Leaked title card from series 8!
What if, just what if, John Hurt is the first? I mean before Hartnell? What if he did something, regenerated and then Hartnell Doctor hated what 1st Doctor did?
You should read the TARDIS.wiki article on “The Other”.
Do you ever think about the word ‘can’t’
Like, when you say, “Why can’t you get me some ice cream?”
You’re really saying, “Why can not you get me some ice cream?”
How have I gone through my entire life as a writer and not realized this
I had a similar epiphany with “Don’t you dare” being “Do not you dare.”
English is weird.
Forever grateful that English is my first language.
So in honour of my fears I shall list five Doctor Who stories that are perfect for a newbie.
Are you sitting comfortably?
City of Death
A Tom Baker story has to be represented. I would say it was tough for me to choose between this and Genesis of the Daleks, but it wasn’t. It was an easy choice and this is a better recommendation. ‘City of Death’ was written by Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), which isn’t too shabby, and unlike ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ you get a lot more TARDIS action in this story. There is some wibbly wobbly timely wimey stuff (involving paintings) that I feel helps prepare the Doctor Newbie for the Matt Smith era Who. This story features a great companion in Romana, a Time Lord, and Duggan, the guest companion for this story, is quite fantastic. Duggan has an approach to life that few who have travelled with the Doctor before have ever shared.
Now, I spoke of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey …
A nu Who, David Tennant era story, which doesn’t have much Doctor? But it’s perfect for the newbie. Sally Sparrow, the main protagonist, acts as a kind of Audience Surrogate. She has her own contained adventure in the Doctor Who universe - with a never before seen villain. She has no inside knowledge, which makes easier viewing for a new or casual fan. The Doctor explains who the Weeping Angels are both to Sally and to the audience. She asks what we would ask. And the way the Doctor explains is quite unique too. Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey. From perhaps the weakest season of the post 2005 nu Who is one of the most popular singular episode. If this episode doesn’t leave the newbie wanting to try a bit more, then Doctor Who might not be for them.
The Dalek Invasion of Earth
The Daleks are the very first alien we are introduced in Doctor Who, in the second Doctor Who story called ‘The Daleks’. ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ is the second time we meet the pepperpot maniacs. It’s also the story that sees us say good bye to one of the Doctor’s original companions. I was tempted to go with ‘The Daleks’, but with the Daleks on Earth, an insane plan, and the fate of humanity on the line, this black and white classic has a lot going for it. The story is the Daleks invade the Earth in the Mid 22nd century use germ warfare and slave labour to kill and subjugate humanity. The Daleks were the space Nazis before there were space Nazis. So why watch The Dalek Invasion of Earth? Space nazis.
The 50th Anniversary episode is coming up, and my next recommendation was the 10th Anniversary episode.
The Three Doctors
And it’s a DOCTOR CROSSOVER STORY. Fantastic! And if that isn’t enough we actually get a darn good story too. A mighty villain has beef with the Time Lords, their only hope is the Doctor. But one Doctor is not enough. We need Doctor Fool, Doctor Dandy, and Doctor Grandfather. As well as being a Doctor filled romp, in ‘The Three Doctors’ you get the Brigadier and UNIT, Bessie, and the history of the Time Lords. And the villain is a large part of that history, for if it wasn’t for Omega, the Time Lords would not be. But now he wants to destroy them. ‘The Three Doctors’ is a cornerstone episode, it marks the end of the Third Doctors banishment to Earth, the last time William Hartnell plays the role of the Doctor (his absence from the action is noticeable, and excused away. But in reality he was ill at the time and all his scenes were film at Ealing Television Film Studio), and it’s the first Doctor crossover story. So if anyway, newbie or Whovian alike, watch it and feel some hype for the 50th Anniversary.
Would you like a Jelly Baby?
The Eleventh Hour
I’ve already used the word ‘romp’ to describe ‘The Three Doctors’ but ‘The Eleventh Hour’ really is a romp. If I use romp one more time then it’s going to get weird and not feel like a real word (Ooops now I’ve done it). What better way to introduce a newbie to up to date Doctor Who than with the first episode in the Matt Smith era. And it is a good one. From falling in the pool to fish fingers and custard to the mysteries of Amelia’s empty house and the cracks in time, The Raggedy Doctor shines with potential. The weakest part of the story is perhaps the villain; the biggest threat doesn’t even come from Prisoner Zero, but the story doesn’t suffer for it. We are introduced to a new Doctor and a new companion. Much like in ‘Rose’, the villain takes a back seat. Thankfully Doctor Who has started so many times that a newbie doesn’t have to start with ‘An UnEarthly Child’. A newbie doesn’t have to beginning with ‘The Eleventh Hour’ either, but while the Matt Smith era is going strong it is a must-see-story.
rightinthemotherfuckingfeels asked: The BBC has delivered Season 7 part 2 DVD's out early giving some people the chance to watch The Name Of The Doctor and there is spoilers going all around the internet, and I really want to wait a week to watch it but I know that if I don't watch it when I can, someone will spoil it :(
Aaah, I understand. Considering all the rumours and speculations - I’ll just trust that even if I read a spoiler it won’t be obvious that’s a real spoiler. If you understand me.
I am still avoiding a load of sites online because of Star Trek spoilers, probably easier to quit tumblr for a week too.
If some really do have access to that dvd then you will very probably find a link soon, I hope the show doesn’t get spoilt for you by someone else.
absolutely fucking tampin’! everyone’s posting about the ‘Name Of The Doctor’ and wont even post a link or torrent for the thing.
And don’t be “you’re not a true fan” blah blah blah! I need to watch it before some cunt spoils it for me.
So please, anyone with a link let me know! I’ll marry you!
The Name of the Doctor hasn’t been aired and so it isn’t available online yet. Only people who can spoil it are those that went to press screenings. Even then I don’t think they showed the end of the episode during those screenings.