I have a bit of a confession to make and as I write for a website that deals predominantly in the subject matter, I’ve chosen a pretty risky platform to confess. Ok, are you ready? Here I go; I don’t watch Doctor Who. While I understand that most of the I’m With Geek crew absolutely adore the show, I somehow missed the TARDIS a long time ago. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the show and the few episodes I have seen are pretty great. But I never seemed to get obsessed or infatuated with the show, no matter how hard I tried. Doctor Who just perplexes me.
So I guess I seem to be the one person on this website completely ill equipped to write a Doctor Who article, but I’m going to do it anyway. You see, I would really like to know about Doctor Who and what makes Whovians click. I turned to one of the biggest Doctor Who fans I know; my 11 year old sister Hannah.
Nawh, look at us together!
C: How did you get into Doctor Who?
H: I was flicking through some channels to see what was on and Doctor Who was. I wanted to see what it was like so I watched one episode. I’ve loved Doctor Who since.
Since the invention of cable television, many many channels see this as an excuse to repeatedly show television series from yonder. Gold, Watch. and the BBC regularly show Doctor Who episodes so much that it is hard to miss. Yet, the power of Doctor Who means that with just one episode, you are dragged into a world of time exploration without looking back. You are swept away with Aliens and different worlds. You are instantly hooked, bereft of stopping the obsession coming.
But I have watched an episode and this has not happened. Maybe there is something more.
H: A companion is someone whom the Doctor takes along with in his travels. Sometimes it is an alien but most of the time, it is a human. Once or twice it was K-9, a robot dog. My favourite companion has to be Rose Tyler. She is brave, witty, resourceful and really faithful to the Doctor, making her a memorable companion.
So along the Doctor’s journeys, he takes a, mainly human, friend to explore the depths of outer space and time. Maybe that is one of the reasons people love the show so much because the audience are like companions being taken along this journey with aliens and robot dogs (and who doesn’t love a robot dog?). And I know Rose Tyler! Wasn’t she the one the Doctor was in love with? And he sent a clone of himself to her? See, the show even has romance. At the end of the day, a lot of obsessions boil down to love. And friendship... but mostly love.
H: Probably the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) or the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith). The 10th Doctor had more interesting adventures but the 11th Doctor has a better personality. He also has a bowtie and a fez which is awesome.
I get that different actors bring something different to the role of Doctor. For those who don’t know, the Doctor never dies but regenerates into a different body to get past the ending of a contract. Each actor brings themselves and a fresh design for an already famous character so some love different ones for their interpretations of the role. David Tennant, as a non-fan who has watched the odd episode, has always entertained me. But for fans, I guess the adventures are really important to the story as well as personality. That, and wardrobe accessories it seems.
H: In the latest series, the Doctor is trying to uncover who Clara Oswald is; a woman he has met twice before but both times, she died. The series hints that at the end of the 11th (Doctor,) he goes to the fields of Trenzalore and according to Dorium’s prophecy, this is where the 11th Doctor will fall and the oldest questions will be answered - Doctor Who?
Wow, I mean, wow, that seems like some pretty exciting stuff... if I knew exactly what it meant. Every time I enquire about this I am left with gibberish and a breathless anticipation. After much research, I don’t think even fans know exactly what Trenzalore is except they are waiting for it to come and as for Dorium, I just found out he was a black marketer but his head was cut off, and now is kept alive by monks, handing out helpful advice. Nothing says a family show quite like death and severed heads. Yet, I see how producers are keeping people hooked to this show.
H: I love Doctor Who because of the action and the imagination put into each episode. The many different worlds, aliens and plot lines keep you interested.
So, unlike other TV shows such as Glee, Doctor Who does not regurgitate the same storyline over and over again. In fact, a science fiction show such as Doctor Who can do so much as vast new worlds can be created. Instead of sticking to the laws of Earth, Doctor Who propels its audience into ever growing new ones that are full of terror and delight, mystery and monsters, friends and foes. Doctor Who is a show full of wild imagination where there are no limits to creativity. The many worlds are the audience’s oyster, and people go along for the ride because there is always something new, some new action. Finally, let’s not forget, a main character that is fun, intelligent and takes you along for the action.
I get it now.
Sign me up, Scotty.
Damn, wrong show.
Maybe I need more research.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Cookie has been assigned a list of the best Doctor Who episodes since the shows revival, check back soon to see how her education into this marvellous show is progressing!