Friday, April 20, 2012

Doctor Whooooooo! Doctor Who!

Another week has passed and today, quite by accident, I was back in the 80's, when that BBC import "Doctor Who" first made its appearance on Public Televsion. If you are one of those unfortunate enough not to be familiar with the show (SHAME ON YOU!) I suggest you read the Wikipedia listing for it. The transportation to the past was courtesy of a Youtube video of "Every Jelly Belly Scene Ever Made" during the Doctor Who run. Granted the lion's share of the scenes were with Tom Baker, but I was surprised at how many of the doctor's other incarnations appeared. Its no surprise to anyone that knows me that I have been a fan since that first episode I saw - which featured the 4th Doctor in the episode "Robot" starring Tom Baker. I became involved with the Doctor Who Fan Club and for a couple of years was president of the club for the state of Alabama. Over the years I have been fortunate to be able to see every DW episode available. The only ones I haven't are the very small number of lost episodes, but I am not alone in that. I have 5 children, all grown now, who even invented "The Doctor Who Dance" which they would joyously jump to their feet and do every time it came on. Until, of course, they got older and were "too cool" to do it - but they have never forgotten it. Next year the Doctor will celebrate his 50th anniversary on televsion and the BBC has hinted about having "big plans". I can't wait to see what that entails. Over the years we have lost William Hartnell (DW #1), Patrick Troughton (#2) and Jon Pertwee (#3). So it will be interesting to see if they bring back any of the Doctor's incarnations. They could do like they did in "The Five Doctors" and bring in other actors to recreate them as they did with Richard Hurdnall recreating William Hartnell's doc. Oh man! I could go on for days about this show. Without a doubt my all-time favorite. I know a lot of folks who don't like it though and there is rarely middle-ground. Most of the time - you either love it or hate it. Everyone have a great day!

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