Today marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. I’ve only recently, as in the last year or so, become a giant fan of Doctor Who. I remember as a kid watching reruns of the 4th Doctor and, while fascinating, I always felt I started in the middle of the story.
Some friends of mine have been fans for a while of the new series. I watched a few christmas specials with them over the last few years. After the last special, I started watching the Classic Doctor Who on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
The monsters were cheesy. The jokes were dry. I loved it. Amy wouldn’t watch much of these, but when I got caught up with the new series, she got hooked too. Something about Eccleston’s Doctor really drew me in even further.
Today, I’ve decided to start off things right with “An Adventure in Space and Time.” A history of the beginning of Doctor Who. Next up will be the last episode of the new Season 7, followed by the brand new 50th Anniversary, “Day of the Doctors.”
Why Doctor Who? The laughs. The Science Fiction. The monsters. The drama. This is great story telling. Thank you, BBC, for taking a chance in the ’60s. And again in the ’00. And thank you, William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Richard Hurndall, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and all the other Doctors, actors, writers, producers, and everyone else who helped bring this to life. It’s a great reflection of our times as each series is made.
I’m looking forward to listening to the radio shows next!