If you are a science fiction television fan and your existing DISH package doesn’t include BBC America, you are missing out on one the greatest and longest running science fiction television shows in the entire world: the BBC’s Doctor Who!
Doctor Who is a science fiction comedy/drama show about a mysterious and benevolent alien Time Lord known only as the Doctor. The last of his kind, the Doctor travels through time and space in his TARDIS, (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), which on the outside, appears a simple blue police call box. Luckily for the Doctor and his human companions who travel with him on his many adventures, the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than on the outside.
Doctor Who began as an educational television show in the United Kingdom in the 1963, and while it hasn’t always been on the air, it has still managed to accumulate over 700 episodes. The show was revived by television writer Russel T. Davies in 2005, and has been going strong ever since.
With such a long running show, it would be impossible for the same actor to play the role of the Doctor, so the show has a special science fiction notion that allows them to replace the actor from time to time. When the Doctor is grievously injured, he regenerates into a different person, but retains all his memories from before. The modern era has seen actors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and now Matt Smith play the role. Matt Smith became the Doctor in 2010. Along with the frequent replacement of the Doctor’s actor, the Doctor’s trustworthy companion changes from time to time as well. Both moments make great jumping-on points for the show.
The Season 7 (or season 34, depending on where you count) premiere, airing March 30th on BBC America at 8pm ET, features the Doctor taking on a new companion to travel with him in time and space. The new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman has fans all over the world excited for her to take up the role, thanks to a teasing appearance in the last season. We can all expect the Doctor and his companion to cross wits with new and old foes alike.
With 50 years of stories, the Doctor isn’t short on old enemies, such as the robotic Daleks and Cybermen, many of whom have made appearances on the new version of the show. While the show wears its long history well, a new companion serves as an excellent jumping-on point for new fans of the series, young or old.
One of the greatest things about Doctor Who is that it’s written for the whole family, and while it features scary aliens and monsters, children the world over have delighted in being frightened by monsters like the Weeping Angels (if you see one, don’t blink!) or the spooky Silence. The show appeals to fans of all ages—a fact attested to by the show’s long run. Younger children might not be ready for its darker episodes, but pre-teens and teens will love the Doctor, and before long, their Christmas wish lists are sure to include toy Daleks and sonic screwdrivers of their very own.
Doctor Who has it all: wondrous sights, frightful scares, and hilarious jokes. While the show is produced in the UK, much of the humor crosses over, and the accents are easy comprehend by American audiences. Don’t let the foreign nature of the show scare you away, or its old age; there’s a very good reason that Doctor Who can be watched in nearly 50 countries! Call DISH today to upgrade your package to include BBC America, and don’t miss another moment of the Doctor’s adventures.