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    Posted: 17-Oct-2008 at 23:43
I never got caught-up in the Dr. Who frenzy even though Dr. Who has been the longest running science-fiction television show in the world.  It first screened on 23 November 1963 in the UK, the day after President Kennedy was shot in Dallas.   On 22 November 1963 I re-enrolled at McMaster University in a first year arts course as I was coming out of my first serious depression in my first experience of bipolar disorder, an illness which has had an incapacitating effect on me periodically since that autumn of 1963.

Dr. Who was not screened in Canada until January 1965, three months before I graduated from that university arts course with a B.A.  This fictional time-traveller has been popping up in my visual field off and on for the last thirty years since my only child, Daniel, was born in 1977 and since I finally bought a television set due to the enthusiasms as well as the gentle and not-so-gentle pressures of my wife and two step-daughters. They would often watch programs at the homes of friends and neighbours since we did not have a TV and were not able to “amuse themselves to death,” as Neil Postman argued in his 1985 book by the same name.

And so it was that when David Tennant, time-traveller and latest incarnation of Dr. Who, appeared on a BBC program: Who Do You Think You Are? which my wife taped for me here in Tasmania on 12 October 2008 at 7:30 p.m. on SBS TV, I had the funny feeling I had seen this chap before.  And I had as I had wandered through the lounge-room on the way to or from my study in recent months as Dr. Who was being screened on Saturday evenings here in Tasmania Australia.
 
This now famous and popular program has provided over the last several decades an experience to millions of viewers that is now part of  “the quintessence of being British,” or so wrote Caitlan Moran the TV reviewer for The Times.  Steven Spielberg even went so far to say that: “the world would be a poorer place without Doctor Who.” –Ron Price with thanks to “Doctor Who,” Wikipedia, 17 October 2008.

Your story, David,  like mine, like
the Baha’i story I have been part of
since 1953, is long, so very complex.
Fathers, grandfathers, mothers and
grandmothers, back and back to the
year 1819,1 mirabile dictu,2 the birth
of the Báb and the beginning of new
cycles, ages, epochs, stages, phases,
plans and programs that would and
did change your world and ours......
There were several milestones in
this story of yours: 1832, 1912,
1916, 1968, 1972 and they were
milestones in the story I’ve been
writing to figure out who I think
I am.  I hope you had some luck,
David, figuring out your identity.

1 David Tennant’s great-great grandfather was Donald McLeod was born in 1819 in rural Scotland where his family had been for centuries.  1819 was the same year as the birth of the Báb, the Forerunner of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith.  By 1900 the MacLeod family were based on Scotland’s industrial heartland, cities like Glasgow, and the administrative centre of gravity of the Baha’i Faith was beginning to make its shift to the United States.   David Tennant’s story also became an intimate part of the story of Ireland in the 20th century.
2 A Latin expression meaning ‘marvellous to relate.’ It is like annus mirabilus meaning ‘wonderful year, year of wonders.’ 

Ron Price
17 October 2008

 
Ron Price is a retired teacher, aged 64(in 2008). He taught for 35 years in primary, secondary and post-secondary schools. He lives with his wife in Tasmania. He has been a Baha'i for 50 years.
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I have been writing prose-poems for nearly thirty years now. They combine aspects of the social sciences, popular culture and the humanities in prose-poetic form.  This gives me the freedom to write onall sorts of topics and try to bring them together into some unfied whole, unfied at least for me. And so Dr. Who, Kennedy's assiasination and my own beliefs came together is this pot-pourri.-Ron Price, Tasmania.Star
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Readers at this site can ask questions, ignore or just comment on what I write, as they do any other post by anyone else.-Ron in Australia
Ron Price is a retired teacher, aged 64(in 2008). He taught for 35 years in primary, secondary and post-secondary schools. He lives with his wife in Tasmania. He has been a Baha'i for 50 years.
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It is a history forum, not a blog however. 

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Yay make a blog or go home(wait if your typing your all ready homeLOL).
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Sorry for taking 4 months to respond, but I just saw this response. I'll make a blog.-Ron
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We didn't ask for a blog - it is a history community first and foremost.

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