TARDIS travels into fandoms


From an outsider’s perspective (as I had been up until last spring), the “Doctor Who” fandom seems pretty small and just like any other show following. However, once I got further into the obsession, it expanded and grew into something more wonderful and complex than I could ever see on the surface. I could even go as far to say it’s bigger on the inside.

The television series originally ran from 1963 to 1989 and was relaunched in 2005 by Russel T Davies. Bless him.

The story follows The Doctor, a time-travelling alien from the planet Gallifrey who fights against universal immorality with the help of his companions, the T.A.R.D.I.S.(his spaceship) and a sonic screwdriver. Sounds confusing, right? It is.

Keeping up with the plotline and the insanely witty dialogue is a challenge, but it’s a challenge I accept with open arms. “Doctor Who” could make anyone feel as if they know too much and too little all at once. The show is truly brilliant in the way it makes you think.

Obviously, in order to live up to the excellent writing, the show would have to cast only actors who could embody their roles. They do just that and more.

Whether it be the current incarnation of The Doctor or his trustworthy companion, I can never make it through a goodbye without feeling as though I’ve lost a best friend.

Matt Smith, who currently plays The Doctor, will have his last hurrah in the “50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor,” which premiers on Nov. 23 both on TV and in some cinemas around the world. I can’t bear to see him go because he is, and probably always will be, my favorite Doctor. Still, I cannot wait for the 50th and the return of many old faces, such as David Tennant as the tenth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler.

Every episode of “Doctor Who” is an experience within itself. Don’t blink, because each moment has the potential to be an important detail, plot twist or even the climax of the episode.

I’ve seen alien planets with crumbling governments; I’ve seen the Dalek race become extinct at least 40 times; I’ve seen free Wi-Fi turned into a bad thing. And I’ve seen death and hopelessness turn to joy and celebration.

The show is timeless because, as “Doctor Who” fans know, “people assume that time is a strict progression to cause and effect, but actually — from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint — it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly … timey-wimey … stuff.”

In “Doctor Who” there are impressive special effects and the strangest plot lines a person could think of. Those things are all great, — fantastic, really — but that’s not what the show is really about.

“Doctor Who” is feeling like you’ve lived a thousand centuries in the span of an hour (and a commercial-free hour at that). “Doctor Who” is struggling to determine the very fine line between good and evil. And, perhaps most importantly, “Doctor Who” is learning the value of each and every life, whether it be human or not. For, as the Doctor says:

“In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.”