I started my Who experience with the new series just at the end of last year (or was it the beginning of this year? It's all a blur). It didn't take long to see why this show has lasted for almost fifty years or why it has some of the most tenacious fans I've ever met. Even stepping into the Whoverse as a complete newbie knowing very little about Time Lords and the TARDIS, I could feel the show's rich history. At WonderCon, Neil Gaiman said he liked having that lengthy past to draw upon when he wrote his episode. He also said you can just jump in:
"No, look, there's a blue box. It's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes even where it's meant to go. And when it turns up, there's a bloke in it called The Doctor and there will be stuff wrong and he will do his best to sort it out and he will probably succeed 'cause he's awesome. Now sit down, shut up, and watch Blink." - Neil Gaiman, (watch the WonderCon panel here).
The word awesome is even more so when it is uttered by Neil Gaiman.
But I digress.
One of the beautiful things about Doctor Who is that you can step in at almost any episode. Sure, there are ideal points and like with all things, you'll have a better experience if you know more. Just don't be intimidated and feel like you have to start from the beginning to know what's going on. For the past couple of years I thought I that I needed to watch hundreds of episodes to catch up, and it delayed my exposure to the Whoverse. Sad, right? I let go of that at the urging of a friend, and I'm glad I didn't wait any longer. One day, I will go back in time (sadly, without a TARDIS) to at least the Fourth Doctor. I'll finish the new things first though.
It's exciting to be a part of a new fandom, but Doctor Who is a little different. I feel privileged to join this group. Allons-y!