-- Doctor Who Series 3, 'The Family of Blood'
I don't watch a lot of TV, but since I'm so selective with my TV time, I tend to be very passionate about the shows that I watch. After The X-Files ended in 2001, I didn't have an appointment show, one that I never miss and will drop everything to watch. The X-Files was "My Show" and I didn't think I'd ever love another television series that much. That changed in 2007 when a friend recommended the new series of Doctor Who. I requested the first two seasons from Netflix and promptly fell in love. I had a show that I could call "My Show" again.
Doctor Who has a bit of everything: It's quirky, witty, and fun but the show balances light and dark with quite a bit of dramatic and emotional storytelling. It would be easier for me to list off the few episodes that I didn't absolutely love than it would be to narrow down a single favorite episode. Since this is a book blog, I feel obligated to mention "The Unquiet Dead", in which Charles Dickens figures prominently; "The Unicorn and the Wasp", a sheer delight for Agatha Christie fans; and "Silence in the Library" / "Forest of the Dead", a two-parter that takes place in a planet-sized library. ("The Library. So big it doesn't need a name; just a great big 'the'", the Doctor notes.)
Tonight marks the US premiere of Series 5, which introduces Matt Smith as the new Doctor. I loved David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, but I can't wait to see what Matt Smith brings to the role. I am beyond excited for new adventures with the Doctor. If you've never seen an episode of Doctor Who, I'd encourage you to tune in. Even though this will be the fifth season since the series re-launched in 2005, it's said to be an accessible starting point to the show.
Doctor Who airs on Saturdays at 9/8 Central on BBC America. If, like me, you don't have BBC America but subscribe to Comcast, you can watch new episodes of Doctor Who the day after they originally air from the On Demand menu. Press the On Demand button, select TV Entertainment > BBC America > Doctor Who and you're good to go. (Thanks to Ruth Anderson, a dear friend, fellow book blogger and Doctor Who fan for that tip!)