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My daughter told me about this wild BBC show called Dr. Who, which has been airing since 1963 and has become the longest running and most successful Sci-Fi TV series ever. So, one night we sat down and watched an episode. We were hooked.
Some of the aliens are pretty funky, but I like the background music, and the stories themselves stay with you, like episodes of The Twilight Zone. They are bizarre, creepy on a subliminal level, and make you think about things that might keep you up at night and reaching for your baseball bat. The first one we watched was about store mannikins that come alive and start attacking people. (Have you ever been in a store and had a creepy sensation that the mannikins were watching you? Or would you ever admit it?)
Dr. Who is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who collects eighteen-year-old Rose Tyler from modern day London and takes her for a mind-boggling spin in his time traveling space ship, the TARDIS (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension in Space). On the outside the TARDIS looks like a blue British police box. On the inside it looks like a large round room, a lot of complex machinery that looks like it needs a major overhaul, and a lot of flashing lights.
The Doctor (actually the 9th Dr. Who, played by Christopher Eccleston) reminds me of a ten year old kid, or maybe a modern Peter Pan. He is out for the adventure, and seems to have a cavalier attitude about life and death. His friend, Rose (Billie Piper), leaves her fretting mother behind and goes with the Doctor to see what’s out there. Other seasons feature different Dr. Who’s (or regenerated forms of the same being) and his various companions. When and where ever the TARDIS lands, they end up defeating foes, helping people, and saving civilizations. So far, they’ve encountered live mannikins, a haunted house with zombies, a slug-like alien who controls everyone’s minds with a computer chip, and an invasion of aliens who look like humans until they unzip their heads. The most poignant moment was when Rose watched the destruction of planet Earth in the far future.
Who knows what they’ll discover in the next episode? I can hardly wait.