Dr. Who?

So I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Dr Who— an old British Sci-Fi that ran from 1963 through the 1980’s– but I used to love it. When I was a kid, the Public Television station we got used to run episodes of the Fourth Doctor late Sunday night. I must have lucked into it because the first epidose I ever recall seeing was in the middle of the Robot plot, which happens to have been the first series of his run. I had the biggest crush on Sarah Jane (OK, but I was in my early teens), and later on the first Romana. I know that the special effects were bad (even for the early 80’s!). Horrible actually. But the plots were good, and the science fiction– the universe the writers created for the Doctor– was really great.

I bring it up now because now, almost fifteen years after the Seventh Doctor had his last adventure, the BBC (well, the BBC Wales, anyway) is bringing it back. The new doctor looks like he’ll be good enough, and his companion seems, well, worthy of having a crush over. The only problem? The fan site here reports that at present no US television station has agreed to air it when it starts early in 2005!

I don’t know if anyone watching those old shows now would enjoy them as much as I did as a kid. (I have seen a few recently on DVD and as much as I love it, I sometimes cringe at the effects!) But if you haven’t seen it, you should (I recommend the Fourth Doctor, of course) if you get the chance. And if you are a fan, we should start a huge letter-writing campaign to, say, the Sci-Fi Channel go get them to show it!



  1. duddle-de-der de-duddle-de-der
    duddle-de-de de-duddle-de-der

    ooo-weee-ooo oooo’ooo ooo
    ooo ooo ooo, ooo, ooo-wee-ooo

    Lance, I think you’re a Brit in disguise. 

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  2. Amazingly, you actually transliterated the opening music to the show quite well! (And I would love to be a Brit in disguise if I could get that damned accent!) 

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  3. Lance,
    Tom Baker was a great Dr. Who – possibly the most popular in the UK. We’ll see how this one turns out – I’m a little dubious about a 3rd rate pop star as the side-kick, and I think Tony Head from Buffy, would have been a great choice for the Dr. But I’m willing to reserve judgement – shame there won’t be any daleks! (although they scared the crap out of me as a child) 

    <><><><>Posted by<><> <><>< HREF="http://www.blogger.com/r?http%3A%2F%2Fheadlife.blogspot.com%2Fbeckynews" TITLE="">Rebecca<>


  4. Hey Becky–

    Since I’m not too familiar with British media stars, I don’t know much about the Dr or his sidekick (though I hate her name– Billie? Ugh). But I did read that she had some sort of singing carrer. Perhaps it’s your version of Jessica Simpson or something.

    However, I did read at the fan site I linked that they finally did get permission to use the daleks, so I think we will get to see them, eventually. Just thinkg: Seek… Locate… EXTERMINATE!!! 

    <><><><>Posted by<><> <><>Lance


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