Tabula Rasa (Doctor Who vid)

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Title: Tabula Rasa
Creator: hollywoodgrrl
Date: July 2007
Format: digital vid
Length: 1:47
Music: Lighthouse by Interpol
Genre: het, amnesiavid
Fandom: Doctor Who
Footage: episodes Doomsday and The Family of Blood

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Tabula Rasa is a Doctor Who vid by hollywoodgrrl. It was the 2007 winner in the "Achievement in Innovation" category in The Fourth Wall vidding awards.

Vidder's Summary: Tabula Rasa is Latin for "blank slate." Something new, fresh, unmarked, or uninfluenced. A mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc. This video represents the moment in "Family of Blood" that happened off screen, when the fob watch was opened, and all the memories came rushing back.

Recs & Reactions

  • "I'm not a Doctor/Rose shipper, but this vid came close to making me one. Text, stills, light and colours - audacious and surprising and incredibly beautiful. And! Interpol!"[1]
  • "That is such a thoughtful concept and the execution is wonderful. I love watching vids when I can feel how involved and careful the vidder was. You created a certain mood with the editing that brought forth the emotion. It honestly hurts. The style is different and wholly enjoyable with the little touches that bring out the humanity right along with the harshness. [...]"[2]
  • "The experimental editing style is really *breathtaking*! And much more important than shiny for shiny's sake, this works -- it has a disjointed feel that puts this vid into its own lonely place/time, and I think that's perfect for an interpretation of what might have happened in that moment."[3]
  • "The premise for this vid is such a find and the editing is truly amazing. It's a bit trippy, a bit different, but all in a very, very good way."[4]


  1. vid recs post by obsessive24, 10 Aug 2007. (Accessed 3 Feb 2012)
  2. comment at vid announcement post by kiki miserychic, 1 Aug 2007. (Accessed 3 Feb 2012)
  3. comment at vid announcement post by chasarumba, 7 Aug 2007. (Accessed 3 Feb 2012)
  4. Rec - Doctor Who - 'Tabula Rasa' post by millylicious at LJ comm the_reel, 1 Dec 2007. (Accessed 3 Feb 2012)