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I only watched Doctor Who when I was a little, little kid in the 70s. It wasn't until just a few years ago I picked it back up. And wow, wow, wow I missed so darn much. For those of you that wonder what the heck is Doctor Who, well Wikipedia's opening graph is kind of relevant:

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord—a time travelling, humanoid alien with two hearts known as the Doctor. He explores the universe in his TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space), a sentient, telepathic time-and-space-travel machine that flies through the time vortex. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in 1963, when the series first aired. Along with a succession of companions, the Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.
Since the show started in 1963 there have been 11 Doctors.

The shows does something interesting. When they transition to a different Doctor (insert actor) that looks and might not sound like the previous one they call it regeneration. Where the Doctor takes on a new body and to some extent maybe even a somewhat different personality as part of the show.

Below the fold some more Doctor Who and goodbye Amy Pond.

I started watching when the newest doctor, played by Matt Smith started. In his first show he lands in like the 1970s UK in the yard of a young girl. She is sad and alone. Since the Doctor has just regenerated he is hungry and in the first few minutes of the show she fixes him every food in the house, cause he isn't sure what he likes, and he spits most of it up on the wall.

He decides to take her with him (that companion thing) and tells her to pack her bags, he'll be right back, he has something to go do (like save the universe). She sits and waits.

What for him might have only been minutes or hours, well when he returns it was in fact 12 years later for her.

The Doctor saves the world, as he is wont to do, and she decides to come with him .... I mean who wouldn't want to travel through the universe in time and space?

That women's name is Amy Pond, maybe my favorite chacter in any TV show I've ever seen!

We meet her boyfriend and soon to be husband Rory, who comes along with them. A man we will find sits outside a prison by himself, not moving, for 1,000 years waiting for her, cause he refuses to leave her.

We met her daughter River Song, who we have no idea at first is Amy's daughter cause she is an adult woman, and the Doctor's love interest. A person we find lives in an exact different timeline than the Doctor, so the kiss we see between them in the show we later learn for him is the first time the Doctor thinks they met and for her the last time they are together. They live their love affair in opposite directions.

Confused? Well time travel is a bitch :)!

Well this Saturday on the BBC and BBC America it all starts again. To say I can't wait is an understatement. We know Amy Pond exits on the third show. We know there are going to be some epic battles. Again I can't wait. Lets get it on Doctor.

Update: Oh here is a video of when Amy and the Doctor met again after him being gone for 12 years.

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  •  For Those Huge Doctor Who Fans (7+ / 0-)

    and I know you are out there, I need to get more shows then just the last 3 seasons. But alas it took me forever to get through those. I had to watch many of them time and time again. I had to hop on the Internet to figure out the background on the Daleks and Weeping Angels. I swear I'll get there eventually. I am only behind a few decades :).

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:08:13 AM PDT

  •  River Song, not River Phoenix. (3+ / 0-)
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    "It doesn't matter what I do....People need to hear what I have to say. There's no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn't matter what I live. --Newty

    by Vico on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:17:57 AM PDT

  •  River Song, not River Phoenix (4+ / 0-)

    Real name Melody Pond .. A Moffat joke that seems obvious once she's revealed as Amy Pond's daughter.

    Avoiding Theocracy at Home and Neo Cons Abroad

    by UniC on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:22:52 AM PDT

  •  BBCA is quite accommodating about reshowing (5+ / 0-)

    the entire "re-boot" from time to time.  They actually just started showing the Christopher Eccleston Doctors a couple of weeks ago...David Tennant episodes should be in the queue any day now.  

    The Weeping Angels are the creepiest villains they've come up with in a long time...I was afraid we hadn't seen the last of them!

    So I had the last series (the British use the term "series" like we use "season") all on my DVR and I was saving the very last episode (The Wedding of River Song) to watch when the next series/season starts up again.  So I could watch the two together with no months-long break between them.

    My DVR broke!  Direct TV replaced it...but of course I had lost everything that was on the old one...including the final, as yet unwatched, episode of last year.  Aaagh!

    But I'm sure BBCA will do a marathon of the last year's episodes before they start this year's.   (Please, please, please, oh please.)  

    Metaphors be with you.

    by koosah on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:23:34 AM PDT

  •  My 12 yo daughter has drunk deeply (5+ / 0-)

    of the Wholaid this summer. The show has come a long way since I watched Tom Baker with the long scarf. Still has moments of humor. Much scarier now though. Lots more spent on sets and costumes.

    Courage is contagious. - Daniel Ellsberg

    by semiot on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:24:54 AM PDT

    •  Tom Baker is a proper english eccentric. he does (5+ / 0-)
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      talk and panel shows over here occasionally and he's hysterical. A sample here.

      "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

      by voroki on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:29:14 AM PDT

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    •  That Is Wonderful. I Don't Have Any Kids (3+ / 0-)
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      but I have a 3 year old niece I am really close with. In a few years I'd love to introduce her to the show. I think it is rare in TV, but women in Doctor Who seem pretty empowered.

      Also even at three she has a fetish with space. She just drove with her folks from IL to Destin, Florida. Going both ways they had to stop in Huntsville to visit the space museum.

      She can't seem to get enough of rockets and space.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:38:58 AM PDT

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      •  My wife and I took our daughter to DC this (1+ / 0-)
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        summer. The kid really liked the Air and Space museum. But then again, who wouldn't? I tell her her destiny is to be President of Mars. She says, "Oh daddy."

        Courage is contagious. - Daniel Ellsberg

        by semiot on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 08:47:07 AM PDT

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    •  But what other Doctor... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...got lost in his own TARDIS? Sarah Jane and the Doctor passing the same pool time and again was truly classic.

      "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

      by DeathDlr73 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 09:03:49 AM PDT

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  •  The daughter is River song. (1+ / 0-)
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    That women's name is Amy Pond
    woman's
    she is an adult women
    an adult woman

    ...women is plural, woman should reflect the singular.

    We know Amy Pond exits on the third show.
    Actually, according to stories and even on the wikis, it's the 5th episode.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:28:11 AM PDT

    •  Anything Else Grammar Police? (0+ / 0-)

      Interesting it is #5. Everything I've read is it is #3. But then again I didn't read the short show recaps the BBC release cause I already know more than I want to know.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:31:44 AM PDT

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      •  No, nothing else thus far. (2+ / 0-)
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        but as far as the exit show...

        http://en.wikipedia.org/... - 1st paragraph, last sentence.

        and from another source (mini spoiler removed):

        That's all Moffat said about the subject during out chat, but here's what we know about the departure of the Ponds: In March, Moffat said that Amy and Rory will leave " in Episode 5.

        -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

        by Vayle on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:40:17 AM PDT

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        •  Well I Am Happy If It Is Two More Show (0+ / 0-)

          I really like both of them ....

          When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

          by webranding on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:42:20 AM PDT

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        •  Oh One Other Thing (3+ / 0-)
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          I just like rich character development. I feel like I was just starting to know Rory and Amy. Now they are gone.

          Like with AMC. Many folks I heard said the second year was too slow. Not enough action. Well I would have liked a little more action but I liked the character development. I want to know them so I understand why they do what they do.

          When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

          by webranding on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:44:48 AM PDT

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          •  Older shows, less flamboyant though (2+ / 0-)
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            Babylon 5

            Battlestar Galactica

            You might like Farscape,

            Andromeda just got too disjointed story wise, but some people enjoyed it.

            Watch Firefly if you haven't.

            For fun comedy with Moffat's writing wit (Moffat took over for Davies) try BBC's Coupling. Excellent series.

            And to avoid the typical cop show BS for something a bit more visceral - The Shield.

            As for Star Trek.  TOS/TNG - some good episodes, but overall as series go, a bit hokey.

            DS9. A good attempt to work in a war story arc overall, but too many non arc episodes and too many Ferengi centric episodes. Ugh.

            Enterprise...they almost had something good with the temporal cold war, then they got scared, screwed up what could have redeemed other aspects, and then limped along...watchable but again, just not focused well - and the last episode was with TNG characters looking at 'historical holo-docs' and recreations...um

            ...if I want historical documents with a flair, I will watch Galaxy Quest.

            You don't think Gilligan's Island is real....
            -looks of pain from the Thurmians- "Those Poor People"...

            -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

            by Vayle on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:54:24 AM PDT

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      •  Good thing you didn't write a diary about (2+ / 0-)
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        Star Trek...those fans are really picky!  

        The nerdier the show, the pickier the fans.  We can't help ourselves.  LOL.  

        Welcome to the "Whoniverse," BTW.  It's always fun to compare Doctor stories!

        Metaphors be with you.

        by koosah on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:40:24 AM PDT

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  •  The church I go to has "Dr. Who Nights" at my (6+ / 0-)

    house. I fill up the DVR with a few episodes, and all of the nerds, geeks and other Whoians come to my house to watch, eat popcorn and otherwise geek out.

    It's been a long dry spell since the last new episode. We've had to be content with watching Firefly [not that that's bad, mind you].

    Liberals: Taking crap for being right since before you were born. - Driftglass (and the amazing Professional Left Podcast at http://professionalleft.blogspot.com/)

    by briefer on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:42:16 AM PDT

  •  So, you're getting into Doctor Who. (4+ / 0-)

    Have you seen any Torchwood, yet?  It's a spin-off of David Tennant-era Doctor Who.  Veeerrrry good stuff.

    We still have a local video store where we can rent entire seasons of TV shows on DVD rather inexpensively.  I got caught up on Battlestar Galactica that way.  Torchwood is only three or four seasons long.      

    Metaphors be with you.

    by koosah on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:50:43 AM PDT

    •  Yes. Seen Most Of It (1+ / 0-)
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      Just wonderful. I think I missed one of the mini-series and the last season. I did love what they did on, wasn't it Showtime.

      I am a Netflix guy. I didn't have cable and/or most times TV until about 7 years ago (I am 43). There is so much stuff I am still trying to catch up with. I still have the final season of Battlestar. I was stunned when I watched the first season of Firefly and learned it got canned.

      I am sure I am missing a lot of stuff .... but working on it :).

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:59:48 AM PDT

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    •  love torchwood (1+ / 0-)
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      it's so over-the-top serious about itself, and that somehow makes it delicious.

    •  I only watched seasons 1 and 2 of TW (0+ / 0-)

      Once I heard about the big "twist" in season 3—which was wholly unnecessary—I gave up on the show.

  •  So much fun reading about the Dr fans! (4+ / 0-)
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    Used to watch Tom Baker with my son who is now in his 40s!
    Now I can watch with my Grandsons! I'm going to be glued to BBC on Saturday!
    Time just flies!

    Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lizardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

    by Temmoku on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:51:41 AM PDT

  •  You know you're working in the right place (7+ / 0-)

    when Doctor Who comes up and your boss casually says, "Oh, the one with the scarf, he was MY doctor ..."

    But the scariest words in the English language are still, "Are you my Mummy?"

    •  See Until Last Year The Doctor w/ The Scarf (1+ / 0-)
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      was all I knew shown on a small b/w TV and PBS in the mid-70s. I recall it as being "strange" and "low rent." So when I saw the show from like 2010 to now (and I guess this shouldn't be a surprise) I thought, well this is a different Who!

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:05:40 AM PDT

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    •  Moffat wrote that one too, as well as 'Blink'. (2+ / 0-)
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      And that's it, I'm afraid. There's no more from you on the transcript, that's the last I've got. I don't know what stopped you talking but I can guess: they're coming. The angels are coming for you, but listen, your life could depend on this: don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink! Good luck.

      -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

      by Vayle on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:17:39 AM PDT

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  •  My family... (5+ / 0-)

    My family is VERY excited about the new season.

    I watched it as a kid...3rd and 4th incarnations. Lost interest during the 5th partly because the actor was one I knew from another show and was hard to make the transition.

    I didn't start watching the new series until I was on a plane to Heidelberg and they had the first part of a 2 parter with the 9th Doctor. I LOVED it and when I got back home started watching any Dr. Who that came on. My family wasn't interested at all so I would watch when no one else was watching the TV...but often my wife would come down near the end of an episode. Finally she got sucked in. Then my step-daughter. Now we are definitely obsessed.

    I personally like the 10th Dr. (David Tennant) by far the best. Followed by the 9th. After that hard to say because my memory of the 4th (formerly my favorite) has faded so not sure if I like Tom Baker or Matt Smith better. But probably David Tennant will always be my favorite.

    Best thing is, Dr. Who is unashamedly liberal. Homosexuality is treated very sympathetically. Women are strong characters. Even at least one sympathetic reference to socialism (9th Dr.).

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:02:56 AM PDT

    •  When they introduced Rose and showed her (6+ / 0-)

      with her boyfriend Mickey, I wondered if even today an American show could be that casual with a biracial relationship.  Then I watched Firefly...

      Funny how sci-fi almost always runs on the presumption that we will all be more liberal in the future, isn't it?  Racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. won't be big hang-ups in the future...we hope!  

      Metaphors be with you.

      by koosah on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:12:05 AM PDT

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    •  I Am Jealous For That (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't have a wife nor kids. But my niece as I mentioned in another comment I am very close with and she love anything, even at three, space related.

      She is spending more time in my house and I have a room, gosh I can't believe I will admit this and maybe why I am 43 and single, I have a room in my house that is nothing but Star Wars and Legos. I mean a pretty large room.

      When see hundreds of figures and maybe 100,000 Legos .... all of which are meant to be played with and used the joy in her eyes is something that I can't put to words.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:13:33 AM PDT

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    •  Tennant is my favorite, as well (2+ / 0-)

      I like Matt Smith a lot, but the 10th Doctor will always be my favorite. I picked up the series a couple of years ago, at the end of David Tennant's run, though I started with Rose (Christopher Eccelston's first episode and the first of NuWho).  I liked Eccelston's Nine, but Tennant is my doctor (as the kids say).  I thought I wouldn't like Smith's 11, but I do like him and I LOVE the character of Rory.  I enjoy Amy Pond, but I think my favorite companion was Donna.  

      I will admit that I've never watched the older series, as to catch up on 50 years of tv seems incredibly daunting.  I keep meaning to check out the Tom Baker years and the episodes when Sarah Jane Smith was the companion, because I loved her episode with 10.  

      " " - Harpo Marx (smarter words were never uttered)

      by harx1 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 08:24:21 AM PDT

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  •  Doctor Who meets Sarah Who™ (4+ / 0-)

    avatar92

    My DVR is smaller on the outside than it is on the inside.
    Ready to combat the Daleks.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:13:34 AM PDT

  •  I'm sorry to have to disagree with you (2+ / 0-)

    about Amy Pond.  One of my biggest regrets about the start of the Matt Smith era is that they didn't use the child Amy Pond as the permanent companion.  She was great!!  In comparison the adult Amy Pond is a charmless mumbler.  I greatly preferred Donna Noble from the Tennant era.

    Great news about the new season - I'll definitely be watching.  I'm a huge fan of all Who both old and new.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:41:15 AM PDT

  •  If you like the Matt Smith version (4+ / 0-)

    you'll probably like the David Tennant version as well. But you might struggle, as I did, with earlier doctors.

    I like the series now much better than the old ones.

    •  Another Season with Christopher Eccleston (0+ / 0-)

      would not have been a negative in my book.

      I watched some during the 80's, but was never a huge fan until the series kicked back into gear with the 9th Doctor.

      -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

      by Vayle on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 10:28:15 AM PDT

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  •  Been watching 1963 Season 1 lately... (3+ / 0-)

    There have been many comparisons of Doctor 11 (Matt Smith) to Doctor 1 (William Hartnell), and they are very accurate. The Doctor lies. He breaks his own TARDIS. He is aloof and somewhat uncaring.

    If you have the chance, and can withstand horrible BBC procuction from the '60's, difinitely see. Been a rabid fan for decades, can't wait for the return.

    "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

    by DeathDlr73 on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 08:41:51 AM PDT

  •  And for those who were late to class: (1+ / 0-)
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    You did know that Time Rock (more commonly, trock) was its own genre, right?

    I hope this works; I've never embeded video before.

    The whole point of society is to be less unforgiving than nature. - Arthur D. Hlavaty

    by Alice Venturi on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 10:07:24 AM PDT

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