Friday, May 11, 2012

Doctor Who: A Show More Americans Should Watch

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

Out of all the TV shows I've watched, this has to be my absolutely favorite show of all time. It's got everything a sci-fi lover could ask for. It's got time and space travel, aliens, monsters, witty dialogue, and memorable characters. Honestly, there's not much more you can ask from a show.

It's... glorious.

The concept of Doctor Who is very simple. The Doctor is a Time Lord (an alien from a planet called Gallifrey) who appears human, but has two hearts instead of one. Time Lords have the ability to regenerate or to basically renewing every single cell in his body. So far, he's in his 11th regeneration out of 13 which is just a fancy way of say the producers replaced the actor who plays the Doctor. He travels through both space and time in his TARDIS which stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. Ever since he first landed on 1960's Earth it's had the appearance of a police call box from the U.K. He also carries around a Sonic Screwdriver which can do various things such as unlock doors and fix electronics as well as Psychic Paper which turns into any sort of documentation he wants the person to see such as passport or ID as well as do a few other tricks. However, some people can see that it's a blank piece of paper. He doesn't usually travel alone and usually has female companions that travel with him. Got all of that?

Psychic paper and one it's tricks.

The 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver.



The TARDIS 

Good. Now I can move on
with my life.

Each episode is usually a stand alone plot, however, there's always a overall plot that ties all the episodes of a series (a.k.a season to Americans) together that gets resolved at the end of the series. The show has been running for almost 50 years now with the very first episode been aired on November 23, 1963 which means that yes, this show holds the world record for the longest running sci-fi show with over 769 episodes altogether.

Sorry Star Trek.

It is worth noting however that the show has not been continually running since 1963. The show actually was on a hiatus of sorts for 16 years until the reboot in 2005. This review will be about the 2005 reboot since there are episodes of the original series that have been lost in the BBC archives and therefore it's almost impossible to watch the entire series of Doctor Who.

Think of the amount of time that would take too.
See what I did there? No? Okay...


"Doctor" or "The Doctor" (Currently played by Matt Smith) is the Doctor as of his 11th regeneration. Unlike his previous regeneration (played by David Tennant), he's is much more happy-go-lucky. Of course, being an alien from a race that has existed for as long as it has, he's also extremely intelligent. He's best described as energetic and sometimes eccentric, but also very fierce and serious when the time calls for it. As the saying goes, you never forget your first Doctor and for me, it's very true. Matt Smith is it.

I like bow ties. Bow ties are cool.

Amelia "Amy" Pond (played by Karen Gillan) is one of two of the Doctor's current companions. She's a Scotchish red head and can best be described as sassy as well as a very loving person especially to her husband, Rory even though it may not appear that way all the time.

I wish I had a hot Scotish redhead for a wife...

Rory Williams (Played by Arthur Darvill) is the second companion of the Doctors. As stated earlier, he was the boyfriend and eventually the husband of Amy Pond. He's kind of an awkward guy, but he's funny because of it. He's also smarter than he first appears.

Surprisingly badass as well.

While there are many other characters, aliens, monsters and stuff, I believe that is it best if you watch the show for yourself. Since the show is the way it is, there are a lot of things I left out because it would literally spoil entire season if I even made a hint at these things. It's these events and characters that really engross a viewer into this show. As it stands right now, the 7th series is going start being aired sometime in August so I highly recommend you start watching now. All the episodes are on Netflix instant*. 

*Please note that the series finale of the 4th series is separated from the main Doctor Who queue and is called "Doctor Who: The End of Time" on Netflix. 

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