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A marathon of “Dr. Who.”

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

The Ashcraft's spent much of the weekend sick and holding down the couches.

So in my best Brtish accent, I said to them "What you need is The Doctah!"

Ha ha. Okay, I really didn't say that, but now that I think of it, I totally should have.

We did, however, snuggle down and watch hours and hours of "Dr. Who."

We're hooked to this B-rated British show. We're only on season 3 of 7 in the modern series. We're enjoying it so much that it doesn't look like we'll be stopping anytime soon.Words like Tardis, dialect, half-arachnid have entered our daily vocabulary.

A new favorite game around our house is for Marek to chase Jonas, while yelling "You must be eliminated."

I started watching the show on and off several years ago, but was pleasantly surprised to find the whole modern incarnation listed on Hulu Plus. So, we started with the introduction of "The Doctor" and our beloved "Rose Tyler."

Then the doctor switched bodies, and that was weird, and then Rose and the doctah were separated, and that was sad ...

But, the plot of the very long story is beside the point. What's great about Dr. Who is how it has spanned the generations. We haven't found many shows that capture the interest of our entire family — from 4 to 42.

We were worried that maybe it would be too scary for the boys, but they informed us "Even the scary parts aren't really that scary."

Plus, several times we've revealed our "Dr. Who" dork love in public. Once, in Cedaredge's Pioneer Town, Jonas and Soren entered an old phone booth and screamed "Look Mom, I'm in the Tardis." Then they made very loud whooshing noises. Instead of looking at us weird, the older woman next to us said "Oh my God! Are they talking about Dr. Who? That's hysterical ... but doesn't it come on pretty late?" I had to throw out the HULU defense, but still ...

It happened again in Barnes and Noble where they embraced the plush Tardis' with love to the delight of an older man. "I love those shows. Did you know there's a whole bunch of Dr. Who's"

My poor boys. Sometimes I think they have no chance of not ending up the biggest geeks ever. But at the same time, I see they're in good company because "Dr. Who" is loved by everybody no matter how old you are. And sometimes, it's okay that there's nothing more going in life than watching tv with your family.

Long live — The Doctah!



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