The Doctor Who Anomaly

Apologies for being AWOB (Absent WithOut Blogging) for an extended period.  Many are my excuses but when it comes right down to it the main reason for my time out has been a recent obsession.

“Hi, My Name is Holly, and I have a problem. (Hi Holly)  I’m addicted to Doctor Who.”

It’s not what you think.

I’m pretty sure I’m not having a mid-life crisis and mooning over Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, or Matt Smith. Working in the museum technology field in the 1990s I knew plenty of Doctor Who types who could give those guys a run for their money.  Tech geeks who would fly into the States from exotic locations (Brighton perhaps) and work miracles beyond the ken of mere museum professionals.

I’m pretty sure I don’t have Tardis or Sonic Screw Driver envy.  Heck, I’m still using my first generation iPad.  I won’t give it up because my husband had it engraved with “Fifty is the new Thirty” (Hah! So not true.)  Nope, new technology toys no longer make my heart beat faster.

I’m pretty sure it’s not a longing for adventure–the desire to see strange worlds and strange times.  As an art historian I travel to exotic locales and other time periods on a pretty regular basis.  If you don’t believe that this is real adventure go stand outside any historical archive on a Saturday towards closing time.  We time zombies come walking out at the end of the day hardly knowing where or when we are.  (Note:  It’s a good idea not to be in a car trying to drive in the neighborhood at closing time.  We may appear to be paying attention to the road, but we aren’t really.)

No, I’m pretty sure my current fascination with the good Doctor is because I’ve transitioned to a new phase in my life.  I am no longer content with the role of companion. I want to be the Doctor.  Now all you lifelong Doctor Who fans don’t get your panties in a bunch.  I don’t really want to be THE Doctor Who.  I just want to live my own life along some more Who-like lines.
I recently went looking for some advice to help me in my quest and ran across an article at entitled “Doctor Who: 10 Characteristics Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Should Have.” If you’ve been living off the grid for the past six months you should know that Peter Capaldi will soon take over the role of the Doctor from Matt Smith.   Here are the recommended characteristics for the 12th Doctor.

  1. Scottish Accent
  2. Elevated Diction
  3. Snarkiness
  4. A Signature Facial Expression
  5. My Own Intellectual Flaw
  6. Less Libido
  7. Travel With Purpose
  8. Colder
  9. Reckless
  10. And Something From Peter Capaldi

In my own case 1, 2, 8, and 10 I’ve thrown out for mostly obvious reasons.  If you are wondering about 8, I live in Cleveland Ohio the last thing I want to be is colder 😉

3. Snarkiness.  I’ve been there, done that, and got the t-shirt.

4. A Signature Facial Expression.  Nope. Don’t have time to waste developing one; the red hair will have to be my signature item.  It’s worked for 50+ years and besides everyone knows the Doctor wants to be a ginger!

5. My Own Intellectual Flaw.  Oh golly, got lots of these.

6. Less Libido.  Listen I’m not going to comment on this it’s none of your durn business.

7. Travel With Purpose and 8. Reckless.  These two characteristics  go together.  Doctor Who has a confident recklessness that I would like to acquire.  The idea of confidently traveling with purpose is at the epicenter of my life upheaval.

I want to travel with purpose, with my own intentions, and my own objectives.

I am the Walrus Doctor.


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