Since I was a child, I have always loved Science Fiction. It is by far my favorite genre within television shows and movies. My very first Science Fiction movie was Star Wars: A New Hope. I absolutely fell head over heels in love. Most of the time, I watched with my mouth agape, unsure of how that wonderful movie was ever created. My Uncle Tommy chose to show The Star Wars Trilogy to me in hopes that I would expand my movie going beyond pure fantasy and comedy. In fact, even today, he and I share a very strong bond over movies and movie going. I have seen so many classics from silent movies all the way up to contemporary independent films. However, Science Fiction will always be my favorite.
There is a problem with Science Fiction though, as many fans are aware. Apart from the very few iconic shows, such as Star Trek, X-Files, and Lost in Space, there is a real lack of solid continuous Sci Fi programming. Not willing to believe my genre was incapable of genius and entertainment, several years ago I set out to find shows that I would enjoy enough to start a collection. To my disappointment, the ones that interested me the most were almost immediately cancelled after their first or second season. My favorite of which, was Firefly. The series that did stick around, became troubled with plot issues, bad choices, and/or deteriorating scripts (I am looking at you Sanctuary). Some even used Science Fiction as a backdrop for poorly acted and overdone series like Battlestar Galactica and Lost. I was almost ready to give up and just settle on movies when I came across a show called Doctor Who. I happened to hear about it on a podcast I listen to and decided to give it a try. Within the first 5 minutes I felt like I went back to that child watching Star Wars for the first time.
For those that are not aware, Doctor Who is a BBC show which is actually older than you might think. It has been aired off and on since the 60’s. Its charm, is actually what gives the show its longevity. The main character, the Doctor, is a Time Lord. He travels throughout space and time with his companion/s. So how could the Doctor still be around since the 60’s you may ask? Time Lords have a window of opportunity when they die to regenerate into a new being entirely. This originally was put into place because the first Doctor, William Hartnell, became ill. I should note that though there are several breaks within the show’s seasons there is actually only one major break with a movie in between it. 1989 was the last anyone thought they would see of the Doctor. They tried to revive it in 1996 with the movie but it failed. However in 2005, they hit pay dirt. Since 2005 Doctor Who has been doing great not only in England but also in the US and elsewhere. At present, there have been 11 Doctors. Each Doctor brings his own spin on the role which keeps the show new and exciting. Every fan has their favorite Doctor, mine being the current one Matt Smith.
As I sit here, to my right, is my Science Fiction and Fantasy book, television and movie collection. I have every season of the Doctor Who Series (2005 – Present) on either DVD or Blu-Ray. Along with the older seasons that are starting to be released. If you are a Sci Fi fan like me, and feel as though present day shows just don’t do it justice, please check out this series. The acting is wonderful, the stories created are amazing, and the special effects are top-notch.
If you are interested I wanted to give a few of my favorite episodes in the hopes that I will share this wonderful show just as it was shared with me. I will put the actor portraying the Doctor along with the episode title. Leave a comment if you end up liking any episode I list, would love to hear from you. These are not in order of least to most favorite, I love them all.
Smith – A Christmas Carol (Special)
Smith – The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon (Two Parter)
Smith – Victory of the Daleks
Smith – The Eleventh Hour
Smith – The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone (Two Parter)
Smith – Vincent and the Doctor
Tennant – Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead (Two Parter)
Tennant – Blink
Tennant – The Girl in the Fireplace
Eccleston – The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (Two Parter)
Baker – The Seeds of Doom (DVD Pack)