Doctor Who premieres on the Sci-Fi Channel Friday March 17 at 9PM (eastern) and YOU should be watching. Here are the undeniable reasons why you're a
Doctor Who fan whether you know it or not:
1. The concept is limitless. All of time and all of space can be explored. One week the story can be set on a space station in the year 5,000,000 and
the next it can be on Earth in 1860. (That would be episodes 2 and 3 of the New Series respectively.) So if you like your Sci-Fi with scope (Babylon
5) or with infinitely variable settings (Quantum Leap) then Doctor Who delivers both.
2. It has a heart. Unlike most current Science Fiction shows, Doctor Who isn't about guns and explosions. It's about the journey and the discovery
and it truly brings a message of understanding to the heavily militaristic science fiction landscape. So, if you're into a show that explores the
characters and theor relationships as much as genre storytelling (Buffy, The X-Files) or a show that has a positive message, then Doctor Who may be
just right for you.
3. It has humor. Doctor Who has a long standing tradition as being not only thought provoking, but funny as well. "Shaun of the Dead" guru Simon
Pegg plays the lead villain in episode 7 of the New Series. Episode 11 has spoofs of some very recognizable TV game shows, albeit a little more
sinister. From the first episode on, the level of humor in the show is apparent. So, if you like your genre programming with a healthy dose of laughs
(Buffy, Hitchhiker's Guide) then Doctor Who is a sure bet.
4. The writing is fantastic. The bulk of the New Series is written by producer Russell T. Davies who created the popular show "Queer as Folk" as
well as a string of successful shows for British television. Other eps are written by such British luminaries as Stephen Moffat, creator of
"Coupling", and Mark Gattis co-creator of "The League of Gentlemen." Why would so many successful writers all gravitate to the same show? They
love Doctor Who. They've all dreamed of writing for it, and now they've been given the opportunity and it's obvious that every episode of the New
Series is a labor of love. So, if you watch television for intelligent writing (The West Wing, Veronica Mars) then look no further than Doctor Who.
5. The acting is fantastic. Anyone who's seen him in his long list of movies knows that Christopher Eccleston is an actors actor. From "Shallow
Grave" to "Elizabeth" to "28 Days Later" he has shown his range and his unsurpassed abilities as an actor. Eccleston will win an Oscar one day,
you can bet on it. He carries the role of The Doctor with a tragic gravitas never seen before in the Classic Series. He's still funny and mysterious,
but he brings more credibility to the role than any that have come before... and the weird thing is Billie Piper is even better than he is, and the
chemistry (also sexual tension) between the two make for one of the best TV partnerships ever. So, if it's the chemistry and talent of recurring
actors that floats your TV boat (The X-Files, The Sheild) then Doctor Who is a must see.
6. It's a smash hit in the UK. 10 million people watched the first episode "Rose" on BBC last spring... comparitively that would be Super Bowl
numbers in America. So, if you like to watch the absolute best the BBC has to offer (The Office, Mystery!) then this show is definitely a contender
In the end, anyone who appreciates good television, whether that be for the writing/acting/directing, Doctor Who delivers. So set your TiVos for
Friday March 17 at 9pm and join me for the "trip of a lifetime."
(Incidently, I'm in no way affiliated with the show or the BBC, and this post is not a "plant". I'm just a fan who is very excited that the rest
of my country will soon get to see this outstanding program!)
[edit on 9-3-2006 by SKMDC1]