Why I like Doctor Who - At age 17.
Doctor Who first came to our screens in 1963 when it was intended to educate children about science and history. That didn't last very long. But nevertheless it has gone on to win 128 awards, and become a staple of British culture.
When I started watching the show at age 8 (with the funny, adventurous, and strong minded Tennant as the doctor at the time) I enjoyed the monster, characters, and stories.
To be honest I still do.
But having now grown up a bit, I see the show in a more artistic and philosophical way. In this blog, I wish to share with you 4 reasons why Doctor Who is more than just a kid's show and is actually a work of art - I'm not just saying to sound poetic!
Pompey lad 'Murray Gold' is the currant head musical director (and has been since 2005) of Doctor Who. Some of his work is upbeat and exciting such as 'I am the Doctor' or 'All the strange, strange creatures'. But other songs of his are more slow and emotional such as 'Doomsday' or 'Goodbye pond'. Gold is without a doubt the best music guy that Doctor Who (and arguably the BBC) has ever had!
If you had never seen an episode of Doctor Who, and someone were to play you one of his songs, you probably wouldn't even think it was written for a TV show. You'd just think that it had been written for an orchestra. You don't even need to be a fan of the show to be able to appreciate the music.
Songs such as 'I am the Doctor' have been covered by hundreds on sites such as YouTube, where people have played Gold's songs on ukulele,Electric Guitar, and Barbershop/Acapella to name just a few examples.
Murray Gold has done a great job at making sure that Doctor Who's music is 'Fantastic' - Please pardon the pun.
Philosophy and Politics
When I first started watching the show, I often just thought 'oh cool, Daleks', and don't get me wrong, I still do! But now that I've developed more of an interest and understanding of philosophy and politics, I see the show in a new light.
When it first started, it was heavily inspired by the politics of that era. For example, in the very first episode 'An unearthly child', they find cavemen who have recently discovered fire. This is likely to be a metaphor for nuclear materials - Great in the right hands, but terrible in the wrong.
The Daleks are emotionless killers who believed in a master race, who think that anyone who was not part of it deserved death. I'll give you one guess who inspired them!
Even today, politics does sometimes seep its way into episodes. In the episode 'The Zygon inversion' the themes of pacifism and a people judging an entire group by the actions of a few (Islam) are prevalent. To be clear, I'm not saying whether I agree or disagree with the writers' political position here, I'm just saying that it is reflected in the episode.
It's not just politics, philosophy is also in there. A great illustration of this is when the Doctor destroys Gallifrey to save the universe. When he first destroys the planet, he is acting as a Utilitarian. But afterwards takes more of a Deontological approach to morality.