“What is all the hubbub, bub?” “What’s all this “Doctor Who” nonsense I keep hearing about?” “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey.”
If this makes no sense to you, I understand. If you don’t know who The Doctor is yet, I also understand. If you don’t want to learn the story of a time travelling time lord who goes about the universe in a TARDIS which is disguised as a Police Box…I don’t understand.
As far back as I can recall, I’ve loved science fiction. Perhaps Star Trek started it all, perhaps it was The Jetsons…who knows? Regardless, I love it. I love to read it, I love to watch it on television, I love the movies about it – obsessed.
I guess this is a good thing since my four sons have followed suit – this gives us plenty to talk about and share. It also causes disagreements such as, “Which Doctor was the best one?” (the tenth).
Doctor Who is a series which originated in England. It first aired in 1963 and just celebrated the show’s 50th anniversary. It’s quite brilliant in it’s simplicity (the Doctor travels through time and space so there are no constraints as to where he can go), when one actor vacates the role, the Doctor regenerates and comes out the other side with a new face. The Doctors are beloved all over the world. The latest doctor, Matt Smith, had his last episode air on Christmas Day this year. Over 8 million people watched as he left and Peter Capaldi took his place.
Just to let you know what is so great about this show (the writing) I wanted to share a few pearls of wisdom from Doctor Who:
- “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.”
- “When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.”
- “Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.”
- “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”
- “There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors…You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.”
- “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?”
- “You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.”
If you have Netflix, you have Dr. Who. If you have BBC or BBCAmerica, you have Dr. Who. Watch it. You’ll love it.
And…you’ll never look at bow ties or screwdrivers in the same way again.