This series tells us the story of a mysterious timelord who roams the universe and all of time. The Doctor is not one to travel alone and can therefore be found with a multitude of companions. Together this quirky doctor and his companions fall from one adventure right into the next. They meet crazy new aliens and face lots of trouble together. The exploration of time and space happens in the TARDIS, a spaceship that looks like a British blue police box that is bigger on the inside. An interesting fact about this show: it’s in the Guinness World Records for being the longest-running science fiction television show in the world. (This is of course counting the old seasons which ran from 1963 until 1996. The new seasons started running in 2005 and is currently on the 7th season) Something else you should know about Doctor Who is that the Doctor changes appearances, this happens when the Doctor is about to die. he will regenerate his entire body and end up looking like someone else. Along with his appearance his personality also receives a few tweaks with every regeneration. Every timelord is said to have 13 regenerations and the current Doctor is the 11th.
This was the first sci-fi show that I watched and it was a lot like having an epiphany. It was just so… new to me. The adventures that the doctor has are usually very fun and exciting. But from time to time it gets a bit more dark and less light-hearted. I love that the show can pull this contrast off in a very believable way. It also didn’t just jump into the serious business, there was some great build up to it. It came so slowly that you hardly saw it coming until it was there.
I am really happy with the doctor himself. He is just such an intresting character. You can always count on him to be curious about everything he encounters and try to fix any problem on his path. But the doctor has also seen a lot of bad things, he has seen what people can do to each other and how cruel the world/life can be. This gives him a lot more depth, he’s not always this happy go lucky man who just goes wherever the wind blows and leaves all his troubles behind.
As for the companions of the doctor, there are definitely some that I like more than others. I’m not so fond of the current companion, Amy, though I like Rory well enough and think we see him far too less in the series. But I do admit to looking forward to a new companion to bring a change in the dynamic of the show. The new companion will join up with the Doctor in the Christmas special of the seventh season, so I’m pretty stoked about that.
As much as I love this show I have to admit that it is losing some of its charm in my eyes. Where it was once a great plot line with lots of good one liners and clever dialogue, the wonderfully intelligent story line seems to have been pushed to the background. This will not keep me from watching because I still love this show a great deal, perhaps because of how it used to be. But I am not sitting on the edge of my seat to watch the newest episodes. It just feels a little less full now that the story has taken a backseat and I sincerely hope that it will soon be a more prominent feature once again.
The latest season of Doctor Who, season 7, started on 1 September 2012.