Get wibbly-wobbly and timey-wimey with the Doctor Who Club
By Katie Tracy
Arts and Entertainment Editor
“Doctor Who” is one of those shows that are difficult to describe to people. It is a British sci-fi adventure show that began Nov. 23, 1963. The Doctor is a Time Lord, a member of an alien race that regenerates instead of dying. The Doctor and his companions that he meets along his adventures in the TARDIS (his time machine) defeat evil alien threats and save planets. With each regeneration of the Doctor comes a new incarnation, hence the names Nine, Ten, Eleven, et cetera. For those who are still confused, the regeneration can almost be compared to James Bond; there are different incarnations (Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan) of James Bond, and each actor who plays him has a quirk that is his trademark, but he still has the same name. After eight Doctors and an extended hiatus starting in the 1990s, “Doctor Who” returned with the Ninth Doctor in 2005.
On Christmas Day, 2013, the Eleventh Doctor (played by Matt Smith) regenerated into the Twelfth Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi). Many of the Doctors’ actors have been long-time fans of the show. Capaldi wrote to the “Radio Times” as a fifteen-year old about his love for the show. David Tennant, who portrays the tenth Doctor’s incarnation, got into acting because he dreamed of being the Doctor one day. It just goes to show how much this show means to Brits and now Americans who can watch the episodes on Netflix or on BBC America.
Time can be a confusing concept; some see it as a linear sequence of cause and effect, when it is really more like “a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.” If that theory makes sense to you, you might want to check out the Doctor Who Club. The club is led by Claire Whittbracht, who sees the club as just “something fun for Whovians to do.” The club meets every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Lower Waterman, Conference Room D, to watch episodes, discuss news in the Doctor Who-verse, and share the anticipation for new episodes. It is a humble club, with a small number of fans, but it will welcome anyone who is interested in becoming a Whovian (in the past they have promoted “Bring Your Non- Whovian Friend Day” to get more people to see how great the show is). “Doctor Who” is not the only topic of discussion; Whittbracht says that the club spends much of its meetings discussing other shows such as NBC’s “Hannibal” and BBC’s “Sherlock.” Since “Doctor Who” is on hiatus while filming the new season there is not much new information to discuss, so tangent topics such as “Hannibal,” “Harry Potter,” and “Sherlock” make up the majority of the meetings’ agendas. Whittbracht will be more than thrilled to have a discussion about any related topics. She started the club during her first semester at Schoolcraft in the Fall of 2012. She is a passionate club leader and she is open to any suggestions for fun events that the club can put on. Unfortunately, she will most likely not be attending Schoolcraft in the Fall 2014 semester and she is looking for applicants for her successor. Whittbracht has some advice for Whovians in training: Don’t skip Nine! Watch “Blink” (a Tenth Doctor episode) andthen go back and watch Nine’s seasons.