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For 2019 we are going to be doing something a little different. The Geekstalkers Community has been steadily growing over the last couple of years so we thought it was about time that you got to know our members a little better. Each month we will have at least one Geekstalker talk about…..anything they want to! We have a wide variety of interests which is one of the reasons we work so well!
This month’s featured Geekstalker is Ken Major aka @KenMajor83
When asked to write for this months article, it was pretty obvious WHO I was going to be writing about!
That time travelling regenerating Time Lord known as The Doctor.
I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of the show, an alien that can travel anywhere in time or space – the story opportunities are endless.
That’s the main appeal as this anthology show can be in the past one week then battling an alien menace that next…
I feel that I’ve always been aware of the show and it was a visit to the old London Museum of Moving Imagines during the early 90’s that I first encountered a Dalek.
As the show has been cancelled in 1989 I had just missed out on the McCoy era, the series was pretty much unloved by the powers that be and believed Sci-Fi wasn’t popular anymore and moved it against popular ITV soap opera Coronation Street and ultimately the ratings dropped to an all time low – my mum was a big ‘Corrie’ fan so I wouldn’t have been able to watch it anyway!
But the Dalek’s are so distinctive that I instantly recognised the Doctor’s olds foe, I definitely remember seeing the Children in Need charity crossover with EastEnders in 1993 ‘Dimensions in Time’ – it’s so bad that I actually quite like it.
You can imagine my excitement when a TV Movie starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor was advertised in 1996.
A Fox/BBC coproduction ended up being a bit of a false dawn, though rated well here it was up against the juggernaut Rosanne in America and ultimately didn’t get a full series.
Paul will always be my Doctor, the story is slightly flawed but it hooked me.
Being a teenager and at college my only sauce of seeing older episodes was from repeats, I loved the stories shown on BBC2 around 1999/2000!
I always thought the show could be a success and once again I had highly hope for the new series in 2005, this time their was going to be 13 episodes!
I reckon in part the ratings for the TV Movie in the U.K. must have helped!
By this point I was working full time so could treat myself to all of the DVDs of older stories plus various books and magazines…
It was weird how the new series success meant shops were stocking items in prominent displays all of a sudden!
The New Series Adventures tie in novels definitely rekindled my love of reading again, in truth I had slacked by my 20’s.
I even found out the Eighth Doctor had a whole book series to himself, I read as many of the 73 novels that I could find.
There’s also Big Finish who have the rights to produce audio plays with the original cast.
McGann’s Doctor has had a whole host of adventures for me to listen too aswell!
Colin’s Sixth Doctor has also had a new lease of life, he’s incarnation works so much better when you don’t have to see that coat!
Even David Tennant has reprised he’s role for some audio adventures.
The format is so simple and effective and will always have a lasting appeal. Even when it’s not on tele their is so much creative connect to keep any fan constantly entertained.
Theirs a wealth of spinoffs including Big Finish continuing the Torchwood series to the excellent Lethbridge-Stewart books by Candy Jar.
I genuinely enjoy every era of the show, I think every actor and writer has brought something different to the show.
Of course there’s certain eras I revisit more, but I found recently that I struggle to name a favourite Doctor.
Instead I just say Patrick Troughton as without he’s brilliant portrayal of the Second Doctor meant the series could continue and I wouldn’t have discovered it all those years later…
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