British Sci-Fi Show Inspires Imagination


Natalia Alamdari, Editor-in-Chief

“Vworrrp Vworrrrp,” the TARDIS begins to materialize. A man in a bow tie and tweed pops his head out of the blue box, spouting off something about Daleks and Weeping Angels. Robotic cries of “exterminate” can be heard in the distance. Space ships circle about over head.

Welcome to the world of “Doctor Who.”

To clear things up for any non-Whovians (what we fans call ourselves), “Doctor Who,” a long running British TV show, follows the adventures of the Doctor, a thousand-year-old Time Lord who travels through time and space in his spaceship, the TARDIS. He fights aliens and monsters, often with the help of a companion. He does not die, but regenerates into a new form, thus allowing for multiple actors to play the iconic character.

Sound crazy? It is. Crazy awesome.

While it started as a children’s show, in recent years, the show has not only bridged an age gap, but a culture gap. The Doctor has crossed the pond, with a huge fan base not only in America, but around the world, and rightfully so.

There is something in this show for everyone. From history to sci-fi, “Doctor Who” has it all. With an exp

ert team of writers, led by the ingenious Steven Moffat, “Doctor Who’s” unending plot fits into any genre at any time. From one episode to the next, fans can find themselves laughing, screaming, crying, anything. Moffat blends the perfect amount of hard-hitting action with gut-wrenching emotion. Combined with shocking plot twists, incredibly scary monsters and mind-boggling paradoxes, “Doctor Who” plays to its audience’s imagination, appealing to the childlike quality in us all.

When we are children, we have big dreams. Not realistic dreams like going off to college or owning a nice car, but imaginative, impossible dreams. We want to see the stars, discover n

Yes, “Doctor Who” is weird. The show takes getting used to, simply because it is so out of this world. But I can guarantee, after watching an episode or two, even the most anti-sci-fi TV watchers can find themselves engrossed in the magical universe of the Doctor. With the show on a break, fans like me eagerly await Christmas for the Christmas special, airing on BBC America Christmas Eve. What better present could a Whovian ask for?ew places, meet incredible people and strange creatures. This childlike nature is embodied in the Doctor, which is why I think so many people fall in love with the show. Even though majority of the fan base has passed childhood, inside, we still hang on to that bit of imagination we have left, and “Doctor Who” helps us broaden it. While he may be well over 1,000, the Doctor represents the child in us all.