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WHO’s BACK

It’s bolder and bluer than ever.

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As one of the most thoughtful, well-planned science-fiction television shows in history, BBC finally revived its quirky and original classic “Doctor Who” after a 42-year hiatus.

With writer Russell T. Davies, a fresh cast creating heart-felt new characters and the bigger-on-the-inside blue police call box, the comeback show of 1963 swirled into popularity in both the UK, the United States and internationally.

In 2003, the first season of the exciting renewed “Doctor Who” showed off Manchester actor Christopher Eccleston as the leading Doctor.

Although the first season to this new generation of viewers, it opened itself as season 9, continuing off of the original “Doctor Who” season lineage.

Despite it not ending up as one of the series’ strongest scripts, it does its job reintroducing the character of the Doctor, his traveling companion, the many British references and the magic of the storyline.

After decades of thought-building intertwining plots of the following six seasons, the depth of the characters, originality and thought behind the episodes is so stellar and well-constructed and organized that I absolutely claim this show to be one of the most genius works of television.

The doctor character is a Christ-like figure who outsmarts without violence, is witty and selfless in his actions.

He has both human characteristics of forgetfulness and tears while also being a supernatural being who has the ability to regenerate himself 12 times without permanently dying.

What is referenced as the Doctor’s “companion,” I originally believed before watching the show held a sexual nature, but was proven wrong.

The character of the companion is simply a female who is always with him, accompanying him on his adventures.

The character sometimes switches up as a new actress comes in, but she consistently helps to grow a broader dimension to the show and demographic with quirky, smart, unique character and lasting, friendly chemistry with the character of the doctor.

The storylines from both the old original series and the modern, current series tend to be set in an unnatural, science fiction world, full of talking aliens and animals and impossible happenings, captivating the attention of young and old viewers.

Even though the older public proved unprepared to continue viewing the show of the ’60s, causing its cancellation, the once half-hour weekly show 42 years ago has since exploded into a television show with some 93 million weekly viewers, several spin-off series and multiple 90-minute specials.

So although in most cases time wears down the brightness of things, the new “Doctor Who” seems to have burst into fuller color for this 21st century.

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Abigail Scanio

Abigail Scanio

Abigail Scanio is a contributing journalist for MBU Timeline. She is a majoring in Communications Studies. Scanio is apart of the MBU Resident Life staff. She enjoys exploring Saint Louis coffee shops, practicing yoga, and thrift store sweater-hunting.

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