SO YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT STARTING DOCTOR WHO...

  1. First off, this is a show about a time traveling alien who looks like a human. He's called a Time Lord and his time machine is called a TARDIS.
    That's Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. He is the most recent incarnation. The Doctor is the last Time Lord in the universe. He's the last of his kind.
  2. There have been 12 different doctors with a bonus "War Doctor" who only appeared in the 50th Anniversary Special.
    Being a Time Lord, the Doctor has the ability to "regenerate" aka he cannot really die. Instead, his entire face, body, and crucial elements of his personality change.
  3. He travels with a human companion. Often, the companion is a twenty-something, attractive female. Sometimes, they are not. The companion is crucial because they are the viewer's "in" to the world of the Doctor.
    They ask all the questions you want to ask and humanize an alien who is over 1,000 years old.
  4. The show has been on for over 50 years. It premiered in 1963 and ran until 1989. It was then rebooted and brought back in 2005.
  5. So, this is all very overwhelming, isn't it? How does one even begin to watch a show with 813 episodes??!
  6. You could start with season 1, episode 1. Sure. But I will tell you right now that it is VERY dated and hard to get through.
  7. A better option would be to start with the 2005 reboot. Christopher Eccelston plays the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper plays his companion, Rose.
    However, this season suffers a low budget and some...not great writing. It's cheesier and campier than most, but it is still very good.
  8. The BEST option? Start with Season 5 of the 2005 reboot. Matt Smith plays the Doctor and Karen Gillan plays his companion, Amy Pond.
    This season starts with the regeneration of the 10th doctor into the 11th and a brand new companion. Any questions you may have are answered through Amy. This is also when Stephen Moffat took over the show and things, in my opinion, improve drastically.
  9. Watch all of Eleven's run and then go back and start at season 1 of the 2005 reboot. You'll be more forgiving of the camp and cheese because you will have grown to love the lore of the show.
  10. Still not quite sold?
  11. Watch the episode "Blink" with David Tennant as the 10th Doctor. Season 3, episode 10.
    Written by Moffat, arguably one of the most creepy episodes of the entire series. Also stars a young Carey Mulligan. This episode introduces you to one of the most terrifying villains in the "Whoverse": The Weeping Angels.
  12. Then watch the episode "Vincent and the Doctor". Season 5, episode 10.
    I've never cried harder in during 44 minutes of television. Amy and the Doctor go back and visit Vincent Van Gogh.
  13. A fun part of Doctor Who is finding out who your favorite Doctor and companion are. Mine are 11/Amy but I also love 12/Clara.
    Once you find out, we can talk about it!
  14. The thing about this show is yes, it's silly. Yes, it's about a time traveling alien. But it has a heart. The Doctor is a tragic figure with a sad past but he continues his journey saving humans and aliens alike.
  15. He also says things like "900 years of time and space and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important."
  16. And "The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant."
  17. And also "We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?"