Since I started manically geeking out about Doctor Whoa few people have asked me what it’s all about and why I like it so darn much. So, I will explain. No, it will take too long. I will sum up.
The very minimum you need to know in 10 points:
- Doctor Who premiered in 1963 and Doctor Who stories have been continuously made on TV, radio, and in novels ever since.
- It’s British, made in Wales.
- It was designed to be family entertainment, all while terrifying the 8-10 year-olds. (The fun kind of terrifying. )
- The main character is called “The Doctor.”
- He is a Timelord, meaning he’s from a planet called Gallifrey where they have skills with time.
- He can travel in space and time in his ship, called the Tardis. The Tardis looks like a stereotypical English phone booth, but painted blue. It’s bigger on the inside.
- The Doctor, who is somewhere around 900 years old, and the last of his kind, travels around in space and time having adventures and frequently saving Earth and the human race from other aliens, and occasionally ourselves.
- He pretty much always has a travelling companion. She’s usually a woman somewhere between 20-40. She often falls in love with him, but he either doesn’t notice or chooses not to. Sometimes one of the companions’ friends, boyfriends, or husbands, comes along. There is never any sex and rarely any kissing. The companion changes every season or two.
- The Doctor doesn’t die, but regenerates into a new body, meaning the that actor who plays The Doctor changes every 1-7 years.
- The Doctor dislikes weapons. His only tools are the Tardis and a Sonic Screwdriver, which is a tool that can effect some machinery and do the usual screwdriver things as well like open locks.
Craig Ferguson did a great song about Doctor Who. I would normally embed it, but you really should go watch it so that you can read the lyrics, which are found in the video’s description.
What he says in completely true. The show is very much about the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism. And it’s lovely, partly because, for all of that, The Doctor is, quite frankly, the most brave, noble, bad ass guy in the whole universe. But you don’t have to take my word for it. I give you a clip from each of the actors that have played The Doctor since 2005.
David Tennant – One of my favorite moments in the series because it’s The Doctor and a library. Two of my true loves.
Matt Smith in his first episode. His character has been wholly goofy until this moment, and suddenly he’s just majestic. If you don’t know the series you only need to watch until 2:15.