Doctor Who

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Braak
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This new Matt Smith cat is pretty good, I’m okay with it.

I’m very interested in the fact that he is a science-nerd hero.

Generally, I think the British have a more rigorous (and better-funded) public education system than we do in the state.  Though, it’s not like the British don’t like some dumb shit.  They watch a lot of soccer and rugby, they go NUTS over Big Brother.  There’s a whole industry based on keeping track of the life and times of  “glamour model” Jordan and her huge fake boobs.

It’s not like the British are all, individually, just smarter and more cultured than Americans.  Like we’ve got a lock on mindless pablum, or something.  And, let’s be real here, WE aren’t the ones that gave THEM Big Brother.  (We did give them The Simpsons, which they also love the shit out of.)

It’s also not like they don’t have other heroes, too.  Angry cops, nationalist anti-terrorist teams that lean just this side of fascist, probably some vampires or some shit, also.

AAAAND, we have smart heroes, too.  Monk, House, Goren, MacGyver, the Pretender (remember that show?  That was a good show).


There’s something a little different, though, isn’t there?  Those guys — the smart guys — they are definitely the main cats in their respective shows.  But it’s not like you’d ever want to grow up to be Doctor House.  Sure, he’s smart, but also his life is fucking miserable.  Maybe you’d want to be MacGyver, but, early on, MacGyver had some troubles he was struggling with, too.

Maybe MacGyver is the exception.  I wanted to grow up to be MacGyver.  And it was precisely because I wanted to be able to build shit.  I don’t know if that’s how it is with everyone; maybe some people just admired his ferocious mullet.

Doctor Who’s been running for, like, seventy years, and I don’t know if we really have a comparable figure to that here in the States.  A hero defined solely by:  (1) gigantic brain, (2) immeasurable compassion.

I mean, he doesn’t carry a gun.  He saves the world with a tool.  Oh, whoah, shit…MacGyver is the American Doctor Who.

Suh.  I guess I want a new MacGyver, too.

But one with spaceships.

  1. Mary Jones says:

    What, all those smart American heroes and no Indiana Jones? He’s not a comparable figure to the Doctor–“immeasurable compassion” doesn’t exactly leap to mind–but man, of everyone on tv and in movies I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be Indiana Jones. Indy isn’t miserable or neurotic like House or Monk, he travels all of the world, he finds lost artifacts, battles Nazis, speaks dead languages, and is a college professor on top of it all.

  2. braak says:

    Well, I feel like the promise of Indiana Jones was betrayed by the last movie.

  3. Daniel says:

    Don’t go blaming us Brits for Big Brother! We both got it from the Netherlands.

    However, given that House is played by a Brit and based on Sherlock Holmes, we’ll gladly take credit for him, thanks very much. We’ve also Brit-ified Batman and Spider-Man come to think of it … and Professor X AND Magneto … basically, we’d like to take credit for all the great American heroes. Hope you don’t mind.

  4. braak says:

    GRARRGH! You British and you “ACTORS” with all their “TRAINING”, like you’re so good. HERE IN AMERICA all you’re supposed to need to be successful is pluck, determination, and a square chin.


  5. Dave says:

    OK, Braak, we’ll give you Bruce Campbell, but we’re still on top.

  6. Mary Jones says:

    I acknowledge the fourth Indy movie the way I acknowledge Batman and Robin or the Eighth Doctor–I don’t. It never existed.

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