I admit I’m only a recent fan of the legendary British Sci-Fi series Dr. Who. Of course, I know and have known what Dr. Who is for years. But I knew little about it. Before the internet it was difficult to find out what shows were all about. We didn’t have streaming services for TVs and Blu-ray players either, nor did we even have DVDs or VHS to watch. How else could you see a show that wasn’t on the air any more or even if it was, it was broadcast in England?
Thanks to the aforementioned streaming services and home video, I have been able to connect with the most varied, longest running TV show on the air today. Part of my reticence to even begin was the sheer amount of episodes and series this iconic show has. It’s a bit daunting. But when the revised series came into being several years ago, I began getting more and more curious about what it was.
There are close to 800 episodes of Dr. Who, 106 of which are missing. Over a hundred missing alone! That’s more than most shows even have in total. It’s intimidating for the first time viewer. I started with a few episodes from the revised series. I loved it instantly. David Tenant was so fun and energetic in the role, so commanding and fully realized I knew he would take me on a ride filled with aliens, time travel to the distant future or recent past, fantasy creatures come to life and meetings with historical figures of myth, legend, or real life.
This is the crux of Dr. Who’s greatest. Anything and everything is possible. We might find the Doctor and his companion (a girl replaced almost as often as the Doctor regenerates) in the year 5 Million on earth, in the distant past, on another planet far out in space or even in an alternated London.
There are no limits to Dr. Who. Even when the Doctor dies from injuries that would kill a human, the immortal Time Lord simple regenerates into another incarnation, being replaced by the next actor to take the role. We are about to witness the eleventh Doctor’s era soon, with the beginning of the upcoming 8th series. Matt smith is stepping down to allow Peter Capaldi, a much older man, to take over.
I think this is a good move. We have not had an older Doctor since the revised series came into being so this will be a return to the old school way of the show, maybe with a cranky Doctor like William Hartnell played it.
Either way, Dr. Who shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Long Live the Doctor!