Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Epic British TV Post Part 2 - Doctor Who

I am perhaps not the best person to explain how awesome Doctor Who is (both the show and the character) as this is another of the shows my roommate campaigned heavily for me to watch before I finally capitulated. C'est la guerre.

But briefly, Doctor Who:

"is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveler known as 'the Doctor' who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which normally appears from the exterior to be a blue 1950s police box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems, facing monsters and righting wrongs."-wikipedia

The show has been around for ages and has had several actors portray the Doctor. My favorite Doctor is David Tennant (a popular choice, I know). You may recognize him from the Harry Potter movies.

*David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr.*

David Tennant is quite expressive and as the Doctor he's also quite hilarious even when the situation doesn't warrant mirth.

See what I mean?

While out gallivanting on adventures, he often brings a friend. Road trips are more fun when shared, I guess. Most recently he has been traveling with Donna Noble. She is my absolute favorite companion. She's brash and stubborn and very sassy. Also, she's not in love with the Doctor as some of the past companions have been (which was all well and good but it also got old after awhile). Here's a non-spoilery clip.

The thing is, Catherine Tate (who plays Donna Noble) is awesome in her own right. She had her own comedy show for awhile and one of her recurring characters was a student named Lauren Cooper. This clip has David Tennant in it (along with a myriad of Doctor Who jokes). It is both funny and relevant for this post.

I enjoy the Lauren Cooper skits most of all and can often be heard quoting from them with Sarah-Sarah while we traverse the city on public transit.

Because Doctor Who is on hiatus and shall soon be mixing things up casting-wise, I gave into temptation and checked out the spin-off Torchwood. John Barrowman (who plays Captain Jack Harkness) is pretty amusing in his own rights. Two warnings I should have kept mind: Torchwood is pretty cheesy (but kind of enjoyably so) and there is a lot of sex on Torchwood. Like, really a lot.

If you're looking for something more family friendly, there's "The Sarah Jane Adventures" which features an earlier Doctor Who companion. It's also kind of cheesy but whatever. Sarah Jane is pretty cool, I get the feeling she was more of a Donna Noble type back in the day.

And this pretty much concludes my recent foray into British TV. So, in conclusion: if it can be tied back to Noel Fielding or David Tennant it's probably pretty awesome.

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