Today the wait was over – the second half of season 7 of Dr. Who has started.
I bet that most views of the show happened on the official channels like BBC America here in the US of A, but, as we are out in the boons, with the cable left behind, we depended on the good old pirate bay to get our fix of Dr. Who (obviously this is a lie, as we would never download any tv show illegally.) Had we actually looked at the torrents we would have been surprised by all the buzz on the interconnected pipes that make up the internet. Way over 2000 seeders is rather rare, and still, download speed would have been – had we done that – still rather slow, so there would have been many, many people as excited to find out about the Doctor’s new adventures and all with a new companion.
Had we been able to watch the show after downloading it illegally we would have been able to actually watch it on the west coast before it officially aired. As I write this, it’s only a bit after the show ended and we would have finished it hours ago – way ahead of all the people waiting for the BBC to start it – Man – are time zones cool, or what?
I’m really curious if the Doctor will get lucky with this companion, but I’m not really holding my breath as one of the big tensions in the series is that that never happens. Strange things can happen if time travel is involved, like Amy turning out to be the Doctor’s mother in law – who comes up with those things?
TARDIS (Type 40 TT capsule) Time and Relative Dimension in Space
When the first long batch of Dr. Who ran, I was still in Germany and, somehow, I never encountered it. I might have known about it, and even though I have always been a science fiction buff, it never entered my life.
But since the revival in March 2006 with Christopher Eccleston as the new Doctor and Billie Piper as the new companion, Rose, I have been hooked and not missed a single episode.
There is quite a bit to learn from the Doctor, in all his incarnations since that revival and I found this nice collections of nuggets:
Always stand up for what is right-no matter the odds.
Never be afraid to act ridiculous.
Sometimes, winning is no fun at all.
Time is not a straight line – its all wibbly-wobbly.
A longer life isn’t always a better one.
Never knowingly be serious.
Everybody dies -this is unavoidable.
Time is not the boss of you.
Be proud of your beliefs – and your fashion sense.
Not all victories are about saving the universe.
The greatest weapon is your mind.
Every species and individual has the right to live – even if they are an insane genocidal madman.
The most ordinary person can change the world.
Nothing’s impossible – just highly unlikely.
When it comes to living, it’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.
The most amazing things in life come in small packages.
The good things in life don’t always make up for the bad, but the bad doesn’t always spoil the good.
Knowledge can make you a powerful person.
Your life may seem boring, but remember, not everybody can have a normal life like yours.
There’s always a better way.
Being alone can be good at times – but sometimes, you need someone.
Love can span the entire length of time and across the universe … and even across realities.
It doesn’t matter what you look like – you can be a hero, a fantastic person and eternally cool.
Arrogance and self-righteousness will usually lead to a fall from grace.
Sometimes there isn’t a baddie – just people trying to do what they think is right.
Talking nonsense can conceal important facts.
Improvisation can save your life.
Never ignore a coincidence … unless you’re busy.
There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t act childish every once in a while.
The most simple things can fuel and terrify your imagination.
Faith is a great thing to have, but it can sometimes kill you.
When it’s time to go – remember the best.
The universe is vast and complicated and really very, very beautiful.
And I have to contribute one here that I learned from the last Doctor, Matt Smith: