Doctor Who fandom review: Whovian love story Tenspotting available on Prime video

Start your own Amazon watch party to wine, dine, and Prime the short Doctor Who tribute film Tenspotting from 2015.

Like the Tardis, short film Tenspotting packs quite a bit more indoors than its 14-minute runtime lets on. The romantic comedy, currently available to view on Amazon Prime, is a homage not just to Whovian history, but to its fans, cosplayers, and conventions as well.

The tale begins with the protagonist, Angel (Chloe Dykstra) failing to capitalize on a fleeting moment of connection with a fellow Tenth Doctor cosplayer at a Whovian convention. More than just physical attraction though, the pair have bonded over shared and expansive Whovian interests.

Now queue your Tenth Doctor memes (hair trembling with emotion), for alas, a couple of catchphrases and a themed ringtone later, and he’s run off with her heart in tow and left nary a name nor contact detail behind.

After a year of lamenting the lost opportunity, Angel has made up her mind to return to the scene of the crime and find her illusive Whovian hunk.

She enlists her best friend, Tamara (Tiffany Smith) to attend the convention with her, and to help her identify her prospective paramour from among the hordes of cosplayers. After too many false starts to count, a few salacious offerings, and a rather intensive trivia challenge, she finds that perhaps what she needed all along was to think outside of the figurative police telephone box… and give other individuals a chance.

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Final judgement?

Is this film a perfect portrayal of our fandom and comic book convention culture? Of course not! But what film could be in 14 minutes?

Conventions aren’t generally as pub-centric as this film portrayed. And thankfully, I like to think Whovians are much better at finding each other and falling in love. Something about our expertise with space and time.

But you know what? Watch this short anyway.

It’s a fan-made passion project, cultivated and nurtured all the way from humble Kickstarter origins to the illustrious echelons of Amazon Prime.

It harkens to pre-global pandemic days when we could all get together and argue face to face about canon, contradictions, and companions. And exact or not, it’s a lovely tribute to our community.

What films or television shows do you think have portrayed the fandom well? Which ones didn’t do such a great job? Have you found love at a fan convention? Let us know in the comments below.