It’s my greatest shame (of the year, anyway) that I’ve never seen a single minute of Doctor Who. Not the original series. Not the 2005 remake. As a wannabe anglophile and full-fledged geek with an irrational love of the Tardis (it doesn’t matter that I don’t understand what it does, it’s just so cool looking!), this is a major point of embarrassment.
It seems that every time I open a web browser or visit Tumblr, I’m exposed to inside jokes about the Doctor, the Tardis and the joy of the series.
I want to shed light on something that it’s taking me a long time to realize. Geeks need to accept that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to know all details of all corners of geek culture. Remember that big kerfuffle over the “fake geek girl” phenom earlier this month? At the time, I was so focused on what makes you a geek vs. what doesn’t make you a geek that I missed one very important detail…
Geeks obsess over the things we love, but it would be so lame if all geeks loved all the same things. In a lifetime, we can’t see EVERY movie, play EVERY game, read EVERY comic. It’s just impossible. But when we pool our random knowledge, we create a community that has something wonderful to discuss over a beer.
I have my own repertoire of geek knowledge. I’m a gadget head. A dystopia freak. A documentary obsessive. Potter-head. Katniss devotee. Game of Thrones lover. LEGO fan. The list is rather endless, but I can’t bother feeling bad about the fact that I don’t love first person shooters or WOW, because getting into the nitty gritty of something that I don’t totally love would be completely counter to the point of being a geek in the first place. Love of the material should be first, not a feeling of obligation.
It’s all about prioritizing right? So, I’ve decided that Doctor Who is my next thing. I’ve already conquered many parts of geek culture, but I’m excited to take on this series. I hope I love it as much as many of you do.
So tell me… Do you have secret geek shame over some property? Have you never seen Star Wars? Or never read Watchmen? Or maybe we can start to watch Doctor Who together?