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dumbricht
Dr. Who - Where Should a non-fan Jump In?

I've never watched Dr. Who in my entire life. Interested in checking it out, but it is such an expansive mythology that it is overwhelming.

Would love suggestions on where to step in? Should I check out classic episodes? If so, where? New series?

Heck, I'm overwhelmed just asking the question.

 
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Same here, I've always wanted to watch it. But I have absolutely no idea where to start.

 
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Same here, I've always wanted to watch it. But I have absolutely no idea where to start.

I had really not seen anything, and needed a show to watch and started with the 2005 Christopher Eccleston "Beginning of the new series" Basically a re-boot although all the old Dr. Who's are part of his backstory.

There was only one season of Eccleston before they switched to David Tennant (3 seasons) (Totally awesome) and into the current incarnation as Matt Smith. They all have their

I feel completely up to date now, however since I don't get cable i now have to pay for the new episodes of this freaking addictive series from iTunes or VUDU.

Can't recommend it enough. Every once in a while I'll watch an older (60's 70's 80's) episode (You know Douglas Adams wrote a few of them) but really only as a novelty.

My ringtone is now the theme of the show. so there's that.

 
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I had really not seen anything, and needed a show to watch and started with the 2005 Christopher Eccleston "Beginning of the new series" Basically a re-boot although all the old Dr. Who's are part of his backstory.

There was only one season of Eccleston before they switched to David Tennant (3 seasons) (Totally awesome) and into the current incarnation as Matt Smith. They all have their

I feel completely up to date now, however since I don't get cable i now have to pay for the new episodes of this freaking addictive series from iTunes or VUDU.

Can't recommend it enough. Every once in a while I'll watch an older (60's 70's 80's) episode (You know Douglas Adams wrote a few of them) but really only as a novelty.

My ringtone is now the theme of the show. so there's that.

To Clarify, I watched those first five seasons on Streaming NetFlix... Highly Recommended and cheap!

 
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To Clarify, I watched those first five seasons on Streaming NetFlix... Highly Recommended and cheap!

Thanks for the advice - that will be the game plan then.

 
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Thanks for the advice - that will be the game plan then.

Another good place to jump in is at the season 5 premier (of the new series). New doctor, new showrunner, it's basically a reset. The week-to-week quality of the episodes is also much better in seasons 5 and 6. Only do this if you're having trouble with the earlier episodes though. The most rewarding way to watch the show is to start with season 1.

 
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Another good place to jump in is at the season 5 premier (of the new series). New doctor, new showrunner, it's basically a reset. The week-to-week quality of the episodes is also much better in seasons 5 and 6. Only do this if you're having trouble with the earlier episodes though. The most rewarding way to watch the show is to start with season 1.

Ah sure, but then you cant have the argument's about which actor is the best Doctor! :)

 
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Ah sure, but then you cant have the argument's about which actor is the best Doctor! :)

Ah, well if you want to do that it's best to start with "An Unearthly Child" ;)

 
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Another good place to jump in is at the season 5 premier (of the new series). New doctor, new showrunner, it's basically a reset. The week-to-week quality of the episodes is also much better in seasons 5 and 6. Only do this if you're having trouble with the earlier episodes though. The most rewarding way to watch the show is to start with season 1.

I agree that you should start with the newest Doctor. That's what I did when Matt Smith came aboard and then I went back and saw the Eccleston and Tennant seasons. While there is a bit of continuity between the modern Doctors (River Song, in particular), jumping in with season five is probably the easiest for people new to "Who," and it allows you to catch up to the present earlier, so you can join the conversation.

I wouldn't go back and watch the old ones right away, though. I have gone back since getting into the show and, despite the assertions by long time fans that they are awesome, they don't hold up as much more than nostalgia pieces. I get why people that watched them growing up were enamored with them, but compared to the slick production values and great writing of the modern era (not to mention full hour episodes), the old ones pale in comparison. Just my opinion, though.

 
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I agree that you should start with the newest Doctor. That's what I did when Matt Smith came aboard and then I went back and saw the Eccleston and Tennant seasons. While there is a bit of continuity between the modern Doctors (River Song, in particular), jumping in with season five is probably the easiest for people new to "Who," and it allows you to catch up to the present earlier, so you can join the conversation.

I wouldn't go back and watch the old ones right away, though. I have gone back since getting into the show and, despite the assertions by long time fans that they are awesome, they don't hold up as much more than nostalgia pieces. I get why people that watched them growing up were enamored with them, but compared to the slick production values and great writing of the modern era (not to mention full hour episodes), the old ones pale in comparison. Just my opinion, though.

I think that starting at either the begining of the Smith era (series 5) or the beginning of NewWho (Eccelston series 1) is a good starting place, but I would still advocate that there is great value to starting with Eccelston to get into the series.
1. The ideas of regeneration, the importance of the TARDIS, and the Daleks, and the overall themes of the entire series are easier to understand in their full nature by taking in (at least) the entire new series.
2. Comparing Doctors and seeing the differences and similarities adds an especially important element.
3. You never know when something that has come up before will pop back up and play a continued role (though this is also true for the Classic series in relation to the new.)
4. There are just some exceptionally good episodes in the Eccelston and Tennant eras that a budding Who fan should not miss.

I agree with the idea that Classic Who can be more daunting, and the stories are a very different experience, though I find them increasingly rewarding.
What I have done is watched them in "time shifting" order, instead of just watching straight through I having been picking a story from each doctor and watching them in order. So I only see one story from each doctor at a time, but I get a lot of the subtleties and distinctions.

 
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I think that starting at either the begining of the Smith era (series 5) or the beginning of NewWho (Eccelston series 1) is a good starting place, but I would still advocate that there is great value to starting with Eccelston to get into the series.
1. The ideas of regeneration, the importance of the TARDIS, and the Daleks, and the overall themes of the entire series are easier to understand in their full nature by taking in (at least) the entire new series.
2. Comparing Doctors and seeing the differences and similarities adds an especially important element.
3. You never know when something that has come up before will pop back up and play a continued role (though this is also true for the Classic series in relation to the new.)
4. There are just some exceptionally good episodes in the Eccelston and Tennant eras that a budding Who fan should not miss.

I agree with the idea that Classic Who can be more daunting, and the stories are a very different experience, though I find them increasingly rewarding.
What I have done is watched them in "time shifting" order, instead of just watching straight through I having been picking a story from each doctor and watching them in order. So I only see one story from each doctor at a time, but I get a lot of the subtleties and distinctions.

I agree that there is plenty of great stuff in the first four seasons of NewWho (I'm a big Donna Noble fan, personally). But I came in with the Smith/Moffatt era and had no trouble understanding the TARDIS, Daleks, Cybermen, Sonic Screwdriver, regeneration, or any of the other trappings of the "Whoniverse." In fact, I think the first episode of the Matt Smith tenure was designed to be a reintroduction of the character for new fans.

I get why starting with Eccleston is a good idea, but I think the hit to miss ratio of episodes was at its worst in that season, especially compared to the Moffatt seasons.

I absolutely think that, if you start with season five, you should catch up to where we are at now and then go back and see the first four seasons.

Like you, I cherry picked some stories from the earlier Doctors to check out (The AV Club's TV Club has been doing a new serial every week or so, and I was following their viewing schedule for the first 15 or so), and while I respected the craftsmanship of the earlier era, it didn't feel like the Who I knew. Part of that is the running time and production values, but in general I just didn't find the stories as entertaining. It could be because the combined serials on Netflix still had the full credits sequences throughout, but I get a lot more from a 50 minute episode of NewWho than I do from two hours of Classic Who.

 
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