Celebrating 50 Years of Doctor Who!
the momentous occasion of 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who franchise, I am left wondering... if the classic Back to the Future Trilogy has anything to do with Doctor Who? You bet! It's not a ripoff by any means, but perhaps we can call BTTF
an indirect tribute to the BBC series that just happens to be the longest running sci-fi
television franchise in history.
Remember that Doctor Who is the
tale of a mysterious, often eccentric and sometimes misunderstood man who travels around in space and time, often with one
or more companions. In the case of the beloved Robert Zemeckis films, Marty McFly is THE companion who is actually the star of the story, and the crazy old "Doctor" character is the brilliant,
but somewhat zany Doctor ("Doc") Emmett Brown. No comparison? "No way," you say?
Kindly consider that
before the time machine used in the films became a slick, souped up stainless steel DeLorean, the original concept was to have the miraculous machine be Doc Brown's modified refrigerator. BELIEVE IT OR
Now... a refrigerator isn't quite an ultra sophisticated T.A.R.D.I.S. (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space) time machine/space ship with a malfunctioning "chameleon circuit," permanently
stuck in the shape of a mid 20th century British Police Public Call Box, but hopefully, you get the idea.
"Get outa town!"
you say? I'm comparing apples and oranges, you say? Ah, but we must remember, that time and time again, when it comes
to adventures in space and time, it's all, as Albert Einstein himself might very well have put it, "relative."
Or, as the 10th Doctor
(played by Scottish actor David Tennant) of Doctor Who fame has been known to put it, "People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect,
but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey...
Whatever the case may be, right now is always a great
time to not only celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, but to also get back to Back to the Future, and that timeless classic by Huey Lewis and the News -- Back in Time.