In April, I attended the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and noticed that dozens of people were dressed as different versions of The Doctor. They were in line for the bathroom, eating pizza, and asking amusing questions at panels. They went to great lengths to emulate The Doctor – this included hilarious accents, strange questions, and weird body language.
I’ve never sat down and watched a full episode of Doctor Who because I’ve always found the fans a little too, I don’t know, fanatical. Come on, I love X-Men, but I stopped dressing up for Comic Expos years ago…Halloween is a different story.
Seeing so many people in costume made me wonder though, what’s so appealing about the show? I decided to creep around on Wikipedia and get a better idea about the show’s storyline. The short description is…
Doctor Who is a British science fiction programme produced by the BBC. The program depicts the adventures of a Time Lord—a time travelling humanoid alien known as The Doctor. He explores the universe in his “TARDIS” a time-traveling space ship. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain in 1963, when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilizations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.
Doctor Who is also the longest running science fiction show in the world. Originally it aired from 1963 – 1989 and the series was restarted again in 2005. Despite loving some time period movies, I know I can’t sit through a 1960s TV show. They’ll be references I don’t understand and my time will be spent researching what the hell everyone is talking about.
I decided to start with the 2005 series starring Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor. From what I’ve read Eccleston’s portrayal is less eccentric than his predecessors to better fit with a new generation.
After two episodes, I’m hooked. It’s hard to do good sci-fi on a budget, but the show manages. The characters are well developed and the dialogue is surprisingly funny. I’m resisting that urge to spend the day inside watching as many episodes as possible. I promised myself I wouldn’t get hooked on any new shows and now I’ve chosen a show that has 7 seasons to catch up on plus an additional 26 seasons if I want to watch the original series.
Pray for me…I’m scared what will happen.