I had a dear friend visit me this last week. She’s one of my few friends I totally trust with movie and TV suggestions, so I let her show me one of her favorite shows: Doctor Who.
Now, to say that Doctor Who is strange doesn’t nearly cover it. (Please bear with me, I’m not a Whovian, just someone who is learning more about it.) Some of the concepts the writers come up with are, well, really really “get me out of your nightmares” weird. (Example: Beings that want to kill you, but once you see them, you forget them, and can’t see them again. That qualifies as creepy, yeah?)
But after watching just one episode, I understood why people who do have problems with scary stuff can sit down and watch this often-creepy show:
The connection between the characters. Oh man, can I just say… the connection they have is powerful.
In our romance/lust-filled culture, it is refreshing to see characters who feel deeply for one another in a true friendship. Characters who trust one another, when all others say you shouldn’t trust, characters who give themselves up to protect each other, and characters who never say that saving a friend is too difficult.
The Doctor’s also got this way of teaching certain concepts each episode (yeah, it’s the writers who are writing it, but for some reason, having a fictional alien teach you lessons about being human is incredibly effective).
- You don’t have to be afraid of things you don’t understand — you can poke them with sticks and find out more, if needs be.
- Best to carry a screwdriver to do the poking/scanning/fixing.
- If you are brave, you are the best kind of person.
- If you are scared, don’t let fear paralyze you. Keep going to best of your ability. That will make you brave. (Thus, see previous bullet.)
- There’s a reason for everything. Especially if it doesn’t make sense.
There you have it. A non-Whovian’s view on the show I’ve known about but was too weirded out to watch. Honestly, I’m still a little weirded out by it. But I think that might be the point. Weird things have a way of commanding our attention.
Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Which Doctor is your favorite? What’s the next episode I should watch? Which is your favorite it lesson learned from your favorite television show?