Doctor, Who is the Craziest Fan?
Urban Dictionary defines a fandom as “a kingdom of fans.” Fandom usually describes a group of people who are so obsessed with a TV show/Movie/book/etc. that they create various works of art to show their love. Most fandoms just write fan fiction and photoshop flower crowns on to characters, but one fandom seems to take this a bit further. Fans of Doctor Who, or Whovians, are some of the most devoted fans in the fandom universe.
Most YouTube videos made by a certain fandom have the same formula. Take a somewhat popular song and edit some clips from the show together. With Doctor Who, you can search pretty much any song and find a Doctor Who tribute video. This video takes Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” and focuses on Amy Pond. This video contains clips from series 5, 6 and 7.
Whovians make their own songs. These songs have become so popular that it has created it’s own genre called “Trock” or “Time Lord Rock.” “Tick Tock Goes the Clock” uses the song “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha and rewords it to make it about Doctor Who. The video uses clips from the show to match the lyrics. The song is inspired by the events from the show’s sixth series and contains massive spoilers. Watch at your own risk.
Probably one of the most annoying earworms of 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” served as the inspiration for “Doctor Who: Time Travel Maybe.” The parody makes “Call Me Maybe” somewhat bearable. What makes this video different is that user Yukeh makes her own music video to go with her song. The song is about how she wants to be a companion. This video is pretty much spoiler free.
The previously mentioned songs are clearly inspired by Doctor Who, but none of them have gone so far as to form a Doctor Who band. This is exactly what YouTubers Alex Day, Charlie McDonnell, Liam Dryden, Ed Blann, and Michael Aranda have done when they created Chameleon Circuit. Their band name, album names and song titles are all inspired by Doctor Who. This next song is inspired by an episode from the show’s fifth series.
This isn’t exactly canon, but some whovians believe that Florence + the Machine’s “Cosmic Love” is inspired by Doctor Who. Florence Welch did mention that she is a fan of the show and wants to cameo as a villain, so it’s entirely possible. If you listen to the lyrics and hear the consecutive four drumbeats, it’s hard not to think about The Doctor and Rose.
Posted on August 23, 2013, in BBC, BBC America, British Television, Internet Video, Music, Parodies, YouTube and tagged alex day, call me maybe, chameleon circuit, charlie mcdonnell, doctor who, Doctor Who fandom, ed blann, Fandom, florence + the machine, kesha, liam dryden, michael aranda, tick tock, tick tock goes the clock, youtube. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.