Brilliance has a name and that name is ‘Doctor’

Conor T.

Staff Writer

Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not always in that order. It is present day. The air is thick and deserted. Nothing moves, nothing changes, nothing happens. Suddenly, a blue blur soars through the atmosphere and collides with the earth. It takes the form of a phone box and lands by a bush. A man stumbles out, and his trench coat waves in the breeze. He knocks on the wooden box and calls it brilliant. They call this man The Doctor.

Doctor Who is a British sci-fi television series that first aired in 1963 and ran until 1989. It then took a break and returned in 2005. There are episodes as recent as September 2012, and the next episode to air will be the Christmas special on Christmas day. Doctor Who can be watched online or on the BBC Saturday nights at eight.

This series follows the life and adventures of The Doctor, a two-hearted humanoid alien from the planet Galifrey. The Doctor spends his days exploring time and space with a human companion in his TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), a time machine grown by The Doctor’s race, the Timelords. The TARDIS is made up of many technologies that are beyond human understanding and held together with pure luck. One of the most important pieces of technology is the chameleon circuit, the part of the TARDIS that disguises it according to the time in which it lands. However, on one of The Doctor’s many adventures into the year 1963, the chameleon circuit broke and caused the TARDIS to remain in the form of a blue police public call box. It looks small on the outside but is much bigger on the inside.   

Probably one of the most loved aspects about the entire series is that The Doctor is not human; he is Timelord, so he has this incredible technology. He has two hearts, he has the mental capability to travel through time and space on a daily basis, but above all, The Doctor has a way of cheating death. When a Timelord dies, it doesn’t just die, it regenerates. When The Doctor regenerates, every molecule in his body shifts and changes into a whole new body and a slightly new personality. This way, the series can continue on, even with different actors.

Woodstock junior Kourtnee Dorsey describes The Doctor as “a clever, sexy madman who travels through time and space with his human companion for the sole purpose of having adventures and solving problems.” That is right, every Doctor has his own, hand-picked human companion, and if the companion is lucky, it gets to stick around for more than one Doctor. Due to the “clever, sexy, madman” part, his companions are usually female, but there are a few exceptions. The first episode of the new series was named after the new companion shown in that episode, Rose Tyler. After Rose, there was Martha Jones, then Donna Noble, and finally, the newest companion, Amy Pond and her husband Rory.

Since The Doctor and his companions do not just have adventures on Earth, but rather throughout all time and space, there are plenty of aliens and monsters for them to come across. These aliens include species such as the Slytheen, the weeping angels, and worst of all, the Daleks, a race of hatred-driven, robotic aliens whose sole purpose is to exterminate anything that is not Dalek. The Doctor is the last of his kind because of the Time War, the decade-long battle between the Daleks and the Timelords that ended with both races near extinction.  

The Doctor is not always facing aliens and monsters though; he has also met Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and the entire city of Pompeii. Not everyone he meets necessarily likes him; Queen Victory has, on many different occasions, both knighted him and exiled him from Britain. Most aliens he encounters hate him, if they do not already fear him.

This is the obsession, this is the community, this is Doctor Who, a show that spans many generations and is loved by most everyone. Now, go out and watch it, go out and become a fan, go out and join the community of Whovians who outnumber any other science fiction fan base in the world. Go out and choose a Doctor.

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