention..  I won the first prize for creative art, and he gave me the prize on stage for me (but I also got to talk to him informally that day).  I have a photo of us somewhere…must post it when I find it 🙂

So this story `Trial of a Time Lord’ – it is one of my all time favorite .  Not just because it’s my first proper viewing of Doctor Who shows in UK..when I was beginning to understand English (back in Ceylone, I didn’t know English!)..  but because if the actual over-reaching story arc of the `Trial of the Time Lord’. It is of course about what we call `Kangaroo Court’ –  where a collection of individuals adjust, fabricate or  keep misrepresenting evidence, in order to reach their pre-fixed decision or judgement. It is a clever way of seeming to have a `public impartial trial’ – just to get what they already want- ie the condemnation of the accused. It is done in many dictatorial countries and systems… as a way of getting rid of people who otherwise pose a personal threat to the Controlling Body.

You see – at that time in the UK (1985-86) ,  Doctor Who (show) had come under heavy criticism by a few politically minded people.. (Mary Whitehouse?) who was attacking it for its story lines of guns, killing and violence.  Collin Baker’s 6th Doctor came after Peter Davison’s 5th Doctor – the Edwardian Cricketer costumed `nice guy’..  So am sure it was a shock to many people..  to see a Doctor who was seen to be impulsive, rash, radical, had his shadows showing here and then, and one who did not pull punches!

The Forfeit – Drwho art by Mani Navasothy
(The Doctor vs Valeyard)

I believe- and so do thousands of others – that Doctor Who stories of that era had far less violence that could be seen in other shows and films of the time.  (No one complained about all the other shows…I mean look at Star Wars?)   I think it was a politically motivated Witch-Hunt on Doctor Who..  and it manipulated public’s feelings with some threat of how children watching Doctor Who are getting badly influenced (right…and what of the hundreds of video games where children get to shoot, torture and kill…kill..kill.. with their own hands…with hyper-realism?!)

The BBC halted production for 18 months (until then Doctor who had been regular for every year..since 1963!!).   So when it came back on TV in 1986, people were watching it cautiously ..BBC was  cautious…and so the good Doctor Who was on trial..in the storyline..and for real too.   (sadly, after that series, it was suddenly changed…They scapegoated Collin Baker the Actor (for portraying the Character as it was written), instead of the writers for their stories…and instead of giving him decent new stories, they junked the whole thing-   cowardly scapegoating  damage control to shift blame..!

It was an unfair time!   And similar things happen to real people in real world communities and situations.  Guess what? It happened to me recently. But that’s another story..and this is about Doctor Who 🙂

Now here’s an art work I did many years ago..  showing the battle between the Doctor and the Valeyard – who wants the remaining life-force of the Doctor! It shows chess pieces.. Black Knight up and the white Bishop down..  The dice shows a total of 13 points..  representing the 13 `incarnations’ that a Time Lord has, and of course the `Hanged-Man’ card of Tarot – showing the Doctor being hung!   This one didn’t win the prize…but am fond of it. 🙂

Till next time..

Mani  (rebel Time Lord) 🙂

other post

Robin Hood & Roj-Blake: Rebels against the Sheriff & The Federation

Doctor Who: A Screwdriver gone too far? 

Interview with an Eclipse-Magician

Here’s a 11 min video interview that I filmed for explaining the basics of Eclipse Magic, and giving 3 important tips.

The annular Solar Eclipse is today (20th May’12) at 11.47pm (GMT). in the sign of Gemini.

My e-book `Eclipse Magic workbook’ has 70+ pages of core ideas, tasks and exercises to get any interested person doing this magical work. Launch price is £14.00 only.
-Mani Navasothy.

Note (22Dec’12): This eBook is now available on Amazon Kindle for $9.99  (visit my amazon author page)