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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyssa42 View Post
    Well, today's show is the 50th anniversary special. It is excellent, but you will probably be a bit lost. The reason the show has been able to last for 50 years is because the main character (The Doctor) can "regenerate" into a completely new person, but still be the same character, so the main character can keep going. He flies through time and space in a Police Call Box from 1960's London. Long story to that part of it. In this episode today, several versions of "The Doctor" meet up to save the universe. They normally can't interact due to space/time laws, etc. But there have been several other specials over the years where several of the actors who have played The Doctor have appeared in special episodes together. The Doctor always has at least one companion, who represents us, although sometimes they are not from Earth (Nyssa was a princess from the planet Traaken). The Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, which figures quite prominently in today's episode. He always saves the Earth or other planets from aliens or other certain destruction. Just don't overthink it. The person who introduced me to Doctor Who said this: "At first you are going to think it is the dumbest thing you have ever seen, especially because it looks like it was filmed in someone's basement. (old episodes, remember) But I promise if you just watch to the end of one episode you will be hooked." And he was right. The special effects in today's episode are amazing, though.

    Oh, and yes, the 2010 and 2011 episodes are part of the "reboot". There was a period of about 8 years when the world was "Who-less" in the late 90s-early 2000's until the 2005 restart. The guy who is the current Doctor is the 3rd actor to play him since then. And we will be getting a new actor in January.
    Okay I watched the 50th anniversary special. I am thoroughly confused, yet strangely intoxicated.

    Might help if I knew what what the time war was all about. This show seems to spit in the face of back to the future time rules.

    Those purple alien things are disgusting.

    So at the end, does that mean Matt smith's time as the doctor is done, and its time for someone new? Was he joining the old doctors in some kind of happy purgatory, or was he actually going to try to find Gallifrey?

    And what exactly is a time lord?

    I loved all 3 of those actors - brilliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    Okay I watched the 50th anniversary special. I am thoroughly confused, yet strangely intoxicated.
    Like Nyssa said, you can go back and watch a bunch of them on Netflix starting in 2005 with Chistopher Eccelston as the Ninth Doctor. It was almost ten years since the last time Doctor Who was on TV at all, so it basically starts from zero and fills in the history as you go.


    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    Might help if I knew what what the time war was all about. This show seems to spit in the face of back to the future time rules.
    Basically those little tank things in the beginning, the Daleks, are emotionless psychopaths who wanted to take over the universe and only the Time Lords stood in their way. So they waged a war through time and space.

    The Doctor has described time as follows:
    "People don't understand time. ... People assume that time is a straight linear progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff."


    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    Those purple alien things are disgusting.
    I've only ever watched since 2005 and I've never seen 'em before. But there's lots of fun bad guys in the series. Lots of old ones and some new ones.


    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    So at the end, does that mean Matt smith's time as the doctor is done, and its time for someone new? Was he joining the old doctors in some kind of happy purgatory, or was he actually going to try to find Gallifrey?
    From what I gathered, the next step for the Doctor is to start looking for the time-locked Time Lords.

    Since the 2005 reboot, it was understood that the Doctor was forced to destroy both the Time Lords and the Daleks somehow, and he's been carrying that guilt ever since. So the idea that he didn't really do it is new. Which explains why Tennant and Hurt an Smith don't remember that they didn't actually do it.

    As for Smith's Doctor, the 11th incarnation, isn't quite done. He's got one more story - the Christmas special (Doctor Who does one every year). At that point, it is widely known that he will regenerate into the Twelfth Doctor, played by Robert Capaldi. Actually, Capaldi had a quick shout out in the special when all of the Doctors surround the planet and he arrives last to make it Thirteen and only his eyes are shown.


    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    And what exactly is a time lord?
    They are an ancient alien race from the planet Gallifrey. They have two hearts and have mastered time travel.

    The Doctor's time machine, the T.A.R.D.I.S*, looks like a blue police box because it's camouflage system got stuck when he was vistiing Earth in the 60's.

    * Time And Relative Dimension In Space


    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    I loved all 3 of those actors - brilliant
    Yeah. The Doctors, especially recently, have always gotten great actors. It helps that the series is an institution in England.
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    One more question - where do they find the companions? Are they signified and somehow related through time, or is it just random people who have to be told and taught who/what doctor who is?

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    Never try to think about the impact or rules of Time Travel while watching Dr. Who. They make no sense, change from episode to episode moment to moment.

    Dr. Who is an absurd show that pays no never mind to things like continuity or consistency. It's just fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucsdguy1 View Post
    One more question - where do they find the companions? Are they signified and somehow related through time, or is it just random people who have to be told and taught who/what doctor who is?
    Hey, thanks for all those clarifications, darby . And, the Companions are just random people who come into the life of The Doctor through various ways. The "qualification" to be a Companion is basically that they don't need to be told or taught who or what The Doctor is, they just accept him right off the bat and serve a need The Doctor has at the time. Not everyone who interacts with him gets to become a Companion. And no one who asks to be a Companion would ever get to be one. They tend to be reluctant but vital participants in the The Doctor's adventures. This is what makes us, the viewer, relate to them.

    Oh, and some clarification on the regeneration business. The Jon Hurt doctor (old guy, but new to us) is The Doctor just BEFORE the 2005 series reboot. At the end there, he is regenerating into "Nine", played by Christopher Eccleston, who chose not to be part of this special. (Boo....he was so good as The Doctor). Matt Smith will not regenerate until the end of the Christmas special. And The Curator at the end of the episode was Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor, who played the role for the most years and is many, many people's favorite Doctor. My fav is 5, Peter Davison. (your fav tends to be the one you saw first)
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    The "Behind the Doctors" that aired on BBC America really helped.

    I've also gotten through the Big Bang episode and halfway through Let's Kill Hitler. (part of 5 random episodes i taped saturday)

    Matt Smith is a genius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay View Post
    Never try to think about the impact or rules of Time Travel while watching Dr. Who. They make no sense, change from episode to episode moment to moment.

    Dr. Who is an absurd show that pays no never mind to things like continuity or consistency. It's just fun.
    Oh...Like Sherlock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    Oh...Like Sherlock.
    I'd argue that the acting and production value on Sherlock is of a higher caliber but sure if that makes you happy.

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