As IS 201 Diversity and the Doctor comes to a close, I have found myself reflecting on the experience… At the start of class, I didn’t exactly know what I was getting into but I had heard of Doctor Who from various members of my family but never actually watched it. Joining the class there was the uncertainty of what the exact requirements and what I will learn in this class, but it fit my schedule so here I am. I would not describe my interest level increased while watching Doctor Who but my understanding of the fan culture in many television shows expanded. For me, I am a big fan of the Marvel Universe but never looked for a fandom and other created fan works. I always just followed the movies in order and re-watch them until others are released. Starting with the class I was like where did she get all these books. I was amazed at the sheer amount of material that could be found on diversity within Doctor Who. After watching the television show I was more amazed at the sheer analysis of the diversity within Doctor Who due to the nature of the show. The class because of this expanded my look among diversity from just sex, race, and other typical terms that come to mind during a regular discussion of diversity. The show gave a different futuristic look at diversity among aliens and other creatures that can represent real day problems in a futuristic setting. Although Doctor Who is not my cup of tea, I can see the ideas and the infatuation with the series by others. The show is well represented and well made without an average die off period of other televisions show have. The way the doctor has been set up from the beginning into the reboot, it has been well planned and executed to keep the fresh cast and fresh ideas to maintain an interesting storyline. The discussion in class from the doc who lovers and the uninterested created an appreciation but not a love for the series. All in all, the class has been an interesting take on diversity and expanded m knowledge of the doctor. The series has been a cultural experience in both fandoms and British culture that I have not been submerged to in this capacity in my life and all have been a good experience to have to look at things in my life with an open mind.
This is the first time that I had ever watched any Doctor Who. At the beginning I really enjoyed the show. It was interesting and out there. Shows like this have always intrigued me so I thought I would thoroughly enjoy it. As time has gone on though I have liked the show less and less. There certain episodes that I enjoy, but the show itself gets so repetitious. I am holding a very unpopular opinion I know, but it is a hard show to get through honestly. I can’t seem to get a background story from it. I think it doesn’t help that the companions change so you just start to get their backstory when they go up and disappear.
I talked to a student that isn’t in this IS class. We talked about how I didn’t enjoy the show and he just couldn’t understand, but then we started talking about how I was watching it for a class. He said that it would probably be able to enjoy a show that you had never seen before when you were forced to watch certain episodes and take notes for a class. I feel that this is a good point, but I took the IS 101 class about Buffy and ended up loving the show! Even though I had to watch it for a class I enjoyed watching the episodes and continued to watch it after the class ended.
I feel that I just can’t get into Doctor Who yes I felt sad when nine had to regenerate, but I just cant connect with the characters and the story.
Don’t get me wrong. I wish I liked the show! My roommates love it and I wish I could watch it and enjoy it with them! But I just don’t think that I am meant to be a Whovian.
Today in class we had a group of Wartburg employees answer questions about their fandoms and more specifically Doctor Who. It was an interesting conversation and dialogue piece to witness of the back and forth of the differing views of the fans from an older generation than us as students. They experienced a whole different era of doctor who and joined way before anyone else in our class besides Dr. Lindgren. This also was a great conversation that occurred about the time they started watching the doctor. The different reasons that they stumbled upon the show. They fell upon the television show just like most people do. It was on TV and for one reason or another, they became attached to the series. This is something Doctor Who does well in the sense that if the science fiction is a gene you are in to. It captures a layer of disbelief and the wonder of possibility at the same time. This is an aspect I never thought about while watching. There was a sort of chemistry between this group of Wartburg employees because of the shared interest in Doctor Who. This was more than a television show to some. This is something that interests me because I had never been connected to a show or series in that way. It even affected their family dynamic that gave them and their kid’s something to talk about. In the idea that the show was more than a shoe but a social thing for the members of this talk was the fact that Dr. Figura and his wife talked about how this is a common interest of theirs and their friends. It gives them an interesting almost book club dynamic with their peers sharing ideas with one another. I could see how this could be a great social group to be a part of from the small discussions occurring during class. The social part of Doctor Who gives another aspect of why people identify as fans. This would be the same as if people identify as fans of a sports team. It makes a connection or common interest to build relationships off and to grow a social group of friends or colleagues (in their case) to have a conversation about something you like. The class today was a good exercise that made me look past the show as in just a show and looking strictly at the themes in the show but more what It means to the people watching it.