15 June 2010

Dr. Who=Awesome

So lately, I've been in to this British science fiction show called Dr. Who. Freaking awesome. I first heard about the show from some of my Study Abroad friends but I had never seen an episode. A few weeks ago, Tyson and I were flippling channels and came across an episode in the current season and we watched it. Instantly hooked! I borrowed seasons 2-4 from my friend Emily and now Tyson's brother, Aaron, is hooked too. If 21 and 14 year olds can watch it together, it must be good. I included in this post the Wikipedia page on Dr. Who but I cut out some of the boring stuff.

"Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious and eccentric humanoid alien known as the Doctor who travels through time and space in his spacecraft, the TARDIS (an acronym for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s British police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, faces a variety of foes and rights wrongs.

The programme is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, and as the "most successful" science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic and "illegal downloads".... It has received recognition from critics and the public as one of the finest British television programmes, including the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series in 2006, and five consecutive wins at the National Television Awards since 2005, in the Drama category.
The programme originally ran from 1963 to 1989. After an unsuccessful attempt to revive regular production with a backdoor pilot in the form of a 1996 television film, the programme was relaunched in 2005, produced in-house by BBC Cymru Wales in Cardiff....

The Doctor has been played by eleven actors. The transition from one actor to another is written into the plot of the show as regeneration, whereby the character of the Doctor takes on a new body and, to some extent, new personality. Although each portrayal is different, and on occasion the various incarnations have even encountered one another, they are all meant to be aspects of the same character."

There you have it. I love this show. I'm currently watching Season 2 with David Tennant as the Doctor. If you don't know who that is, he also played Barty Crouch, Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Remember? The crazy tongue guy. Anyways, this show is incredibly witty and I love that it includes a lot of world history in the science fiction stuff. Like last night I watched "The Girl in the Fireplace" from Season 2, in which a spaceship creates robots in order to steal Madame de Pompadour's brain. Know who that it? She was a member of the French court and official mistress of King Louis XV. She lived from 1721 to 1764. Awesome episode. Another one of my favorite episodes is from Season 4 where the Doctor and his travelling companion, Donna, go to the 1920's and meet Agatha Christie. No shock there why I loved it. If you have a spare moment, watch an episode. They are intriguing. I've heard that Netflix has all of the season available for streaming. Cheers!

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