My friend Jessica and I were driving home from a late dinner at Perkins when Prince’s “1999″ came on the radio station. I recalled how far away the year 1999 seemed when we were children. Now 1999 is 15 years in the past and the song itself is some 32 years old. She asked me if there were any hit songs that mentioned future dates that hadn’t passed yet. The only one I could think of was then 1969 record “In The Year 2525” by Zager and Evans, a group from Lincoln, Nebraska. This song is a bit of a downer, though it’s quite melodic. Most science fiction, even pop music, imagines things will end badly for the human race. That’s probably why I like the optimism of “Doctor Who” so much. I recall the revived series’ second episode when the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) chided Rose (Billie Piper): “You lot, you spend all your time thinking about dying, like you’re gonna get killed by eggs, or beef, or global warming, or asteroids. But you never take time to imagine the impossible. Like maybe you survive.” Enjoy this song and, for the matter, enjoy today. Tomorrow might be a bit of a bummer if Zager and Evans are correct.
Entertainment Weekly has revealed the costume for Peter Capaldi, the new Doctor in “Doctor Who.” Simple. Dark blue. Dash of red. Starched white shirt. Shades of Jon Pertwee, minus the frills of course. Kind of rock-n-roll, too. Looks like Pete Townshend as the Doctor. Doc Martens. Not the first with boots. But modern boots. Grunge boots. I’m ready to watch.