“Think you’ve seen it all? Think again. Outside those doors, we might see anything. We could find new worlds; terrifying monsters; impossible things. And if you come with me… nothing will ever be the same again!” – The Doctor
Doctor Who…a man of many faces, spanning decades, and uniting fans of all ages. You would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of the Doctor. Most who have seen the series either are fans or soon become fans. It’s hard to resist. A delightful combination of science fiction, fantasy, humor, horror and a charismatic central character that carries viewers on a trip through time and space each week.
This is the first in my new weekly series on the good Doctor. I plan on exploring the former Doctors and their companions. The villians and strange, new worlds. I hope to provide reviews and opinions on the episodes as well. Basically, I want to share my love for Doctor Who with you.
My fascination with Doctor Who began as a child. As an impressionable pre-teen, I discovered Tom Baker’s Doctor Who on my local public broadcasting channel. It didn’t take more than an episode or two to hook me. Maybe it was the scarf. Or maybe it was his crooked grin. More likely, it was the imaginative story telling and light-hearted feel of the show. That combined with a science fiction base made for the perfect combination. As the episodes unfolded, I discovered other Doctors. Each traveling through time in the TARDIS. Each unique and special in their own way. So far there have been ten incarnations of Doctor Who. The latest is played by David Tennant, a classically trained Scottish actor.
Doctor Who was first broadcast on BBC in 1963. The story of the time-traveling alien and his many different companions became a popular British science fiction television show. The original show ran until 1989 and has been listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world. Then the series returned again in 2005, fresh, new and ready to win new fans worldwide. Currently, Doctor Who is being broadcast in the UK on BBC One on Saturday nights. If you’re like me and stuck in the United States, you can catch the Doctor on the Scifi Channel on Friday nights. Both are in the midst of the fourth season, though the American run episodes are trailing the first run British episodes by four.
So what is the allure of Doctor Who? It’s hard to pinpoint but it remains undeniable. The series has run for nearly thirty years. It has spawned at least two other scifi series, Torchwood and The Adventures of Sarah Jane. The fans of the show are some of the most diehard fans in all of fandom. I include myself in their numbers. So each week, I’ll be here to explore the world of Doctor Who. Since it defies time and space, this could take awhile. If you have questions or topics that you’d like me explore, please feel free to let me know. You can find me hanging out in the TARDIS…