As awesome as it would be to see Doctor Who on the big screen. The same reservation I have for all fandoms I love that then get made into movies still applies. Especially when the director Explicitly says he wants to start from scratch and not use things developed in the series.
Which I have mixed feelings about. I can understand the need to create something more stand alone so that it appeals to everyone, including people with no previous knowledge of the series. But it is also a risky move because it could very well alienate the exact audience which would love it the most, by taking out elements that make us love the series.
My view is, that if they don’t handle it well, and it turns out particularly horrible the fandom should just decide it is not actually doctor who but a doctor from a completely different universe.
While the original video is approaching half a million views, some “Doctor Who” fans want to join in all of the walking. According to The Eleventh Hour fan blog, the call has been issued for Time Lord lovers around the world to take part in the “The 500 Mile Whovian Collab.” The end result would be a video of the entire world of Who fandom dancing along to “500 Miles.”
Anyone with a few miles in them is asked to upload their version of the video to YouTube and send the link via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 13.
I bought a new pair of shoes a couple weeks ago. They’ve been a tremendous help to my sanity. They’re just a pair of plain Converse sneakers to most people, but to me and a few of you, there is a special significance to this brand of shoes. Because Converse sneakers, like a bow tie, or even a fez, are cool. I’m referring of course to Doctor Who. It is one of the few television shows to which I’ll admit I’m a fan. Because, like a few great works of drama, it is entertaining (funny at times, scary at others, and often simultaneously) and is a constant reminder of what is important. The most important things, I’ve often said, are also the things we tend to forget the most easily.
So for my friends in the U.K. and Canada where the show is easily available, here are ten reminders of important life lessons from Doctor Who:
1. Curiosity counts. I was recently asked what is the most important quality in life and, to my surprise, the word that came out of my mouth was “curiosity.” Helen Keller once said “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” If this is true – and I suspect it is – fostering a deep commitment towards curiosity is the distinction between these choices. I don’t think you could survive a lifespan over 900 years without it. Even while being faced with genuine danger, The Doctor is always the embodiment of curiosity. More often than not, it is his curiosity that helps him solve the mystery behind the danger.
“There’s something out of place – let’s go and poke it with a stick.” – The Doctor (Amy’s Choice episode)