Doctor Who

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Dear Jerry,

Despite my edgy style and love for metal, I am actually quite nerdy. I’m obsessed with books, TV shows, movies, and comic books. One of the first [and possibly my favorite] TV shows that I became truly obsessed with was “Doctor Who”.

Now Jerry, I have a feeling that you have at least heard some of the kids talking about this show before. But, you probably have no idea what it is, because I assume lizards don’t watch a lot of TV, if any. So, I am going to tell you the basic gist of the show and hopefully convince you to watch it.

Doctor Who is a British sci-fi show that has been airing since the 1960’s. It is all about the exciting adventures of a time-traveling alien who calls himself The Doctor. Now, if you decide to watch it, you don’t have to watch the seasons from the ‘60s to the late ‘80s. In my opinion, the classic shows were super cheesy, so I would not recommend watching them first. You should start with season 1 that aired in 2005.

Anyway, The Doctor isn’t just your average humanoid alien. He is the last of the ancient race of Timelords, from the planet Gallifrey. He is also over 1,000 years old. Now you’re probably thinking, “Wait, how is that even possible?”
Well, Timelords have the special ability to “cheat death”. Basically, if The Doctor gets fatally injured, instead of dying, his body will regenerate into a completely new one. He would still be the same person, but with a completely different body and personality. That’s why, Jerry, whenever you hear people talking about Doctor Who, they will usually say “Who is your favorite Doctor?” This is also a convenient way for the show to replace the actors when they don’t want to be on the show anymore. The Doctor has had 12 regenerations so far.

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Anyway, as I mentioned before, The Doctor is a time-traveler [hence the name “Timelord”]. He travels all throughout time and space in his time machine called the T.A.R.D.I.S., which stands for “Time And Relative Dimension In Space”. Also, I should probably mention that the T.A.R.D.I.S. is alive.

Most of the time, The Doctor does not travel alone. He usually has a companion who he accidentally meets on one of his adventures then she/he ends up traveling with him for a while.

Now, I think some of the most awesome parts of this show are all of the different aliens/enemies that he encounters. Some of the main aliens that are in the show include: Weeping Angels, which are stone angels that will come alive and kill you the second you look away. Next is the Cybermen, which are human brains inside walking metal suits. And of course, the infamous Daleks who are octopus-like creatures inside clumsy, protective armor. They fought against the Timelords in the Time War, which lead to the defeat of both sides. Daleks are basically death machines.

Okay, so now your question may be; why should I watch Doctor Who? And my answer to that is; why shouldn’t you watch Doctor Who? It has basically everything one could want in a show. It’s witty, light yet complicated, sciencey, and fun. And it’s got action, adventure, and a ton of wacky aliens. AND plus, Jerry, there is even a lizard-like alien race called Silurians. What more could you possibly want?

-Hannah M

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