Even after 50 years of television episodes and 900 years of traveling through time and space, "Doctor Who" is surprisingly hip.
The British science fiction show, once a cult favorite, has exploded in popularity over the last few years. For longtime fans, it's welcome recognition.
"It's time it got its due," said Ronn Smith, 45, of Teays Valley.
Smith first discovered the show when he was 13 years old.
"I was trolling through the channels and came across it and thought 'Huh, this is interesting,'" he said. "It was something like I'd never seen before."
At the time, PBS was airing episodes of the show starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, dressed in his signature floppy hat and mile-long scarf.
Smith was hooked. He had always been a science fiction fan, but liked that "Doctor Who" wasn't as militaristic as shows like "Star Trek" and movies like "Star Wars."
"I think the thing I like most about 'Doctor Who' was it was about this one character, this strange alien, who basically just wanders around," he said.
He attended his first Doctor Who convention about a year later in Florida.
"My mom made me a Tom Baker costume. Needless to say, in Florida that got a little hot," he said.
Smith began dressing up like Baker again for the 2012 Chicago TARDIS, an annual Thanksgiving weekend festival named for the Doctor's spaceship/time machine.
While 11 actors have now played the Doctor, Baker still is Smith's favorite.
"For a lot of fans, their favorite one is usually the first one they see," he said.
Plus, Smith kind of identifies with Bakers' portrayal of the Doctor.
"I just like how he's a lot more quirky and eccentric than a lot of the others," he said. "I guess some folks would say that about me."
Bernard Morris, 45, of Ripley, also discovered the show during the Baker years.
His elementary school took a field trip to the Ripley Library, where Morris found a paperback copy of "Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster."
"I had no idea who Doctor Who was, but I certainly knew who the Loch Ness Monster was," he said.
When he learned the book was based on a television show, Morris consulted his newspaper's TV listings. He cobbled together an antenna for his portable black-and-white TV so he could watch it on a television station in Huntington.
The show was canceled in 1989, but Morris eventually began to collect old episodes on videocassettes. He and his wife even named their oldest daughter, Tegan, after one of the Fifth Doctor's travel companions.
Then, in 2005, the show reappeared on British television with a new Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston.
"I was so interested in it, I had to download illegally the first six episodes," he said. "I wanted to see what they'd done with it."
He liked the new episodes so much, he bought the DVDs when they became available in Canada, a year before they were available here.
His kids watched, too, and became invested in the new story lines.