Timey Wimeyness in Space

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I consider “Doctor Who” my favorite sci-fi piece of entertainment since the days when I used to read the Animorphs book series. I have my fiance to thank for this, as he got me into the show. And with the show’s 50th anniversary special coming up on Saturday, I thought I’d look back on what I’ve experienced so far to celebrate.

For those not in the know, I’ll summarize the show here. “Doctor Who” began in 1963 and, aside from a couple cancellations, has been on-air ever since. The Doctor is an alien called a Time Lord who travels through time and space, picking up various companions along the way (typically human females). Each week he and his companion(s) get into all sorts of trouble with other aliens, Earth-threatening creatures and trying to stop evil schemes. The Doctor has been portrayed by 11 (soon to be 12) different actors so far as he can regenerate his body when dying.

Two years ago, when I stayed with my fiance for several months, he was already a fan of the Doctor and his adventures. He had started with the 11th Doctor (the current one), so he got me started on him as well. I had only seen an episode of the 9th Doctor on Youtube once, but the context there had been lost on me. I fell in love with the show and especially the character of the Doctor a few episodes in. There was just something about the goofy fun and charm of the show that I enjoyed. Together, we went backwards and discovered the 9th and 10th Doctors, enjoying their antics as well. We even saw the 8th in his one-off TV movie special and have separately watched the 7th Doctor’s run as well. Basically, while we’ve kinda worked backwards, we’ve been expanding our knowledge of the show.

The Doctor himself will always be my favorite character regardless of who plays him, though I do consider the 11th to be MY Doctor, aka the one that hooked me onto the show and who I connected with. Matt Smith brings a bit of dorkiness and childlike fun to the role, but I enjoy when he does get upset or serious in grave situations. He’ll be leaving the role to make way for Peter Calpadi’s 12th Doctor after this year’s Christmas special, and I plan to talk more about his run then.

If there’s one thing I’ve taken away from this show, it’s a deep respect for the scope of it. Having seen behind-the-scenes features showing how episodes are made, plus knowing its long, rich history has made me appreciate it more each time I watch. While it came from a small budget and cheap effects, the writing through the years has produced some solid work. I can’t wait to continue working backwards and forwards to experience the other Doctors and their stories.

In the meantime, I’m excited for the 50th celebration and the special tied into it starring both the 10th and 11th Doctors. I also plan to check out “Adventures in Space and Time”, which is a special on Friday that goes over how “Doctor Who” was conceived and the appearance of the first ever Doctor. I’ve seen little of the first couple episodes, so it’ll be neat to see how it came to be and what it was like filming them.

“Doctor Who” is a sci-fi show that has equally smart moments for all the ridiculous ones. It’s a show where I can see why some people can’t stand it, but it has enough fun and character to it to keep me coming back. It’s helped me regain my interest in sci-fi since I was a kid, and no other sci-fi show can claim that. No matter how much longer it continues, I’m hopeful for the future of it.

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Fun in Florida

Hello everyone! With how busy I was with my Twilight Zone Marathon, I forgot to mention that by the end I would be visiting my boyfriend in Miami for about a month. I’ve got over two weeks to go yet, but I thought I’d make an update blog in case I either choose not to blog or forgot to before I head home on the 26th. Things have been good and I’m happy to have a break after blogging for a month straight. I plan to get back into blogging at least once a week before the end of the month. As well, I thought I’d share some big news with the blog and a little insight into at least one post I plan on making.

First, the big news. As of November 1st, I’m now engaged to my wonderful boyfriend, Richard. To be fair, he’d told me during his visit last summer to expect a ring before the end of the year, but the proposal was still a nice surprise and very sweet and nerdy. Because we’d once made a video series together, he decided to do a video speech that we watched with two of our best friends. Of course, rather than informally propose on-screen, he got down on one knee in front of me, presented me with a TARDIS-themed ring box and a beautiful 14-diamond ring, and popped the big question. I obviously said yes and here we are. Unlike most people, plans for a wedding have to wait because he has both school and job searching to attend to, but we’re both very happy and grateful for all the kind words we’ve gotten from family and friends.

Speaking of Doctor Who things, that leads me to the blog I’m planning to do next week (or perhaps a short series, I’m not sure yet). Since Nov. 23rd is the big 50th anniversary of the show and the release of the special “Day of the Doctor,” I’ve decided to do at least one blog talking about my experience with it so far and the eventual departing of the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith. I may talk about the special late next week or once I’m home as I’ll be seeing it with Richard and my friends the day it releases. We’re all super excited for it and I hope it lives up to our expectations. Once the Christmas special hits in roughly a month, I also plan to blog about it. I keep saying this month (and really the end of this year) is all about Doctor Who, and having an engagement during the month of its 50th makes it all the more special to me.

Aside from those things, I’ve been having fun here in Florida soaking up the warm weather while I can and spending quality time with my boyfr–well, fiance. While I’ll be sad to go home as usual, it’ll be fun planning the next couple visits. See you all back here next week for some sci-fi fun!