New to Doctor Who? You’re in luck!
With Doctor Who starting up again Saturday, I thought it was a good idea to make a post about it for anyone interested in starting to watch it! I definitely recommend it to anyone! I would definitely recommend starting with the episode “Blink” from the 3rd series of new Who. It’ll really give you a chance to see how awesome it can be but definitely go back to “Rose” after that. The first series is a bit cheesy but you need the back story to really understand everything!
Doctor Who originally ran from 1963 to 1989. It was revived in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and the rest of this post will talk about the world in the current canon.
The Doctor is an alien. He’s the last of the Time Lords and has the ability to regenerate as a method of cheating death. There have been Eleven Doctors to date.
Yes, he’s the Doctor, not a doctor named Mr. Who.
The Doctor is over 900 years old.
Christopher Eccleston was the Ninth Doctor. David Tennant was the Tenth Doctor. Matt Smith is the Eleventh Doctor.
The Doctor travels through time and space in a blue box called the TARDIS: Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It’s disguised as a police box and is bigger on the inside.
The Doctor usually travels with a companion. The companions are usually female. In the New Who, his main companions (in no real order) are Donna Noble, Amy Pond, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness, Rory Williams, Martha Jones and River Song.
The Doctor hates guns. His weapon/tool of choice is a sonic screwdriver. It doesn’t do wood.
The show has beautiful scenes and beautiful music along with generally high quality acting and scripts.
Russel T Davis was the head writer for series (seasons) 1-4 and Steven Moffat has been the head writer for series 5 & 6.
Steven Moffat is the king of nightmare fuel. He loves exploiting normal objects (shadows, statues) and making them terrifying monsters. He also enjoys trolling.
At the heart of the show, Doctor Who is about intellect and romance triumphing over brute force and cynicism. The Doctor reminds us all to be the best we can be and that we’re all important people.
(By the way, I didn’t write any of this except the first paragraph, I found it on Tumblr!)