As a kid, I was fascinated by science fiction shows.

I loved the original Star Trek series a lot, especially City on the Edge of Forever, just superb writing in that one.  (Even though Harlan Ellison still maintains his script got mangled.)

But my big love back then was Dr. Who. Especially the Tom Baker episodes.

The special effects back then were absolute crap. But I loved the show almost because of the salt shaker villains, not in spite of them.

And for the stories.  In those shows, it wasn’t just good versus evil — there was always a twist for some shades of gray that I found fascinating.  Still do.

I’m sure we all have "guilty pleasure" shows or books from childhood or beyond. Thought it might be kind of fun to talk about those a bit this morning. Let’s talk about the things that inspire and entertain us.

Pour another cuppa and pull up a chair…

(YouTube — A quick clip from a Tom Baker episode of Dr. Who, featuring K9.)

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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