This seemed like a good idea at the time.
For a year or so Hilary has been posting beautiful images on her blog and Tom has been writing poems and prose in response to them. Sometimes this has turned into narratives, and this one in particular took on a life of its own.
Although a naive individual might be tempted to read too much into the name “Cindy-Loo”–an obvious reference to someone named “Cindy Lou”–a more sophisticated eye will see a deeper and far more complex set of sources for this work. The inspiration for the very first image was a thought Hilary had about a Dr Seuss character, but the rest of the work rapidly developed in that jazz-like way we have as a new story and characters emerged, not very closely related to that particular Who, and drawing on inspiration from many sources, including another Doctor entirely.
The name “Cindy-Loo You” was inspired by a sign we chanced to see in Montreal for “d’Youville”, which turns out to have been an important commercial district between Place Royale and McGill Street. The name is also associated with Saint Marguerite d’Youville, the French Canadian nun who founded the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal (commonly known as the Grey Nuns.) As such, the name spans both aspects of Cindy-Loo’s character as it evolves in the story.
Creating this new and original work turned out to be a staggering amount of fun, and we thought the result deserved a wider audience after some time to edit and amend.
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