Friday, February 10, 2012

Things I Love: Doctor Who

I haven't exactly been very good at keeping up with my's much too young for me to give up on now. I just don't know what to talk think as a motivation, I shall try to write a post a day on different things I'm obsessed with. Today's topic: Doctor Who.

My love of this British sci-fi show began as a kid, when my brother insisted I watched his VHS recordings of some PBS show he thought was pretty cool. I have always thought everything my brother liked was pretty epic, so I gave it a shot...and I fell in love. A time and space traveling alien with an unknown name (he goes by the Doctor; it's been said that his name cannot be pronounced) who regenerates, attempts to solve the problems of different races and usually saves the day (with a some losses here and there...there isn't one episode that doesn't have somebody dying.) And he always has at least one companion who is supposed to be an assistant of sorts...pfft some were more of a hindrance than others..not naming names...

In the beginning, the first actor to play the Doctor had to be recast because he was an older man with some troubles remembering his lines because he was suffering from early stages of the writers came up with the idea that the Doctor regenerated to different forms when his older form was worn out or seriously hurt. That alone is what I think made the show last for sooooo many years. It was always freshening companions, new adventures and each actor brought their own personalities to the table. And it helps that there was action and mystery in every episode. Almost every episode. It's campy, I'll admit. But that's where most of its charm resides.

This is my Doctor: Sylvester McCoy aka the Seventh Doctor. He was kooky, curious and comical, but then would hint at a darker, calculating and manipulative side. His era was one that was on the edge of revealing more and more of this mysterious enigma...and then it got ripped off the air by a bunch of bafoons. Well, there's more behind the reasons for cancellation, but I'm not gonna get into that right now. That's a whole 'nother Oprah.

With the cancellation of the series, it would leave my wild imagination open to all of the possibilities of who this alien was, and the story would always continue in the fan fiction of my misadventures with my Doctor. And then my last year of high school came 'round, and when I realized that my favorite sci-fi show from my childhood would be returning to the small screen I could not believe it. I was concerned with how well it would do; I don't think I could bear it if they ripped it away from me again because it was too obscure to gain ratings. Could an old, campy, family-oriented sci-fi show generate enough fans become a hit again? Fast forward to today and the answer is most certainly yes. And not even just in Europe, but it's become a hit here in America. It was like getting an old friend back.

That leaves two different sets of the fans: the old school die hard ones and the 2005 newbs...I embrace both. Even the annoying Tennant fans who love to troll polls/forums. I could not be any happier that there is even a bandwagon for this far as I'm concerned there's more than enough room for everyone. I'll never understand why there are the hipster fans who're so set on hating on the new people should be so glad that your favorite show is doing well and getting the attention it deserves! Get over yourselves! *climbs down soap box*

Anyways...this show is awesome. It makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you really wanna know more about the Doctor and just what the fuck his actual name is. I'm not going to go into deep details, that's your guys' homework. This wikipedia page gives a nice run through on the history of Who. I would recommend starting from the new series of 2005 and work your way up to Matt Smith (is it me or are these actors just getting dreamier and dreamier?) If you start with the old ones, I'm afraid you might get discouraged, what with our generation's current high standards of HD 3D Blu-Ray blah blah blah and all. If you're still skeptical, I'd suggest giving the episode Blink a try first, that one is a favorite of mine.

Not gonna lie, the fact that there's even a Weeping Angel on my page kinda frightens me.

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