On the 23th of November of this year, the BBC broadcast “The Day of The Doctor” the 799th episode of DoctorWho. It was a major event for fans of the series as it marks the 50th anniversary of the series, which, if you think of it, it pretty amazing if you consider how old the show is. It also has, not one, not two, but three incarnations of The Doctor in the episode. The episode is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s largest ever simulcast of a TV drama. It was also heralded as one of the best episodes of all time.
…I wouldn’t know. I didn’t watch it. In fact, I have never watched a single episode of Doctor Who.
Crazy, right? I mean, the show has all of the markings that every geek should love. Time travel. Aliens. Robots. Cute female companions. What’s not to love? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure where to start! Since it is a show that spans 50 years, I don’t know which season to pop my Doctor Who cherry, so to speak.
The only thing I really know about the good Doctor is a little about his background. Doctor Who is a nameless alien being who uses a weird time travelling device called the TARDIS (it looks like a phone booth). But the TARDIS isn’t the only thing in his arsenal. He always has his trusty sonic screwdriver, which is more than a super fast screwdriver as it is actually a multi-function tool that allows him to scan objects and track beings among other things.
Now, this is where things get a little fuzzy for me. Doctor Who belongs to a race call the Time Lords, who look at time in a non-linear way. For some reason, The Doctor sort of split up from his race and is more of a rogue agent or something like that. His main enemies are the Daleks, a race of robots or cyborgs. They either want to take over the universe or just destroy all life in it.
The Doctor is never alone in his journey as he is always accompanied by at least one companion. They seem to run the gamut of personalities. They can be kind of smart and nerdy and some of them are the take-charge kind. But all of them have proven their worth (as far as I know). And, since they don’t just come from a particular time period, I think they add an interesting dynamic. I also heard that a lot of fans were saddened when some of the companions leave. I think when Amy Pond (played by Karen Gillan) left, a lot of fans were kind of heartbroken.
Now, knowing all of this leads me to a dilemma: where do I start? This is a series that seems to be entrenched so deep in history, it makes it kind of daunting to even think about starting! I mean, this is a show that is actually older than me!
Do I start from the very beginning? I’m worried I’ll get bored since it’s going to be pretty old. Do I just watch the current season? I’m afraid I won’t be able to understand the universe without understanding the tech talk. Should I just watch the episodes after Steven Moffat (the brainchild behind Sherlock) revamped the entire thing? That’s what most people one the Internet are saying. But what if they reference previous episodes from the seasons before that?
No, honestly, this is a question I’d like fans to answer: is there a specific point in the series that’s a good place to start watching Doctor Who? Please leave your ideas in the comments below.