So the new season of Doctor Who starts Saturday, and you want to get into it- but you’ve only seen a few bits in the past. What are you going to do? Well, look no further- here is a gold mine of Doctor Who related knowledge so that you can sound like the biggest fan anywhere, anytime. Just remember, you’re looking at the junior school Doctor Who Quiz champion here…
1. The Doctor is from Galifrey.
The Doctor is part of a race called the Time Lords, which come from the planet Galifrey. The other main Time Lord to leave Galifrey is the Master, or Missy as she likes to be known as now. She is notorious for plotting to take over Earth, often crossing the Doctor standing in her way.
2. The Daleks are his number one enemy.
Until quite recently, everybody thought that Galifrey was no more. This is because of an epic war known as the Time War. The Time War was a raging battle between the Time Lords and the Daleks- the ruthless killing machines. But they’re not just machines, every Dalek is a living creature, inside a metal suit- with only one emotion: hate.
3. Peter Capaldi is the 12th Doctor (kinda)
As we spoke of before, the Doctor is a Time Lord. However what we didn’t say was that a Time Lord has 13 lives. There is also a ‘secret Doctor’ which featured in the 50th Anniversary Special- who fought in the time war. However he does not get a number to his name. Also, although a Time Lord has 13 lives, the Doctor was granted an unspecified number of regenerations upon his last death.
4. The TARDIS
So you know about the Police Box which carries the Doctor and his companion(s) around, or at least you think you do. But there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. The reason the outside of the TARDIS is stuck looking like an old fashioned police box is because of a thing known as the chameleon circuit. A working one would mean the TARDIS could blend into any surroundings. By the way, TARDIS (which should always be spelt in all caps) stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space.
5. Probably learn about Cybermen too.
I don’t think there can be anything more painful to a Doctor Who fan than to hear someone calling Cybermen robots. Like most Who villains, there is a living thing inside the suit. A Cyberman was once a person, but after their brain is removed from their body and all of their emotions are taken out- it hardly qualifies. The thing that makes Cybermen so ruthless is that they feel nothing.
6. The Weeping Angels are the best villains.
If anyone asks, you need a favorite villain, and the less mainstream the better. The Weeping Angels first appeared in ‘Blink’ in season 3. The thing that makes the Angels so hideous is that they don’t move- well, as long as you’re looking at them. If you let them touch you then they ‘zapp’ you back in time so you must live out all your years in the past.
7. Make a joke about love and monsters.
If there is one Doctor Who episode fans could wish out of existence, it would probably be this one. The episode was known for its interesting story arc, and villain- and overall bizarreness. Because of this, all you need to do is make a joke about it to a Who fan, then you can feel truly at home.
8. If anyone asks, Sylvester McCoy is the best classic Doctor.
It’s all very well knowing the modern stuff, but what happens when a die-hard fan asks you about the classics? You need a favorite classic Doctor, as well as a new one. If you’re not sure who to choose, I highly recommend Sylvester McCoy, both for his funny and interesting character, and the fact he carried the show through tough times.
9. Give your part human theory.
There is some evidence to suggest that the Doctor is part human. For one thing, in the last episode of season nine- it was hinted that the Doctor was part human and that’s why he spent so much time around Earth. This paired with a moment from Doctor Who The Movie where Paul McGann whispers into someone’s ear “I’m part human, on my mother’s side” firmly suggests a theory which if told to a fan, is an interesting topic of conversation.
10. Who do you want next?
Maybe finish by saying who you think should be the next Doctor. The more obscure your answer, the more intrigue it will cause to the fans- so get researching.
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