Thursday, July 23, 2009

What The Doctor taught me

Classic British Television

Just about everyone I know loves Doctor Who. I first heard of the show (him?) in 5th grade when my friend, John Berdahl, talked about the show. John was the kind of kid who, by age 11, had seen every movie made and knew every show that had ever aired up till about 1990.

Of course, the Doctor Who he was referring to was different than the Doctor most people today know. The original series ran from 1963 to 1989 (thank you, Wikipedia). Then in 2005 they revived the series with new writers, using current special effects and CG, and written in such a way that you don't need to have seen 26 years worth of classic television to know what's going on.

And it's brilliant.

The writing is wonderful, the storylines keep me guessing, the events range from downright creepy to hilarious, and the total theme is uplifting--stand up and make a difference.

Instead of going on about the series, I'd like to just say what The 9th Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, taught me.

When we first meet The Doctor he's being chased by plastic mannequins who are trying to kill him, chasing him to the top of a building, while he's holding a bomb to destroy them. How does he greet Rose, a girl trapped in a room with him? With a great big smile and a very enthusiastic "Hullo!" Time and time again in the series, The Doctor meets new people, travels to new places, gets in life threatening situations with no discernible solutions, and he does it all with a smile. He's cheerful through life and limb. He's happy, because even though it's dangerous and scary, it's an adventure, and it's having fun.

What a Doctor!

I think there's something to take away from that. Yeah, life is dangerous. Yeah, we can be in situations where we don't know what to do. Yeah, we can be lost in places we've never been. And we can still have a smile on our face, think positively, and greet people enthusiastically with a kindly "Hullo!"

At first I didn't know what to think of Mr. Eccleston as The Doctor. Now, I'm going to miss him.

1 comment:

--jeff * said...

when i first saw your title, i was afraid you were talking about pete docter, director of "up."

just the same, you've intrigued me about the show.