Official Doctor Who New Series Discussion (spoilers) in Entertainment Posted July 4, 2007 See, I hear that and know that multi-Doctor shows are a tradition that goes back to 1973 *AND* that Doctor Who is a national institution in the UK so I say: What's geeky about it? Yeah, I saw "The Five Doctors" too. It's important to remember that I don't mean geeky pejoratively and would define it here as a reliance upon details of the show's history to provide content and context. So it's always cool to hear lines like "Been a while since I reversed the polarity of the neutron flow" and see mentions of UNIT and Time Lord costumes straight of storage. But it's the sort of thing that's likely to go over the head of uninformed viewers. For example : Paul McGann offered to do a regeneration cameo right at the beginning of the series to set up the new Doctor. He was declined because the whole thing would be too confusing to people who had never seen the TV movie or even those who weren't quite as familiar with Doctor Who as your usual fan. Yeah, it's a national institution in the UK. So's NASCAR in the US. Doesn't mean there isn't a sizable segment of the population who ignore/despise it. I imagine that to your average British citizen the impact of the show is basically restricted to being scared of the Daleks when they were kids. The show has been seriously relying on a knowledge of its own history for quite a while. I find that geeky while loving it at the same time.