Listening to “What Christmas Means To Me” while I was decorating a few weeks ago got me thinking about, well, what Christmas means to me. So I decided it would be fun to spend the month of December reflecting on that with a series of posts. Then I thought it would be even more fun to use Doctor Who Christmas specials as the lens through which to do so! This time I want to look at Doctor Who’s 2010 Christmas special, “A Christmas Carol,” the first written by Steven Moffat and starring Matt Smith as the Doctor along with Karen Gillan’s incomparable Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill’s Rory Williams. So, What Does Christmas Mean To Me (Vol. 2)? Well, it turns out “Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol” has a lot to say about that!
Doctor Who: Becoming a Fan Without the Fandom
I watch Doctor Who now. If I’m being honest, I watch Doctor Who a lot. If I’m being really honest, I am absolutely in love with this show (and I may have developed a bit of a binge-watching problem). I began watching it at the start of the school year and fell in love immediately. Soon words like “TARDIS,” “Time Lord,” “sonic screwdriver,” “psychic paper,” “Daleks,” and “Cybermen” had become a regular part of my vocabulary. However, this isn’t a piece about Doctor Who so much as it’s a reflection on falling in love with a show in isolation, completely removed from whatever fandom exists for the brilliant, beautiful world of the Doctor. Continue reading