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The Doctor and the TARDIS, along with the Ponds, return this Saturday night at 9pm to BBC America in Doctor Who Series 7. If you haven’t ever seen or heard of Doctor Who, well…that’s just tragic. Explaining Doctor Who is fairly impossible because it makes complete sense and no sense at all simultaneously. It’s quite the amazing feat, which leaves whoever tries to describe it sounding like a lunatic. However this lunatic is going to make an attempt at it.
The Doctor, or the Mad Man in a Blue Box, has been gallivanting through time and space since 1962 and though it’s had it remains the longest running science fiction show in existence. More importantly the main character is the same as in the 1962 series. Nope, I’m not joking. The Doctor is a time lord from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor, originally played by William Hartnell, has the ability to cheat death called regeneration, which rewrites every cell in his body leaving a new man in his place while retaining his previous incarnation’s memories. The Doctor is currently on his 11th body and played by the brilliant Matt Smith, who runs about the universe in a bow tie and tweed with his two companions Amy Pond & Rory Williams. How does he get around? Well with his magnificent space ship know as the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space), which just happens to be disguised as blue police public call box.
If you’ve never seen Doctor Who before I suggest starting with the first season of the 2005 reboot starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, otherwise you may find yourself completely lost. We have all of the current Doctor Who seasons on DVD here at the library, as well as the specials, and a some of the older episodes of Doctor Who featuring various versions of the Doctor. Also click here to check out the Series 7 preview.
Enjoy and welcome to the one of the greatest shows you’ll ever watch.