Most Americans don’t ‘get’ Doctor Who. They’ve either never seen the show or, if they have, the distinctly British flavor and cheesiness of the show is sometimes a bit odd to them.
That was obvious when the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, David Tennant, was a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman this week, as Letterman obviously didn’t get Doctor Who, and hadn’t really figured out what the premise was.
After all, when David Tennant explains the twelve Doctor Whos to David Letterman and he gets “that’s remarkable” from David Letterman, you just know Letterman doesn’t have a clue what the long-running science fiction series is about.
Letterman also asks Tennant if Doctor Who is “the longest running series in television in the world”. Here, Tennant’s answer is a bit ‘muddy’, as he talks about the gap in the show of several years but how Doctor Who does have ‘a couple of Guinness world records in there”.
Just to clarify, Doctor Who is the world’s longest running sci-fi television program, but it also holds several other Guinness World Records as well.
Nice to see David Tennant on The Late Show, however, and good to see him giving David Letterman a bit of an education. After all, everyone should get the chance to be familiar with Doctor Who. It is one of the best TV shows ever made.