Doctor Who: The show that’s all over your dash and that never seems to makes sense. Daleks, tears, wibbly wobbly timey-wimey stuff and creepy creatures. Welcome to the amazing Whoniverse!
*NOTE: This SF will only cover New Who (2005-).
In a Nutshell
The Doctor (his true name is unknown) is a Time Lord, an alien species that’s able to travel through time and space using a TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space). Yes, that blue box. He comes from the planet Gallifrey, which is believed to have been destroyed during the Time War. As a result of that war, he’s the only Time Lord left and he travels alone to different worlds and different times. Time Lords are also able to regenerate, hence the use of different actors for the role. One day he meets Rose, a nineteen-year-old from Earth. Together, they start a crazy adventure full of danger, aliens, laughs and lessons about what it means to be human.
Meet the Characters
This season starts with the ninth Doctor, that is, his ninth regeneration. Played by Christopher Eccleston, the 9th Doctor is sassy. He’s usually serious and focused in solving other people’s problems and make justice prevail. He doesn’t have any time to waste.
Rose is the Doctor’s companion. She’s a retail worker from London who lives with her promiscuous mother, Jackie. She never got to meet his deceased dad. She also has a boyfriend, Mickey. She’s an “average” girl, that is until he meets the Doctor and she’s able to show that she’s much more than that.
Mickey is Rose’s boyfriend. Unlike her, he’s a bit more of a coward (that changes later). He’s also your average teenager, being obsessed with football, sex and alien conspiracies. He’s a bit jealous of the Doctor because he believes that Rose has refocused her romantic love towards the Doctor.
Played by John Barrowman, one of Tumblr and fandom’s kings, Jack Harkness is a Time Agent who often encounters the Doctor and helps him fight evil aliens. Jack is immortal because of… spoilers. He’s believed to be pansexual. He’s also the protagonist of the spin-off series Torchwood.
A Brief History of Doctor Who: The When, Where and How
Doctor Who is actually a very old show. In fact, it celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in late 2013. It aired its first episode back in 1963. Sadly, some of the episodes from what it’s called “Old Who” have been lost. Back then, the show was known for its silliness and bad special effects. This has grown to be one of the factors that makes DW so adorkable. Even though it was eventually cancelled, the BBC always promised that the show would come back. And it did in 2005, in what is known as “New Who”. Doctor Who is easily one of the most well-known sci-fi shows to come out of the UK. Its success is so big that the fandom has grown up to be one of the biggest fandoms out there. It’s also generated lots of merchandising products, including toys, clothes, collectibles and games.
Why It’s Awesome
Even though Doctor Who is still going, fans consider Seasons 2-4 to be the best, with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor being a fan favourite. And since I agree with those opinions, I’m gonna base it’s awesomeness on those first few seasons. That’s not to say that the latest seasons are bad, but it’s just that, everything good they had, was even better in the first few seasons.
As any other sci-fi show, Doctor Who treats the topic of humanity. What it means to be human, and how would we react to a different, perhaps even more developed, species visiting us. This is a way these shows use to make us all feel involved in the story, because it’s about us. But DW is much more than that.
We must not forget that this is a family show. No matter how bad it gets, there are usually happy endings. And there are also times for fluff and laughs, because of the kids. However, it can also get incredibly scary and creepy when it wants to (Daleks, Weeping Angels, the Silence…). Doctor Who just knows how to create terror and uneasy feelings in its audience. It’s not cheap horror, it’s actual paranoias that will f*ck up your mind. Especially if Steven Moffat wrote the episode. Also this show will stab you in the feels. Like REAL BAD. The series is as tragic as it can get when it wants to *coughs* season2finale *coughs*. Just be sure to get some tissues and not get too attached with these characters (who are we kidding, though?).
Amazing characters that you will not be able to forget, human ethical issues, laughs, tears and a universe full of danger and adventure. Everything accompanied by a beautiful and epic soundtrack. It’s no wonder that this is considered to be one of the best sci-fi tv shows in history. If you’re not watching it… what are you waiting for?