The 50th anniversary of Dr. Who has to be one of the best televisual treats I’ve seen in a long time. Except I didn’t see it on TV I went to the cinema to watch it in 3D. I loved every single minute of it; Doctors old and new, in-jokes, the brilliant reaction of the audience in the theatre.
This audience reaction was something I was not expecting. I don’t really know anybody here that I can have a conversation with about Dr. Who. I wouldn’t call myself a Whovian, but I would like to watch an episode and then talk about it. And this was the only real problem with the anniversary; despite being in a room full of people I still celebrated it on my own.
You see, My wife doesn’t really do sci-fi of any description. She has seen a few episodes of Dr. Who and the remarks she made might well be grounds for divorce from a less forgiving man than myself. Most Brazilians I know in Curitiba are baffled when I talk about the Tardis, Daleks and Cybermen, so they were no use. My son is only just 2 years old so he hasn’t got a clue, but he does like the Tardis if only because it’s blue.
So I have started making plans to rectify this for the 60th anniversary. There is no chance of me converting my wife and making her see the value of fighting off Armageddon every week from a police phone box. I’ll attempt to spread the word among my Brazilian friends and family, but my hopes aren’t that high. Which just leaves my son.
I reckon if I start in 5 years by buying him the 2005 re-boot of Dr. Who with Christopher Ecclestone, and then every few months buying him a new one, by the time he is 12 and Dr. Who is celebrating its diamond anniversary he should be ready to go with me to the cinema or wherever it is that people will be going 10 years in the future.
Of course, this supposes that Dr. Who will still be going in 10 years. Either Peter Capaldi will still be going strong or they will have had to have found some way around the fact that there aren’t supposed to be any more incarnations.
L-R: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith (Wikipedia)
I have decided to start a new thing on my blog. At the end of each (most?) posts I am going to briefly write about which book I am reading at the moment. The main reason to do this is that when I read through all this stuff again in the months and years to come it will remind me of some of the great things I was reading.
Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov. I can’t believe I have never read this series of books until now. This is the second book of the Foundation series and I will certainly be reading the rest of them pretty soon.