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August 1, 2011 by musehick

It’s so cool that Doctor Who can have been a lasting though changing influence throughout my entire life. Regeneration is one of those wonderful narrative devices which allows continuation of a long running series and allows the writers to avoid the pitfalls of that whole “son of”, “next generation of” approach. Is there an idea that hasn’t been explored in Doctor Who? Well, of course there is. Because they keep coming up with new ones.

Different flavours on the same menu – I have liked each of the Doctors since the reboot; before the reboot my favourite of the older series was Tom Baker, then William Hartnell, Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton, Colin Davison, John Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy. Peter Cushing and Paul McGann were good but don’t really count in the running because they didn’t get much of a run – at least that’s my thinking. A lot of people have a similar relationship to the Doctor as others have to James Bond – the first actor you see in the role is the one who becomes somehow quintessential.

It retains something that is uniquely British about it – Quatermass and the Pit, and John Wyndham, H G Wells, all those great British sci-fi writers are echoed in it; but it also has started to mesh with newer science fiction tropes quite admirably.

To make something so influential, so adaptable, and so long-lasting and trans-generational – that would really be something.


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