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Get excited, nerds!

Every Friday from 7:00 to 8:00, The Black Cat will be screening one episode of Dr. Who, starting tonight with the beginning of the revived series, the 2005 edition starring Christopher Eccleston.

For the uninitiated among you: Doctor who is a popular British science fiction series, which has run for 43 years as of this date. Started in 1963, it ran to 1989 when it was put on hiatus. Besides a TV movie, the only new Doctor who was in books, audio and webcasts for 16 years. The series started back up in 2005, and has been running since. Dr. WHo explores the universe in his TARDIS, which stands for Time and Relative Dimension(s) in Space—a sentient, telepathic time machine that flies through time and space. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, a common sight in 1963, when the series first aired.

The Doctor usually spends each episode saving the Earth/The Universe/Civilization as we know it on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes he is accompanied by companions who have chosen to travel with him for a variety of reasons.

Although he physically resembles a human, as a TIME LORD his physiology is different. Once a TIME LORD suffers a mortal injury, illness, or old age, he uses his ability to regenerate. At the end of the day, though, Dr. Who is just an oft lonely man who travels around the universe in a little blue box. And that’s what makes him so lovable. (Saving the world is pretty cool too)