In the Summer of 2014, I had my first taste of the BBC Critically Acclaimed Drama, Doctor Who. At the time, I wasn't really much of a person who was into watching television. But, being a bored teenager over the summer gave me a reason to try and find something to watch after playing video games for quite a while. Many of my good friends had recommended I watch the show on Netflix, but I was hesitant to watch it. From what I had heard, it sounded cheesy and I procrastinated saying "Eh, I'm more of a Star Wars kind of guy." But, I one day found myself looking through television channels and attempting to find something to watch. I skimmed through the channels on my cable box, until I came across BBC America. Noticing Doctor Who was on, I questioned if I should watch it. After reading the description of the episode "Voyage of The Damned," I found myself interested.
I decided to watch the episode for a couple of minutes, but seeing as I hadn't given it a chance...I turned it off. I found myself repeating the same process again during another day. Skimming through channels on my cable box. Again, I found myself turning to BBC America again, deciding to give Doctor Who another chance. Again, I watched the episode for a couple of minutes. This time it was the episode "Nightmare in Silver."
I found myself interested in the show... Though, I actually didn't understand what was going on. At the time, I didn't even know what a Cyberman was. So, I decided to start from the beginning. I started with the new series of Doctor Who... a journey that would change my life forever.
The first episode I decided to dedicate my time to was "Rose." Started from the beginning of new Doctor Who, I got an explanation and understanding of who The Doctor was and a general idea of what he did. "Rose" definetely drew me in from the moment The Doctor took Rose's hand and whispered "Run." That was the most defining moment in my life as a new Doctor Who fan, because I knew I found something... different and I fell in love with it.
I found myself constantly jumping onto Netflix and binge watching the show. I was drawn into the stories and characters and the idea of what Doctor Who was as a whole. It wasn't just a science fiction television show. It reflected our day to day lives. And Christopher Eccleston was the perfect representation of a modern incarnation of The Doctor. I fell in love with the show. It was like being a kid in a candy store. As I watched Christopher Eccleston's last episode, I had this sort of rejection to David Tennant as The Doctor. I felt like Chris was the definitive Doctor for me, but I still had a lot to learn as a young Whovian.
My first moment with David Tennant's Doctor actually surprised me. I went in with a mind set that I would absolutely in no way like his take on The Doctor. But, he drew me in immediately with one sentence. "Where was I? Oh that's right, Barcelona!" And he gave that cheeky smile!
I found out later that this is a common thing among Whovians. It's called the Whovian cycle. The basic idea is, The Doctor regenerates and you don't like his new form. Then around the middle of the new season, you start to like him. Then you fall in love with him... and then he regenerates.
It was really cool to see that Rose felt the same way some Whovians did when it comes to The Doctor regenerating. Confused, disoriented. And it seemed at first she didn't want to accept him. It was beautiful too see Russel T. Davies write out how some of us as an audience felt after The Doctor regenerated.But,David Tennant grew on me. As I continued to watch Doctor Who, I started to change as a person. The way I looked at life changed. I was looking at life in many negative ways. The Doctor changed that completely. I learned that there was hope, beauty, love and life. And in our weakest moments, to be strong. Someone in the universe who stood in the same shoes we've been in our entire lives. Doctor Who, also brought out the geek in me. I was afraid to let people know that I was obsessed with Star Wars, Spider-Man, James Bond, Harry Potter, etc. And The Doctor told me not to be afraid to be myself and let myself shine. This brought me to my first Comic Con. I was The Tenth Doctor and my mother went with me (bless her soul for driving me.) Here's a picture of us in front of the TARDIS:
Season 4 came to a bittersweet end watching David Tennant regenerate. He had become my favorite Doctor and I was again going through the Whovian cycle. I had a hard time accepting Matt Smith as The Doctor. He seemed too young and less... David Tennant.
Again, it was just the WHovian cycle. Matt drew me in with his Fish Fingers and Custard bit in his first episode and I was hooked.
I loved Matt's take on The Doctor. He seemed young and old. Graceful and clumsy. Goofy and serious. He could go A-Z in seconds. And that is the perfect recipe for playing The Doctor. Matt grew on me. I loved everything about his take on The Doctor. Eleven reminded me of myself in many ways.ANd I grew even more with Eleven. I struggled with social anxiety for a long time and Eleven just... inspired me. I started to break out of my shell more, because The Doctor toldme it was okay too. I made more friends through my love of Doctor Who and I ended up going to another con where I got to meet my favorite companion, Amy Pond played by Karen Gillan.
And she signed an autograph for me. I also met a few more Whovians at the wonderful MegaCon 2015.
I also got to go to Comic Con again and meet Martha Jones played by Freema Agyeman. I reccommended some books for her to read, as she hadasked during the panel.
And we met some awesome cosplayers!
Time ran out quickly though... Eleven regenerated into 12 and it was sad to see my favorite Doctor go. But, he left me with one lesson. We all change. If you think about it, we're all different people all through our lives. And that's okay, that's good. You've got to keep moving as long as you remember all the people that you used to be.
And, I find myself contiously changing and I love 12. I don't know who I would've been without Doctor Who! And as of recently, I've been watching the classics. I'm currently watching Tom Baker!
What television show or movie changed your life?