Doctor Who … fifty years onPosted: November 23, 2013
In 1963 I was a teenager (I had been since February) and I remember watching the first episode of ‘Doctor Who’ on the black and white TV in the sitting room of our family house in Corbets Tey, Upminster, Essex. It came at the end of a momentous week. Kennedy had been shot and killed on Friday 22nd November … and everyone seemed to be walking around in a stunned state of disbelief. I has no idea what to expect when I sat down to watch this new TV series on that Saturday night … but thirty minutes later I was hooked … and I have been a fan ever since.
So why is it still so popular today? I suspect that the reason lies in the stories it has told. Whether set in the past, present, or future, on Earth or in some distant galaxy, the stories have always seemed relevant to the world we were living in … and remain so today.
And who was my favourite Doctor and companion(s)?
To tell the truth, I have liked them all. Each actor brought a unique ‘something’ to their role and the writers always seemed to make sure that their stories played to the strengths – and weaknesses – of the individual characters.
Roll on the next fifty years! I shall certainly be watching ‘Doctor Who’ for as long as I can.