Apr 19 2011 10:09am

Dr. Sketchy’s Tribute to Doctor Who

Dr. Sketchy Dr Who burlesque

New York City has been awash in Doctor Who events in anticipation of the new season. I’ve already told you about DW Line Con. There’s also an awesome (and sold-out!) screening event at The Bell House in Brooklyn tomorrow night.

Recently, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School also got into the act with a burlesque tribute to current Doctor Who! (Some risque photos below, not technically NSFW unless you have a very no-nonsense office.)

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the brainchild of artist, Molly Crabapple. Now in its sixth year, Dr. Sketchy’s is a place where you can practice your life-drawing skills. Here’s the twist: the models are scantily-clad burlesque performers, sometimes there is a performance involved, and there’s always alcohol. It’s a low-pressure environment so that experienced artists and newbies alike can feel at home.

Dr. Sketchy Dr Who burlesque

Dr. Sketchy Dr Who burlesque

Dr. Sketchy’s Tribute to Doctor Who, held at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC, featured Jeffrey Garber posing as Eleven and Someone’s Mrs. Reynolds (yes, that’s a Firefly reference) posing as Amy Pond. And, um, they were hot. I’m not gonna lie. My friend and I were seated in the front row drooling over The Doctor. As I told my friend, He can work on my TARDIS with his sonic screwdriver any time he wants!

Dr. Sketchy Dr Who burlesque

There were the usual Dr. Sketchy’s drawing contests as the poses got more elaborate and less clothed. The winners of the Best Doctor Who/Dr. Seuss crossover sketch won free drinks, that evening’s specialty drink, the TARDIS (blue lemonade and vodka). Winners of the Best Doctor Who/Other Sci-Fi Franchise crossover sketch won plush duck Squishables named “Duckter Who” and “Amy Duckpond.” All of it was underscored by a spectacular mix of music curated by Crabapple collaborator, John Leavitt (which I will include below). It was a great, packed event! Dr. Sketchy’s is generally pretty popular, but Whovians came out of the woodwork for this one!

Dr. Sketchy Dr Who burlesque

And did I mention that The Doctor and Amy were hot?

Dr. Sketchy Dr Who burlesque

If you ever want to have a Doctor Who themed gathering, John Leavitt has put together a perfect playlist:

0—TARDIS sound F/X
1—“Dr. Who Theme”—National Orchestra Of Wales.
2—“There’s No Such Things As Aliens”—Sparks
3—“Ballad Of Maxwell Demon”—Shudder To Think
5—“Giant Robot”—Time Agency
6—“I’m Gonna Spend Christmas With A Dalek”—Go Go
7—“Telstar”—The Ventures
8—“Interplanet Janet”—Man Or AstroMan
9—“Onward”—Dr. Noise
10—“Timelord 120bpm”—Nebula Sound Studio
11—“Doris Day The Earth Stood Still”—Future Bible Heroes
12—“The Sound Of Drums”—Quantum Locked
13—“Dr. Who Theme”—Orbital
14—“Dr. Who Do You Think You Are?”—Don’tjoke
15—“Serious, Sirus Space Party”—Ednah Holt
16—“May The Cube Be With You”—Thomas Dolby
17—“Doctorin’ The Tardis”—The World-Band
18—“Seven Seas Of Rhyne”—Queen
19—“All The Strange Creatures”—BBC National Orchestra
20—“I am The Walrus”—The Beatles
21—“Evolution Of The Daleks”—BBC National Orchestra
22—“From Some Dying Star”—Future Bible Heroes
23—“Loving The Alien”—David Bowie
24—“Donna’s Theme”—BBC National Orchestra
25—“Giant Ants”—The Hissyfits
26—“The Gentleman Who Fell”—Milla Jovovich
27—“Starman”—David Bowie
28—“Velvet Spacetime”—Carter Burwell
29—“Dr. Who Theme”—Mannheim Steamroller
30—“Bonebeard, The Dinosaur Pirate From Space”—Logan Whitehurst
31—“The Doctor Forever”—BBC National Orchestra
32—“Doctor, Doctor”—Mr. Saxon
33—“Space Olympics”—The Lonely Island
34—“Blink”—Chameleon Circut
35—“New Earth”—Tom Milsom
36—“Angel”—Massive Attack
37—“Lost In Space”—TV theme
38—“I’m Sticking With You”—The Velvet Underground

Doctor Who Series 6 premieres on BBC America April 23rd at 9 PM. But you knew that already!

Teresa Jusino is the Thirteenth Doctor. Her “feminist brown person” take on pop culture has been featured on websites like ChinaShopMag.com, PinkRaygun.com, Newsarama, and PopMatters.com. Her fiction has appeared in the sci-fi literary magazine, Crossed Genres; she is the editor of Beginning of Line, the Caprica fan fiction site; and her essay “Why Joss is More Important Than His ‘Verse” is included in Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them, which is on sale now wherever books are sold! Get Twitterpated with Teresa, or visit her at The Teresa Jusino Experience.

Del C
1. del
Did you have a spellcheck accident? The National Orchestra of Whales would be awesome, but something quite different.
Gristle McNerd
2. GristleMcNerd
I agree. I'd love to hear a bunch of whales play (or rather sing) the Dr Who Theme, but I'm afraid unless someone manages to talk to them (or else to just play the tune at the right frequencies underwater, thus perhaps creating a new trend) that's not gonna happen.
Teresa Jusino
3. TeresaJusino
Ha! This is what happens when I cut and paste from another source assuming they've spell-checked. Eek.

Though with the fish motif running through all of Series 5 (fish custard, alien piranhas, flying sharks...), an orchestra of whales wouldn't be terribly out of place! ;)
James Whitehead
4. KatoCrossesTheCourtyard
A whole new spin on whale song I'm thinking. ;-)

Could have Jaques Cousteau, if he were still alive, as conductor.

5. DragonRose
I love "New Earth" by Tom Milsom! The EP that the song is on is available for free at DFTBA.com. Also glad to see Dr. Noise on their list.

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