I have been a Doctor Who fan since around 1986-87 (don’t remember exactly when). I came in at the end of Colin Baker’s era and was able to enjoy all of Syvester McCoy’s. While I loved all the actors who played the Doctor, Tom Baker was my favorite, McCoy in second. I have been a fan during the 16 year hiatus and would be glued to the tv if I happened to catch it on a PBS channel, which dwindled as PBS stations around the country dropped the show due to the expense (how much *did* the BBC charge anyway for an older show?)
I was overjoyed when it came back in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the role, doing a *fantastic* job! Then David Tennant who really was a great blend of previous Doctors as well as having his own flare. Then it was annouced late last year that David felt it was time to go. The other day it was annouced that a young lad named Matt Smith was taking the helm of the TARDIS.
He’s younger than me by 10 years!
Of course this was bound to happen to have an actor be around my age, but man, I feel old now! David I was able to handle, being just a couple years younger than him. Christopher was just a few months younger than the series.
I saw a picture of him and I don’t know what to think …well, other than young! But comments about interviews are positive. We’ll have to see when he makes his entrance when David leaves, which won’t be until 2010.
While being wowed by his age, the name was also funny. Smith. In the recent series, the Doctor would sometimes use the name John Smith (Human Nature comes to mind).
Here are some great sites if you are new to the Doctor Who universe:
- Official site run by the BBC
- Gallifrey One – once run under one roof, now links to the other parts. Check out the forum.
- Wikipedia’s entry on the show and links to other wikipedia DW pages
Those will keep you busy enough.