A couple of weeks ago, I was sat watching Doctor Who with my husband, and I had an Idea. What this house really needs is some Doctor Who themed art work on the walls. Now, I could be lazy, and just go and buy myself an Exploding Tardis Van Gogh poster, but where would be the fun in that! I want art that I can control.
It all really started when watching the end of the Rose Tyler story arc, when the Daleks and Cybermen confront each other in the Torchwood Tower. There's a fantastic bit of dialogue between the leaders of each of the races, both convinced of their own superiority.
Cyber Leader: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
Cyber Leader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
Dalek: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect.
Cyber Leader: What is that?
Dalek: You are better at dying.
The Cult of Skaro are some of my favourite Doctor Who bad guys, and I wanted to immortalise their coolness in some way on my walls. I quickly sketched out an idea in my head, and suggested it to my husband. A set of four cross stitch panels, individually framed, featuring our favourite quotes from the series and some iconic imagery. After just a few hours, and several more episodes of Doctor Who, I had the basic charts figured out.
Only the Tardis is my original work, the rest is all borrowed from free charts I found on the internet, rearranged alongside the quotes I wanted to use. I used this cross stitch calculator to figure out how big my pictures would actually turn out to be, and luckily had a copy of the DMC catalogue to figure out the colours I'd need. On Sunday, we went to Hobbycraft and I picked up the supplies I needed.
I was only able to pick up two pieces of Aida, but managed to get every colour of thread I needed. I'll have plenty of time between now and when I finish the first two pieces to pick up two more. It's a very limited colour palette, but I think that will help keep the set looking coherent.
I did pretty well at choosing colours from the catalogue; only the blues and the dark grey are different to the colours I initially chose, as once I'd found them in the shop I didn't think they were the right colours.
I decided to make a start straight away, and have started work on the main Cult of Skaro chart, which depicts the moment the rest of the Cult reject Dalek Sek's leadership.
I'm already completely in love with how it is turning out. Once I've finished up, I will tidy up the charts and publish them here as a downloadable PDF, so more people can have some Doctor Who love on their walls!