Welcome to My Doctor Who
This is a blog I have wanted to do for a very long time but have never been sure that I’d have the time to maintain it along with my other blog (politics) (indyfromaz.wordpress.com). But I’m going to give it a go.
Doctor Who is My Life.
But it will be a more personal journey in some ways so it’s part gushing fanboy and part me.
Doctor Who is quite simply the best TV show ever.
It is also the Longest Running Science Fiction Show in the history of Television.
The Holder of Three Guinness Book of World Records.
The Longest Running Science Fiction show in the World 1963-1989,1996,2005-Present.
Episode 800 is the 2013 Christmas Special on Dec 25th.
The 50th Anniversary is November 23rd, 2013.
50 Years! 33 Seasons. Season 34 (Designated “Season 8” of the modern era) will be 2014.
That may seem a bit daunting to the newbie. But trust me, you’ll understand in time.
On the program it all started in a junkyard in London where two teachers followed a strange young girl to her “home” a junkyard with a Metropolitan Police Call Box in it.
This was the TARDIS, Time And Relative Dimension In Space.
A Time machine that can go anywhere in Time and Space from the beginning of the universe to the end. And it has.
The lead actor playing The Doctor “regenerates” so the program can change and move on. There have been 11 so far. #12 is waiting in the wings for 2014.
Best Place to start for a modern 21st Century audience I’d say is the 2005 Restart of the show and then go back to the beginnings.
But I started in Doctor in the The 20th Century.
The beginning of this story starts November 5, 1982. 7:32pm
It was that significant.
I am a college student at Central Michigan University.
I live in a Dorm with my hand-picked roommate, John Doyle.
He’s a Yupper, Eh. (that’s Michigan-speak for a person from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).
He’s a great bloke, unlike my first roommates.
I turned on the TV. It happened to be set to the PBS station for whatever reason.
Back in the day, Doctor Who, a British TV institution was relatively new to the shores of America so it was on PBS. It ended up being on 100′s of them for most of the 1980′s then it disappeared.
I moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1987.
It disappeared off PBS here in Phoenix in December 1990.
PBS has never gotten a dime from me since.
My roommate and I sat down, turn on the TV and what I would find out later was called a Wirrn (A large insect creature) fell dead out of a closet on a space station.
My roomate and I both said, “What the hell was that?!”
And 23 Minutes later (because we didn’t know at the time that this was Episode 2 and we’d missed the recap of Episode 1 and the Title sequence) we just had to know what the hell we just watched
Not in Horror, like when I saw the pilot to Lost.
It was quirky, low budget, but the imagination and creativity was amazing.
It was Doctor Who.
Trailer for the DVD release of “The Ark In Space”. The Episode I saw all those years ago.
It started in 1963 the day after the Kennedy assassination.
It ran for 26 years before the BBC canceled it.
It had a TV Movie that was partially funded, and most ignored, by FOX in 1996.
Then it was revived as a full TV show in Britain in 2005.
And is now a growing worldwide phenomenon.
And a whole new world opened up before me.
It saved my life.
But more of that next time. 🙂