April 22, 2011

Allons-y!

It's been a while since I've provided an update on my Doctor Who watching progress.  It's been maddeningly slow because life does not understand that I'd like to sit on the couch and have a Who marathon of epic proportions.  But.  I just finished "The Waters of Mars" and next up is "The End of Time."  And yes, I know what the second half of that story brings - not specifics, but I'm aware of what happens at the end.  I'll get there.  It will be soon too; I'd like to blaze through the fifth season and catch season six as it airs.


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!

39 comments:

  1. I too am a recent Who convert brought over by Christopher Eccleston (I find him rather scrumptious and had to watch the 1st series just for him.) Now I am midway through the 5th series, but like you I don't like to watch one hour at a time (too hard on the nerves!) It amazes me how emotionally wrapped up I get with the whole thing. I've been brought to tears in several episodes and cheered out loud like I was watching a playoff hockey game at times.

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  2. Good for you! Always glad to have more Doctor Who fans. It makes up for the mulititude of strangle looks when I bring him or Rose or the TARDIS or any excitement about a new season up in conversation with regular folk. :)

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  3. great you like it. We (my wife and I) went into Dr. Who with Eccleston as well. If you want to convert someone, that is a great "jumping in point"; the start of Eccleston season.

    The older seasons are at times way different in feeling. And you do realise some episodes from the 60's are forever lost, don't you? (from the 1st and 2nd doctor.)

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  4. @Tim I heard that some were completely gone, too bad. :/

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  5. As a long-time Dr Who fan (I was Dr Who when Dr Who wasn't cool), I'm always glad to see a new fan come into the fold.

    I think you may find watching the classic series a lot different from the new series. Both are good, but they're products of their time (no pun intended, but it's still fun to say).

    Tom Baker's era is a good one to jump into to dip your toe into classic Who. And while the new series is easily digested in marathons, the classic series is meant to be sipped. I say this because you've got serialized stories running anywhere from two to 14 episodes (four is the standard). They were produced in an era when there weren't a zillion cable outlets, repeats and VCRs. So there is some recapping that takes place in each installment. It's not as obvious if you watch them with a bit of time between each episode...but in one large chunk it becomes more apparent. As does the fact that in a lot of four parters, not a lot happens two advance the plot in episode three. :)

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  6. Michael - Tom Baker is definitely where I want to go back to!

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