Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Telly Tuesday: Doctor Who

What better way to start off this new weekly feature than by introducing my all-time favourite television show: DOCTOR WHO!

First off, here are some stats for you:

First aired: 23rd November 1963 (more than fifty years ago!!)
Number of episodes: 800, 97 of which are missing
Number of series/seasons: 26 seasons and 7 series
Status: Current (hiatus)

Now, chances are that any readers of my blog will have heard of Doctor Who before. It's a major part of British television history and a major part of current British television as well. Last year, this amazing show turned 50, an event which was celebrated throughout the entire year of 2013.

But let's say you don't know anything about Doctor Who at all... What is it about then, you might ask? Well, let me tell you, I say! I warn you though, this might end up being more timey-wimey than coherent.

Doctor Who is a science fiction series about an alien - a Time Lord - from the planet Gallifrey and his adventures with various companions. He calls himself 'The Doctor' and he travels in a spaceship/time machine that is bigger on the inside aka the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space). The Doctor is very fond of Earth and not so very fond of travelling by himself, which is why he usually picks up one or two earthlings (although he has travelled with other humanoid aliens in the past) to share in his adventures. His entire race, the Time Lords, were killed in a war and he's the last of his kind (as of 2013 this isn't quite true, timey-wimey, but let's pretend it is, it's easier that way). Every once in a while, when seriously injured, ill or poisoned, the Doctor regenerates. For the character, this means that he becomes a new man with a new face and a new personality. For us viewers, it means we get to see a new actor take on the role as our favourite Time Lord. The previous Doctor (number eleven) played by the fantastic Matt Smith regenerated on Christmas Day 2013 and the Twelfth Doctor will be played by Peter Capaldi. The current companion (and my personal favourite) is played by Jenna Coleman.

Since 1963, we have had thirteen actors portray the 'canonical' Doctor, including Peter Capaldi. The reason Peter will be playing the Twelfth Doctor and not the Thirteenth is because of a Doctor that didn't call himself a Doctor and this is where it all gets timey-wimey again.

Now that you know a bit more about the show, perhaps you would like to see a bit of it, to get the feel of it? Your wish, my command.


Well, that's all I was going to say about this amazing show for today. It's life-changing, heartwarming, heartbreaking, wonderful, emotional, mindblowing and scary all at the same time and I strongly encourage you to give it a try if you haven't already. I've been watching since 2005 and I'm still in love. You can find both old and new episodes on Netflix.

Do you watch Doctor Who?

1 comment :

  1. I am sure it wont surprise you to see that the first comment is of course from a Doctor Who fan. There are millions around the world and a few thousand following your brilliant twitter account @ClaraaOswald ! Yes, you said it all, the show is amazing and everything you said so wonderfully well above. If you watch just one episode and get hooked by it (as I did in 1980) it could change your life and open up a whole new amazing world of adventures and make friends too along the way (lots of doctor who fans!). If you have never watched the show and fancy trying it, go on, do it! Where to begin? The 50th anniversary episode 'Day of the Doctor' is a must see, because it just has so much and a few doctors too. Perhaps I would start with 'The Snowmen' episode which is amazing, which is the first real pairing of current companion Clara and Matt Smith's doctor and then follow their episodes through, so you will know Clara's 'Impossible Girl' story and be ready for the new doctor Peter Capaldi later this year. Go on, give it a try! and if you are thinking of watching it for the first time and have any questions or other feedback - ask Mia, cos she will help you with it all I am sure she is good like that.

    From Andrew Griffiths