Okay, maybe we don’t have it as bad as the young Amelia Pond waiting 12 years for the Doctor, but the time between seasons is long enough, thank you very much. Between now and Autumn 2012, there is a huge Doctor-shaped hole in our lives, and though the BBC keeps us updated on the filming process, it does little more than tease.
So what do you do to fill that emptiness in your soul? Obviously, nothing can replace Doctor Who, but there are a fair number of charmingly campy programs to pacify the Whovian in all of us, if only temporarily.
- Vintage Doctor Who
Utilize this time to learn about the legend that is the Doctor. Long before Christopher Eccleston saved Rose from a plastic mannequin attack, there were 8 other Doctors. There was also a plethora of interesting companions including his first big kiss, Grace Holloway, and a shape-shifting droid named Kamelion.
Steven Moffat’s other pet project may not feature aliens or sonic screwdrivers, but it’s still full of whimsy and English accents. This contemporary twist on the Arthur Conan Doyle novels features actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, both of whom happen to be in the upcoming film, The Hobbit. Need more convincing? See this post on why you should be watching Sherlock.
This may be a Doctor Who spinoff, but don’t expect an overwhelming amount of similarities between the two shows. Jack Harkness, although utterly awesome in so many ways, is not the Doctor and doesn’t pretend to be. The subject matter is a bit less magical and a lot more vulgar in nature. It’s also far more depressing. But if you just can’t bring yourself to stay away from the Doctor Who universe for too long, Torchwood is worth a try.
This Joss Whedon space western follows the adventures of Malcom Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his band of intergalactic smugglers. Sadly, it was canceled after one season, but don’t let that stop you from watching. The show gained a huge cult following that continues to blame various ill-advised scheduling decisions for the show’s demise.
- Battlestar Galactica
Both the original and the recent renditions are science fiction television classics. Humans create robots called Cylons. Cylons rebel and nuke the planet. Humans then journey from galaxy to galaxy to find the mythical planet Earth for a new home, clashing with Cylon forces all along the way. Like every good sci-fi story, it questions what it truly means to be human. What’s not to love?
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a super genius, incorporating your wondrous inventions into everyday small-town life? Well, the town of Eureka is full of America’s best and brightest, all working and living together in a government commissioned environment. Each of these great thinkers, however, seems to be humorously lacking in common sense. Shenanigans ensue as various experiments gone awry require the attention of Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson), the only non-genius with enough smarts to save Eureka over and over again.
A colony of pioneers settle on a new planet called Carpathia after a war torn Earth becomes unlivable. To all the nerdy girls out there, don’t be fooled by the cast list and first season promo. The hunky Jamie Bamber from Battlestar Galactica is only in the first episode. He is, however, rocking a rugged beard and a messy bed-head, so all is not lost! All handsome cast members aside though, the show is definitely entertaining.
Surely, the list of shows above should bring about some comfort in this time of great need. Do not let your souls be burdened, dear Whovians, as Autumn is not all that far away. Rory waited 2000 years for the love his life, and we can wait a few weeks for the Doctor.
What will you watch till the new season of Dr. Who airs?