Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Doctor Who Fan is Born

Ok, so I was born not so recently, but I am (rather ashamedly) quite new to the wonderful world of Doctor Who.  I know, I know.  Let the castigating begin.  It's not that I haven't wanted to get into it, it's just that for a long time, I'd just put it off, prioritized it lower that the myriad other science fiction, fantasy and horror shows and books out there begging for my attention.  There's a lot out there, and it can't all make the cut.

That being said, I finally got into it a while back, and I have to say, it's rather addictive.  It's hard to squeeze it into an already busy schedule, but as there should always be time for reading and watching material in one's chosen genre(s), in this household there is time for Doctor Who.

I'll admit, I'm not a really big "Whovian".  I don't know all the doctors, am only now learning all the cool lingo and trivia from it, and really couldn't carry on an intelligent conversation with someone regarding the show.  But I'm getting there.

I find it holds my attention well enough to adapt to my workout routine, that sadly isn't as regular as I'd like it to be.  A 45-minute show gives me a full half an hour on the elliptical machine, complete with warm up and cool down.  I put it on the Kindle and let it play while I burn off a few of those beers from the prior evening.  I call it my "Doctor Who workout".  Pure calorie-burning, endorphin-raising science fiction fun!  And the best thing is, it can be a "Firefly workout", a "Dollhouse workout", or whatever other type of workout you desire.

So don't go all spoiler-happy on me.  Let me figure out what happens in the plot all on my own.  Let me figure out which doctor is the coolest.  Like I said, I don't know much, but I do know one thing: I want a Tardis!

Tardis, © James Lelyveld

And I'm off to the elliptical machine!


  1. Enjoy, Jonathan! I haven't gotten into yet for the sames reasons, but now that I'm sick in bed, maybe I can check a few out :) I haven't forgotten about your query either - I promise to get to it as soon as I can stop coughing long enough to see straight.

  2. Thanks, Shiela. It's a great series. I've been taking it a little slow in hopes the rest of the family will become interested and watch it with me. Of course, that would put a serious crimp on my "Doctor Who workout". Oh well, watching it twice works well too.

  3. I was never a massive Who fan as a kid. Then when it came back in 2005, I wasn't too fussed, but I caught a few episodes and started paying attention a couple of years back. Now I love it. It's great fun TV.

  4. I've started the most recent iteration of the series, thought it would be more entertaining to watch. I'll end up going back and revisiting the older stuff someday, but I don't know that it'll be better than the new series.

  5. I've been wanting to get into Who for a while, but a show with such a long history is almost intimidating. It has all the telltale signs of Awesome Things That I Will Love, but I'd be compelled to go back into the old seasons as far as I possibly could, which could become a time vortex.

  6. Do it, J.W.! It's most probably one of those "ATTIWL" things for you. Can't tell you whether to start with the old and work to the new or vice versa, but you'll figure that out. I started with the current series for a solid modern perspective on it, figuring that I'd be more interested in it if I viewed the older stuff in terms of background, to see where we'd come from in the series. Your mileage may vary.