I remember a conversation from my childhood in the early 1980's with a classmate. We were discussing what TV shows we would stay up late at night to watch. His favorite series was Doctor Who, and he talked about it being a science fiction show with lots of aliens and all. On the occasions I was allowed to stay up late and watch the show, there was never any aliens, so I gave up until Russel T. Davies reboot in 2005.
Naturally, I fell in love with the series, and since that time have purchased every sonic screwdriver made available from each regeneration (one even came with psychic paper), but even though those purchases helped me return to the funness of my childhood, I remembered the conversations with my friend and felt a sense of loss because I had not seen the Classic Doctor Who episodes.
And now, towards the end of 2017, I have discovered the BritBox subscription on Amazon has many if not all available Classic episodes. I promptly subscribed.
It was in the early to mid 2000's that I studied the art and craft of writing story (never did much with it, mind you, other than study theories). I went through classes to learn writing short stories, screenplays, and even literary journals. I also studied Dramatica Theory for some time. While nothing ever happened career-wise for me from the classes, it gave me a completely new perspective and appreciation of stories. I think that my appreciation of the Classic Doctor Who is intensified because of that training.
This morning I was watching Season 5, Episode 27 of the Web of Fear, heard the soldier pictured above state "I may be stupid but I'm not daft!", and am still laughing about it.
What incredible writing!
It's no wonder the series has spanned decades.
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