Last week we brought you the story of the Moder family in Florida that received a HOA (Home Owners Association) letter about the big blue call box in their driveway. That’s right Doctor Who‘s TARDIS was minding its own business, trying to fix its Chameleon circuits while parked in the Moder’s driveway and the neighborhood HOA took offense. What’s a Doctor Who fan to do when your TARDIS doesn’t get the usual love its grown accustomed to receiving from fans around the world? Throw a huge Doctor Who viewing party!
Leann Moder recently commented on our TARDIS Eviction post to explain the whole situation along with sharing the invite she sent to everyone in the neighborhood and local Doctor Who fans.
So, finally a response to this mad love!
First, let me say that this TARDIS was built by my father in 2012 for my husband and I to get married in front of in lieu of a traditional ‘altar’…then again, NOTHING was traditional about our wedding! 😉 Hello, Doctor Who themed cosplay wedding at a British pub in a mall!! It has been amazing gift and provided many wonderful memories both at and after the wedding. We have loaned it to a church and 2 different libraries to use for various functions so it’s like a gift that keeps giving! 🙂
Secondly, we in no way, shape or form are upset by this nor did it come as any surprise! It simply just amused me as in “Wow! What a nerd problem to have!” and a “Only us!” kind of way! I, like many of you, never imagined myself in an HOA neighborhood (I’m obviously quirky and don’t really fit that typical mold) but this is where life has led us and honestly, it’s been really great! We have landed in quite a cool neighborhood! We have neighborhood parties, we celebrate Halloween like nobody’s business with multiple haunted houses throughout (including our own Doctor Who themed Haunted House this year). Our HOA even organized food trucks to come in once a week over spring and summer months – we live in an area with little to no dining out options so this was a huge deal and super awesome! When my son wanted to do a lemonade and cupcake stand, my neighbors were out in full force buying enough cupcakes, cookies and lemonade week after week to fund that young man’s dream of getting an Xbox One! We actually had the TARDIS in the back yard for almost a year with no complaints, as well and only moved it to the driveway as part of the haunted house experience and intended on adding it to our Christmas display but life got in the way!
Third, we love how all of you have made this go viral and shown how much love that we all share for this amazing show that had touched so many people of the course of it’s 50+ years! So, in honor of all of you, we give you this….
Please as you consider coming, remember that we love this neighborhood and want nothing more than to have a super nerdy, family friendly, timey-whimey time! Show our neighbors how awesome Whovians are and let your nerd flags fly high!!
Geronimo indeed. First off, I have to give a huge nerdy head nod to whoever came up with Who-Viction Notice. That is funny stuff. While I could say that we did throw out the notion of a viewing party in our first post, it’s clear that the Moder’s had something like this planned since they first received the HOA letter back in November. You’ve got to love creative, giving fans that want to share their fandom with anyone and everyone even in the face of adversity.
Here’s some photos posted that show us the great turnout for the event. You can see in one of the pictures below that Cassandra even showed up! It was also reported that Bay News 9 showed up, but I wasn’t able to find their coverage yet. When it pops up on the Internet NerdBastards will update it here.
For those wondering, the family showed the Weeping Angels episodes of Doctor Who.
Leann also posted on the Facebook page that started this whole thing to let everyone know what the plan was.
As much as everyone in the comments section lambasted the HOA, any HOA actually, the Moder’s are fine with how everything turned out, and they, and the neighborhood, did get a smashing party out of it. The TARDIS is sure to be making appearances as opportunities present themselves. Leann says it herself in the Facebook comment above:
…rest assured this is not the last you’ve seen of her!