Hello, KMont here, reporting from the TARDIS! (I wish.) I haven’t been reading much lately. After a year (so far) of DNFing lots of books and just not enjoying many others I did finish or being mind numbingly bored by ones I can’t seem to give up on, I finally found something I can get behind. The Doctor. Doctor Who, that is.
Yes, up until about two weeks ago I was a Doctor Who un-watcher. I’d heard about the show but any attempts to actually watch a current episode on TV left me confused and not a little disoriented. I did what I usually do when I’m infinitely confuzzled – I dismissed the hell out of Doctor Who and meanwhile had the nerve to whine about how there’s no great sci-fi shows or movies happening anymore. Or, not enough of them, rather. Because I stand corrected and I’m not sure how I ever went without the Doctor till now.
I’ve never been a huge follower of drama TV shows other than the occasional HBO original (hello, Game of Thrones) series. I also can’t get a consistent time in to watch TV anyway between a kidlet who believes all programming should involve annoying yellow square-shaped characters with nasally tones and a husband who watches football with some kind of religious fervor. Recently I decided to check out the TV side of the free-for-Prime members TV selection on my Kindle Fire. The free movies are OK, there are a few decent options. But the TV shows? Wow, I had no idea such a killer selection was right at my fingertips! I’d been discussing where to start on Dr. Who with folks on Twitter for some time now, which season and all. When I saw all seasons of the revamped (beginning in 2005) Doctor Who, most of which are FREE, on my Kindle, I felt like I’d won the rainbow-fueled, chocolate-covered jackpot
AND I HAVE.
Some fans warned me that some Doctors were better than others – you’ll know what I mean by that when you watch the shows. No spoilers here. Just gushing. Lots of lovey dovey gushing and other such effusiveness. I have only gotten through one and half seasons of the new, revamped Dr. Who series but I am LOVING IT ALL. I absolutely loved Christopher Eccleston and miss him as the Doctor but David Tennant is spectacular in his own ways, too. Billie Piper as Rose is usually adorable and I really like her, though I am already tired of her being the damsel in distress too often as well as making TSTL type mistakes that are obviously meant to land them in Troubleville. She’s a good actress, though and I love the chemistry between her and both Doctors so far.
Other great actors are making guest appearances all the time, one of my favorite actresses actually appearing in one of my favorite Dr. Who episodes so far: Sophia Myles as Reinette /Madame De Pompadour in The Girl in the Fireplace (Season 2, Ep. 4). I’ve recognized the faces of many other guests on the show so far, which makes it all the more fun.
The budget for the show is obviously bigger than I assumed when seeing out-of-context scenes off and on ages ago, but there are still some aspects that are uber cheesy and a little low-budget. And I love that, too. It’s campy at times but it knows it is. Other times it is actually pretty exceptional with the special effects and beautiful locations and costumes. (Think Season 2, Ep. 2, Tooth and Claw for gorgeous Scotland scenery as well as actresses Michelle Duncan and Pauline Collins (Ahhhhh, Shirley Valentine!!!) and actor Ian Hanmore of Game of Thrones fame. And the very cool creature!)
Britain and the BBC – you rock for having and producing one of the best TV series ever. I mean, I’m already a fan of the BBC for other productions, but this is like geek crack icing on a spectacular British island-shaped cake.
I can’t wait to get home to watch more of it. And when I get there I can’t wait to put kidlet to bed – to watch more of it cuz I have not been able to yet before that. And then I can’t wait to shove a football game on TV at hubby so I can stare at another Dr. Who episode. No don’t talk to me about football I am concentrating and enjoying and obsessed kthxBAI.
Whew. So that’s what I’ve been doing. Very little reading, aka, a reading break, and as much Dr. Who as I can stuff into my eyeballs and brain as possible. As a result I’m having very weird dreams these last two weeks, but it’s worth it.
I can’t believe I took the time to write this post, though, instead of actually watching more Doctor Who. If you’ve got a Kindle Fire, you, like me, have no more excuses – watch Doctor Who now! (You can also watch the free episodes directly on Amazon if you have a Prime membership, any of them actually, though some of the latest seasons might be paid only ATM) And if you don’t, seeing it whatever way you choose is absolutely worth it.