Just so we’re perfectly clear here: I am not “reviewing” Doctor Who. I am geeking out over it. I never pretend to be “objective” about anything I write about here, but I’m putting everyone on notice: I have absolutely no interest in debating the merits of this show. As far as I am concerned, if you’re not madly in love with the Doctor and wouldn’t drop everything to hop into the TARDIS and probably end up getting killed on some alien planet eight million years in the past by Daleks or Cybermen or Slitheen, then there is an unbridgeable chasm between us, and we have nothing to talk about.
So the assumption here is that you’ve seen the episodes I’ll be talking about — there will be spoilers galore, and I’m not gonna waste time recapping the plots — and that you love them, even when they’re not very good. (And there are a couple not-very-good ones coming up, I’m sorry to say. But Doctor Who is like sex: even when it’s bad, it’s good.)
Oh, and though I say there will be spoilers, I promise not to spoil anything to come in episodes that have not yet aired in the U.S. on the Sci Fi Channel. (I’m more than halfway through the series that just began last night on Sci Fi, thanks to the miracle of instantaneous global communication, easy digitization of video broadcasts, and high-speed Internet access. And I expect to be all the way through by the end of this week.) And I’ll thank everyone who has already finished watching this series on the BBC not to post in comments any spoilers for future episodes.
Some readers may remember that I started blogging about the Christopher Eccleston Doctor Whos over at Geek Philosophy last year; see all that here. Though I never finished, and never got around to the first batch of David Tennant episodes, I do need to do that ASAP. (Of course, I’ve been saying that for months, so you might not want to hold your breath.) I plan on writing some Totally Geeky Guides to the new Doctor Who, and so all this stuff is something like an outline for a first draft.
On to this week’s Sci Fi Channel episodes, which were sponsored by men’s Rogaine foam. Oh, god, we geeks are gettin’ old…:
The Christmas Special, Episode 0: “The Runaway Bride”