Jul. 15th, 2008

squirrelhaven: cartoon squirrels happy to have no souls (squirrels have no souls)
Okay, first off, I have to say a few HUZZAHs, because huzzah! We have a working satellite again! And I know, I owe comments to a few of you. But for right now, my Very Important Query:

Do I want to watch "Doctor Who"? (I mean the current iteration.)

A few weeks ago, the NYTimes had an interesting article about Russell T. Davies, the head writer for both the current "Doctor Who" and for "Torchwood." The article made both shows sound more interesting than I had previously assumed they'd be. It also profiled his past as a writer; evidently he created the UK version of "Queer as Folk" (which I've seen 2 episodes of, and really enjoyed, but alas, Netflix does not carry it so I've been unable to view the rest), and also wrote a film -- or, as it turned out, 2-part miniseries -- called "The Second Coming." Which D and I watched a few days ago, and it was really, really good. I'd been curious about it chiefly because it has obvious correlations to the book I'm theoretically writing (well, I'm really writing it, just not right now): an ordinary guy starts claiming to be the son of God, and people actually believe him, though his best friend isn't sure if maybe he's just crazy. And while it IS relevant to my book, it was also just a fantastically written drama, and extremely well thought through, and very well acted, and theologically fascinating. I'm hesitant to say more about it because I don't want to spoil it. But D and I were both sort of dubious going in, and then both completely engrossed and thoroughly impressed by the end.

So anyway, that's given me a lot of respect for this Russell T. Davies guy, who seems to be very good at writing believable, complex human characters, and also at taking high-concept material and thinking it through from all sides and doing surprising and very clever things with it. Yet I know next to nothing about Doctor Who, except that it has a long history with which I am entirely unfamiliar, and a reputation for cheesy production values. And I saw maybe half of one episode a few months ago (the Doctor was on a spaceship called the Titanic) and found it kind of charming but also kind of inexplicable.

I know some of you out there are quite the fans of the show, though, so tell me: do I want to Netflix the current series? Do I actually need to know the show's long history to appreciate what I'm seeing? Does the cleverness outweigh the potential cheesiness?


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