Sunday, January 27, 2013
It's the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who this year. The BBC has a series of specials starting tonight, starting with the first doctor and moving on. I started watching the show in the mid 70's. It came in on a fuzzy UHF public television station in San Jose. They ran episodes on Saturday night. Back then the BBC viewed it as strictly a juvenile program and were completely baffled that it had picked up an adult market in the US. It's been a long time since I've seen some of those early episodes. One reason there have been so many doctors is the BBC's reluctance to sign actors to long term contracts. At any rate, I'm looking forward to seeing some of the old episodes with their cheapo sets and total lack of special effects.