dr_who_catsI’ve been aware of Doctor Who for most of my life, but I’ve never seen a single episode. I can’t recall how I heard of it, but that doesn’t really matter. I was a little kid who loved science fiction and somehow I learned that there were these British shows called Doctor Who and Red Dwarf (which I’ve also never seen any of… yet). All I knew were the titles, and they seemed so intriguing and mysterious. So like any crazed child>adolescent>adult, I kept this knowledge in the back of my brain… just in case.

And that time draws nigh!

With my newfound interest in TV shows, I figured it’d be a great time to dig into Doctor Who and see what (and who) all the fuss is about. And because I’m me, OF COURSE I’m starting at the beginning. Season One. 1963. William Hartnell. This puts me in the position of potentially losing thousands of hours to this damn show if I like it, and as much as I want to do just that, a more rational, “You have better things you could be doing” part of me hopes that I absolutely hate it. But deep down I think even that guy is overjoyed to embark on this journey in a couple of days.

dr_who_cats_2I have managed to remain relatively spoiler-free, too. Here’s what I’ve picked up here and there along the way to now:

  • Time travelis involved.
    • And apparently he time travels via a Police call box called aTARDIS?
      • So he’s kind of like the British Bill & Ted, right? 🙂
  • Aliens figure into the show somehow.
    • Daleks are one of these alien species… I think.
  • Doctor Who is a something called a Time Lord??? I thought this was Time Lord.
  • Sylvester McCoy (AKA Radagast the Brown in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films) is one of the later doctors.
  • Peter Cushing played the character in a couple of Amicus-produced ’60s movies.
  • Oh, and because I’m on the Internet looking up Doctor Who stuff, I just mistakenly spoiled something about how they handle the Doctor being played by different actors… Doh!

So that’s what I know. Not too much, I’d say, but who knows? Maybe that’s all there is to Doctor Who! (I doubt it… 20+ seasons and 800 individual episodes on just these shaky facts would be insane.) Anyway, after I watch the first season I might do a follow-up post if anyone’s interested (including me). We’ll see. [Update: I’ve finished the first season and I did feel compelled to write about it. Check it out here.]

And while we’re talking about my favorite band The Who Doctor Who, what are your experiences with the show/character/experience/cult of Doctor Who? Got a favorite Doctor? (Feel free to identify him by the corresponding cat above 🙂 ) Or perhaps some far-too-soon warnings like, “Episode 491 is just awful!!!!” Or are you fairly clueless like me? Anything, really.