Friday, November 22, 2013

Dr Who and Me: Celebrating 50 years of Awesomeness

Dr. Who and I have alot in common.  We are both travelers. We're both optimists.  And we are both 50 years old.

Growing up I wasn't a big Dr. Who fan.  There were only four channels and only one TV in our house.  A person could only watch so much TV back then.  It had to be shared and we couldn't record shows and watch them later.  Dr. Who could be found on PBS but I wasn't sure when and at the time my PBS time was reserved for Monty Python.

That being said there is some kind of cosmic connection here.  I was the one who was born just prior to the first episode of Dr. Who but it is my kids who have really brought it back to life at our house.

It has a similar feeling to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe.  The year that I turned 42 was an auspicious year.  The kids didn't even question anything I asked them to do because the older two had read the book and they knew that the answer to life and the universe was "42".   So, that was a good year.

Now I am wielding my science fiction psychic connection with being the same age as the Doctor.  Well not actually the same age. The Doctor reportedly is over 1100 years old.  But I am exactly the same age as the TV show.  And you know that when you have kids in the house, especially teenagers, you have to use whatever cool factor tool you can when you need it.

I got a text message from my daughter today with a message about a new DVD she just got in the mail.  It was better than she had expected.  So I sent her a text message back that that was "Sick" and then asked her if I should use the word "Jiggy" instead.  She sent me a text message back "Why don't you just stick with 'Awesome' ".


To celebrate the 50th anniversary I was considering getting a Dr. Who T-shirt but as a mature woman of 50 myself I'm not sure I want to wear a T-shirt with the words "Wibbly Wobbly" emblazened across my 50 year old chest.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the Doctor to celebrate those 50 years:

"D'you know, in 900 years of time and space I've never met anyone who wasn't important before."

"Father Christmas. Santa Claus. Or, as I've always known him, Jeff."

"You lot, you spend all your time thinking about dying. Like you’re going to  by eggs or beef or global warming or asteroids, but you never take time to imagine the impossible: Maybe you survive."

"You know how it is; you put things off for a day and next thing you know, it's a hundred years later."

And of course I love that the Doctor is not really a cat person
"I'm not really a cat person. Once you've been threatened by one in a nun's wimple, it kind of takes the joy out of it."

“When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.”

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly time-y wimey stuff."

And the one that has me convinced that the Doctor and I are kindred spirits:

“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.”

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