A legendary series in the English audiovisual landscape, the Doctor Who series – like its main character – has had several lives. As she leaves the Prime Video catalog on June 30, it’s time to dive back into it.
What is it about ?
A 900-year-old extraterrestrial, the Doctor is an adventurer who travels through time and space using his ship, the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space), which, to better adapt to the environment , looks like a phone booth. The Doctor travels with a young girl. Together, they meet many people on the various planets they explore…
Why is it great?
Created or rather resuscitated by Russell T Davies in 2005, Doctor Who is a kind of untouchable myth for the British in the same way as the Queen, or almost. Series was first created in 1963 and lasted 26 seasons until 1989. 16 years later, Davies decided to bring out the zany Doctor from the Tardis. He took it well, because the success so far has not been denied!
1. Because it’s English
In terms of series, the English and the British in general are blowing a real wind of creativity on European creation. The tone, the humour, the originality of the subjects, the very high quality of the performers… they have the gift of aligning the planets as soon as they release a new series. Doctor Who is no exception. This story of a human-looking alien who travels through time and space in a spaceship that looks like a telephone booth from the outside is all Kamoulox on paper and yet it is an adventure that lasts for nearly 60 years.
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2. Because the Doctor is changing his face
The original idea is quite brilliant. With the principle of regeneration, the Doctor changes his appearance regularly and therefore his interpreter is renewed approximately every three seasons. Thus, this revival has already made it possible to “rotate” five Doctors and to give a sacred spotlight to their interpreters. if Christopher Eccleston is perhaps the least known after a single season, David Tennant saw his notoriety skyrocket thanks to this role. As Matt Smith after him, then Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker which was revealed by Broadchurch.
3. Because the Doctor is never alone
It’s part of the Doctor Who trademark. Whatever his incarnation, the Doctor is never alone and always has a companion or companion. Intelligently, the series does not fall into the pitfall of forming a duo of potential lovers. The chance of the adventures leads the Doctor to meet humans with whom he will go a long way. And of course, audiences become attached to these companions just as much as to the various iterations of the Doctor. We especially remember Billie Piper as Rose with the 9th Doctor, of John Barrowman in that of Captain Jack Harkness who got his own spin-off series Torchwood or even of Karen Gillan who played Amy with the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith).
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4. Because there are so many great actors
We may tend to forget it a little quickly, but with its completely crazy adventures, Doctor Who has fun bringing in guests for an episode. We were thus able to see James Corden who played the roommate of 11th Doctor (Matt Smith). Carey Mulligan played a small role at the very start of his career in 2007. Andrew Garfieldmeanwhile, teamed up with the 10th Doctor (David Tennant). We can thus have fun spotting all the stars who came to give the reply to the different Doctors like Simon Pegg, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue or even Olivia Colman in the role of a very very very evil villain!
5. Because it’s awfully ugly
Yeah, that doesn’t really sound like a case for the show and yet it’s one of its trademarks. With its share of ugly aliens, its daleks, the Oods, the Zygons and in general its taste for kitsch, Doctor Who knew how to cultivate its own style in a form of praise of ugliness. If it can cleave, it is also a real attraction for the fans of the first hour.
The first ten seasons of Doctor Who are available on Prime Video until June 30.