Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Funundrum Recommends

For a couple years now, I've had the nagging feeling that I should be watching Doctor Who. I mean, I fit neatly into the demographic of people who already do -- believe me, I spent about half an hour trying to make a demonstrative Venn diagram of categories.  I failed, but what's important is I spent that amount of time trying to do it.

It turns out I should have been watching Doctor Who all this time.  I ran this by my friends, and the nearly unanimous response was, "Well, we thought you knew about that already."  And with that, I finally found justification for lo, these many years of me being pushy about Stuff You Should Be Looking At.  I don't just do it on Funundrum, either.  Believe it or not, I have opinions all the time about stuff.  Sometimes I get told it's wrong to tell people they're wrong.  Those people are wrong.  Let's not confuse the wrong people with the people who should have told me about Doctor Who.  Wrong people and my friends usually fall into two different categories.  Usually.  Now, believe you me, I've got a Venn diagram for that:
Being pushy about Stuff You Should Be Looking At is why I've bought and given away at least five copies of Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards!.  Have you read it yet?  You should.  This brings us to today's Funundrum Recommends.

In case nobody told you, or assumed you've been along for the ride the whole time (see above diagram), Doctor Who is the greatest show to ever have been shown on television*.  I just did a quick mental indexing of this blog, and I don't believe I've ever made such a claim before, so I reckon I'm in the clear.  Here's a fun and easy checklist to determine if you, too, might enjoy Doctor Who as much as I do.  I've listed them in order of importance, so if you answer "no" to the first couple of questions, you can leave off before getting too tired.

  • Are you a super-duper dork?
  • I mean are you an extra-strength, super-duper dork?
  • Do you like sci-fi stuff?  Especially the Star Trek: Next Generation episodes with superior writing? This obviously excludes all Wesley and/or Troi's Mom episodes.
  • Do you like British shows? This one is Welsh, so... honorable mention I guess.
  • Are you willing to put up with occasionally goofy alien bad guys?
One of my favorite things about this show, aside from David Tennant, is the fact that you never really know when an episode is going to feature an over-the-top rubber suit monster, or SERIOUS NIGHTMARE FUEL.  The fun is in not knowing.

*I am referring to the revival of the series that starts in 2005 or so.  I have not yet viewed the even-dorkier episodes from the 60's and 70's.

1 comment:

Sarah Marie said...

I would like to point out that I borrowed, read, AND returned "Guards! Guards!"

Thank you for your attention.