18 November 2013

Doctor Who - 50 years and still going strong

Everyone has "their" Doctor. Whether a fan or not, even us barbarians all the way over in New Zealand aren't exempt knowing who the Doctor is that defined their growing up years (with the exception of the over 70 year olds of course). Currently holding the Guinness World Record as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world first screening on the BBC in 1963, Doctor Who holds a dear place in many peoples hearts (and those who don't like it were probably scared of the pretty advanced-for-the-time monsters).
 
It's an incredible run, and this Saturday is the show's 50th anniversary.
 
(FYI for the non-fans: The lead character, simply known as "the Doctor" is a Time Lord - an extraterrestrial from the planet Gallifrey, who travels through time and space in an internally vast time machine called the TARDIS which appears relatively small when seen from the outside, but is in fact very large on the inside.
 
The Doctor flits about the universe, usually with a companion having adventures, saving the universe and fighting baddies. There have been successive generations of actors playing the character, explained by the act of the Doctor being able to regenerate (much like the Buddhist reincarnation).)
 
 
Please let me introduce the ‘Time and Relative Dimension in Space’ or better known as the one and only TARDIS, a machine used for travelling through time and space. It's also a brilliant 'alternative' Tourist attraction for Sci-fi loving fans. Ok, so maybe it's not expressly for escaping the Monday blues, but it would work perfectly!


 
Thankfully if you are a Who-vian, you don't have to travel to Gallifrey or the ends of time to find a TARDIS, as there is one conveniently parked outside Earl's Court tube station. Neat and very random, huh? It's another of the things I love about London, you really don't know what to expect next.

The directions are really easy: Take a District or Picadilly Line Train to Earl’s Court Station. Exit the station (take the Earl's Court Road exit), immediately turn right, walk about 10 feet and it's on your left, between you and the Road. You can't get inside, unless you know the Doctor, or an incredible special effects team but it's still awesome.


I've also heard rumours of other TARDIS sightings over London - at Winston Churchill’s Britain At War Experience, Tooley Street; Television Centre, Wood Lane (probably now moved to the BBC's new headquarters in Manchester) and of all places, Hendon Police Training College where it can be glimpsed from Northern Line trains. 

Oops, there it goes again! 

 
 
Who is your Doctor? And a possibly separate question - who is your favourite?

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14 comments :

  1. I was introduced to Doctor Who quite late on, a couple of episodes into David Tennant's era I think. I mean, I'd heard of it, but I'd never thought it would be my cup of tea. Now I can't get enough of it!
    David Tennant is and always will be "my" doctor; he's also my favourite. That said, I think Matt Smith's Doctor is exciting and I'll be sad to see him go, particularly to Peter Capaldi, who I'm less than sure about!

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    1. It's going to be an interesting ride, that's for use. I love David Tennant as a Doctor, but he had to grow on me, that's for sure!

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  2. We only just started watching a few months ago, and are on season 3 or 4 I think now, so have some major catching up to do! Still think we will watch the anniversary episode though :) Are you going to the convention at the weekend? We've got a couple die hard fan friends who are going.

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    1. Oooh, that's good progress though - can you find yourself being slowly sucked in?

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    2. And no, no to the convention - but yes to a walking tour and a 3D screening of the new episode. Definitely a geek, but everything in balance!

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  3. Though Dr. Who started 50 years ago... it hasnt actually run for 50 years...
    I don't think that Doctor 8 got a fair shake at things... only getting the movie and not a show... he was a great Doctor... but David Tennant will always be my Doctor <3.... can't wait for the movie.... ohhh andbmy favorite females... River Song and Rose!
    I love meeting fellow fans :)
    I hope you have a great weekend!!
    Tammy xx

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    1. They certainly took a decent break in the middle!
      Aww, David Tennant is proving very popular!

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  4. Week... not weekend. .. sorry... head isn't in monday mode yet :)

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  5. I had no idea the show had been running that long! I've actually only seen one episode...and it was in FRENCH! But I was able to get the gist of it - it was the one where the Doctor takes Van Gogh to see how appreciated his paintings are in the future. It was a lovely episode, even if I didn't know a lick of French. I came back from France wanting to watch it again, but in English this time! :o)

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    1. Oh, no way that's hilarious (and a great episode!)

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  6. I have a confession to make.. I have never seen an episode of Doctor Who. Ahhhhhhhh

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    1. It's ok. Us Whovians are an accepting bunch :D

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  7. When I came to the UK I had a major crush on David Tennant when watching some episodes of Doctor Who. Really curious on the new one, as I watched some seasons of the "The Thick of It" - scary guy! :)
    My question is, now that we have the thirteenth doctor, will he be the last one?

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