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Congratulations! I wanted to wait till you'd got this far before commenting.I have watched my first full series of one of the Doctors.
Me too, like I'm a fan of pre-Amanda Melrose Place. (And pre-Abby and Alexis Knots and Dynasty of course, but that's different somehow.)I'm a fan of pre-Barnabas Dark Shadows
May I humbly suggest you start with Cracker, which is an absolute cracker.The first next generation doctor is Christopher Eccleston and now I want to watch every movie/series he's done.
Like absolutely everything else about Who, that is up for debate. But I vividly remember a TV interview Eccleston did when he took on the role (at least I think I do -- he didn't do many interviews and I've not been able to find it since, so I'm beginning to think I dreamt it) where he firmly stated that this new version of the series belonged to the children of today (i.e. 2005) just as the original had belonged to previous generations of kids. I loved that. It meant it wasn't my Doctor Who, but I had the privilege of watching it anyway. (I took that same attitude to New Dallas as well: this wasn't mine; I had no ownership of it, and somehow that made it an even more exciting experience.) I remember thinking how much kids would be loving the farting aliens, which the BBC never would have stood for when I was growing up. It wasn't until years later that I discovered how unpopular the farting aliens were with Who Fandom, who take the whole thing altogether more seriously.It took me a few moments to realize that this series is still very much a children's programme
I don't think I felt it was un-serious as such. Like New Dallas, New Who was/is a much more emotional viewing experience than the original, but it was also bolder, brighter and more audacious. But yes, going along for the ride is definitely the best way to enjoy it. However, that means accepting that sometimes it isn't a children's programme after all, and then the next week it is again. More than any other series, perhaps, Who is a show about change. It changes from Doctor to Doctor, and from episode to episode. What was wonderful about that first Eccleston series is that I had no expectations and so it all came as a thrilling surprise.nothing is being questioned in a serious manner and the best way for me to enjoy it is to embrace the goofy and lampoony tone like a child would do, because children aren't very interested in real-life rules.
It's taken me years and years, but I've now re-watched almost all of New Who (apart from the most recent season), but in a time-wimey, higgledy-piggedly out of order order, and I've noticed how often the Doctor will act like he's got a plan and get everyone to trust him, but then someone will ask him what the plan is and he admits he doesn't really know.The whirlwind character that is Doctor Who doesn't really comfort the viewer that everything's going to be all right which adds to the surprise when he does get it right.