The unexpected gift is not what you think. It's not the awesome plush TARDIS with sound and flashing blue light on top! There is no way the sender could have anticipated the real gift they gave me.
Daughter has been with me since Christmas evening, several days earlier than I expected this year. As such, I have not been into the office until we stopped by today. Brotherremembered to hand a package to us just before we left. More mysterious than The Doctor, there was no packing slip in the box. Daughter was intrigued by this 'blue box" and humored by the "public telephone" sign. She pressed it to hear the iconic TARDIS sound and see the flashing blue light; iconic to most of us, but all very new to her. I have never been able to get her interested in watching Doctor Who. After getting home and explaining to her what the TARDIS is, I called her over to the couch and pulled up "The Snowmen" Doctor Who Christmas special to show her the TARDIS in action. She nestled down beside me and I could tell she was interested in the show! We sat and watched the entire episode (I had not even seen it yet). She was a little apprehensive at the sharp-toothed snowmen and buried her eyes in a blanket once or twice. However, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman both had her entranced. She was a bit puzzled by the "lizard lady" and the "potato head man" but, unlike other shows I have tried to introduce to her in the past, she stayed and actually got invested in the characters. As a Geek Dad, this was an awesome moment to share; her first Doctor Who episode and, better yet, she can not wait to see the next one and find out what happens with the new companion!
So… unknown mystery gift-giver, I hope you read this to know what you did. This was much more than a cute toy tonight. Thank you! <3
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