The Doctor Who premiere is this Saturday. If you didn’t know that, this post isn’t for you. My husband and daughter are big fans and I’m . . . well . . . just not. I’ve never disliked an episode I’ve watched (and I watched all of #9’s season), I’m just not enthralled enough to watch it regularly.
So here we go, my suggestions for surviving Saturday as a non-fan in a Whovian Household:
1) Watch the premiere.
This is the most obvious solution to your problem. Give in.
If you have ever thought that you might like to start watching, now is the time as we are starting with a new doctor. If you found the last few years to be a little too hipster for your taste, the coming season promises to take it back a notch. Look for a much more serious doctor and darker plots, not to mention the reappearance of classic enemies.
If you decide to go this route and don’t mind the previous seasons, I suggest a little Netflix marathon to get you in the mood. In my opinion, there is no better way to get excited about a show you aren’t previously committed to than to watch a few one after the other.
Let’s say you don’t want to do that though. Your next option is to . . .
2) Encourage your family to see it in the theater or at a viewing party.
This leaves the television remote firmly in your hands and – bonus! – lets your family enjoy the premiere surrounded by others just as excited as they are. Watch out though – if you aren’t careful with how you pitch the watch party, you could end up hosting a house full of Whovians.
Remind them to take their screwdrivers with them; they don’t want to feel left out. Moving on. .
3) Give in to that watch party, but also invite non-fans to do something fun with you.
Whovians in front of the television, Non-Whovians in the dining room. Whatever you like. Just make a whole lot of food, maybe break out the margaritas if you are into that kind of thing, and everyone gets to have their own fun. I suggest board games, a wine tasting, book club, or tag. If you happen to have access to a swimming pool, you are set! Neither group will bother the other.
Need food suggestions? How about a nice dish of fish fingers and custard followed by an assortment of jammie dodgers. For the kids, pick up some jelly babies. Your non-Whovians might not enjoy that menu, so make fajitas. Yum.
Still not your thing? How about . . .
4) Appreciate Peter Capaldi in other ways.
Peter Capaldi is the new doctor. Show you family you support their fandom by watching other shows featuring Capaldi. You have several options: The Thick of It features Capaldi in all his foul-mouthed glory (you can find it on Amazon Instant Video). Not your style? Check him out as a transvestite in NBC’s Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren (available on Netflix and Amazon) or as King Charles I in The Devil’s Whore (not as easily accessible for us yanks).
Are you reaching last resort? Try . . .
5) Hide in your bedroom.
Admittedly not my favorite suggestion, but it will work in a pinch. Watch your own favorite show in another room with a television, read a book, browse the net. Or hey! – come back and comment on this post about how oddly your family is behaving. The rest of us non-fans can commiserate together.
My most important tip for surviving Saturday?
6) Don’t blink.*
*Yeah, I’ve seen that one. It was good. Still not a fan.