|We now know there is a swimming pool inside.|
The BBC ran the show until 1989. It went away for little while, then came back in a big way in 2005. I've been watching the new version(s) of the show since then. I'm writing about this now for one reason... I think there are millions of Americans out there who would absolutely lose their minds over this show, but they don't know that it's on.
|You won't need to dress up as these characters, |
although some folks choose to.
At any given moment in any given episode, laughter and the generally light feel of the show can turn to something genuinely frightening. I don't mean "frightening" as in "oh, it's another vampire or some other monster we've seen a thousand times before." I'm talking about something that will freak you out. You're alone in dimly lit courtyard and standing near the trees is a statue of a weeping angel. Or for fans of the show, a "Weeping F'ing Angel!" Just like the statues they resemble, a Weeping Angel can't move... as long as you're looking at it. You blink, it turns toward you. Blink again, it takes a step. Blink, it's half way to you. Turn your back to run... it's got you.
Seriously, you could be laughing at the show one minute, having a grand old time, then... here don't take my word for it. Check out this security camera footage for yourself.
The first episode of the current series, Matt Smith's first fifteen minutes as the Doctor, was like one of those books your mom read to you when you were little that just stuck with you forever. It was that good. "Where the Wild Things Are" good.
The Doctor's time/space machine crash-lands in the back yard of small house. Inside the house is a lonely little girl about 7-years-old, named Amelia Pond. Amelia rushes outside into the dark to investigate, and finds this wacky character straight out of the Wizard of Oz or a good Disney movie - a fast talking, hilariously goofy Doctor with a damaged Time Machine. He promises to take her on an adventure, but he's got to fix his machine first.
"Be back soon," he says.
Right away, Amelia gets suspicious. Amelia, you see is living with her Aunt these days, because...
"That's what everybody says."
The Doctor promises an adventure one more time. "Five minutes," he asks. "Wait right here." Amelia watches the Tardis disappear, runs into the house to pack her little suitcase, then sits back down, right where she found him. And she waits. And waits.
Now "five minutes" doesn't mean a whole lot to a time traveller. Sometimes he can miss the mark. Twelve years later, the Doctor returns to find Amelia all grown up, and believed to be quite looney for her twelve year long insistence that a time traveling Doctor had visited her in his space ship.
I might not be doing the scene justice. I promise it was more than a little bit touching, but here, don't take my word for it. Check out this homemade music video I found on the web from MissxUnderstoodx ...
I could go on and on, but this is probably plenty.
|But just to be sure, here's another picture of Karen Gillan as Amy Pond|
To Sum up: If you have any geek in you at all and you haven't seen this show yet, go watch "Doctor Who."