Bec Heim Staff Writer
Let me tell you a story about a man who isn’t a man, a blue box that is bigger on the inside and all of space and time.
On the 23rd of November in the year 1963, the Doctor (William Hartnell, the very First) first graced television screens in a serial called “The Unearthly Child” and slowly began sweeping people away on a journey. He was grumpy and crotchety and had a granddaughter. My earliest memory is watching Tom Baker (The Fourth Doctor) or Peter Davidson (The Fifth Doctor) dash about the screen on PBS having adventures while I was under a pillow and blanket fort pretending it was the TARDIS. This insane brilliant man with his changing face
Then on the 26th of March in the year 2005, the Doctor (Ninth, Christopher Eccleston) was back on television in the episode “Rose”. He was angry and crotchety and was the Last of the Time Lords. I couldn’t watch the Doctor on PBS under a pillow fort and pretend it was the TARDIS anymore but I could watch the Doctor on BBCAmerica and have a nostalgic wish of hearing the sound of the TARDIS. These are my Doctors not in the way any of the other Doctors on PBS were. My Doctors are broken Time Lords who have their name feared and whispered across the galaxy until their name was erased. They are young but ancient and fundamentally work to be a good person and have such a zest for life that it’s enviable.
As Steven Moffat, show-runner of Doctor Who, said: “When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it’ll never end. But however hard you try you can’t run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever, for one moment, accepts it.”
You can say that the Doctor is the most human character on television nowadays if you want to.
However, in the series there is a question that can never truly be answered: “Who is the Doctor?”
For fifty years, this has a question that has eluded fans. Oh there are theories alright but nothing solid. Fifty years is a long time to keep a secret.
Steve Moffat apparently thinks the same way I do. It was announced by BBCAmerica that it will co-produce a story called “An Adventure In Time and Space” which reveals the origins of the Doctor. Since William Hartnell passed away, Harry Potter actor David Bradley will portray the First Doctor and the script will be written by Moffat’s favorite co-conspirator in all things Doctor Who and Sherlock related Mark Gatiss.
This is it fans. This is the question we have been wondering for years. This is the question that Dorium screamed after the Doctor in season six’s “The Wedding of River Song”.
Doctor who, indeed.