Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Doctor Whosday!

So I recently got into that great series Doctor Who.

If you still aren't aware of what this show is, Doctor Who chronicles the adventures of an alien (The Doctor) and his various companions as they travel through time and space. Sometimes they save the universe from catastrophe. Sometimes they battle monsters like Daleks, Cybermen, or these things:

For the love of God, DON'T SCROLL AWAY!!!
The rest of the time they travel through time and space because it's really, really cool. Whatever scrape the gang gets into, they don't use brute force. No, they use their intellect and that neat little gadget called the Sonic Screwdriver.

Buy me this!
Since the show has been around since 1963, there have been 11 actors that have played The Doctor, with the current incarnation being played by Matt Smith. How does this show cover actor changes, you ask? By having someone just appear out of a door when the last one is killed off? By having the new guy just call himself The Doctor while everyone goes along with it like James Bond? No, they use something called regeneration.

Thanks to Ye Olde Wikipedia, regeneration occurs when a Time Lord (The Doctor's species) is mortally wounded and the body molds itself into a new physical form to heal itself. This new physical form brings new changes to the character: New body (in an ironic twist, each regeneration brings a younger form), new quirks, new fashion choices.

The guy he replaced wore a celery stalk on his jacket.
They say that a Time Lord can regenerate 12 times, but this rule, as with many traditional rules of the universe, has been broken several times with characters like The Master coming along.

With that out of the way, I come forth with a new feature on the blog: Doctor Whosday! Yes, every Tuesday I'll update this thing with a Doctor Who-centric entry. And what's a good a place as any to start with the show's iconic theme song?

With 11 Doctors, there's a theme song for each one (4th Doctor had two themes), and choice for the best one is pretty much up to personal preference. My favorites? 11th, 10th, 1st, 5th, 4th (2nd theme), 7th, and 4th (1st theme) in pretty much that order.

And now it's stuck in your head. You're welcome.

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