The Online Community Of Christian Geek Central


    Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Share
    avatar
    Paeter
    Admin

    Posts : 4245
    Activity : 6081
    Geek-Cred : 53
    Join date : 2010-02-17
    Age : 39
    Location : Mesa, AZ

    Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  Paeter on September 6th 2017, 10:19 am

    I like playing grindy open world games like Far Cry and Assassin's Creed, but also enjoy having something else on, like a teaching podcast, or a TV show that I'm either not fully invested in or that tells its story through dialogue more than visuals (since I'm mostly looking at my game screen).

    At some point I'll finish my run on "24" and am suddenly considering giving Dr. Who a try under these circumstances. What season would you Who fans recommend I start with? I'd like to start as early on as possible to maximize the content available, but also want to avoid a lot of silliness in the tone or the old stuff before it started airing on the sci-fi/syfy channel. (I think Eccleston (sp?) was the first Doc on that channel. So no earlier than his stuff.)

    Any thoughts?


    _________________
    -Seek The Truth!

    www.spiritblade.com
    avatar
    mindspike
    Admin

    Posts : 646
    Activity : 803
    Geek-Cred : 39
    Join date : 2010-08-24
    Age : 43
    Location : Evansville, IN

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  mindspike on September 6th 2017, 12:23 pm

    "Doctor" Who. "Doc-tor". Written out. Always. You can do it, Paeter!

    Amazon Prime is the only way I know of to get streaming Doctor Who content right now, and they only have the "new Who", from 2005 on. That would be from Eccleston to the present. You can't watch the original Who streaming without a Brit Box subscription. Just start with season 1 and go. It's very modern; you'll enjoy it. Don't forget to watch the 50th anniversary season between Smith and Capaldi, because it falls outside of the Prime season order.

    And the original show was never intentionally silly. It was a victim of limited budgets, limited technology, the prevailing storytelling methods, and the culture of the day. You like dark fiction that's focused on how people cope with the choices they make? I think you'd like Doctors Two and Five especially.


    _________________
    -Winston Crutchfield
    "The rational mind is dangerous; the Christian mind is devastating."
    http://criticalpressmedia.com
    Opposing Forces powered by Fate!
    avatar
    mindspike
    Admin

    Posts : 646
    Activity : 803
    Geek-Cred : 39
    Join date : 2010-08-24
    Age : 43
    Location : Evansville, IN

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  mindspike on September 6th 2017, 12:38 pm

    Also, there's a ton of Doctor Who audio fiction.

    Big Finish is the official provider of fully dramatized and single-performance Doctor Who stories. You have to buy them, but they do not have to be expensive.

    The Doctor Who Audio Dramas is the longest running fan production site. They've been around since 1982 and have had several Doctors and many companions.

    Darker Projects and Broken Sea Audio produced Doctor Who audio dramas starring Mark Kalita and David Ault. Originally dubbed "Time Tales", the Kalita works are divided between the two production companies. All of their stuff can be found on iTunes by searching for "Time Tales" for the Darker Projects works and "Broken Sea Doctor Who" for the others.


    _________________
    -Winston Crutchfield
    "The rational mind is dangerous; the Christian mind is devastating."
    http://criticalpressmedia.com
    Opposing Forces powered by Fate!
    avatar
    jorowi
    Admin

    Posts : 341
    Activity : 473
    Geek-Cred : 6
    Join date : 2013-02-26
    Age : 44
    Location : FEMA Region II

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  jorowi on September 6th 2017, 2:47 pm

    mindspike wrote:"Doctor" Who. "Doc-tor".

    This. His name is "The Doctor". It's not a title.

    avatar
    UKSteve

    Posts : 233
    Activity : 307
    Geek-Cred : 10
    Join date : 2010-07-09
    Location : England

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  UKSteve on September 6th 2017, 3:42 pm

    jorowi wrote:
    mindspike wrote:"Doctor" Who. "Doc-tor".

    This. His name is "The Doctor". It's not a title.

    Unless you go back far enough...


    avatar
    UKSteve

    Posts : 233
    Activity : 307
    Geek-Cred : 10
    Join date : 2010-07-09
    Location : England

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  UKSteve on September 6th 2017, 3:44 pm

    mindspike wrote:Big Finish is the official provider of fully dramatized and single-performance Doctor Who stories. You have to buy them, but they do not have to be expensive.

    There's a whole bunch of these on Spotify - assuming access is the same everywhere.
    avatar
    UKSteve

    Posts : 233
    Activity : 307
    Geek-Cred : 10
    Join date : 2010-07-09
    Location : England

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  UKSteve on September 6th 2017, 4:08 pm

    Paeter wrote:What season would you Who fans recommend I start with? I'd like to start as early on as possible to maximize the content available, but also want to avoid a lot of silliness in the tone or the old stuff before it started airing on the sci-fi/syfy channel. (I think Eccleston (sp?) was the first Doc on that channel. So no earlier than his stuff.)

    Eccleston's run did a good job of catching new viewers up on the fact that there was this history, without it being necessary to know anything about it, so from that point of view it seems ideal. For me the show really hit its stride when David Tenant took over - I'd watch all his run, starting from The Christmas Invasion.

    Alternatively, if you wanted to dip your toe in with a single standalone episode, I'd suggest Blink from the 3rd season - it doesn't have much of the Doctor in it, but the story has just about the best of everything Doctor Who in it.

    And when you feel like going deeper, hunt out The Five Doctors, pick a favourite, and then go back and watch more from that era. I seem to remember reading that advice somewhere before...
    avatar
    mindspike
    Admin

    Posts : 646
    Activity : 803
    Geek-Cred : 39
    Join date : 2010-08-24
    Age : 43
    Location : Evansville, IN

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  mindspike on September 6th 2017, 6:41 pm

    Forgot to include some links.

    Doctor Who Audio Dramas - fan productions

    Big Finish Audio Productions

    ==================

    And according to Peter Cushing "Dr. Who" is the character's actual name.........



    _________________
    -Winston Crutchfield
    "The rational mind is dangerous; the Christian mind is devastating."
    http://criticalpressmedia.com
    Opposing Forces powered by Fate!
    avatar
    AdamCollings

    Posts : 479
    Activity : 550
    Geek-Cred : 3
    Join date : 2013-12-10
    Age : 39
    Location : Tasmania, Australia

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  AdamCollings on September 6th 2017, 7:34 pm

    mindspike wrote:Forgot to include some links.
    Doctor Who Audio Dramas - fan productions
    Big Finish Audio Productions
    ==================
    And according to Peter Cushing "Dr. Who" is the character's actual name.........

    But of course, I don't think anybody considers the Cushing films canon. They're a re-interpretation of the characters. I believe "Doctor Who" in these films is actually human for a start.
    Not that I've had the opportunity to see them. I should probably try to hunt them out some day, just because they have Cushing in them if nothing else.
    avatar
    AdamCollings

    Posts : 479
    Activity : 550
    Geek-Cred : 3
    Join date : 2013-12-10
    Age : 39
    Location : Tasmania, Australia

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  AdamCollings on September 6th 2017, 7:45 pm

    Given your stated parameters Peater, I agree with the general consensus that you should start with Season 1 of the modern era, which introduced Ecclestone as the Ninth Doctor. This season introduces characters and plot elements that continue to be important in David Tennant's run and beyond.

    There are a few "silly moments" in this season (don't get put off by the Slitheen) but even these episodes have some moments of serious drama and darkness.

    You have quite a ride ahead of you. I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

    In fact, I'd almost suggest you watch the 5 minute special "Night of The Doctor" first, because it fits chronologically before Ecclestone, and gives you some insight into an event that defined Ecclestone's character. Plus, it's just a wonderful piece of film-making.
    avatar
    Paeter
    Admin

    Posts : 4245
    Activity : 6081
    Geek-Cred : 53
    Join date : 2010-02-17
    Age : 39
    Location : Mesa, AZ

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  Paeter on September 7th 2017, 10:32 am

    SUPER helpful, guys! Thank you so much!


    _________________
    -Seek The Truth!

    www.spiritblade.com
    avatar
    Paeter
    Admin

    Posts : 4245
    Activity : 6081
    Geek-Cred : 53
    Join date : 2010-02-17
    Age : 39
    Location : Mesa, AZ

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  Paeter on September 7th 2017, 10:33 am

    jorowi wrote:
    mindspike wrote:"Doctor" Who. "Doc-tor".

    This. His name is "The Doctor". It's not a title.

    Aw, you guys. Insist any more strongly and yer gonna make a troll out of me. That button might just be too easy to push in the future! lol!


    _________________
    -Seek The Truth!

    www.spiritblade.com
    avatar
    UKSteve

    Posts : 233
    Activity : 307
    Geek-Cred : 10
    Join date : 2010-07-09
    Location : England

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  UKSteve on September 7th 2017, 11:35 am

    Paeter wrote:Insist any more strongly and yer gonna make a troll out of me. That button might just be too easy to push in the future! lol!

    Nah, Whoovers are made of sterner stuff, we don't get wound up easily!
    avatar
    mindspike
    Admin

    Posts : 646
    Activity : 803
    Geek-Cred : 39
    Join date : 2010-08-24
    Age : 43
    Location : Evansville, IN

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  mindspike on September 7th 2017, 12:18 pm

    AdamCollings wrote:But of course, I don't think anybody considers the Cushing films canon. They're a re-interpretation of the characters. I believe "Doctor Who" in these films is actually human for a start. Not that I've had the opportunity to see them. I should probably try to hunt them out some day, just because they have Cushing in them if nothing else.



    As for watching order, I always prefer release/publication order. "Chronology" in stories is always informed by the order of creation, not the order of the fictional events.


    _________________
    -Winston Crutchfield
    "The rational mind is dangerous; the Christian mind is devastating."
    http://criticalpressmedia.com
    Opposing Forces powered by Fate!

    Sponsored content

    Re: Where Should A New Dr. Who Viewer Start?

    Post  Sponsored content


      Current date/time is December 15th 2017, 3:32 am