I have been hearing a lot about Doctor Who lately since their is apparently is a new doter, I have always heard the show is really good so I've finally decided to start watching it. I just would like to know if i should pick up watching this current season or backtrack to older stuff.
" I have been hearing a lot about Doctor Who lately since their is apparently is a new doter, I have always heard the show is really good so I've finally decided to start watching it. I just would like to know if i should pick up watching this current season or backtrack to older stuff. "I suggest starting with the 9th doctor. Which starts with the "Rose" Episode.
" Okay obviously from the beginning but there is 11 different doctors so I guess what I'm really asking is if its all one connected story line or if its more like James Bond kind of thing. "Yes and....no...
There are turning characters who knew him in his other incarnations. But nothing THAT major.
Start with the 2005 series of Doctor Who. It’s part of the exact same canon as the “classic” series, starting in 1963 and running until the 80’s, but it’s specifically written for newcomers to the show. There’s also a really cool sense of scope and myth to the 2005 series; characters will make references to people and places you’ve never seen, adventures you’ve never personally witnessed, but they all existed in the classic series. It’s not like in other fiction where a character will make a reference to something made-up that happened offscreen (“hey, Anakin, remember that time we fell into a nest of gundarks?”) and you have to pretend that the writers aren’t bullshitting — when the Doctor talks about Makra or the Cybermen or Skaro, you get the sense that those stories really exist, without quite knowing enough details about them to rob them of their magic.
The 2005 series is streamable on Netflix, as are all the subsequent series. Search for “Doctor Who, Season 1,” and so on, until you reach the end of Season 4. At that point, the numbering gets weird because the BBC is stupid — instead of a proper 13-episode series, the next season is five separate, one-hour specials: The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Waters of Mars, and The End of Time Parts One and Two (in that order). These specials are a really, really important part of the canon, and should not be skipped under any circumstances (even though the current series that’s currently airing on BBC right this second is called Series 5, for some fucked-up reason).
The Unquiet Dead
Tooth and Claw
The Idiot’s Lantern
The Shakespeare Code
Daleks in Manhattan
Evolution of the Daleks
The Lazarus Experiment
The Doctor’s Daughter
Unicorn and the Wasp
You’re still looking a pretty hefty chunk of TV, but still — that’s almost twelve hours you’ve skipped, just there.
Okay, so, Doctor Who seasons 1-4, plus the specials, comprise the Russell T. Davies era. He was the showrunner during this period, and he defined the tone and style of the show. After the specials, Steven Moffat took over the show. His run of the show just started this Easter, and will continue on semi-regularly over the next few months. Having watched the RTD era, you’ll be ready for the Moffat era (you can’t just jump into the Moffat era because certain fundamental rules about the Doctor Who universe — regeneration, the TARDIS, Time Lords, etc — are not immediately mentioned).
You’ll also be ready to go back and watch the “classic” series, if you so desire. Most of the classic episodes I’ve seen really haven’t aged all that well; they’re slowly paced and full of needless filler. For the most part, they’re really only worth watching to see the different incarnations of the Doctor and how different they were from one another. Nine and Ten never laid a finger on anyone, but Three got into fistfights and swordfights all the goddamn time.
I can personally recommend the Fourth Doctor serials “City of Death” and “Genesis of the Daleks,” though. The former was written by Douglas Adams, and the latter is just really fucking cool, even by modern standards. “An Unearthly Child,” the very first Doctor Who episode ever, is kind of boring after the first part (with all of time and space to explore, the writers decided to go to the fucking caveman era), but there’s a definite magic in its first, half-hour segment.
There ya go!
Start at the 9th doctor, Christopher Eccleston, then when you've caught up to the latest stuff just watch the really old ones now and then. It's easier to appreciate the older ones once you have an appreciation for the show, going straight in at episode one may turn you off.
" Okay obviously from the beginning but there is 11 different doctors so I guess what I'm really asking is if its all one connected story line or if its more like James Bond kind of thing. "It's all one story line, but the connections are fairly loose. Some storyline elements and villans reoccur, but for the most part, season 5 is starting off relatively fresh.
Which of the older doctors would you suggest? I tried watching some of Peter Davison but found the tone of the show very serious and the acting of the supporting cast to be...not so great. I love the David Tennant doctor and would like to see some of the older ones.
The show was slower during the classic series for sure and in no way matches the pace or drive of the newer episodes. If you were put off by tone of Davidson's era it will be difficult to get into the other classic episodes aswell (what with the cheap "special effects" and the somewhat dodgy acting) . But if you are totally set on watching some of the older adventures, I think you can't go wrong with a bit of Tom Baker. He, in my opinion is what defines the doctor and is who I immediately think of when someone mentions the show ( I mean anyone who has that badass of a scarf must be brilliant, right?).
" @IzzyGraze: Tom Baker was my favourite of the older doctors - he was nuts! "Me too. Many awesome childhood memories with him in the role. Although when his body got pulled to bits in The Leisure Hive, I flipped out - scared the living shit out of me. It was one of the most ghastly things my young eyes had witnessed.
Plus I was hardcore crushing on Romana (the second one) as a lad. Holy snap, I just looked her up and the actress who played her, Lalla Ward, is married to Richard Dawkins! Okay, that just made my freakin' day.
" @Allprox: You left out one episode that is a must watch. Blink I have to agree start with the 2005 Relaunch season 1 and continue. If you are inclined to watch the classic shows be for warned that their were mostly film with a very low budget ...mostly "I agree, it's a fantastic episode, but if your just looking to catch up as quickly as possible and start watching the new episodes, "Blink" is incredibly light on the doctor so it wouldn't give you much insight into the character. Although, now that I think about it the next new episode is going to have the weeping angels in it so it might not be a bad idea to check "Blink" out.
Starting from the beginning would be so much work, there's like 10 or more doctor whos, each with multiple seasons.
I'd say start where the new series started, with that shaved head dude, then he turns into David Tennant somehow? Anyway, I'd forget the older episodes for now, because catching up with over 30 years of TV is daunting.
" @HandsomeDead said:Even with the poor production values, the episodes rely on quirk rather than characterisation. If OP is still interested in getting into sci-fi, Star Trek: The Next Generation has equally poor production values. The different being it's 20 years old and with some fantastic characters." Don't. Watch a good sci-fi series instead. "Production values are poor but the acting is better. I won't argue, there are better sci fi series but you can do worse than Dr Who "