- Take a guy who still obsesses over his original Star Wars action figures…
- introduce him to a girl who can’t seem to stop reading books about faeries, Greek gods or intergalactic travel…
- throw in two kids who constantly reference Gandalf, Dumbledore or Daleks in everyday conversation…
- and what do you have?
Right! The Petersen household.
This summer my son turned me into a Whovian. (Thank you Netflix!) While some people may have wasted their summer swimming or getting tans, we watched back-to-back episodes of Dr. Who every weekend, making our way through several seasons before the end of summer. After all, we live in southern California. We can go to the beach any old day ;D
I’d like to point out that I introduced my son to the 10th doctor (David Tennant — my personal favorite) years ago when I recorded a couple of episodes that we watched together. Apparently, he was too young at the time, but with the seeds planted at a young age, it didn’t take much to nurture the curiosity into a full-blown mania.
These days he has become a walking repository of Who trivia. Not only does he know every current episode title and synopsis, he can also name the actors who portrayed the doctor and his companions from the very beginning of the series. And that’s just the tip of his extensive knowledge. (His father and I are holding out hope that this somehow proves useful in two years when he starts writing essays for college applications.)
In November I took him down to Universal City to see The Day of the Doctor on the big screen in 3-D, and his father is making plans to build him a walk-in book case that looks like a Tardis. Seriously. If those plans ever get off the ground, trust me, there will be photos.
What are your current obsessions, books, movies or otherwise?