I think everyone who has ever read my blog knows that I kinda like the BBC show Doctor Who. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a big fan, it is my nerdy obsession or one of my nerdy obsessions. Now unlike most fans I have been patiently twiddling my thumbs for the new season (or series as it’s called in the UK) instead of flipping out over how it was supposed to start this past spring and is now instead starting this fall. Well not exactly fall, for those of you who didn’t know Doctor Who season 7 is starting August 25th for those in the UK (BBC One), Canada (SPACE), and where my little ol’ self is the US (BBC America). Sorry to all my peeps in Australia cuz you have to wait either a day or a week which really sucks, I feel your pain as I had to wait about three months to watch season 2 of Sherlock because BBC didn’t show it on BBC America (I had to wait for PBS to take it). In anticipation of the new season I’m going to discuss some of the things I am really looking forward to in this upcoming season. P.S. there might be *spoilers*
First off this is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. That’s right people Doctor Who is the longest running BBC show ever and just so you know 32 of those 50 years was new episodes. The old Doctor Who show started in 1963 and ran until 1989. It went through eight incarnations of the Doctor, each one with his own personality and style (or lack of style). The new Doctor Who started in 2005, is still running (well, duh that’s why we’re talking about it) and we are now on the 11th doctor. Not only have there been all of the seasons of Doctor Who but there have been special episodes and in 1994 they made a movie (so actually it would be 33 out of the 50 years). Because it is the 50th anniversary you know that Steven Moffat has got some tricks up his sleeve. Fact wise I know they are doing two special episodes in the season in celebration of the anniversary. Rumor wise I have heard that they might be getting the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker, actually one of the most popular Doctors) to make an appearance but it is very much a rumor. Moffat has said that we (the fans) will not be disappointed and I am inclined to believe him it’s probably going to be something that blows my mind or something like he did last season that I had to go back and watch all the seasons over again just to see how the heck he did it. Nothing is random when it comes to Steven Moffat.
Also the Doctor is getting a New Companion halfway through the new season. I don’t know anything about the character but I do know that the actress playing her is Jenna-Louise Coleman. Now getting a new companion is always a series of mixed feelings. It’s exciting to meet a new companion, see what they’re like and what they can bring to the show but also it’s sad to see the one’s you have gotten so very attached to leave. Also it begs the question, what the heck is going to happen to Amy and Rory? Moffat has promised that it will be a “heart-breaking end” which to me I don’t find very fair, not show wise but more of the fact that he has put the characters of Amy and Rory through so much. Rory died,well actually it was that he never existed and Amy forgot all about him (sci-fi type stuff), then came back as a Roman centurion who ended up being a robot controlled by the Cybermen and he killed Amy but felt really bad about it because he was still very much Rory in spirit. Then the Doctor says that Amy is not dead and that it would take like 2000yrs for her to heal and Rory being made of plastic decides to guard her even though he will be awake the whole time. Then Amy is not dead and the universe resets itself (again sci-fi stuff) so Rory is no longer a robot and the two of them get married and go with the Doctor on adventures and then Amy is pregnant and then not pregnant and the reason is that she had been kidnapped cuz people wanted her baby and had replaced her with a plastic Amy so Rory and the Doctor go to rescue Amy who has had her baby and they are able to rescue her but the baby gets kidnapped and comes to them as an adult etc etc lots of dramatic sci-fi anyways they have been through a lot and now Moffat is giving them a tragic end and it’s not fair. Also they probably won’t be leaving the show at the same time, Moffat likes to drag out goodbyes until your heart hurts so bad you can barely stand it. If you don’t believe me watch David Tennant’s exit.
The biggest thing I think all Doctor Who fans have been the most excited about is what was said at the end of last season. That they will be answering the question, The First Question. The first question being one that I had thought about and then disregarded after watching so many seasons, Doctor Who?
“The first question! The question that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight. The question you’ve been running from all your life. Doctor who?”
-Season 6 episode 13; The Wedding of River Song
I for one and super psyched to see what the answer is. Doctor who? We know what he is for the most part, a time/space traveling alien with two hearts and has the ability to regenerate . He is the most wonderful man in the universe and also the most frightening. The Daleks call him “The Oncoming Storm”. He’s brilliant, witty, and the last of the Time Lords. We know all that and yet we still don’t know who he is or even his name and now they are saying that they are going to answer that question. I almost don’t want to know. I feel that there is a good reason that we don’t know and I also get a horrible sinking sensation that if we know the answer then the show will be over and the world will be Who-less. If that’s the case then don’t answer the question. But I still really want to know, damn my insatiable curiosity!
Well whatever they do I know it’s going to be one heck of a ride. Now to survive until August 25th.