Sci-Fan Review

Sci-Fan Review

Kian Pfannenstiel, Writer

I think it not a secret that I love sci-fi and fantasy, and I thought it only the best of ideas that I bring a few into the light that deserve it. Or, because it can be fun, I may be casting shade on something that is in the limelight and doesn’t deserve it, at least as much as it got.

So, without any further ado, let’s get into the meat and cheese of this article.

Doctor Who is a British comedy sci-fi that has experienced extraordinary popularity in Britain and has a huge geek fanbase in America. However, if you aren’t a nerd, it is easy to entirely overlook.

It follows the travels of the Doctor (“Doctor who?” “Just the Doctor”) in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space). It is a ’50’s police phone box time-machine that is bigger on the inside.  The Doctor is the last survivor of an ancient race called the Time-Lords of planet Gallifrey, and they see time. It is their duty to make sure that the flow of time is maintained how it is needed, so that fixed points in time always happen. He frequently takes human companions on his travels, but sometimes goes alone. Because of the decisions the BBC (the producers of the show) made to make it a more profitable show, Doctor Who is one of the best possible systems for sci-fi. It allows for a regular change of cast and characters, including the companions and the Doctor himself, popular sci-fi themes, such as the nature of human, the human condition, and what will happen when humans do do experience close encounter of the third, fourth, fifth, and even sixth kind.

Even though it is a comedy, the writing on Doctor Who is so creative and compelling that the comedy becomes a background thought to the shows drama, plot, character development, or tension.

If you have ever enjoyed speculating about aliens or just marvelled at the night sky a couple of times, this show is worth a look. But be careful, because the tone of the show frequently changes with the Doctor. When the Doctor “regenerates” (one of the Time-Lords’ many superpowers), his appearance and personality change. As his personality changes, the tone and style of the show changes. In short, if you don’t like one episode or even season, look at a different Doctor (they’re classified numerically, starting at 1 with actor William Hartnell and increasing each time he regenerates, though there is one Doctor, the War Doctor, between the 8th and 9th Doctors. Most recently is the 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor).

You can find it on (I think) HULU and Amazon Prime TV. Otherwise, try your local library, they have access to it if they don’t have it. If you’re interested but aren’t certain you want to invest time, go to  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who.