My Introduction to Doctor Who
Some of you may know me from recent episodes of Doctor Who: Podshock. While we are quickly manipulating and navigating the vortex that will take us to Series 9, I wanted to introduce myself and discuss how I came to join the Podshock team.
WHO Am I?
For starters, I'm Kyle Jones or @kylemj6977 on Twitter. I work in Human Resources, but am also a writer on my own and several HR related blogs. My TARDIS is parked in Brandon, MS. So, without further delay, I've ripped the last page from a random book to share the following with you.
Doctor Who on PBS
Hello Friends, Here we are. You and me on the Gallifreyan Embassy. I don't know exactly how old I was when I first watched Doctor Who but I assume I would have been four-eight years old. This assumption is based on when Tom Baker was The Doctor and also the delay in broadcast on PBS. I didn't remember much about the show other than what I've mentioned above. Well, other than the fact that it burned itself into my memory. As may have been obvious from the above, my first Doctor was Tom Baker. It does not matter how much I may enjoy any actor before or after his portrayal, he was THE Doctor. Yes, he is my Doctor and he said it best. He isn't just a Doctor...he is THE Doctor. He, with his long scarf and robot dog, gave a little boy his first insight into the world of British television. From there, next stop EVERYWHERE!
Doctor Who on Netflix
How many of us, disillusioned with Blockbuster and other mom-and-pop video rental (VHS) stores, gave Netflix a try back in 2002-2003? Were you tired of the long lines? Were you tired of small selections and long waits for the latest and greatest movies? I was! It was in the Netflix selection of DVDs that led to a rediscovery of something I had lost so very long ago. You see, when Doctor Who disappeared from PBS it disappeared - or was deleted - from my recent memory. I would sometimes remember the man with the long scarf and his blue box, but the memory would fade. That ancient, new, borrowed, and blue box found me. I don't recall which one I watched first but it was one with Tom Baker. Immediately, my fascination regenerated.
The Five Doctors
Yet, there was one problem - all those other Doctors. I told someone that I wouldn't watch "all those other Doctors. I don’t know them. I only know the guy with the long scarf." He looked at me, laughed, and said, "You DO know that it's the same character, right? It may be different people playing the part, but it is still the SAME Doctor." Somehow, perhaps the fact fell through a crack in the wall or was forgotten when silence fell, I did not know this! This one piece of improbable knowledge ignited my self-professed OCD. The next story was, without a doubt, the Five Doctors. Then, when available, the Three Doctors. Then, when available, the Two Doctors, and on..and on..and on.
Back to Netflix and Beyond
If it were not for Netflix and their DVD supply of Doctor Who, I wonder where my life would be today. Seriously! I know it is JUST A TV SHOW, but it connects me with fandom from around the globe. For me, I have the pleasure of participating in Podshock and discussing Doctor Who with friends on both sides of the pond! Oh, and do one more thing for me. Think for a moment about the reach of Doctor Who fandom. An example would be to look no further than the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. According to Wikipedia:
The special was broadcast simultaneously in 94 countries, and was shown concurrently in 3D in some cinemas. It achieved the Guinness World Record for the largest ever simulcast of a TV drama and won the Radio Times Audience Award at the 2014 British Academy Television Awards.
Who would have thought that this program would be one that would allow me to see a woman fall in love with a man who would wait 2,000 years just to keep her safe; another who met a man again at least a half dozen times regenerated since last they met; another who said goodbye before the first hello (sweetie); and promise of an eventual return yet unfulfilled? Who would have thought?