Senior Editor & Staff WritersWe here at PopWrapped have been celebrating all things Who in the November with our celebration coming to an end this weekend. For our last big hurrah, we asked each of our staffers to dive into their Whovians feels and tell us if they could tell us how they came to love Who, why they became a Whovian, or what their favorite episodes are. Here's round one of our Whovian feels as we lead up to the biggest day in Whovian history. As the Doctor would say:
Senior EditorI wish I could write that I have been a Whovian for years but that would be a lie. To be completely honest, I became a Whovian this year, and can say that it has changed my life. I can remember the day that I fell in love with Doctor Who. I had just started working here at PopWrapped when I stumbled upon a discussion that the staffers were having about Doctor Who. It was a show they had brought up many times that I was really unfamiliar with as my fandoms at the time were Glee, Harry Potter, Marvel, and Once Upon A Time. I felt a little left out of these conversations so I innocently asked if I should start watching it. My coworkers were shocked that a) I didn't know what Who was and b) that I wasn't already a Whovian. So I got my marching orders and started Doctor Who that night. I wish I could say that I fell in love immediately but that wasn't the case. It took me a few episodes to get into it because I really never considered myself to be a Sci-fi person. Then I watched "Dalek", and that was it for me. Watching The Doctor unravel as he faced his biggest enemy, a blast from the past, completely hooked me. I was mesmerized as Whovian history came to life with the Dalek. Christopher Eccleston's version of The Doctor in that episode really stood out for me, and I found myself crying by the end of the episode, the first of many tears that show could cause me to shed (seven seasons later, and I'm still crying over this show). I know that love isn't supposed to make you cry but honestly, if I don't shed tears over something, that means it hasn't gotten to me, and Doctor Who has many times. If it is possible to be in love with a show, consider me completely enamored with it. To quote another show that I love to death: I am someone who is looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love, which is exactly what Doctor Who has given me in the last year.
Staff WriterYou know those people that walk around with bow ties, fezzes, and Converse sneakers? The one’s who freak out at the noise of an amplified parking break? Well, up until a few years ago, I did not count myself among them. Sure, I got the Sci Fi references; I had seen all three original Star Wars films. But I was more into the Fantasy side of things. Magical realism. Gothic Imagination. It was because of this my friends—who, coincidentally, went to Renaissance Faire with me—told me about Doctor Who. “It’s on Netflix!” they said. “It’s a great adventure!” they said. I didn’t believe them. Then one night, after slogging through the revisions on a Junior level college essay, I decided to give it a go. What was one episode going to hurt? He had me at “Run!” My favorite thing about the Doctor? He’s always the same. He can change face, change his clothes, even change his personality—but he’s the same man. I can look at his face and see the darkness hidden behind that spark of genius and touch of insanity. I can see that sadness, behind that cocky smile, and know that others see it, too. It unites us as Whovians. We see the Doctor not just as companions on his adventures through time and space, but also as his friends. When our first Doctor—whoever that may be—changes faces during a regeneration, we’re just as freaked out as Rose was when Nine changed to Ten. Who is this man? He can’t be mine. But he is. What can I say about the Doctor that has not already been said, tweeted, made into a GIF, or cut down to a meme? He’s brilliant; he’s fantastic; he’s amazing. He’s the man we see when we close our eyes at night and dream of something better—because, to me and maybe for others, the Doctor is the symbol of moving forward. He’s gone through the Time War, become the last of his kind, and despite his lonliness and heartache, he strives to make the world a better place. I met the Doctor through a mutual love for adventure. I ran with the Doctor because he believes in something bigger than himself. I’m still running.
Staff WriterWe’ve all had that moment when you hear about a show or book that you’re not sure about so you start reading or watching and then suddenly you’re on Tumblr at 3AM reblogging unattractive pictures of actors at red carpet events. Don’t lie, you know this has happened to you before. I recently had this experience with Doctor Who. At the recommendation of some of co-workers here at PopWrapped, as well as most of my friends from Tumblr, I figured that I’d give the Doctor his chance to impress me. I was entirely ready to watch one episode and be done because I had never really thought that the show would interest me. Three weeks later, I had watched almost every episode of Doctor Who that ever existed. I became enamored with this show because it wasn’t even remotely close to the shows I was accustomed to. I watch shows about vampires, werewolves and the things that go bump in the night. I enjoy being terrified by television. When I first saw clips of Doctor Who it looked to be so different from my tastes that I just brushed it off. I watched my first episode, and I realized that while it wasn’t like my usual favorites, it was still a very cool show. Looking past all of the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff, it’s really a show about a man who is alone except for his one companion and a blue Police Box. He’s trying to fix everything by himself, and it causes him so much pain that it breaks your heart. The Doctor is just trying to save everything that exists from the Daleks, and he knows that while he has all the time in the universe, he still only has so much time before he regenerates ,and he only has so many regenerations before he disappears forever. So I guess the real reason I fell in love with the Doctor is because he is different but also similar. He’s one man on a mission to save humanity before it’s destroyed, even if it destroys him. It’s a story about love, time and what it means to be human. And that’s why I love the Doctor. http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.Tumblr.com/ http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.wordpress.com/ http://www.PopWrapped.com