So after many years of gentle and not so gentle prodding I have finally started watching Doctor Who.  In the past I have seen snippets of the new series, and generally walked away muttering “…alright …that was odd…don’t see much point in that.” However my friends BatMatt and Doc kept suggesting I try it (much the same way we kept suggesting Rich try watching Firefly…) and since I share a lot of tastes in
common when it comes to TV shows and comics a few months ago I relented and let Doc know that I had come to terms with fact that someday I would eventually ended up watching some Doctor Who but needed to know where to start.

Fast forward to two weeks ago when my father had me open a Netflix account so we could figure out why Netflix streaming wasn’t working for him (no streaming outside the 50 states and DC…you lose out if you live in a Commonwealth of the US it turns out…bummer).  Since I had started the clock on my 2 week trial I figured I might as well take advantage of it once we were back in Rochester.

So early last week I started out watching Season 1 of the New Doctor Who series, starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. The first 13 episodes are available via Netflix streaming, and I have watched 12.

If you haven’t watched the series yet…you might as well stop reading unless you want to be spoiled as to how I reacted…

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Just to finish out the cast of "The Curse of Fatal Death," Julia Sawalha, Saffy from AbFab, played the Doctor's companion, Emma.

Joanna Lumley (Patsy from Ab Fab) was the female Doctor in the skit. Kids who grew up exposed to UK TV in the 70s would remember her as 'Purdey', Diana Rigg's successor in the sequel to 'The Avengers'.  The character even passed into the popular lingo as her distinctive 70s haircut became known as the 'Purdey'.  (The junk that stays in our heads....)

Peter Cushings 'Ian' (Roy Castle) is very fondly remembered by us as the host of "Record Breakers', a kids show all about the Guinness Book of Records.  

While presenting the show Roy Castle broke nine world records himself, including

  • Fastest tap-dance 1,440 taps per minute – 24 taps per second, set on 14 January 1973, a record that has never been bettered.[7][8]
  • Longest wing walk – 3-hour, 23-minutes.[7]
  • Playing the same tune on 43 different instruments in four minutes.

(from wiki.)

I don't it's humanly possible to watch this and not smile.

Looks like the Twelfth Thirteenth Fourteenth Next Peter Capaldi Doctor is meeting an Evil Mary Poppins (which, now that I think about it, is probably barely distinguishable from your Common Variety Mary Poppins).

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