So at what point does a show go from being a passion to an obsession. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was about five years old. Back in the day when Tom Baker was just getting started, I’ve always loved the show. Barely a week has gone by when I didn’t watch at least one Doctor Who, whether from the Classic series or the new series.
Then came the 50th celebration.
My passion for the show went into overdrive! During the week leading up to that 50th anniversary episode I watched Doctor Who every single day. Multiple episodes at that, from both the classic and the new series. And in fact a day hasn’t gone by SINCE the 50th that I haven’t watched at least one episode. Even today I watched two. It’s all I tweet about on Twitter. I’ve started to blog about it, I’m currently reading a Target novel, and of course I keep watching it.
A mad man who stole a blue box.
What is it about this show that excites so much passion? I see from people I follow on Twitter that I’m not alone in this. I was at Gallifrey One convention in LA earlier this year. The amount of people in cos play was amazing. People all over the world love this show. It makes me so proud to be a Whovian. I’ve been mad about the program since the time when it was a nerdy thing and was considered uncool. Look at the show run now!
I guess there really is nothing else like it out there. There are plenty of creative and imaginative shows on our screens. But nothing, NOTHING like Doctor Who. Wouldn’t we all love a TARDIS of our own. On the outside, it’s just a simple blue police box. But when you see it on your screen you know something magical is happening. That’s the only way to describe Doctor Who. Magical.
Right from its humble beginning, as a filler to give families something to watch after the sports and before the prime time shows come on, the show captured the imagination of a nation. Athough there was neither the budget or the technology to match the ambition of the producers, they tried to show us things we had never seen before. Ok, so the effects were often cheesy. But the stories weren’t. Classic Who has given us some unforgettable stories and monsters scary enough to chase us behind the sofa. Ok, I only hid behind the sofa once as a child, but some of the creatures were frightening. Daleks. Cybermen. Sontarans. Ice Warriors. Zygons.
Now the show has caught up with technology enough to be able to produce some amazing effects. Episodes like Planet of the Ood and the Rings of Akhaten have shown us spectacular alien worlds. The monsters are scarier still. The show goes on. And on. And on.
Hopefully for another fifty years.