Big Blog Fridays #12 - Adventures in Time and Space
Hello everybody, it's me, TheManFromMudos, and once again we've arrived at another Big Blog Friday. And you know what that means. Yes, it means that tomorrow is Saturday. And for most people, that doesn't really mean anything apart from a nice day of relaxation after a long week of work or school. But for me, this Saturday's a special one. Because this Saturday evening, I'll be unwinding in front of the TV as I watch the first epsiode of the latest series of one of my most favourite sci-fi franchises of all time: Doctor Who.
Now, I realise that a 2000-year old Time Lord zipping across the universe in a British police call box from the sixties isn't exactly to everyone's taste. But whether you like Doctor Who or not, you simply can't deny that it's one of the most successful British science fiction shows of all time. I think it's safe to say that across a good portion of the world, most people have at least heard of the franchise in some form or another. And if you have, you may have also heard someone, probably quite recently, complaining that the show has 'gone downhill' in the last few years.
But it's always the way, isn't it? When a show's been running for more than fifty years, there's always going to be somebody complaining that it 'ain't what it used to be'. 'The show used to be about the Doctor, not his companions', they say. 'The Daleks used to be scary, now they're just boring', they say. And of course, in a few years time, those people might well be saying: 'the Doctor used to be a man, not a woman. Personally, I think the latter would do the franchise well by stirring things up a lilttle, but sadly, not everyone agrees.
At the end of the day, there'll always be somebody complaining. And perhaps they're right. Perhaps Doctor Who was better 'back in the day'. Perhaps bringing in a female Doctor would be an insufferably terrible idea. But until it happens, we simply won't know for sure. Which brings me to today's big question. Even today, Doctor Who is still a pretty big deal here in the UK. But do you watch Doctor Who? Have you ever watched Doctor Who? If you have, why did you stop, and if you still do, what keeps you engaged with the show so much? Be sure to let me know, and I'll see you next week for another 'Big Blog'.