Wednesday, November 24, 2004

 

Happy birthday, Doctor

41 years ago today, in the UK, an adventure started that is still going strong. The first episode of Doctor Who, "An Unearthly Child," aired on the BBC. There's far too much about Doctor Who out there (some of it written by me!), so all I want to do now is, pay tribute.

As its fans know, Doctor Who is a unique amalgam of science fiction, fantasy, history and nonsense (mostly nonsense, which is why we all love it so much). The Doctor is one of the true heroes of modern popular culture, a scientist, an explorer, a moral guidepost with dauntless courage, endless wit, unquenchable curiosity, and alarming amounts of whimsy. The show is very British yet equally universal. I've been a fan since the early 1980s; in fact, I'm just about to attend Chicago Tardis, one of the annual Doctor Who conventions.

Doctor Who is coming back next year, hallelujah, so with luck a whole new generation of fans will discover it.

Vworp vworp!
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