Today’s episode of Random Pop Culture Top-Something is all about questions. Fictional questions, in that they are questions posed by fictional characters in the midst of fictional stories.
To be clear, we are not talking about just questions used in the marketing of stories. Like “Who shot JR?” or “Who killed Laura Palmer?”. We’re not talking about questions that were the title of stories, like “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” or “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?” An we’re not talking about questions that fans tend to commonly ask about stories, like “Were they really dead all along in Lost?” or “What the heck was going on in Primer?”
No, we’re talking about questions that were part of stories, and usually were directly asked within stories.
Doctor Who has long been my favorite show, but until recently rewatchings of old episodes have been few and far between. This has changed in the last couple of years as I have been using birthday and Christmas money to buy some of the old episodes, usually enjoying them with one or two of my nerdier daughters. This year, though, my wife and I bought a year of Britbox for each other as a gift, which gives me access to nearly all of classic Who.
So lately I’ve been writing up some ideas for fictional, Doctor Who crossovers–shows and concepts that could have theoretically crossed paths with the Doctor and his travels in the TARDIS, even as unlikely as it would have been for them to actually exist. One of the most obvious shows to do this with is a science fiction drama that ran for four seasons in the 70s and 80’s called Blake’s 7.
Doctor Who has long been my favorite show, but in recent years rewatchings of old episodes have been few and far between. But recently I decided to spend some of my 50th birthday spending money on some of these adventures, and enjoy them with one or two of my nerdier daughters. (However, I already owned this one–but it was rewatching all those others that inspired me to revisit it again).