Today's "Must See TV" is "Doctor Who". It isn't for everyone, but if you get it, well, there's nothing qutie like it anywhere.
I really like the reboot. Usually reboots fall flat on their face - I liked Agent Cho in "The Mentalist" but the new Hawaii 5-0? The show just didn't have legs. "Dr. Who" on the other hand has had as many reincarnations as James Bond and, believe it or not, each Doctor's fan base is just as rabid about who is the best. Personnally, even if Sean Connery ever played the Doctor, I think David Tennet nailed the role.
The great thing about this show is that you absolutely never know what you're going to get - other than the obvious off-beat British humor. Unlike Star Trek which is locked into it's own uiverse and has a sort of "here we go a warping" "again" about it, this programme just has a set of rules for its main character and then pretty much anything goes, from Santa Clause hit men to pigs running parliment to a deeply evil spirt being banished to the edge of the universe. And not our universe mind you. They may be funny or terrifying. They may be set on Earth or deep space. They may be a single episode or part of a more complex multi-episode opera.
I first met the Doctor when I was about 7. It was summer and I thought I'd see what was on our old TV in the attic that played Public Television - the screen wasn't black and white, it was red and white, very hard to watch, but without it I'd never have seen "All Creature Great and Small" which, while not inspiring me to become a veternarian, did start me off on a love for British roadsters...
I was struck, even then, by its uniqueness. And then there's the theme song. My oh my, the absolute best theme song ever. For the reboot they kept the original. Sure, it's been digitally remastered and touched up a bit, but it is the most distinctive, hard driving, synth fueled song on the planet - er - universes and perfectly captures the Doctor's personality.
The writing is top-notch, the acting and special effects are fitting of a successful TV show. It stays true to its rules and has a loveable, yet tragic, main character with intriguing flaws and needs. I would say it is the best science fiction series ever made, although that may require putting the "Twilight Zone" into its own category (original, not the reboot which, while entertaining, wasn't quite of the same calibre).
I know there are Doctor haters out there but I don't let them get me down. Haters gotta hate. For the rest of us, there's a hip and exciting alternative to the drudgery of another battle in the neutral zone.