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Doctor Who, Now?

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Well, it’s happened.

I’ve started watching Doctor Who. This is a show I’ve been hearing about forever. Pretty much my whole life. And for whatever reason, it’s taken me this long to start. I’m one of those start-at-the-beginning folks usually, but this show has been going on for erm…ever.

So I did the next best thing and started with the reboot, series one, episode one.

At first, I wasn’t so into it. I found Christopher Eccleston’s goofy whimsy a little bit off-putting, and the first few episodes were kind of a chore (with the exception of the farting Slitheen, who are obviously hilarious).

Then came The Empty Child.

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There was something about this episode that just clicked with me. (POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN THIS PARAGRAPH!) Maybe it was the immediacy of war and the fact that instead of fearing the air raids, the group of children fled another child in a gas mask. Maybe it was the creepily poignant, “Are you my mummy?” repeated over and over. Maybe it was Captain Jack Harkness, because *fans self*.

It could have been any number of things. Either way, this is the one that hooked me into Whovian-dom.

It was 75% through the first series of the reboot, which is a little late to feel those hooks in me flesh, but I’ll take it. The last couple episodes of series one made me laugh and cry, and when (MOAR SPOILERS) Christopher Eccleston regenerated into David Tennant, I almost fell over.

(OKAY FORGET IT, THAR BE BE SPOILERS EVERYWHERE.)

And holy shit, Rose Tyler.

She’s fierce. She doesn’t give up. Even when the Doctor sent her away, she found a way to come back. And sheΒ saved the freaking universe.

Rose Tyler versus the Dalek horde: Rose – 1, Daleks – 0.

I then promptly watched six episodes of series two, because that’s what you do.

There are so many great shows out there, but Doctor Who is sort of unique in the fact that it’s been running for, I don’t know, ten thousand years. And still, even with hundreds of episodes under its belt, there’s room for growth and potential.

I’m so glad I finally clicked that TARDIS on Netflix. It was about damn time.

 

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Author | Emmie Comments | 19 Date | August 8, 2013

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Bill Parker

So I started watching on my own because [boring real-life circumstances stuff], but now I can’t keep going because my wife is around a lot more often than she was when I started and wants to see it from the beginning, so there’s no opportunity…so I’ve decided 62 episodes in to start over with her. We watched the first two episodes last night and I’m SO excited to go back through it again and catch all the stuff I missed, even knowing I have a bunch left to see that’s just sitting there.
That’s how good this show is, basically. Surprised it took you that long to get into it, but yeah, that was probably the best episode of the season.

August 8, 2013 | 1:31 pm

    Emmie

    Yeah, now that Spouse has seen me snuffling and ERMAHGERDing over it, I think he’s about to get into it too! We shall see.

    August 8, 2013 | 3:04 pm

Jae

I’m almost tempted to start people with Season 2 when telling them to get into Doctor Who. Eccleston is almost an acquired taste. I’ve had too many friends give up on the good Doctor, but when Tennant comes in… ugh, he’s going to tear your heart out in a way, especially when he becomes Matt Smith. I still have hard feelings over that, and it’s been, what? Three years ago. Enjoy these David Tennant years. They’re some of the best! Not saying that Matt doesn’t have his moments, he’s just no David. πŸ˜‰ Um, bring tissues for the end of Season 2. Good luck…

August 8, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    Emmie

    It’s so funny to see how people vary on Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith. Eccleston grew on me a LOT in the end of series one, and I’m excited that we get to stay with the same Doctor for a few seasons now. *settles in*

    August 8, 2013 | 3:05 pm

      Bill Parker

      Tennant is my favorite by a mile, but I love, love, LOVE Eccleston’s goofy grins at totally inappropriate times. Especially on the second watch of those first couple episodes. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, makes the whole character.

      August 8, 2013 | 3:14 pm

        Jae

        Me too. Sometimes I miss Eccleston’s jovial attitude. It’s different that Matt. To be honest, I’m looking forward to a new Doctor. Matt wore out his welcome for me in S7. Time for new!

        August 8, 2013 | 4:08 pm

      Jae

      For me, I liked Eccleston via Heroes so he was the Doctor and then this Tennant came along and took Eccleston away, and boy was I angry… until the first episode of season 2 finished, then he had me at, “How’s my hair?” πŸ˜‰

      August 8, 2013 | 4:04 pm

        Emmie

        Pahahahaha! Yeah, that was a great line. That and the “Am I ginger?”

        August 8, 2013 | 4:05 pm

          frangipanroberts

          “New teeth!” has to be my favourite…

          August 10, 2013 | 12:51 pm

Megan LaFollett

I am also a recent convert. Started watching last year and fell madly in love…around the same point in season 1 of the reboot that you did. I really had to force myself to keep watching at first, mostly due to the unnecessarily, almost *deliberately* bad special effects. Eccleston is still my favorite incarnation, though Tennant and Smith are both amazing as well. It took me about a season to forgive Tennant for not being Eccleston. Currently rewatching with my husband; we’re only one episode away from The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, two of my absolute favorite episodes.

August 8, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    Emmie

    I cannot wait to get farther in. I only wish I had more days off this week.

    August 8, 2013 | 3:06 pm

Vickie Hartman DiSanto

I started in the spring with modern series and Torchwood. I’m now working my way through ALL — classics to present. Addiction? Sure, but isn’t that the case with just about everything that catches my interest?

August 8, 2013 | 5:58 pm

frangipanroberts

Dad grew up on the old Doctor Who, so it’s a bit of a family tradition that we watch it. I have to admit that David Tennant is probably my favourite, but Eccleston does Dark Doctor really well. I think Matt Smith is great, but sometimes a little too slapstick-y. I’m so happy you’ve got in to Doctor Who. Top TV shows that I geek out about are Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who. Because it’s so clever! You can watch an episode 3 times over and still realise you’ve missed something.

August 10, 2013 | 12:55 pm

Eric Weaver

Like, SERIOUSLY? I just started watching it too! Wife started it without me but I just joined in on season 2 yesterday, The Girl in the Fireplace episode.

I missed pretty much all of the ninth doctor, but oh well.

Hooked.

August 11, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Emmie

    I love it so far! I can’t wait to watch more tomorrow. Mmmm, Doctor Who.

    August 11, 2013 | 4:37 pm

Melanie Cole

That’s so weird! I’m the same way, heard about it forever and just decided to start watching it. Can’t wait to give it a go, but I’m waiting until it’s officially fall.

August 28, 2013 | 3:46 pm

Lisa Shambrook

I love it all, been watching since I was about seven, hiding behind the sofa when the Daleks appeared! The reboot worked wonders with a series originally given up on by the BBC, gone were cardboard sets and tinfoil aliens…and we had a credible actor in Eccleston, had me on the edge of my seat hoping it worked, and it did!
Loved Eccleston, fell for Tennant, and adored Smith…now awaiting something different from Capaldi…

August 29, 2013 | 9:51 am

courtneymarquez

My fourteen year-old daughter and I randomly say “Are you my mummy?” to each other, just to creep each other out. As previously stated, enjoy Doctor 10 years. He and Rose are amazing. Prepare for tears. I am also requesting an update when you get to the river. I will say no more, so there are no spoilers. πŸ™‚

August 31, 2013 | 11:40 pm

    Emmie

    *salutes* Will do!

    September 1, 2013 | 9:57 am

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