I’ve been meaning to start watching Dr. Who for ages. In fact, one of the things I want to accomplish with this blog is to watch all of the Dr. Who episodes, starting with the earliest that we still have copies of, and blog my way through them. I suppose it’s only appropriate to start right about now. As Comparative Geeks and Gene’O have been reminding us, the Doctor’s 50th birthday is coming up.
I don’t know if you guys realize this, but a 50th birthday for a TV series is a huge, huge deal.* Broadcast TV was in its infancy, particularly its transatlantic broadcasts, until the 1950’s. And it didn’t take long for Dr. Who, which premiered on the BBC in 1963, to make it to the U.S.-just fourteen months, which hasn’t shortened all that greatly in the past 50 years. And the series was originally produced by the iconic Verity Lambert, a woman who, at the age of 28 in 1963, was one of the first women to hold such a position and the youngest to do so.
Oh and, bonus, the show is full of monsters. So from next week on out, I’ll be watching one episode of Dr. Who a week and blogging about it. For now, I leave you with the wonderful Mark Gatiss in a short tour of the set for “An Adventure is Space and Time,” a BBC docu-drama about the show’s creation.
*It is notable that there is a production gap in the TV series from 1989 to 2005, but there may be something even more poignant in the doctor’s rise from TV history because of his cultural hold in the books, TV-movies, etc. that were produced while the show was off-air.