There is this small British show on the television, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. It’s called Doctor Who. Might not ring a bell, it’s not like it’s got a massive fanbase or anything. So, because I thought this show could do with a few more fans, I decided to write a blog post on all the reasons why Doctor Who is awesome and you should watch it and fall in love with it. With gifs.
Now, Doctor Who is a bit of an acquired taste, and I didn’t immediately get into it myself. I thought it was weird and the CGI was odd, and some of the episodes are just downright awful. Nevertheless, as a whole, it is a magnificent series, and one that will tug at your heartstrings often. It’s cool. Just like bow ties.
David Tennant’s hair
This is one of the main reasons why the Tenth Doctor is a fan favourite – because David Tennant plays it. And oh my, does he have a fabulous set of hair on the show.
Just look at that hair. Look at that beautiful, springy, run-your-fingers-through-it, magnificent hair. Feast your eyes upon it.
There is always something new about the show. The Doctor is played by a new actor every few seasons and gets a personality change and he gets a new set of sidekicks and a fresh platter of villains. Every episode has a story and every season contains a theme that binds these stories together.
The Ninth Doctor is absolutely lovely and is a great way to start new-Who. (For those who don’t know: Doctor Who is sort of split up in two. There are the older episodes, which range from the First doctor up until the Eighth, and then the show got cancelled for a bit. They started again in 2004 with the Ninth Doctor, which is a perfect time to jump aboard!) Ten is really excitable. Eleven is the one that made me laugh the most. Twelve has awesome eyebrows.
“All of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will – where do you want to start?”
This show has me in stitches from time to time. My favourite season has to be the one where the Tenth Doctor travels with Donna Noble, because they’re constantly shouting at each other and Donna will not let anyone just walk over her. They are absolutely fantastic together.
“IT IS NOT A SNOG BOX.”
It’s really geeky
I mean, this is about as geeky as it gets. Except maybe for Star Trek.
We have our own jargon
Wibbly wobbly timey wimey. TARDIS. Sonic screwdriver. Allons-y! Geronimo!
All of these terms will finally make sense to you. They also look really cool on a T-shirt.
There is a really good satisfying amount of ass-kicking
The Doctor is an alien who kicks alien butt on a regular basis. Every episode, he travels backwards or forwards in space in time to kick various alien butts. He does a lot of running, a lot of problem-solving, a lot of sonic screwdriver-ing (whey, look at me, I just made up a new word), and a lot of saving the universe by kicking butt.
But there’s a heavy focus on friendship
The Doctor, having lived for a very long time, makes a lot of friends. He makes friends everywhere, but every time he has one or more sidekicks who get to travel with him for longer periods of time. To see them develop such a close friendship and become besties is one of the best things about the show. Their dynamic is always amazing.
It’s sci-fi for smart people
I usually just go with it, because they always provide a scientific explanation and it just goes straight over my head. But basically, the plot of every Doctor Who episode is this:
everyone: Doctor no
Doctor: DOCTOR YES
Whatever the plan is, it can’t be done because they’ll rip a hole in the time-space continuum by messing with the whatsamajig paradox. And then the Doctor goes, “I’m the Doctor, and I do whatever the hell I want” and then he gets shit done.
Characters can come back from the dead because of reasons mostly dealing with time travel, and they also often use aspects from previous seasons and previous Doctors. It’s like a constant homage to the past Doctor Who, honouring everything that’s ever done, and I think that’s awesome.
It will give you all the feels
You want feels? Son, we have Steven Moffat.
Prepare to have your heart torn out.
(EDIT: I wrote this post before Steven Moffat announced that he was leaving the show. Awkward.)
You can ship things
You can ship everyone and everything. There’s not a heavy focus on romance, but it’s there, and it’s really cute. And even if it’s not canon, you can basically do anything you like in your head, or with fanfiction. The opportunities are endless.
“She said that you were a Mr Hottyness and that she would like to go out with you for texting and scones.”
My parents often complain that Doctor Who is so NOISY. And then I say, yes, but it kind of has to be. Because it doesn’t show gore, but people do die, they have to do things off-screen. I appreciate the fact that I don’t actually have to watch anyone’s entrails become their extrails, like in Game of Thrones. I like that it’s not sexual. It’s just a good, clean, fun action sci-fi series.
The Master (played by John Simm)
He’s only in a few episodes, but boy, is he good. He reminds me of Sherlock‘s Moriarty, in that he’s equally crazy and, what I like to call, “psychotically happy”. By far my favourite character on the show.
I’m not on Tumblr, but I know this is a popular gif on Tumblr around Christmas time.
You will finally be able to rejoice with them!
“You know that sound the TARDIS makes? That wheezing, groaning. That sound brings hope wherever it goes.”
You want laughter? Prepare to be taken to chuckle town.
You want feels? Buck up. There are masters at work.
You want alien ass-kicking? Welcome, my friend. You’ll fit right in.
So. Are you ready to get your socks blown off? ALLONS-Y!
Are you a Whovian? What do you love about the show?