I Consume Television Like Abed Nadir. Let’s get that right straight from the get go. By the time my friends to watch the first few episodes of a new series, I’m already finished with a whole season and watching the next one. I’m constantly watching new things and trying to find new shows to nerd out over. Ever since joining tumblr in spring of 2010, Doctor Who had been on my Radar.
I knew the names of the companions, the funny blonde one that was Rose, and the sassy ginger, that was Donna, the badass doctor, Martha Jones of course. But it was the school year, and the time that wasn’t spent in the library writing papers on eighteenth century British art, had committed to finishing all seven season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I couldn’t be bothered contemplating the 51st century origins of Jack Harkness.
However, finals began to die down and I had finished the emotionally draining seventh season of BtVS. So I broached the subject with my good Stephanie. She had begun watching the series earlier that semester. The reasoning went something like this: Kelsey: You’re a complete anglophile, who loves history, sci-fi, and television, is this even a question?
Answer: No. Let’s get real, for someone who watches as much TV as I do, nearly fifty years of episodes is tough for even me. But that was the great part: as hard as I tried, there would always be more Doctor Who! It was amazing.
So I started with Eccelston as nine, at the beginning of New Who. I would get back to classic who later. And by the time I hit ‘The Unquiet Dead’ I was hooked. I spent two days doing nothing but packing up my room to get ready to go abroad, and watching Doctor Who. I finished Series 1 before I left for break and the remaining four series by he time the Christmas Special for that year came around. I had BBC America at home and I didn’t have to scour the internet for it. The gods of British television were on my side!
And the rest is history. Doctor Who as become my favorite TV show and one of my favorite fandoms to be a part of. Being an American Doctor Who fan is tough sometimes, but it’s getting easier, and there are so many of us now.
A few weeks after I finished catching up on the series I left to spend a semester in Prague. A new city in a completely new language, how was I going to know people, do things? Doctor Who had my back. A bunch of my classmates were talking about doing something or going somewhere a certain weekend and some how me and another girl were both, ‘but the series six premiere is that weekend’ BOOM! Instant friends halfway across the world.
So go Forth My non-whovian friends. WATCH IT! Because Doctor Who is more than a sci-fi show about a humanoid alien who can travel through time and space. It’s about characters, both human and not. It’s about relationships, family, friends, lovers. It’s every thing you could ever want in a television show, give it a chance. I promise you won’t regret it.
If you’re unsure and you don’t care about being spoiled. Here are my top six episodes (mostly understandable episodes the wouldn’t confuse you if you hadn’t watched anything else) from the new revamped series c. 2005.
6.The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (Seires 1 Episodes 9 & 10)
5. The Beast Below (Series 5 Episode 2)
4. Gridlock (Series 3 Episode 3)
3. Tooth and Claw (Series 2 Episode 2)
2. The Fires of Pompeii (Series 4 Episode 2)
1. Blink (Series 3 Episode 10)
Here have hug: