Who Will Watch Doctor Who? This Patch Editor....

Doctor Who's new season starts 9 p.m. Saturday on BBC America. Who'll be watching with me?

Even a news editor needs hobbies and interests. Mine happens be starting a new season at 9 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.

Doctor Who, the British television import that will celebrate 50 years of existence in 2013, will starts season 7 of the new series on Saturday, and I'll be here to blog the season.

The show, if you haven't heard of it, follows the strange adventures of an alien who travels in a time machine shaped like a 1960s London police box, and who finds trouble wherever he travels. 

Doctor Who is one of the few TV shows that I watch, and the only fiction TV show that I watch. I've been a fan of the show since the 1990s, when I watched the imported classic reruns on my local PBS station. Those shows had the classic multi-part episodes, creaky sets and cheap special effects that people equated with the show, but which added to its charm. In college, I was active in online chat groups and newsgroups -- perhaps to a degree that I am reluctant to admit to here.

However, when I started my work life, I didn't bother to get cable, barely could receive broadcast channels, and I found I didn't miss television at all. While I was happy that the show was revived in 2005 with actor Christopher Eccelston in the lead role, my lack of cable or satellite prevent my watching the new show. I would catch occasional episodes with Eccleston and his successor, David Tennant, but they just didn't grab my imagination like the classic episodes.

I got into the show again two years ago after I watched trailers of the newest Doctor, Matt Smith, a few weeks after he had already made his debut. I actually had forgotten that he was supposed to be the newest actor in the revamped series. To me, the feel of the trailers recalled the classic series. At the time, I lived in a house with Comcast On Demand. I watched a marathon of episodes that weekend to catch up with the season, and I've been hooked ever since.

In fact, Smith quickly rose up the ranks as one of my favorite Doctors, probably second, third or fourth behind perhaps Peter Davison, Paul McGann and Tom Baker (depending on how I'm feeling that day). 

I still don't have cable, so I'll be catching up with the new series as it comes online on Amazon.com streaming, which has usually been the next morning. Feel free to respond to my blog posts in the comments, or you can start your own blog right here on Bellevue Patch alongside mine.

If you want instant comment gratification (and I'll be avoiding the comments, naturally until I watch), I'll post the trailer in this blog on the day of broadcast, and can feel free to make your comments.

Follow me on this blog as I watch this season, which will see off our beloved Pond family and welcome the new companion, Clara, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Heck, I'm watching every episode twice anyway, and I definitely want people to converse with. So feel free to watch with me online here. 

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Annie Archer August 29, 2012 at 01:04 AM
They say you never forget your first Doctor, mine was Tom Baker, but I also liked Christopher Eccelston. But I must say, Matt Smith IS the Doctor! And for you fans, go to BBC America which is running one minute episodes all week dedicated to Amy and Rory, called "A Pond's Life".
Shelly Ainsworth August 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Have you checked out Torchwood, the spin-off from Doctor Who? For trivia geeks, the name Torchwood came from the anagram of Doctor Who that they put on film cans to keep people out of it. John Barrowman is incredible.
Kristin Gulledge August 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The Gulledge Family will be watching. We've been watching since the 80's, been to some conventions, wear Whovian t-shirts, etc. Last year we started at season one, episode one and we are watching all episodes (some with only sound and photos because they lost the film). We are currently up to Peter Davison. Can't wait for this weekend!
Venice Buhain August 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Shelly: It was not an exaggeration to say that Doctor Who is the only fiction TV show that I watch (though I'll probably watch The 206, if that ever gets on TV). I haven't caught Torchwood yet, but Barrowman's Captain Jack Harkness was a fun character on Who. Kristin: That's awesome that you can enjoy this show as a family. I've never been to an actual Who convention, but I'm a bit in awe of how popular this show is again throughout the world, and especially in England. I spent some time in London in college around 1997, and it's safe to say that Doctor Who was not in fashion at the time. Couldn't even find a police box anywhere.


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