Doctor Who: 5 Worst Things About Getting Someone Hooked on Doctor Who
Now, it's probably escaped regular readers' attentions because I hardly ever talk about it, but I'm a tiny bit obsessed with Doctor Who. Seriously, though, it almost never comes up in my written work.
That said, I've led more than a few people into Whovian fandom, and that's great because I'm basically a hardcore Southern evangelist who never had a religion he liked well enough to bother people about before. I love it when people join up with this magical little crew and go off exploring space and time with the rest of us. It's truly one of the greatest stories ever told, and it's still being told today.
There's an unfortunate side, though, to bringing people in.
5. They're Going to Lose Some Facebook Friends: Whovian fandom is a pretty intense thing. I mean, it's not as mind-bogglingly wacky as, say, things Jared Leto fans do, but it's still way up there. This is manifest mostly in an endless cycle of fan art shares, theory discussions and Saturday nights full of cursing Steven Moffat's name on social media.
And I promise you, it will annoy the ever-loving Skaro out of every non-Who fan on your friends list. One of the most persistent things I see from people every time the show returns from hiatus is a wish for a Doctor Who filter for posts. Just as I started to hide people who built their lives around Texans games, some of your friends are going to limit some online association with you...at least until that freshly discovered show adrenaline rush wears off and you start talking about other things again.
4. Some of Us Are Kind of Dicks: It's never been a better time to be a geek, mostly because geek things are now million-dollar franchises instead of niche markets. That means there is plenty of sci-fi, fantasy and the like to go around for all! Hell, I've been in two chain bookstores this month alone that had actual Tardis bookshelves in them. Doctor Who, like a lot of other previously hard-to-find, nerdy things, has never been more accessible.
Fandom has a dark side, though. Some people are just obsessively passionate it, but there are some who basically become strangely fundamentalist, applying near-Calvinist fervor to the subject in what is probably an indicator of rather stunted emotional growth. Aspects of this to watch out for include: fans of the classic series who disdain anyone who has watched only the reboot; misogynists who are appalled by any female who might have started watching because David Tennant is, well, yummy; and definitely older fans who look down on young kids liking the show for some weird reason.
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