How to Deal with Fandom Withdrawal


By Angela Dahl (@AngelaDahling)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s a terrible time to be a fangirl/boy. Everything we love is on break until Christmas or the New Year. The Doctor Who 50th anniversary was amazing, but I’m already jonesing for another hit of fandom. I’m going through fandom withdrawal. So, the best way to deal with withdrawal symptoms is to distract yourself, right? Here’s what I’m thinking about.

Rewatch Sherlock

The BBC announced that the UK premiere date for the much anticipated third season of Sherlock is January 1st, with the US premiere following almost three weeks later on the 19th. Now’s the time to revisit 22B Baker Street. Series one and two are available on Netflix, and I’m probably going to rewatch “The Reichenbach Fall” obsessively to see if there are any hints that I missed for how Sherlock lives. I’m also a little obsessed with the mustache Martin Freeman has in some of the series 3 promo images. I hope that’s explained too.

Netflix Chuck

Chuck has been on my radar for a long time (quite rightly), and it’s one of those shows that I know I have to watch but haven’t gotten around to yet. Now that the entire series is on Netflix, I really have no excuse anymore. I’m only afraid of how addicting the show will be, and how much more I’ll love Zachary Levi after watching it.

Books! The best weapons in the world!

I know that’s a Doctor Who quote (seriously, I can’t stop), but… remember books? The Internet before the Internet? People used to wait for the next work by Dickens the way we wait for Doctor Who. That last movie you watched may have even been based on one of those old-fashioned bad boys: Catching Fire and The Book Thief, for example. The winter weather is perfect for snuggling next to a roaring fire…………. with a book.

Rewatch Downton Abbey

I’ve sworn to quit Downton Abbey at least two times since the series has been on, and I wish I knew how to quit it. If you’re an Edwardian fangirl like I am, we may as well gear up for January 5th season 4 premiere by rewatching some of series 1-3. The key word is “some.” There are some episodes I refuse to watch again. You may or may not know what I mean. To offset any Downton depression, here’s a video of Carson’s Christmas album infomercial (with the real Carson!).

Catch up on actual TV watching

I often forget that TV goes on in real time while I’m binge-watching different series online. So when I finally check my DVR, I’m surprised by how much I’ve missed in the real TV world. You almost expect it to stop until you’re ready, but it doesn’t. Even if you don’t have DVR, we are about to be treated to some awesome holiday movie marathons. Grab a loved one, plunk down, and watch one, and during the commercials you can talk about how Sherlock lives, Chuck and Sarah’s relationship, the book you’re reading, or the deaths in Downton. Actually, the best way to deal with fandom withdrawal is probably just to talk about it to whoever will listen. Provided they’re another fandom junkie like you.



  1. TriciaDecember 2nd, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I agree 100%.. That’s what I did all summer. It’s the worst time because all of my shows are off. I try to find a series or two that I’ve been meaning to catch up on. Between Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus, I am never without options. I prefer not to have to buy seasons of shows I don’t really know. But if it’s worth it I will. Like Amazon Prime had seasons 1-4 of Sons of Anarchy. So when, I was done with season 4, of course I had to see season 5, so I bought it. I loved it that much. It was like that with Justified too. You will love Chuck. It’s just a great show. It’s funny and dramatic and really sweet and touching. Zachary Levi is my current crush. It’s because of the show that I wanted to find out more about him. Which led to me discovering Nerd HQ AND The Nerd Machine. It’s opened up a whole new world for me. I am also a huge advocate of reading books. I’m trying to get through the Shining little by little (between work and school and my kid, it’s tough). But I try to read a little bit everyday, I’m sure I will finish it at some point. It’s soooo good, though. Anyway, I guess my point is, I’m with you, going through that same withdrawal. We’ll get through it. I, btw, can not wait to see the new Sherlock series. It seems like forever

  2. JeanettaDecember 4th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Major withdrawals here! I will definitely be taking your advice to heart especially the books. I too was so ready to quite Downtown after the end of last season. I mean could we just have Matthew regenerate. It’s England. They are all familiar with the concept. Maybe Moffat should give Fellows some tips.

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