Those who know me know that I am a huge Doctor Who fan. Not only did I work in a comic store and go out as Doctor Who one year for Halloween, but I also show my knowledge by naming all of them in order. However, I have a confession to make: I haven’t been very fond of the latest incarnation, Matt Smith. Though I will still watch them (and probably go back and watch the episodes from the latest one), I think I’ve figured out part of the problem. It’s not that the story lines are bad or that the acting sucks, but that it has somehow lost its charm. That perhaps the viewers of the last three Doctors think that’s all there is.
Case in point: Space Channel has been showing these specials on Doctor Who that are really quite interesting. Topics include “The Women of Doctor Who”, “The Companions”, “The Destinations”, and more. Really cool right? The only problem is that they are only showing the last three Doctors. When Star Trek specials are shown, they usually talk about all of the series, from the original to the “Next Generation” and so on. Not these. In most cases, we are fortunate if we see two of the last three incarnations. The one I watched tonight actually showed Christopher Ecceleston and I was shocked! Maybe this has something to do with the fact that these specials are produced not by BBC, but by BBC America. I also find it interesting that IMDB has seen fit to disconnect the series by separating it into two or more series, one beginning in 1963 and the other in 2005. The show was on hiatus for a few years, but does that really warrant a separation? It wasn’t a remake, it was a continuation.
All I’m trying to say here is that there is more to Doctor Who than the last three actors that have played this great character for 50 years, including my favourites, Tom Baker and David Tennant. Make sure that you enjoy all of what this show has to offer, not just the Americanized discussions and limit it there. </rant>
Tom Baker as Doctor Who and K-9 playing chess. Don’t remember where I got it, but shows the wonderful quirkiness of the “original” series.
There are two different ideas that I present, both are science fiction:
1. Shadow Shui: This was a role-playing game that a bunch of friends and I played that never got finished. I used it as the basis for an assignment in a Science Fiction English course at Ryerson University. I even took this to a writer’s group that I joined at a friend’s local bookstore.
2. A sort of fan fiction related to a character in “Doctor Who”: Jenny. She was born his daughter and at the end of the episode flew off in a shuttle after the Doctor thinks she’s dead. She goes off in search of him, but we don’t know how much of his abilities she has taken on, so it opens a world of possibilities.
Unlike some who might think that it would be a lonely existence, (such as “Highlander” or “Doctor Who”) I believe that it would be a wonderful opportunity. Many times, we say we didn’t have enough time to do things like have a successful career, own a home or to travel the world. You’d have all the time in the world.
What would I do?
I’d travel. One country at a time. I might work for a bit at the tail end of the visit, enough to get to the next country and travel around for a while. I’d learn a few languages…to start. I’d improve my French, then master Japanese. Probably start my travels there. I’d continue my martial arts training, and learn some new ones. I’d also keep learning, maybe a few more degrees. Maybe one in literature next. If I lived forever, I’m sure I’d master history!
Oddly enough, I don’t think I’d want to be famous. Just let me do my thing, watch the world unfold as it will. Maybe advise leaders now and then, but only if asked. Imagine the discussions you could have, the things you could witness and the hearts and minds you could help shape.