Well, this draft has been sitting on my laptop for over a week and I’ve decided that, instead of scrapping it, I would revitalize it. Breath life into it.
SO, we’ve been discussing television and how it has changed, how it affects us, and how we affect it in my EMC 2410 class. We recently had a project that put us into groups and we had to come up with an original topic for a show and write a short treatment and the first ten pages of the pilot episode. My unfortunately common absences in that class got me into a group with two very nice people, but they didn’t really want to write anything. I got stuck with the had work, but I feel like I pulled it off. That project made me understand the hard work that goes into a good Television script.
It got me thinking…what kind of scripts went into my five favorite shows? To start off, my favorites are Doctor Who, Lost in Space, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and Columbo. And all of them have very different pilot episodes, ad I want to look at all of them and their impact on TV.
Doctor Who is probably the most famous of my personal favorites. It has been on and off the air since 1963 and has changed formats since the first episode. Now, a notable thing about the first episode is that it wasn’t seen that much. There were large power outages around England and the previous day was when John F. Kennedy was assassinated so many people were following that news. Due to it not being widely seen, the first episode, titled An Unearthly Child, was re-aired and met with a storm of praise. The new hit was an old grumpy man, his granddaughter, and her teachers rocketing through space and time.
The show was serialized, which means the whole story was told over 4-6 episodes with one episode each week ending on a cliffhanger. Now, Doctor Who wasn’t the first science-fiction show, serialized show, or popular fantasy show, but it did last for a very long time, with different actors taking on the helm of the titular Doctor and created this wide universe of historical tales, alien invasions, interplanetary governments, and regular people doing incredible things.
After it was put on hiatus in 1989, it had one television movie and was eventually brought back on with new stories in 2005. The 2005 series, affectionately dubbed “NewWho” didn’t reboot the series, but made it accessible to people who didn’t have access to the previous forty plus years of stories. The massive universe that the Doctor and the TARDIS existed still and now many generations of fans can bond over the same stories.
The show has now been on for 52 years and still continues to impress old fans and draw in new ones with fantastic story telling intermingled with respect for the men and women that made the show possible way back in the early sixties.
This show is one of the longest running, non-soap opera, shows on television and its fanbase of Whovians continue to be inspired to follow their dreams, because the Doctor would want them to.
In fact, two recent men who portrayed the Doctor, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi, became actors partly because of the classic series of Doctor Who that they grew up with.
Well, I don’t want to create a HUGE blog entry, so I will break up the analyses of my favorite programs into four or five different blog posts. In the mean time, here’s to the madman in his telephone box.