That’s right: Catecinem will feature blog posts on each new Doctor Who episode! If the picture of Sylvester McCoy in the right sidebar on the front page wasn’t a big enough clue, I’ll be more explicit: I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s only the greatest science fiction TV show ever produced. Just ask Harlan Ellison. A humanoid, nigh-immortal alien travels through time and space in a vehicle — called a TARDIS — whose exterior resembles an old British police phone box (but whose interior is nearly infinite in size). Along the way, he picks up an assortment of companions and gets in all manner of wacky adventures that may or may not function as social criticism. I recommend clicking here if you want to read a comprehensive, relatively brief, yet slightly more in-depth history of the Doctor.
I got into the show relatively recently. Though I saw the awful TV movie back in 1996 when it first aired (thus making Paul McGann “my first Doctor”), it’s the new series, relaunched under the guidance of Russell T. Davies and now helmed by Steven Moffat, that turned me into a fan. When I ran out of new episodes, I dug into the classic series. The Seventh Doctor is my favorite of all the extant incarnations, for reasons I may get into at a later date. Of the three new fellas, Matt Smith — a.k.a. the Eleventh Doctor, a.k.a. the Current Doctor — is by far the coolest. Probably because he’s also the nerdiest. Mostly because he wears a fez. (Fezzes are cool.)
You’ve probably already read that the Chinese government has recently condemned time travel stories. You realize what this means, don’t you? Watching Doctor Who is no longer simply a massively enjoyable way to spend an hour of one’s time.
Watching Doctor Who is taking a stand against communist oppression.