|This may only make sense if you've seen the 2012 Xmas special!|
I've been attempting this with our new German exchange student, and telling her 'it's about an ancient alien who travels through time and space in a blue phone box, and takes people away with him' makes very little sense and makes the Doctor sound a tad serial-killer/stalker-ish. Also the whole regeneration thing sounds well suss.
It is kind of hard to sum up this culmination of 50 years of British eccentricity in a few sentences. It's been part of my life for as long as I can remember, so it takes a real cultural mind-set shift to be able to contemplate how you could exist without it in your life!
There's a young man on youTube called Charlie McDonnell (?) who has done a pretty good summary of why Who rocks, and why we love it despite and because of its faults. Check him out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf6H4gkErt4
If you're a Whovian, how would YOU describe Who to a newbie?
If you've never seen it, please consider having a go, it's got a lot to offer if you let it try :-)
And yes, I named my cat after a character in it.