If you haven’t watched Doctor Who, or tried to but just count get into it, I highly recommend you check out Liz’s guide.
I’d been told dozens of times how awesome Doctor Who was, but I just couldn’t get past the cheese factor in the first season. There was something…I dunno, intentionally bad about the series that really bothered me and it kept me from ever getting invested.
Enter Liz Miller, tastemaker, pop culture analyst, lover of all things British, and a definite Whovian.
After hearing my comments about just not getting into it, she took it upon herself to write up a definitive guide to how you should watch (or not watch) the first 4.5 seasons of the show with the goal of making it approachable and enjoyable for the Who novice. And she succeeded. In fact, not only did I get into the show, I’m now completely caught-up (Thanks Netflix!) and eagerly anticipating the next season.
I’ll even go out on a limb and say that I get it now. I love the characters. And the adventure. And the humor. And Rose (though she’s recently been replaced by Amy as my favorite companion.) I especially love the season-long, and multi-season long arcs that are just so damn skillfully pulled off.
Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t like the intentionally cheesy episodes, but they become less and less frequent over the first couple seasons, eventually disappearing altogether. But the funny thing is that even within those episodes, there are hints and groundwork for greater things, all of which eventually pay off.
And when it’s good…well, it’s damn good. Even better, when it’s great, it’s some of the best television ever produced.
Yes, ever. Not just some of the best sci-fi, or some of the best British TV. There are some episodes of Doctor Who (Blink, in particular) that I consider to be the very best that TV can offer up as an entertainment and artistic medium.
So thank you, Liz, for the work you put into this, as I’ve reaped many rewards from your efforts. And thanks to Rudy, Jay, Steph, and everyone else who told me for so many years how much I would enjoy this show.
Because I do. I really, really do.
I get it now.
Of course this brings up the obvious follow-on question: Eccleston, Tennant, or Smith – which one is YOUR Doctor?