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    Posted November 13, 2013 by
    starhound
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    ‘Doctor Who’ turns 50

    A Doctor's Coat of Many Colors

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     starhound told me, 'The biggest impact Doctor Who has had on my life has been the people I've met because of it. Through Doctor Who I've met many people who have over time become best friends and trusted confidants. Some of them have had major impacts on my decisions, usually for the better. If I hadn't found the show, I wouldn't have found them, and I wouldn't be where I am now.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I came into the Doctor Who fandom back in 2007, after seeing the episode "Army of Ghosts." I had heard of the series before, but never seen it up until then. It was different, imaginative, and I wanted more. After some research, I came across the Big Finish audios, based on the classic series with the earlier versions of the Doctor. After listening to what they had to offer, I was hooked, especially on Colin Baker's 6th Doctor.

    There was something about the 6th Doctor that just appealed to me. He was brash, had an ego to rival Hulk Hogan, but at the same time rather blunt and honest. He doesn't hold back on his opinion, which gave him a sense of honesty that the more manipulative versions of the Doctor seemed to lack.

    The 6th Doctor felt more like a true adventurer, going places with a purpose, instead of seemingly bumbling around like a space hobo. That, to me, is what the series has always been about, the adventure, the sense of wonderment at alien worlds and lifeforms. It kindles the fire of imagination, and throws a healthy dose of "Check this out!" to fuel the flames.

    While his TV episode may have suffered from lack luster writing and back stage politics, the Big Finish audios of the 6th Doctor are simply amazing. Colin Baker has a voice perfect for the audio world, and it's in the audios that he really gets the chance to show why his Doctor is among the best. There's a reason his version of the Doctor has had not one, but two musical adventures over the years.

    In the end, Colin's Doctor brings something new and fascinating to the table, which is why he is, and always will be, my favorite version.
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