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June 8, 2013

Weekend Reviews: British TV show works in the U.S.

Up until this year, my first year at college, the only time I’d heard the words “Doctor Who” mentioned were in passing by my friends who had a passion for science fiction. I, for the most part, do not. 

Because of this, I was largely unaware of the series while in high school and therefore missed many of its seasons as they were airing for the first time.

Once I began my freshman year of college, a number of my floormates discovered that they all had the show in common and would often reference it and its characters. Being the pop culture fanatic that I am, I did not like being out of the loop, and so finally, about a month ago, I decided to rectify the situation.

Thankfully, Netflix has the first six seasons of the Doctor Who series beginning in 2005, and I have been hooked ever since I started.

Now, for those of you who were in the same boat as I was, “Doctor Who” is a British television show that is aired on BBC, and in the states, BBC America. The show first aired in 1963 and ran until 1989, and a made-for-TV movie was made in 1996, with the series finally returning in 2005.

The plot of the series is somewhat confusing, but I will attempt to do it justice. The main character of the series is known as just “The Doctor,” an alien from the planet Gallifrey, which is home to the time lords. During the Time War, which was essentially a large battle between different alien races, the time lords were decimated, and the Doctor is the only one who remains.

The Doctor is able to travel through time and space in his “TARDIS,” which stands for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space. The TARDIS is crafted to look like a blue police phone call box (a common sight in 1963 Great Britain), but it appears much larger on the inside. The Doctor also carries a tool called a sonic screwdriver, a multi-purpose tool that is quite useful in getting him out of a variety of sticky and often severe situations. 

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