12 regenerations, 2 hearts, millions of Whovians.
Not only the world’s longest running, but also the most successful sci-fi show, Doctor Who, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a special episode called ‘The Day of the Doctor’ to be aired on the 23rd of November. For those of you who are not familiar with the phenomenon that Doctor Who is, (side note: 1,05,00,00,000 Google results compared to a measly 28,10,00,000 for HIMYM) it is a BBC TV show chronicling the adventures of a time-travelling Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey in his police booth-resembling TARDIS. Trust him, ‘it’s bigger on the inside.’
This humanoid alien, armed with wit, charm, and a sonic screw driver, is the last surviving member of his race. On his journeys through space and time, the Doctor’s companions help keep him safe and sane. From the sassy Englishwoman Donna to the witty robotic dog K-9, each companion has added an extra element to the show in their own way. As the self appointed protector of mankind, the Doctor has come across some pretty interesting adversaries. The Daleks (EXTERMINATE!) and the Cybermen are some familiar names on the Doctor Who villain circuit. Then there is Silence, an enemy so chilling, one practically quivers at the very name, and my personal favourite, the Weeping Angels. ‘Whatever you do, do not blink.’
Started in 1963, Doctor Who has become a full- blown cult in its own right today. It has been the recipient of 128 awards with 230 nominations, including the BAFTAs, People’s Choice Awards, SFX awards and Scream awards among many others. Subtle references to Doctor Who can be found in many popular TV shows like The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, Leverage, CSI: New York and even Rugrats. If you’re not a huge telly fan, they also have novels as magical as the real thing. One episode or chapter and you’re hooked. It is impossible to dislike this eccentric alien. He is, after all, a madman with a box.
“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”
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