I’m sure by now you’ve noticed that unless you’re a big fan of reality television there isn’t a whole lot to watch on television during the summer. I suggest going outside and getting some sun. Ha! Just kidding! If you’re looking for a good television show during the summer then you should check out Dr. Who on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Dr. Who is a British science fiction television show that originally aired from 1963 to 1989. In 2005 they decided to re-launch Dr. Who. This year the third season of Dr. Who aired on BBC, a British television network, from March to June and now it has come to America.
Dr. Who, often known simply as “The Doctor” is a time traveler who goes on adventures in his time ship and, along with the help of companion he solves people’s problems. David Tennant, who you may know as Barty Crouch Jr. from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, is currently playing Dr. Who. Tennant is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.
Dr. Who’s main foes are the Daleks a group of alien robots that are often trying to exterminate any being that they feel is inferior, which is pretty much everybody. The Daleks even eliminated the Time Lords, a group of humans that are far better time travelers than anybody else.
Since this is a science fiction television show that means it has special effects in it. Some older BBC television shows are notorious for having some of the worst special effects of all-time but they have greatly improved these days, or at least for the most part. When they re-launched the show in 2005 they wanted to bring back the Daleks since they were the main enemy of the original series. Unfortunately that meant bringing back a race that was not made very well and they wanted to stay as close to the original model as possible so the Daleks actually don’t look that great. Fortunately all the other special effects in Dr. Who look great, especially the Judoon, a race of half human-half rhino creatures.
Since Dr. Who is a time traveler he often comes across real historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Marco Polo, The Beatles, Albert Einstein, Charles Dickens and Doc Holliday. Sometimes it is even up to Dr. Who to save these historical figures from dying or to stop events that would change history as we know it.
Dr. Who is just an all-around great show. The cast is excellent, the effects look nice and the show is very well written and takes the viewers on a wild an interesting ride every week. Dr. Who can be seen on the Sci-Fi channel on Friday Nights at 9/8C.