Well, it seems I’ve not updated this project for almost a year, my apologies. I work a full time and part time job in addition to Internet production and it’s been a very busy past year. However, I’m now able to continue and trust me, in the time I’ve not been updating, I’ve kept on studying the character of the Doctor.
I think there’s a point in fandom when you’re no longer a newcomer and I think here it’s the point when you cringe at the Doctor (rather than the show) being referred to as ‘Dr. Who’. It’s like a slightly dissonant note in a chord and you can’t help but notice it. I had that moment yesterday and I realized that I really have no right to call myself anything but a young member of the Doctor Who fandom.
I’ll explain; thanks in part to Internet personalities Nash (http://www.radiodeadair.com) and Diamanda Hagan (http://blip.tv/diamanda-hagan-lecher-bitch) I was made aware of the site Big Finish (http://www.bigfinish.com) which produces audio dramas for several shows, among which, Doctor Who. Because the nature of the show incorporates time travel, there’s a great deal of leeway in what’s considered canon and thus Big Finish is a wonderful treasure trove of ‘new’ material. Go check them out; you won’t be disappointed.
In a recent attempt to be healthier, I’ve been using my lunch break to walk around a local outdoor center, listening to the audio dramas on my phone. While people duck in and out of the little boutique shops and restaurants, while the old security guard nods to me at every lap, while the kids from the summer program wait for their bus, I’m off with the Doctor, watching his adventures through my mind’s eye.
One series that Big Finish put out is ‘Doctor Who Unbound’, a set of what-if premises and alternate realities. In one, a re-imagined First Doctor says, “Nice to meet you, I’m Dr. Who,” and I grimaced slightly. It hit me full as I passed the bagel shop; despite my youth in the fandom and my ignorance (which is shrinking by the day), I’m not a newcomer anymore. Like millions of others, I’ve become a silent, invisible companion on the TARDIS, for better or worse. Already, I have my favorite, the Sixth Doctor, and my not-so-favorite, the Tenth Doctor (aka the whiny one).
So yes, I’ve cheated on my original plan to learn the series in order but I’m not so sure that’s a bad thing. The audio dramas have given me interesting insights into the show and from time to time, I’ll discuss them interspersed with my planned analysis. I look forward to it.