In 1984, I wandered (or was pushed) into a comic book store in Dallas, Texas. Among the bric-a-brac there were several bits of memorabilia that featured a bug-eyed man with a big grin, big hat and ridiculously long scarf. "That", someone explained to me, "Is. The. Doctor." In the next breath it was explained to me that although the name of the show is 'Doctor Who' , that is not the character's name, but an in-joke.
A show that had an obscure in-joke as it's name was too nifty an idea to pass up, so I started watching on the local PBS station- and was hooked.
Six Doctors later, I still am. So the prospect of a 'Next Doctor' intrigued me, so I watched the latest incarnation of the Doctor in this years Christmas special.
I'll try to keep this SPOILER free (or at least Spoiler light...)