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…
Human Nature-Family of Blood-Blink...man, that was a fantastic run of episodes. The montage of John and Joan's life just killed me. Maybe it's the MD in me, but gore takes something out of the scariness for me. Those super-fast angel statues...brrrrrrr.
Haha...no thanks...I'll pass on that thank you.. But, if you want a memento of this tale, you can buy your very own Dalek Sec mask with voice changer.
but oooh....Doc don't leave it out if I am around...I might be tempted to take it!And, yes, I have a talking fobwatch which says lines from "Human Nature". I bought it, on sale (!), in a comic shop in Birmingham, UK.
I agree with you about the trilogy aspect to them. And I just saw the final episode of season 3 this morning...so I think I know what you mean...I hate joining a discussion late, but OTOH, you already moved beyond the episodes I would have had to resist spoiling. Case in point, you didn’t care much for “The End of the World,” but I see it as something of a trilogy with “New Earth” from series two and “Gridlock” from series three. But you have yet to learn all there is to know about the Face of Boe.
What do you mean specials? The movies after? or the Christmas specials?I didn’t much care for “The Unquiet Dead,” either, but like you, I enjoyed “The Shakespeare Code” more. I’m reluctant to say anything about Queen Elizabeth, but if you keep watching beyond the series into the specials your curiosity will be assuaged (and judging by what you said, I think you’ll be pleased, too).
You mentioned Captain Jack and Torchwood a time or two. As someone else already mentioned, the Torchwood series picks up after the “Army of Ghosts / Doomsday” series two finale, but you already had all of the introduction anyone would need after “Tooth and Claw.” The first hint of Torchwood was in “The Christmas Invasion” IIRC, but the Torchwood of Canary Wharf is somewhat different than Captain Jack’s. As a matter of
factopinion, I think “Tooth and Claw” and “The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances” serve as the perfect “zero episodes” of Torchwood. I would even recommend watching them in that order and chalking it up to “wibbley wobbley timey wimey” stuff regarding the Doctor’s own personal timeline.
Ha! I know...that episode had such great one liners. The one thing that I wonder about is if there was any chance that the daughter of Kathy Nightingale who she named after Sally Sparrow turned out to be DI Shipton's wife Sally. I don't know if it would work out time wise... seems like she would be too old...but I sort like the idea.Speaking of which, “Blink” may not be our favorite episode (then again, it might be), but it’s certainly the one I’ve show to others the most often with the intend of getting them interested in the show. It requires absolutely no set-up, and everyone I’ve shown it to liked it. I’ve considered using (but haven’t yet) “Love & Monsters” as a follow up. Tracy once surprised me with a Dalek t-shirt, but I wish she would have bought "The Angels Have the Phone Box." Shh... Don't tell her.
That is a good spot to put those in.
Regarding “unseen adventures,” I think it’s pretty obvious that the Ninth Doctor appears in “Rose” fresh from a regeneration, yet the LINDA folks (among others) have evidence of him traveling solo through time, despite the fact Rose was apparently with him throughout this entire incarnation. I don’t mean to suggest that I’m the first to postulate this (indeed, it was discussed on the old board), but I like to think those solo adventures took place toward the end of the first episode, after he disappeared in the TARDIS leaving both Mickey and Rose behind, then reappeared “seconds” later. Also, Tracy has read all of the Ninth Doctor and Rose prose adventures and has her own ideas when these “unseen adventures” occur in the Doctor’s personal timeline.
Now that I’m caught up I hope to be able to keep up.
I'm pretty sure that by "the specials", Jeff means the special epsiodes that came Tennant's last full series, and that lead up to the debut of the Eleventh Doctor.
One thing I like about the new series of Doctor Who is that, although all of the episodes are stand-alones (except for the two-parters, of course), they also contibute to one BIG STORY... not just each season, but all four seasons plus the specials contribute to one HUGE arc.
On to series four!
Saxon, not Sexton.
The Doctor explains in "Utopia" why Jack's presence as an anomaly in time upsets him. It's not that he doesn't like Jack.