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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Doctor Who?

I grew up watching sci-fi and fantasy. I practically lived with the Star Trek crews - from the original to NG to DS9 to (my personal favorite) Voyager. (we weren't a big fan of Enterprise)

Watched all 3 Star Wars videos until they were warbly (in ye olde dark ages with VHS) and loved movies like Flight of the Navigator, StarGate, and Tron.

We (well, my Mom, Dad, Naomi and I) like to latch onto a tv show and watch it from start to finish on DVD. We recently worked through StarGate SG1, and then StarGate Atlantis.

Then Naomi and I made Mom and Dad watch Firefly (*sigh* Nathan Filion).

Mom, Dad, and I are currently on the 5th and final season of Babylon 5 and Naomi and Mom have been watching Farscape online. But the four of us have now embarked on a journey with the last time lord.

Mom and Dad watched Doctor Who long before the reboot, and I know I saw a few episodes here and there, but it was never something I really latched on to. Then Naomi borrowed season 4 of the new series from the library (it was the only one in our library system) and started watching it with Mom and Dad. I jumped in about half way through and crammed to watch what I had missed before we had to return it. We loved it.

I found season 1 and 2 for a great bundle price and we started from the beginning. Having seen David Tennant as Doctor Who in Season 4, I wasn't sure what to think of Christopher Eccleston in Season 1, but he was fantastic. However, as they say, your first doctor tends to be your favorite. I was actually really sad to see Eccleston go, but Tennant is something really special.

Season 1 was fun, Season 2 had some spectacular episodes (one of my favorite is "The Girl in the Fireplace" - Brilliant!), but Season 3 shows a depth of emotion in the doctor that is absolutely phenomenal as well as just fantastically ... yes, I have to say it again, brilliant episodes! David Tennant emotes such passion and pathos carrying the memory of the events of the season 2 finale and season 3 premier all the way into the finale of season 3. I won't say what the event was for those of you that haven't seen it. I'm very anti-spoilery. But the episodes of season 3 have a richness and a depth that is overpowering.

"The Shakespeare Code" was so much fun. "Family of Blood" really stretched my view of what the Doctor really is and if "Blink" doesn't give you nightmares, well then you're stronger than I am.

I'm really excited to rewatch Season 4 with the history of seasons 1-3 behind me and I really would like to start back at the beginning again, because I have a feeling it will be even better and richer the second time.

So there's my plug for Doctor Who. Brilliant writing and acting. What more could you ask for?


Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

i really need to start watching this. I need to decide if it will be my new workout tv show, or my new lunch break tv show

Kulsuma said...

Voyager is my favourite too, though Next Generation is great too. Have you heard The Picard Song on Youtube? It's fantastic:)

I thought Tenant was brilliant as Doctor Who, but have stopped watching it since he left:(

Blam said...

I have no idea when I'll get to do so, but I really want to see the new Doctor Who (ideally from "reboot" Season 1). While I never got into it a tenth as much as many of my friends, I saw the occasional episode from the Tom Baker years on PBS as a kid — and, odd as it is, read some of the prose novels as well as a Who history out of curiosity. I hear great things about the new Who and its spinoff Torchwood, though, so they're both on my list — almost certainly not to be seen 'til after the Great Buffy Rewatch.

VW: latinhis — Uh... suus, I guess.

Alan Andrews said...

Just about the time I decided to start watching the good doctor, David Tennant is gone. Now I have another excuse to put it off.

I am grievously damaged to hear that "Enterprise" didn't make your hit parade. It was my favorite Trek line since NG. I liked DS9 for a while, but couldn't stay with it (even after they brought Worf onboard). And losing Tarrrrryyy Ferrrrelll was the nail in the coffin.

If you want to pick up a fun post Star Wars movie, I suggest the 1984 film "The Last Starfighter." The effects are nowhere near as good as pretty much anything else done in the last 30 years, but the premise is intriguing. A trailer park kid (Lance Guest) breaks the high score on a video game, which turns out to be a recruitment tool from another planet. He is then whisked away by his extra-terrestrial recruiter (Robert Preston - yes, the "Music Man") and has to save the galaxy.

"Firefly:" Can't get enough of it.

Did you ever watch the Sci-Fi channel's "Battlestar Galactica." It sucked me in so deep that I'm actually prepared to wait for the second season of "Caprica," to see if it not REALLY as bad as it seems.

Why can I not save these rants for my own blog?