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…
Interesting as always, Ana.
A few notes: As you may or may not know, "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday" was the first meeting of the Cybermen and the Daleks. In the "old days" there was a sort of "unwritten rule" that the two should never meet, so this was a big deal for us aging fanboys.
The Macra (the crab monsters in "Gridlock") had only ever appeared once before, in 1967, and would've been pretty low on my list of "creatures they will bring on the new show". That pleased me in a way - it's fun seeing the old critters done with a better special effects budget.
I tend to agree that the Daleks should not be overused.If it was up to me, each Doctor would have one adventure with them, but that they ought not to be used more than once every three-four years, otherwise.
Ana, somewhere around here might be a good place to insert the first season of Torchwood. The whole of that season takes place after "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday" and before "Utopia."
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