Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Why you should watch Doctor Who

Are you looking for a new TV show to binge watch? I have you covered. Doctor Who. Get on it. I didn't think it would be my kind of show, but it's pretty much the only show I continuously watch now.

It's been going on for over 50 years, but don't worry - you don't have to watch 50 seasons because there aren't that many. There is the 'Classic Doctor Who' and the newer Doctor Who. I haven't watched the older DW yet (I know, bad Whovian) but I am quite partial to the new DW, which started in 2005. That's where I started, and I give you permission to start there too.

First off, I don't mean to spoil it for you but his name is not Doctor Who. It's just The Doctor. He says 'I'm the Doctor' and people always say 'Doctor Who?' - get it?


He is a Time Lord, from the planet Gallifrey. He's about 900 years old. He is the only Time Lord left (in the new series). His spaceship is called a Tardis, which stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space.



There have been 12 Doctors. So basically this show can go on forever! I'm just going to be talking about Doctor's 9-12, because they are the new Doctors.

The 9th Doctor was played by Christopher Eccelston, and he was the first new Doctor.


He only had one season. I loved him, I thought he was absolutely hilarious.


His 'word' or catchphrase if you will, was Fantastic.


The 10th Doctor was David Tennant. Don't worry, the Doctor doesn't die, he just regenerates. He has all of his memories and whatnot, but he's basically a new person. When David Tennant came on the scene, I was not impressed. I was really sad about Christopher Eccelston, and I only knew David Tennant from Harry Potter, so I was pretty sure I was going to give up on DW because I wouldn't like him.


I'm glad I kept watching because David Tennant is absolutely brilliant and hilarious and I love him and the 10th Doctor is my favourite. His 'words' are brilliant and Allons-y. Because he is brilliant.


DT was on for 3 seasons, and here is another gif because why not, I love him okay.


The eleventh Doctor was Matt Smith. He's the one I met last year. It took me awhile to warm up to Matt Smith because I loved David Tennant so much, and though Matt Smith is hilarious, DT is still my fave.


Matt Smith's 'word' is Geronimo. I don't know why I'm telling you their words, but hey. Let's go with it. He also likes bowties and sometimes wears a fez.


Matt Smith was the Doctor for 3 seasons as well. In my opinion, he was the 'weird' one, but in a good way.


Alright, lastly we have the twelfth doctor who is Peter Capaldi. I'm not gonna lie, so far, I don't love him. He has only been on for one season so far and I feel like he has potential but I guess I'm still attached to the previous 3.


Don't get me wrong, he's still good - it just takes a bit to let a new Doctor into your heart!


He's not very nice, but I guess that's his thing.


Okay, now that we have the Doctors out of the way, let's touch on the companions. The companions are people who travel with the Doctor. I'm not going to introduce every single one (because that would be insane) but I'll share my favourites.

Rose. She was the 9th & 10th's companion. I love Billie Piper (and I'll be meeting her soon!) and I just think she's brilliant in the show.


Donna. She is definitely my fave after Rose. She is freaking hilarious. I love Catherine Tate. She was 10th's companion.


Amy Pond (and Rory). Pond was 11's companion, played by Karen Gillan who I also met last year.


Clara. She was 11's companion and is currently still in the show with 12. I liked Clara, but then I didn't and to be honest I think she doesn't fit with the new Doctor.



Don't worry, there have been guy companions as well.

Captain Jack Harkness. So popular, he got his own TV show (Torchwood). He's been in several different episodes with different Doctors.


I missed a lot of companions, but that doesn't mean I don't like them, it just means I need to hurry up and get to the point of this post, which is...

Why you should watch Doctor Who.

Badass women. It doesn't score amazing on the Bechdel Test but it's much better than a lot of TV shows or movies.


History. Okay, so it might be fictional history but a lot of the episodes bring actual history to life. There's been a Queen or three, Shakespeare, Van Gogh, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie and Pompeii to name a few. I'm still waiting for my Jane Austen episode.


It's funny. Well, in my opinion it is. Sassy one liners, witty banter, fabulous characters. Love it.


It's sexy. Sometimes. Okay, not really.


It reminds me of home. Okay, that won't convince you, but.. I dig it.


It's not overly emotional. It's not going to make you cry every episode (cough, Grey's Anatomy, cough) but it might sometimes.


It's a really imaginative show. Sometimes it's a bit out there, but it's a show about a 900 year old alien, I think out there is expected.


It's kinda scary. I'm not into actual scary stuff, but Doctor Who has made me scream / jump many times.


Great cameos. To name a few; Bill Nighy, Kylie Minogue, Carey Mulligan and Simon Pegg, I love the random and fabulous cameos in DW.


It's super easy to get into. I thought I wouldn't like it because I hadn't been watching it forever and I'm not really into sci-fi. Doctor Who is not complex, it's hardly ever confusing, it's not serious, and it's very light on the science and stuff. There are a few 'multi part' episodes, but most of the time each episode is like a mini movie, it's own little story. There is adventure, romance, comedy, drama - you never know what you're gonna get and you can't really pigeon hole DW. It's just a fun, silly show about an alien.


It's a fun club to be in. Like runners, or expats.. if you meet a fellow Whovian you are instant besties.


It's on Netflix, just in case you are curious.... The next season is due to start Sept 19th..., so you've got a little bit of time to binge watch!

45 comments:

  1. Just throwing it out there... this show sounds really... interesting. Ok and kinda weird haha! But if I remember I'll definitely turn it on and see what it's all about!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Wow, I never knew Dr. Who was funny (or at least how you've described it)...I have always wondered about it! Have you watched Firefly? It kinda seems like that (or maybe I am totally way off :)) Might have to check it out on Netflix, I bet my husband would love it.

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  3. Dr. Who is definitely on my list to watch I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Once I finish the show I'm currently binge watching I'll have to give it a shot :)

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  4. Hm...now I want chips!! I have not had a regular show to watch in quite awhile and I kind of miss it! But at the same time, I've been able to read a lot more books and that's pretty nice, too. Maybe when the kids go back to school the TV thing will work again (they stay up way too late in the summer so I can't really watch adult shows), so I'll add this to my list!

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  5. David Tennant was in Harry Potter?! We're still on season 3, because Ryan says the show makes him think about death and the pointlessness of the universe too much (what a downer, right?!). I might start watching without him, because it's so good and I'm tired of waiting for him to be in the mood for it. I was so upset when the first (new) doctor left and David Tennant came on the scene. I thought no way I'd ever like him as much. But he's, for lack of a better word, fantastic, and I'm glad we have another season and a half with him. I have cried a bunch of times! Especially at the end of season 2 when we said goodbye to Rose.

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  6. Thanks for the intro... I'd never heard of it. We don't have any good shows we're watching right now.

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  7. My sister has been trying to get me to watch Doctor Who forever!!!

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  8. I've heard of this show, but didn't know anyone who watched it... I think I've decided that I'm not a fan of shows that mix things up every season! Do you watch True Detective on HBO? Well season one was FANTASTIC, like, the best show on the planet, win all the awards good. And season two is airing right now with a whole new storyline and cast... And I'm just like meh. Not that good. I like consistency, especially when I fall in love with an actor who plays a particular person!

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  9. Gary loves this show - he hasn't watched it recently but you may have just talked me into trying to watch with him! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  10. My friend loves this show. I totally need to start watching it. Nothing like binge watching a new show.

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  11. Thank you for posting this Kristen! A lot of my friends are obsessed with this show and I just didn't get it. I might have to start watching! I believe some old seasons are on Netflix so I might have to settle down this weekend and watch :)

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    1. Oops! Duh you mentioned it's on Netflix. Definitely have to watch now ;)

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  12. So funnily enough I was on the phone with Lisa the other day and she announced excitedly that she just happily discovered you too are and then that went into a whole explanation of the doctors similar to this one and so now I'm pretty sure that you've both convinced me to start watching this show. Sigh. I'll add it to the list... ;)

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  13. I love Dr Who!!!! And all these gifs just have me dying!! So funny!!

    Xoxox
    www.ManicMakeupGirl.Blogspot.com

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  14. The kids in youth are ALWAYS talking about this show... I need to watch it but I don't even know what channel it comes on - or when...
    Are the past shows on Netflix?
    So they are the same person but different? I'm so confused!!!

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  15. This post is fantastic! Doctor Who has always been on my someday binge watch list, but I should probably just move it up to the top.

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  16. Confession: I watched season one (most of it) last year and I couldn't deal with it. I tried to power through...
    I know everyone says to start at the beginning..will I be confused if I jump to season 3?

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  17. I've been putting off watching Dr Who forever because I keep thinking I won't get into it. And it's silly because I actually watched Season 2 when it aired on television and liked it, but then I moved and didn't have cable and just stopped. Maybe I'll give it a try after I'm done binge watching Pretty Little Liars. And I've loved Billie since her singing career and her album Honey to the B!

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  18. I've heard awesome things about Dr. Who! And love that you called yourself a Whovian! Love that it's on Netflix, I'll have to put that on my "to watch list" after I finally get through OITNB :)

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  19. I was literally going to post something like this soon ! Gah !! Anyway, I love everything and all the gifs and I'm going to save this post to read over and over again because of how happy it makes me :) ALLONS-Y !

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  20. I know so many people who are obsessed with this show. It doesn't seem like something I'd enjoy but I'm definitely surprised that my husband hasn't tried it yet. Totally up his alley.

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  21. Um, I just realized I need to comment again. Um, Hello Sweetie ?

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  22. This one has been on my "to-watch" list for a while! Need to get on it!

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  23. My old roommate got me hooked on the Dr. Love it.

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  24. ha, I was reading this with my eyes squinting trying so hard to keep up with this plot! Certainly sounds unique and funny.

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  25. I am so not a sci-fi or historical person either but you make a compelling argument. Hmm.

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  26. Okay, this is a great post! I have read many blog posts about why doctor who is amazing and yada yada but yours is the best. I love how you broke it down and explained the different doctors, because I was SO confused. I tried watching the first episode but was so bored that I turned it off. However this post of yours is making me think I need to give it another fair shot!

    Jessica
    Pyreflies.org

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  27. The weeping angels still give me nightmares.

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  28. Well, even though I'm taking away that this show is a bit odd and out there, you've got me sold! I may have to watch a couple episodes just to see what all the fuss is about. Plus, I think the actress that plays Clara is the same girl who played Lydia in Death Comes to Pemberly (which, if you haven't watched/read, you must).

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  29. I think my mom used to watch this lol; like a while ago anyways!? Will be adding it to my to-watch list because damn if you didn't put in some time for this post, it's gotta be worth checking out!

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  30. I've never heard of this show! I'll definitely have to check it out now!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  31. Um. Is this like The Martian where I thought it was so not my thing but then was quickly proven wrong by you? Or is this just weird as shit? LOL! Not that I dont get down with weird TV because I watch Grimm, Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars....so I can do weird. Haha! We just started watching Hart of Dixie last night but maybe when we are done I can talk Chris in to trying this show....

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  32. You already know I am a fellow Whovian! Tennant is my favorite doctor as well. I like Capaldi so far, but I never fell in love with Matt Smith. I liked him, but I liked his companions way more than him.

    The new trailer looks so exciting!

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  33. 9&10 were my very favorites, and ALL the Rose and Donna! They were such amazing companions!! You should have warned them about how addicting it becomes though.....being a Whovian takes over your life!

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  34. Ok, you have me convinced. Instead of piddling around on shows I've already seen, I'll put my maternity leave to good use and start this one!

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  35. you've convinced me. i will seek out the Doctor you liked the most and watch that season!

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  36. I've got to try it out now. We just finished Arrow so we need a new show to binge on. I really think Cory would like this as well!

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  37. hahaha this convinced me!! I haven't watched but ill try it!

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  38. Before watching Doctor Who I didn't expect to like it, but after I gave it a chance I'm surprised at how much I enjoy this show. I also started watching from the 9th doctor and I really liked him and the 10th. My favourite episodes are the "historical" ones, just because it's so neat to see the show's side of it. I did cry while watching this show, one time, when the doctor and Rose had to part ways. I'm not proud of that lol.

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  39. Okay, so one of my best friends LOVES this show... and I really tried hard to get into it. But I just couldn't. I mean, I only watched a couple of episodes so maybe I need to give it another shot. But man, so many people love this show! I feel like I should too!

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  40. Yes on everything <3

    I'm so excited for the new season. I really hope that Clara and the doctor work better together, but I guess we'll see.

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  41. I tried watching the pilot on Netflix but I think it was the "old" version. I couldn't get into it, but yet everyone raves about the show! I think I'll have to give the newer seasons a try!

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  42. It's true: 10th is still the favorite. :) Though, oddly I had a super hard time warming up to Matt Smith and finally figured out it was that I didn't really like Amy and Rory. So I kind of skipped those two seasons and popped back in when they swapped out for Clara. I still haven't seen the newest doctor. >.> Yeah, I'll probably get around to that when I stumble upon a TV marathon.

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  43. I know so many people who are obsessed with this show. I really didn't know much about it, so I appreciated this guide! I usually don't like a lot of sci fi stuff, but I'm kind of intrigued ... I mean, it's obviously not sci fi in the way that, say, Star Trek is. I may have to give it a try at some point!

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  44. I LOVE DOCTOR WHO! BEST TV SHOW EVER!!!!!!!!!!

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