Friday, March 18, 2011

Posted by Laurel Garver on Friday, March 18, 2011 19 comments
If you could hitchhike with a Time Lord aboard the TARDIS, where and when would you choose to go? Would you decide, like Rose Tyler (companion to Doctors #9 and 10), to go back and see a relative you never got to know? Would you choose a far-off space port in a distant future? Would you want to meet a famous person? Your great-great grandchildren? See one of the seven wonders of the ancient world?

Gosh, where would you even start? That's what makes Dr. Who's premise so delicious. The possibilities are endless.

I think one of my first stops would be 1780s Vienna. Having to disguise myself in poofy dress and an enormous wig would be quite a laugh. But most of all, I'd love to have a chance to see Mozart in the flesh. Was he charming or a complete jerk? A fun drunk or a mean one? Did he live lost within his inner musical world, or was he actually a fascinating conversationalist?

How about you? When and where would your first stop be if you could go anywhere in space and time?

19 comments:

  1. Tough questions. Because really so many of the places to experience are probably actually terrifying. But I'd have to say I'd go back to the time of Christ and the Roman Empire. I want to see if Jesus really wears a white robe and blue sash.

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  2. as long as I didn't have to STAY, I'd want to go back to the 18th century--kind of like you. But like only if I was royalty. :D LOL! Lots of conditions on my time travel... I'm a wuss. ;p <3

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  3. I'm not sure when or where I'd want to go. There are so many places I'd love to visit!

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  4. I love this show! So disappointed about David Tennant but Matt SMith is doing great. I think I would probably go...to... Amercian Colonies? Wait! No, the 1920s.

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  5. How could you possibly choose?! I'd sure be tempted to go visit my children in the future to see how they turned out. :)

    Famous people, though? I'd want to meet George Washington. He inspires me.

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  6. I'd like to transport to the early 1800's and sneak into an expedition with David Thomson, as he mapped the Rocky Mountains. Or maybe to the time of Shackleton, sailing the Antarctic. Your so right that Dr. Who's premise is 'so delicious!'

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  7. I don't know. I'd like to go back and undo mistakes that I made, get to know relatives, visit historical events...this is good food for thought! :)

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  8. Ooh I DO love me some time travel. I have thought of this before and I would love to be at the foot of the cross trying in some way to comfort Jesus. It's perhaps the toughest and most poignant time in history.

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  9. Laura: I so agree--I bet I'd immediately realize how cushy my life is. Meeting Jesus would be pretty amazing. Apostle Paul, too. I have a list as long as your arm of all the historical places I'd love to visit!

    Leigh: The beauty of Dr. Who is you can always retire to the TARDIS's extensive quarters. It even has a pool! I like the nip in, nip out concept a lot.

    Melissa: It's pretty mind-bending, isn't it?

    Bekah: I've been loving Steven Moffat's scripts though (he's the new head writer for the show). His plots are wonderfully complex and spooky. I got used to Matt Smith more quickly than David Tennant (though he was great, too, once I adjusted). Smith has great chemistry with Karen Gillam.

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  10. Janet: I dunno, would it be traumatizing to see yourself old, or find out exactly when you died? Washington, however, would be an interesting guy to meet.

    Lynn: How adventurous! Both your wishes sound like quite a thrill!

    Karen: Ah, that's one thing the show often doesn't allow--it creates paradoxes in space/time for you to interact with your past self. Maybe you could mop up messes in secret, behind the scenes.

    Tana: To go back knowing how the story ends--that would be a comfort to him and all the disciples. "This isn't the end! Just wait!"

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  11. The mind boggles with possibilities! My first thought was that I would love to watch Michelangelo working on the Pieta. The time of Christ would be so confronting on so many different levels (as most time travel would be) but to be there at the time of his birth or ascension would be amazing. The cross - no, I truly don't think I could bear that.

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  12. I'd like to be at the Garden tomb when Jesus appears to Mary after the resurrection. Imagine the joy of seeing Him alive after that horrendous death!

    Since there are no photos of Jesus, it would be awesome to see what He actually looks like.

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  13. Lori: it does indeed! Seeing a great artist work--and encouraging him that his work will be valued well into the future--would be awesome. To see Jesus walking, teaching...what would that do for my faith, I wonder also.

    Susan: the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep...that would be pretty game changing to see with one's own eyes.

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  14. I'd like to meet my Grandparents when they were kids. I want to know what they liked to do, how they spent their days, what made them laugh.

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  15. I love the idea of time travel. I would go back to 1978 and change a few things that happened to my family. And then maybe I'd like to go back to the last few days before Christ's death. That was kind of a pivotal time in human history.

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  16. I'm getting on the 33 AD bandwagon. But my second choice would be meeting Shakespeare. Then I could come back and tell everyone "No, it wasn't Queen Elizabeth. It was really the guy named Will Shakespeare."

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  17. Mary: Aw, that's so sweet! Old photos just don't tell that sort of stuff, do they?

    Sherrie: Don't you wonder, though, that changing your family's history might have the potential to make you into a very different person today? I'd be afraid to tinker even with the worst stuff for that reason. And yes, Easter would be very different holiday for you if you'd had a chance to see the events in person.

    Rosslyn: Interesting, isn't it? I guess that shows I'm well connected with Christian bloggers. :-) I've also wondered what Shakespeare was really like, though I feel his plays tell you more about his personality than Mozart's music does, know what I mean?

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  18. Haha :) Very tough question. I may have to go back to 1800's England to meet Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte. As long as I was with David Tennant, I'd be pretty happy anywhere :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  19. Laurel, your comment about encouraging a great artist at work like Michelangelo surprised me. I guess I was thinking more about seeing that breathlessly beautiful sculpture take form. From what I have read, he was a rather vain man, but maybe not when he completed the Pieta at the tender age of 23.

    Your comment also reminded me of the episode where Dr Who encounters Van Gogh. That was a great one! Now, he did need some reassurance, poor fellow. But when I saw his Starry Night in a recent exhibit it literally flew off the wall in its vibrancy! Amazing talent.

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