True story: About five years ago, whilst I was on a bar crawl with Liz, we decided that we'd go and see whatever was playing at the art house cinema next door to where we drinking that evening. This was not up for discussion, whatever was playing we were going to watch. So we threw back the last of our drinks and got in line at the cinema. Guess what, it was a back to back to back to back four episode marathon of a Tom Baker-era "Doctor Who" story arc. And all the Greater Boston Super Doctor Who fans were out in force. Scarves and jelly babies were in the house. Liz and I must have missed the memo and we could not have looked more out of place.
Liz, as you probably recall, is from England, and she grew up with "Doctor Who." She unapologetically points out that "Doctor Who" was made for kids. And you know what, she's right. Then again, "Star Wars" was made for kids and fuck you, all right? That series is gospel for me, dammit! So while the Biz Quig had never seen a "Doctor Who" episode in his life, I can totally understand the obsessive Super Fans who came out to see the four-part episode. These were my brothers and sisters from another science fiction series mother.
So, we filed in. And then that classic theme song kicked in, and the Fans erupted. I gotta say it was kinda cool, but then again, it might have been the alcohol talking at that point. Then .... the plot began, and the Super Fans erupted, because they recognized this arc as being THAT story. And they began shouting the lines out "Rocky Horror"-style. It was a bit overwhelming. You see, I knew nothing of "Doctor Who" other than a few random words like Daleks (and their battle cry "Exterminate"), TARDIS, and that he was some kind of time travel expert I think. As that first episode played out, it felt like a foreign language movie, only without subtitles. You don't know what a Time Lord is? Too bad. No explanation given. Planet names? Deal. I kept waiting for certain things to click, but they never came. Just nonsense word after nonsense word, and some particularly-unthreatening boxy monsters. We left shortly after the second episode began.
I've yet to try "Doctor Who" again.
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