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Old 01-13-2012, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm curious because I've seen people wear the shirts and heard them making references to it. Its like an internet meme! If its good I might try to watch or read it. I'd love to have a new series to enjoy =D
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Your guess is as good as mine. I always heard the hype and the praise of this show but I never made an effort to watch it. I don't know, I guess it doesn't seem appealing enough to me to attempt to make an effort.
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In short, it's a british science fiction TV show. But it's more than that, it's actually the longest running science fiction TV show, ever. Including Star Trek and Stargate, which are close seconds. The first episodes were aired in 1963 and get this: most of the early episodes are lost forever due to the fact that the BBC used to have a policy of reusing tapes and taping over old shows. They're desperately trying to contact third parties to recover as many episodes as possible.

Anyway, the reason you hear about it recently is that, after a long hiatus (for a long time, the last appearance of the Doctor was the 1996 TV movie) it's been revived in 2005, and has been enjoying quite a lot of success, enough to guarantee a regular season every year since.

They manage to keep the show alive by using a clever gimmick: the Doctor never dies, he regenerates. So every now and then he's played by a different actor. We're now at his Eleventh incarnation, played by Matt Smith.

This also means that it has evolved significantly throughout the years, and old episodes look and feel very different from the new ones.

One thing: "Who" is not his name. He goes by "The Doctor". Also, it's always "Doctor Who", never "Dr. Who".
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It's only the longest running (and the best, much of the time) sci-fi series in history...

edit: beaten to it
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Eh, the more we are at reminding people of the longevity of Doctor Who, the better!
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I'm unsure as to why its popular abroad though. Ponderage.
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Yeah, I get the impression it's far more popular abroad than it is in England. Must be something to do with the accents..
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Check it out on BBC America. I just randomly found it during a hurricane this past summer and decided to watch it because the title sounded interesting.
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It's a British sci-fi. I think it's been going since the early 1960's now?

Anyway, it was popular for a time, then they stopped producing it through the 90s, with the exception of Paul McGann's movie in 1995. It came back in 2003 (?) and has been popular in it's return.

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^^ What ShyGuy said...

I will add that the show is about an alien who possesses a super intellect that travels around time and space in what appears to be an English 1960's police box always stumbling into trouble. It was originally only meant to last 6 weaks but the original run went on for 26 years.

The classic series are still continued today in audio format with the original doctors and companions too!

I remember watching snippets of the show during my childhood and now I'm old enough to appreciate the show (as well as it being back on air) I love it.
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Couldn't even get through the first episode, I hated it so much.
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Couldn't even get through the first episode, I hated it so much.
Same lol, when the show first returned in 2005 I couldn't even look up at the screen because I hated it so much, I had to leave the room when it was on, it just made me angry. It was the classic series which personally got me liking the show, but can sympathise with the hate.
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It's been popular since the 2005 come back, and as more people in the US become aware it exists because BBC America is actually playing it at the same time new eps air.
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I am surprised that so many people haven't heard of Doctor Who!

I am in America, and the 1960's/1970's versions used to be shown on PrimeTime tv when I was a kid. I have tapes with them on them.
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I am in America, and the 1960's/1970's versions used to be shown on PrimeTime tv when I was a kid. I have tapes with them on them.
If any of your tapes have any of these episodes on them, the BBC may be interested in hearing from you.
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If any of your tapes have any of these episodes on them, the BBC may be interested in hearing from you.
Given that the anniversary is coming soon, they'd probably be willing to pay a whole lot for them as well.
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A popular show in the UK....I think.
They get in telephone boots to travel from what i know lol
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I've told girls all this before now and you can see the moment they start scanning the room for the nearest escape routes.
Lol I wish I knew people to discuss this show with face to face as I love talking about it, all I have is my brother and it dominates most of our conversations LOL. (and i've just reminded myself of "The Dominators"...is that bad haha)
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Nah, nothing wrong with reminding yourself of The Dominators. When you start reminding yourself of Time And Rani, that might be the time to worry.

As we're on the subject of The Dominators (the Quarks never did take off, did they) Do you think Matt Smith borrows a lot of his portrayal of The Doctor from how Patrick Troughton played the part?
Haha, but I quite liked that bit when Mel was trapped in an explosive bubble. :P ..A pitty that because I liked the Quarks.

Yes I did get that impression, I think his costume in iteslf is slightly Troughtonesque. I can see he's tried to infuse that Tom Baker madness aswell.
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They look like someone's welded a diving helmet to a mini fridge.

Are you seriously telling me you'd rather have a Quark than a Dalek?
What's not to love about the Quarks, they had those little inny outy arms and the most unintimidating voices! They should just do away with the Dalaks and bring the Quarks back instead, either them or the Krotons.

But if it must be Daleks I want to see the special weapons Dalek again!
Looks like instead we may have Power Rangers Daleks though...
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