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Doctor Who (2005-)

In Amazing, BBC, out of this world, Recommendation, Review, series on 01/07/2011 at 6:38 pm

Despite the series being immensely popular in the UK, I say The Doctor is the cultest super-hero around. The guy is +900 years old, can travel through space and time, flies around in a blue box which is bigger on the inside, has no weapon but a bleepy screwdriver… should I go on?

Originally one of the first sci-fi series around, Doctor Who is now a shiny state-of-the-art family TV-show and, well, a part of what defines Britain. The new series began in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor, who died and regenerated into the body of much adored David Tennant. The latter was chosen ‘Best Doctor Ever’ and made three and a half seasons. Now it’s Matt Smith – a new Doctor, who didn’t only change body, but much of The Doctor’s character too. The opinions on the latest Doctor vary, and I can’t say I’m much in favour of the new guy. Where Eccleston and Tennant were undisputed geniuses with a tortured soul, a romantic heart and a touching sense of humour, Smith is this 900 year old guy who keeps needing to remind himself of who he is. He is rather too clumsy for a super-hero and he says ‘iew’ when people kiss.

Nevertheless, five amazing seasons were made, and the new seasons are still very entertaining (albeit sometimes a wee bit predictable). By now, The Doctor and his friends have seen the Earth being annihilated, they’ve seen many versions of future New Yorks, they’ve met Queen Victoria and werewolves, Shakespeare and alien witches, they’ve solved the mystery of the four day disappearance of Agatha Christie, they met Charles Dickens and found where he got his idea for A Christmas Carol, the Doctor got to play the Ghost of Christmas past, present and future, he got to snog Kylie Minogue too, oh and Sophia Myles as Madame de Pompadour as well. I’m genuinely envious of everyone who hasn’t seen all of this yet.

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