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.
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 she 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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