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Daleks. Weeping angels. The TARDIS.

Any idea what I’m talking about? Only if you’re a fan of the British sci-fi show Doctor Who! (In which case, can we be friends?)

As my friend (and fellow blogger) Brooke says, “You never know who’s going to be a Doctor Who fan, but once you find someone who is one, you know you’ll like them.” There’s an immediate bond when two complete strangers find out they both watch Doctor Who. Something about British humor and geeking-out brings people together, I guess.

The event that prompted this quote was when a cookie-jar-sized TARDIS (or for you earthlings, a time machine cleverly disguised as a royal-blue British Police Box) flashed before my eyes as I passed a professor’s office in the East building the other day.  She had a TARDIS on her desk.

I did a double-take.  I gasped.  I about fainted.  In short, I was floored.

See, I’ve been familiar with Doctor Who since forever, thanks to my extended family. They raised me in the old-school Doctor Who tradition, teaching me about the original seasons, the Doctor’s iconic scarf, and the sacred rule of “No Kissing in the TARDIS” (which in the newer seasons has been essentially thrown out the window with suggestive plots, much to the displeasure of the old guard). Only as a senior in high school did I ever meet another person who knew the show. (And, I should add, to know the show is to love it. It’s an extremely well-written show, with complex plots and plenty of witty (and often just plain silly) humor.)

To clarify for the ignorant: The show airs on BBC, BBC America, as well as in reruns on the PBS station down in the Ozarks.  Doctor Who, more commonly referred to as simply “The Doctor,” is a Time Lord who regularly saves the Earth from evil aliens (often the robotic, trashcan-like Daleks or terrifying Weeping Angels) and regenerates his human form periodically, with a different actor introduced as The Doctor every few seasons (note: this switching-out of actors, necessitated by the storyline, has resulted in Doctor Who being the longest-running sci-fi show in the world!). When he regenerates, the people who accompany him on his intergalactic adventures (usually women) change, too.  Hope I haven’t lost you by now.  If you’re still reading, keep going – the crux of the matter is at hand.

Anyway, since I’ve gotten to Fontbonne, I’ve found a BUNCH of people who watch the show and I’ve had some great conversations about which Companions are the best (My vote’s for Amy Pond, btw.). Finally meeting other followers of the show makes me realize the beauty of college: the converging of people from many ways of life results in DIVERSITY – of religion, socioeconomic background, and even television preferences and senses of humor! I’m so glad I’ve found people who like the same things as me:  specifically, a nerdy show that centers on a noble, adorable alien who saves the world (No, not “before bedtime” – that’s the Powerpuff Girls.).

Brooke and I poked our heads into the professor’s office after our class to admire her TARDIS, and she was very excited to find people at the school who appreciated the TARDIS and Doctor Who for all their glory. In an instant, we launched into a conversation about the show and its spin-offs.  See?  I told you there’s a bond.

Gimme a shout-out if you’re a Doctor Who fan! Who’s your favorite Doctor?

(Mine’s David Tennant.)

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