It’s official. We have another Whovian in the house.
For those of you not familiar with the term, a Whovian is a name of a fan of the popular BBC sci-fi show, Doctor Who. Captain Alpha is on board the TARDIS and is ready to go wherever The Doctor takes him. And just like that, I feel like we have unlocked some geek parent level awesomeness.
These days, he stays up a little later since he is 11. (“Almost 12, Mum!” he reminds me.) We could send him to bed at 9, but he would still be secretly reading or looking for a drink or making covert missions to the bathroom until 10:30. When we let him stay up a little later, he almost always falls straight to sleep. Not that it’s any easier to wake him up some school mornings; kid sleeps like a brick.
Every night around 9 o’clock (give or take), after Captain Bravo is asleep, we watch Netflix together.
He sometimes gets a snack and asks if David and I want anything. He fills up our water bottles and sets up the WiiU. He sits next to me on the couch, each of us wrapped in a blanket, cozy in the cool living room.
We started watching Doctor Who a few weeks ago.
A note to the people who will one day watch TV and movies with our son: He asks A LOT of questions. We are trying; he’s getting better. But his natural curiosity and impatience get the best of him sometimes and he can’t resist asking “Why did he say that? What’s going to happen? What is going on?”
He was unsure about Doctor Who at first, but by the end of the first season, he was begging to stay up late and watch “just one more.” (Yup. We are raising a future binge watcher. SO proud.) He thinks the Daleks are cool.
I think it’s cool that he wants to spend this time with us, watching some our favourites to see if they will be favourites of his. Some of the innuendo is lost on him (I think) for now, BUT – he gets the jokes, he FEELS THE FEELS. (Don’t tell him I told you.)
And the best part? He looks forward to spending time hanging out with his
old and uncool parents instead of hiding from us in his room.
So, I will save him a seat on the couch, with a blanket on standby. I will answer his too-frequent questions. (Alright, usually with a “Shh… Just wait.” But that still counts.) And I will reserve the 9 o’clock hour – barring previous, pressing engagement – for some time with our biggest boy and Netflix.
Maybe one day he will prefer to hang out in his room. And I will understand his need for space and distance, though I will not deny that my heart breaks just a bit at the thought of it. With 8 seasons streaming on Netflix, we’ll be there a while, though. And if that day comes, at least we’ll always have the Doctor.
Do you have TV dates with your family? What are your favourite shows to watch with tweens? We are always looking for new suggestions.
This post is solely based on my family’s experience and shared love of Doctor Who and Netflix – it is not sponsored. I am not currently affiliated with Netflix Canada other than as a loyal subscriber and frequent binge watcher – although I would welcome the opportunity to partner with them one day!