Well, it is Saturday after all. And Six Word Saturday at that.

Not that that is the reason.

So, without further ado, let’s start!

My next painting for #WorldWatercolorMonth is…

The First Wallow

That’s right! My ninth painting in my series of nine versions of ATCs/ACEOs is a baby hippo! It’s the next day on our safari now. Or it’s the morning of the first day, I forget. We lose track of time around here. The baby hippo is the first to get into the muddy lake for a good old wallow before anybody else.

Hippopotamus babies are so cute it’s untrue. They are tiny, compared to their parents, and they are like little round balls with four legs. Well, the ones I saw were!


Moving on, time for…

The Second Reveal

My #WorldWatercolorMonth poortrait.

Did you have the slightest inkling as to who it was? I’ll post a quick reminder first:

And then I’ll post a quick recap of the clues I gave. I’m dragging this out a bit, I know. I love it! Hehehe!

One of the biggest clues should be the fact that I’ve been mentioning time a lot of late. It was a clue, but I’m always mentioning time, so it wouldn’t really have stood out.

The first clue, and the subsequent clues, and the time clue thinking about it, would all point you to the character this person is playing. Will play. Has played for years. (I’m still giving clues now, although I don’t really need to!) The first clue was An Old Clock In An Empty Room, which I thought was a giveaway. Mind you, I would, as I knew the identity to start off with.

I’ll quickly explain. A clock in an empty room. A blue clock at that. Time. And space. More later.

The next clue came in Wise Old Oswald And Friends. Here, not very subtly, the names were the clue. Names linked to the character, Oswald, Clara, and Ace. Companions. Other clues were scattered throughout this post as well, which I’ll mention in a minute.

Tiggan provided the next clue, still linked by name. Rather, pronunciation… and spelling…

Tiggan also posed the question as to who would be the ninth animal. I was playing with concepts here.

Clues were scattered throughout my latest Letters To The Universe post. A big one in the phrase ‘reverse the polarity’, which I also used in the Wise Old Oswald post. The Letters post also asked if I posted a clue last year. Which I did, and I didn’t. I posted it this year, to slot into last year’s time stream, if you can believe that. Did you see what I did there? Time travel. This link will take you to that post, but, if you haven’t got the identity of the character so far, this will either give the game away or confuse you totally. I realise not everyone may even know the character.

Finally, the original poortrait post held the biggest clue. Read Who Is This? as a statement rather than a question, and you have your answer.

Of course the poortrait was of Jodie Whittaker. The actress who will portray the new Doctor Who from next year. The first woman to play the part. I’m looking forward to the new series, I think it is an excellent choice, and things are most certainly going to be different. I can see big things happening for the character and I can’t wait!

And, I have some correct guesses as well! Woohoo!

Well Done and Congratulations go to…

(These all link to the latest post on the respective blogs, by the way)

Elaine of I Used To Be Indecisive…

Becky of It Caught My Eye In Portugal

Prenin

Cobs of The Cobweborium Emporium

Debbie of Travel With Intent (Debbie also hosts Six Word Saturday, and this links to her latest SWS post)

With thanks to all of the other bloggers and visitors who took part, but didn’t quite name the poortrait correctly.

Just to finish, now that we’ve had the reveal, I can reveal what the above clues were revealing. Oswald, Clara, Ace and Tiggan represented three companions of the Doctor. Travellers who escort him/her on his/her many adventures. Clara Oswald, Ace and Tegan were their correct names. The clock in the the room: time and relative dimension in space; represented the TARDIS, the fabulous space/timeship that the Doctor uses to get about. It’s broken and stuck in the form of an old police phone box.

And really just to finish, the ‘next’ and ‘previous’ links on this theme that appear at the end of my posts also help with the clues. ‘Previous’ takes you forward and ‘next’ takes you back. If I can get my head around that,

Convoluted Space and Time Travel’s Easy.

For Six Word Saturday and


Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

27 Comments

  1. Well, I never! Never got it, never knew it, never found the clues… just never. Might have something to do with my total lack of knowledge aboujt Dr Who to start with 🙂

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    1. That may be a slight hindrance, Raili… 🙂

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  2. I was and still am out in the left field of any thing to do with TV in recent years. Yes…years. Gave it up years ago and really haven’t missed it.To much time wasted…so now I waste it on this blasted PC. lol

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    1. One squarish screen to another, hey, Beverly? 🙂
      I still use both, if it helps…!

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  3. Yay… I got it.
    Thank you for the link and mention Tom. Bless you.

    Love the little Hippo, he has a cute face. 😊
    Great Job. ~ Cobs.xxx

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    1. Thanks, Cobs… and yes you did!
      Baby hippos are just the cutest!

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  4. It’s a good thing Debbie isn’t mean and doesn’t count words, isn’t it Tom? 🙂 🙂 Happy weekend to you and your hippo.

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    1. I’m not even going to check this one for multiples of six! 🙂

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      1. There were some at the very beginning, Debbie, and then I gave up with that idea! 😀

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    2. Thanks, Jo… and you too (although it’s now midweek!)
      I did go a tad over with this post, didn’t I? 😉

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      1. Just a tad, Tom. 🙂 🙂

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  5. Hurrah, I was successful! I have to say it was a good likeness (just as well, as the cause were beyond me!)

    And I love your baby hippo. One of my favourite animals

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend Tom – happy painting!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie.
      happy midweek to you too! 😀

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  6. Good picture as usual Tom and I await Christmas with breathless anticipation!!! 🙂

    Love how Clara escaped death only to end up with Insilda and her own TARDIS and now The Doctor survives in a new form as Bill explores all time and space with her watery lover and Nardole takes on the serious responsibilies of being a heroic leader! 🙂

    NOT a bad ending I say! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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    1. One thought crosses my mind, Prenin… there must be at least ten TARDISes zipping their way across the Universe now… I wonder if they’ll all ever meet up?

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      1. They have three times so far, so now we could see a thirteenth doctor meet the first!!! 🙂

        Can’t wait for Christmas!!! 🙂

        God Bless!

        Prenin.

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        1. Ulp – I wasn’t even thinking if all of the Doctor’s TARDISes. It’s getting very congested out there!
          I mean we have the Master’s, The Doctor’s Daughter’s, Clara’s… (OK not exactly at least ten!) And we now have Bill flying all over the place as well…!

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  7. Well, I saw the clues but couldn’t determine who she is, but I am not familiar the actress or Dr. Who. I must walk to a different beat than some. Your challenge was fun – keep it up.

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    1. Thanks, Eugenia.
      With these, you only know them if you know them… and then my painting has to resemble them slightly as well! 😀

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  8. Apologies if this appears twice but something very strange happened then, perhaps there was a tardis moment?! Anyhow I was saying very very clever and you linked to us all too – thank you 🙂 happy puzzle day

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    1. Thanks, Becky, and you’re only here once… unless you are in another dimension now as well! 😀

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      1. ah that might explain my life at the moment – hand’t thought of another dimension!

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        1. I’m always in and out of them…

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