I Love Dr Who Because…

 

Hello fellow Doctor Who fans!

I am in the process of writing a stand-up poetry show about my obsession with cult TV and I need your help. I know what I love about Doctor Who but I want to know what you get from watching the adventures of our favourite Time Lord.

For example:

  • Are any of the characters positive role models for you?
  • Do you find the moral compass of the show comforting?

 

I would love to hear of any reasons why you watch the series. Please let me know by submitting a comment below.

Huge thanks, Rod :)

 

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  23 Responses to “I Love Dr Who Because…”

  1. I love Doctor Who because I think it is actually quite a subversive programme. The Doctor is clever – like really, REALLY clever . Furthermore, he tries his best to do the right thing.

    So much TV today celebrates stupidity and taking the easy option. But the doctor always does what’s right, even if it’s the hardest thing to do – and he uses his brain, not his muscles. He is often alone; he doesn’t need other people to define him.

    He is the opposite of a hero, which makes him the very best hero of all :-)

  2. I answered a similar question before for someone, so I’ll just repeat pretty much the same.

    I.m Polish and I didn’t grow up watching the old series. As a matter of fact I took some convincing before I sat down and watched the first episode of the 2005 series. But as soon as I watched it, I was hopelessly hooked. I quickly caught up and from then on I have been waiting, always impatiently, for the next episode, for the next adventure, infinitely re-watching the ones already out.

    I have a bipolar disorder. I’m ok at the moment, but this is not always the case. And Doctor Who helped me countless times get through the dark and desperate nights, kept me sane through fear and emptiness. The reason why it is so thoroughly appealing to me, and I assume many others, is not the jokes, or the silliness, the overacting or the crazy aliens (although it helps :) ). What gets me, right in the gut, every time, is what the Doctor essentially is: the constant wanderer, the deeply tragic figure of the last of his kind, the flawed miracle, repeatedly left to his loneliness by his companions whether by their or his choice, or the nasty trick of the Universe, always running. And yet he is forever astonished and awed by the world and by others, always ready for another adventure, for another friendship, for another exploration, even when it seems hopeless, even when it hurts. “Doctor Who” is a story of the things ending, in pain, in fury, in despair. It is also a story of things beginning, in hope, in light, in laughter and awe. In my life things often feel like they’re ending, like I’m being stripped of hope, life, dreams. I need to believe that new starts are possible. I need to believe in courage and wonder and joy. And “Doctor Who”, with its legions of fans, all willing to partake in this wonder and joy, reassures me constantly that it is possible.

    For me this show somehow manages to be the ultimate escapism story, and the constant reminder that not only is the escape not possible, it is also unnecessary. Because, as contrite and cliché as this sounds, this world is fantastic, we are fantastic. “I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. And the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty-seven thousand miles an hour and I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me. Clinging to the skin of this tiny little world and if we let go…” and “Did you know that in 900 years of time and space I’ve never met someone who wasn’t important before?”

    All of us Whovians take different things out of the show, watch it and interpret it slightly differently. Sometimes people think me silly that I watch it so obsessively, that I cry and laugh and immerse myself so much in this made-up world. But I don’t care. I take help, courage and determination where I can find it. “Doctor Who” is one such source.

  3. I love Doctor Who for a few reasons:
    1. I find I can relate to the characters, not because of their crazy adventures, but because of their humanistic qualities. Especially the characters that are so out there, until you realize you admire them. Like the Forest of Cheem characters from “The End of the World” and the Silurians.

    2. I love how things like bow ties and fezzes can take on a whole new meaning after you’ve convinced your skeptic brother to watch the entire series. We were the only ones laughing when he opened his birthday present: a homemade “sonic” screw driver out of a real one, duct tape, some blinky lights, and a hearing aid battery. This show is one of the only things we’ve ever bonded over.

    3. And finally, because I’m an American who really really wishes she were British. I suck up anything remotely Anglicized like a fat kid sucks up an extra large soda at the movie theater.

  4. I love Doctor Who because in a way, it reminds me of the life I want to lead. I am a teenager, and I dream of travel and adventure and mystery, of leaping from place to place, of a grand, shining romance with the whole universe. I want to be brave and wise and ferociously happy, but to never take myself too seriously. The show embodies all of that and it makes me feel like I do when I dream.

  5. I love Dr Who because it gave me two lifelong neuroses, yet I still feel that it was worth it; and Tom Baker taught me that it was OK to be quirky and dramatic. (Neurosis 1: fear of having my airways cut off/being strangled from the Robots of Death, and Neurosis 2: crawly slimy things from The Ark in Space. Yes, I got a neurosis from a man stomaching along in a curtain and some bubblewrap.) I also love that whole idea of movement and change that goes with it – most heroes are static, but regeneration is possible in Wholand.

  6. I love Dr Who because I have travelled in time with him since the 1960′s

  7. I love Dr Who because it reminds me that anything is possible . . Life’s an adventure . . It reflects all the good things about how we should be and isn’t afraid of the darker side of human nature . . Heavy stuff !! Also cos I’m still scared of Daleks . .

  8. What I love most about the Doctor is how much he cares. Now, I’ll admit, I’m probably young compared to the average Dr Who fan, and I’m mostly familiar with the revamping of the series, so maybe this is only relevant for Doctors 9 onward. But everything I’ve seen about the doctor has been of someone who cares, so very, very deeply for the people around him. When I look at humanity, I’m usually disgusted. This politician is corrupt or that person is mean, or this group is attacking that group, and it just makes me so very sad, and worried for our race. When the Doctor looks at us, he thinks we’re brilliant, beautiful, a wonderful, clever race. Here is a man, who has lived almost a full millenia, who has knowledge beyond our wildest dreams, and he thinks we’re clever. And he is so very willing to lay down his life for our imperfect, hateful race. Watching this show makes me stop and think “maybe we’re not so bad.” There are more good people out there than bad, and maybe, just maybe the good he sees in us is the true fate of this race. This is why I love this show so, because the Doctor sees the good in everybody, and everything, and tries his best to bring forth that good.

  9. I love Doctor Who for the justice the Doctor brings. He could be anywhere at any time. Sometimes when I’m alone I pretend that the Doctor is real and he would whisk me away for awesome adventures!

  10. I grew up on Dr Who, and Star Trek, watching them whenever free from my parents who always favoured whatever was on the other channels – Who kick started my own on-going passion for all kinds of SF including a few Who fanzine pieces like this one – http://arthurchappell.me.uk/sheer.naked.terror.htm
    I grew up on the Pertwee adventures so he was always my Doctor

  11. “I Am Amelia Pond”

    It scared my mum when she was little. So when she found out the next episode was going to have the Daleks in it, she was very scared.
    “Mummy why are you scared?”

    “The Dalkes are very bad, but don’t worry, they can’t get you because you sleep upstairs and they can’t go upstairs, they don’t have any legs.”

    The new story arc started, Remembrance of the Daleks. Yeah, I had my very first nightmare that night. The Daleks came upstairs, and I was hiding in the big bedroom. I ran around the side of the bed and the Daleks passed through the bed. Ghost Daleks!! As the story unfolded I only caught glimpses from over the top of a cushion. I didn’t know Ace’s bat had been given special treatment, so when I saw her take on a Dalek with it I was gobsmacked. She cemented herself in my head as an example of what a girl could do with enough guts, badges, and C4. I know there’s not a lot of love for her character, but she made me who I am, made it OK for me to like guns, bombs, explosions Etc.

    Then The Doctor went away. I thought he’d be back next week like always, and then next year. Then the year after. Eventually we got cable and I could see the old stories, but I never got see my Doctor, I’d miss them for some reason, or they were never shown on UK Gold. I saw the re-launch with much trepidation. The way it was shot, the contained stories…it all felt a little bit wrong. I lost interest when The Doctor said goodbye to Rose. The companions were there to engage with, to along for the ride. Not to have feelings for, beyond “I better go and rescue them, then!” upon capture. The rumors about the new actors were not promising to begin with, but became positive as more of the show became known.

    I saw the first Matt Smith episode at the Lass O Gowerie pub in Manchester, and I’m so glad I did, was nearly in tears by the end of it, The Doctor, my Doctor, was back. I may be older but I’m still up for adventure! Also, 7th Doctor intro music still gives me flashbacks >.<

  12. It tries to do big daft stupidly ambitious ideas with sparklers and bits of tinsel and that’s great. It knows that and it doesn’t care because it’s its ideas and scripts that matter and the weirdness and un-ordinariness of it all. So Sarah Jane learns about prejudice from talking to a giant cock in a cape in an episode with miners striking and greedy gween alien monsters. It’s just great!

  13. I love Doctor Who because it was the first time I’d seen a heroic character that showed it was okay to be clever. He’s who can see the beauty behind ugliness, and ugliness behind something beautiful. He’s someone who can see the potential in people and make them be the best they can be. He sees killing as the last resort if there is no other answer. He feel the weight of the wrongs he has caused He is brave even when he’s afraid. He is often ridiculous, always impossible, but never stupid, and he can flip between being silly and serious as and when he needs to.

    It wouldn’t be fair to say he was a role model, as it is more accurate to say I am the man I am today because of the Doctor and the show. I will always ask the question, what would the Doctor do?

  14. I love Doctor Who because it’s nice to think that there’s more than just an armchair in front of the TV. Some programmes deal with real life, and there’s a time and place for that, but sometimes real life is just a bit shit to be honest, and I wanna spend half an hour on Gallifrey or whatever. I wanna visit this exact place two hundred years ago. There are so many possibilities that real life pales in comparison and escapism becomes your drug.

  15. Doctor Who was a huge part of my childhood. I was a sickly kid and spent many hours in bed reading Doctor Who annuals and Target novelisations, playing with my Denys Fisher action figures and waiting for Saturday teatime. If I was really lucky there would be a repeat compilation, or I could just listen to my Genesis of the Daleks LP. Doctor Who has never just been a TV show, it has helped make me the person I am. The Doctor is a positive male role model and someone to aspire to be. Thanks Doctor.

  16. Amy Pond is really fit!

  17. Because I who. Simple complexities. Escapism. What if who if. Leadership qualities. And a fragrant disregard for rules and regulations. Wonderful.

  18. It has been a favourite show from its early days with me. Really good family entertainment and educational. In the early days it was a difficult concept to ‘get across’ to its audience, imo, due to the lack or rather limited knowledge of sci-fi and space travel. I love the dedication of all the actors who have been involved in the show and the way they have all become part of an ‘extended’ family and gained their place in Whovian history. I still enjoy meeting all actors from Who at any of the conventions.
    Since its return in 2005 it never ceases to amaze me at the energy that goes into all parts of the productions, attention to detail and storyline as well as the special effects.
    Long may it continue, it has certainly been passed on to the next generation in my family, my daughter is a huge fan too!

  19. Doctor Who has always been there from my childhood memories onward… There are incidents in Doctor Who episodes that I saw when I was only about four and I only knew what stories they came from when I was older.

    It’s a magical series that takes you to fantastical places. It’s a series like no other. Yes, I do like some other sci-fi series but I always have a special place for Doctor Who inside.

    I look at my Doctor Who figures on that wall or the framed signed picture of Colin Baker taken at the event where I met the gentle Nicolas Courtney. I go and look at my Doctor Who DVDs and I can’t tell you exactly why Doctor Who is so special to me…

    But it is.

  20. I have recently been revisitng all the old Doctors and it shocked me a little as to how dark some of the episodes where. I really like the black and white episodes and remember watching them as a youngster, hiding behind an orange faux fur cushion. In fact, all my Doctors were in black and white til Jon Pertwee – that was when we got our first colour telly.

    Doctor Who has been a part of my life since it first started and it was/is always there. Even when they did the infamous McGann movie … hmmm. I listen to the audio books and have attended a ‘Who Day’ in South Shields – the last one that Nicholas Courtenay attended.

    The ‘Docs’ are fabulously brave, valiant, quirky to the point of being barmy. You are scooped of into a world of wonder and delight, thrills and spills, engaging in a world of pure fantasy fun.

  21. There is a formula – and it’s one that it would be condescending for me to spell out. But, I don’t have a problem with condescending. Condescending cuts to the chase: lonely man travels through time and space with chums. This formula is consistent across fifty years of television. And because that formula possesses so much scope, each new production team and each new lead actor can apply their own identity to a recognisable format. The result is that every episode, every series and every Doctor adds a new layer the the programme; and when you hop back a series or plug in a classic DVD, you’re excavating these layers. The fifty years of Doctor Who are a fossil of the progression of television production. And as a fan – gripped by that unchanging formula – you’re an archaeologist who can trace monochrome to technicolor, linear plots to the more cerebral, or even the change in social attitudes towards, say, sexual orientation? The beauty of Doctor Who is that when it’s live, it is always right for it’s time. It’s perfect. It feels cutting-edge and relevant. You go back and rewatch episodes as recent as Turn Left, Fear Her or The Empty Child, and while you never quite simulate the reaction that you had when it was foil-fresh, an episode still feels like a possession – inextricably linked to that time when you first watched it. And so, because we can trust that Dr Who isn’t going anywhere in a hurry, the prospect of seeing how television is evolving and being given unique, foil-fresh but inherently recognisable Who is what brings me back. To be pretentious about it.

    (I also like the music. Yeah, the music’s good.)

  22. Tough question. Because it’s an intrinsic part of British culture would be the obvious answer. Because it’s impossible not to love a cultural phenomenon that leads to an heated debate between your parents over whether John Pertwee or Tom Baker is “THE” Doctor, twenty odd years after either of them played the role.

    Then again, Doctor Who is loveable because it’s because it’s completely and utterly unlike popular culture. You don’t need to be super-fit – being clever is just as important. You don’t need to be stylish – you can wear whatever you like, be it scarf, cravatte, or whatever the hell Colin was wearing. You can even (gasp!) be friends with girls! Those aren’t messages that you got from much else that I was watching.

    I love it because in its 2005 incarnation, it shows that “geek culture” can be cool. Time travel and aliens isn’t for spotty nerds in Star Trek uniforms – look! Here’s Christopher Eccleston for proof!

    And I love the “classic” series just because it used to be on UK Gold stupidly early in the morning. And it’s impossible to be a seething ball of teenage angst when Peter Davison’s dancing round being all chipper and charming in some Welsh quarry.

  23. There are so many reasons why I love Doctor Who. The first reason is the limitless scope for adventure and imagination that the unique premise of the show provides – there is such an unpredictability about the next episode – it could be literally any place, any time, and any reality is possible. It’s like a new exciting present every week. The second reason is the main character itself. The Doctor – he wields no weapons (with rare exceptions) and he tackles immorality wherever he finds it no matter the odds – even if that means questioning his own rights to change history (Genesis of the Daleks). He tackles the problems of the Universe in the fearless and confident way that we would all like to tackle the world in our own lives.

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