Tuesday, 30 August 2011

MY Doctor Who

I know... this blog is still more of an odd mix of personal thoughts but be patient and I will get there... promise!

Back to another one of my strange loves for a TV show.

So you thought you knew me? Think again. I am a girl who gives everything a go (well not everything…) But when it comes to interests I don’t mind dabbling in the so called “nerdy” genre of sci fi every now and then.

If I am honest science fiction is probably up there in my favourite genres. I’ll tell you why:

- The writers are the most passionate
- Story lines are well thought out
- Character development is key
- Fantasy worlds leave you breathless
- The writing always highlights the beauty and weakness of the human race
- Creatures are created from nothing real – it is all pure creative genius
- Fans are utterly devoted, no other fan genre can touch them
- Worlds are so in depth you truly appreciate the creative mind
- There is always an underlying message for the human race whether it be hope, despair or simply self reflection and improvement.

By far Doctor Who is the ultimate sci fi. Yes, it may have a few gaps in the story, a few hiccups along the way but it is still absolutely engaging. They must be doing something right if it holds the record for longest running sci fi series to date.

Ok, so I am no devout Whovian but I know my fair share of Doctor Who trivia.

For a long time I thought I didn’t actually like Doctor Who the show but rather the man playing him. I began the Who watching during David Tennant’s time and in that time boy did I love him. (I know, for those of you who have read my previous posts/or know me – he is fairly scrawny, not at all my type BUT believe me watch him in this – his passion shines through, his hair has a fan base of it’s own and he exudes this sense of cool and rather quickly you are left thinking…I’d tap that. Again the talent overrides or more so contributes towards appeal – maybe I’m not so shallow after all!). Anyway what I’m saying is that I thought I watched Doctor Who for David not for the story. Then his time was up and I was literally depressed for a month. Why would he leave on his own choice, WHY would he do such a thing to me WHYY!!!!

I vowed I would no longer watch this show but then I thought that was unfair so I would give this young upstart Matt Smith one chance – I would give him one episode to prove his worth. Then came that day and suddenly here was a young gun who had thrown his heart and soul into this wonder of a character. I quietly liked it… so I watched the next episode and the next and soon I was counting down the days to the next episode…

(For those of you non Whovians The Doctor is a timelord - a race which can regenerate - in other words - writers have found a way to keep the series going so a new actor can simply play the same character forever)

I came to the realisation I didn’t watch Doctor Who for Mr Tennant, I watched it for the Doctor, I watched it for his adventures, for beautifully constructed story lines, for supporting characters – my ultimate favourite being the tantalising River Song and I was genuinely curious to answer all the questions.

Was I upset when the latest episode saw Matt Smith donning a David Tennant-esque brown coat… YES but my interest in the story now overrides any other notion.

If you have a chance (even if you do not watch sci fi) watch the episode “Midnight” Series 4, Episode 10. It is one of my favourite episodes – so simple and yet it speaks volumes, it is the perfect example of what sci fi can do – psychologically bend your mind and portray the human race so inextricably true. I also think this was when I began to see the beauty of the show rather then just the man.

So yes Matt Smith is an excellent Doctor with his cheeky nature, bow tie and hilarious lines (and again a rather unique appeal). BUT all us “Who” fans have a favourite doctor that will never change. My doctor is the one and only tenth doctor, my doctor is played by David Tennant, always has been, always will be.

So I guess why I'm writing this is for all you none sci fi viewers. Give it a chance it might prove worthwhile.


…yes that is a tenth Doctor reference ;)

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