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Teach me about Dr Who

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Ereth, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Sep 4, 2013 #61 of 151
    BitbyBlit

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    What about a thread titled "Teach me about Doctor Who" gave you the impression that he was a big fan who knew all about Daleks?

    You would have learned this along with Rose in a future episode. (I'll give you one guess which one. :D) It's not a big spoiler, but as someone new to Who during the regenerated series (save for one random classic episode I had seen before), it was a nice surprise, and would have been nice for you too had people been paying attention to the whole point of this thread.
     
  2. Sep 4, 2013 #62 of 151
    sakura panda

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    I've watched Blink (that's the one with the angels, right?) by accident -- my husband was watching the series and I happened to wander in during that episode and stayed -- and haven't watched another one since. He has told me that the rest of them aren't quite like that one, but the next time I inadvertantly caught an episode, it had those angels in it again; I've been too scared to start the series on my own. (While I was intrigued, I really didn't like how scary they were!)

    However, this thread is making it sound like overall the series is more fun and that I might actually enjoy it. Now that I'm watching Netflix on my own profile, instead of sharing with my husband, I'll put it in my queue to try later.

    Thanks for the thread! :up:
     
  3. Sep 4, 2013 #63 of 151
    Jstkiddn

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    I'm like a mother with her children. I love them all and they are all special to me in their own way. ;)
     
  4. Sep 4, 2013 #64 of 151
    BitbyBlit

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    Maybe I just wasn't used to British television, but I had a "meh" attitude after seeing the first episode. I enjoyed it enough to keep watching, and it slowly grew on me. But for most of the first season, Who was "yet one more sci-fi show" in my mind. It was good, but didn't really stand out from any of the other shows I watched.

    Then I got to The Empty Child, and that blew me away. Doctor Who jumped up to "top tier sci-fi" in my mind. And the episodes that followed to the end of the first season just kept getting better. By that time, Doctor Who had changed from something that I watched simply because it was something to watch to something for which I impatiently waited.
     
  5. Sep 4, 2013 #65 of 151
    BitbyBlit

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    Yeah, that's the way to go. For some reason I was thinking they had aired together, and that's why I was making it a lot more complicated than it actually was.

    One more thing I would add is to watch Torchwood Season 3 before the Doctor Who specials that aired between Seasons 4 and 5.

    And just in case it's not clear on Netflix, the specials fall into this place in the context of the regular seasons of Doctor Who:

    Season 4

    The Next Doctor - (This was the Christmas Special, so might be considered part of Season 4 on Netflix. On Amazon Instant Video, it is part of Season 4, but on Blu-ray, it's part of the specials.)

    Planet of the Dead

    The Waters of Mars

    The End of Time Parts 1 and 2

    Season 5
     
  6. Sep 4, 2013 #66 of 151
    getreal

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    In my opinion, "Blink" and "The Empty Child" are perfect examples of Doctor Who episodes which would be way too intense for an 11 year old child to watch. Those episodes would give them nightmares for years after watching, if they could bear to sit through the entire episode.

    But, Katie, I'm glad you've decided to give Doctor Who another go, as you will come to learn about his character (and other recurring characters) and the concept of the TARDIS ("it's bigger on the inside") and space and time travel. I began by marathoning my way through the Eccleston and Tennant series after my little brother raved about them (as well as Torchwood) and gave me hints of things to look forward to in both series (e.g. crossover character appearances). :up:
     
  7. Sep 4, 2013 #67 of 151
    Jstkiddn

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    I can't remember her exact age, but my daughter started watching doctor who at a young age and never had any problems s being scared. She just turned 13, so I'm guessing she was about 10? I started a thread here titled something like "Doctor Who appropriate for kids" or something like that back before she started watching. When I get to my computer (posting from phone) I'll see if I can find the thread. She may have even been a bit younger than 10.
     
  8. Sep 4, 2013 #68 of 151
    Azlen

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    Make sure that you are looking for it in the current series (Doctor Who 2005) and not the older shows (Doctor Who Classic). The two versions are listed separately on Netflix.
     
  9. Sep 4, 2013 #69 of 151
    marrone

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    My 10 year old daughter likes the show, and very gory or scary stuff bothers her, so your kid should be good.

    -Mike
     
  10. Sep 4, 2013 #70 of 151
    Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

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  11. Sep 4, 2013 #71 of 151
    Shakhari

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    I like it a lot. I didn't think I would like the reboot when it first started, either, because I too remember trying to watch it in the oh-so-campy 70s ... which is kind of ironic, since Tom Baker is the guy I automatically think of as the Doctor.
     
  12. Sep 4, 2013 #72 of 151
    mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    My apologies to Ereth. I totally missed that he was the OP. OTOH, my post was in his response to his statement that he knew about Daleks. I was just giving him the facts.
     
  13. Sep 4, 2013 #73 of 151
    Ereth

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    I thought you were making a joke.

    I watched the "End of the World" today. I'm too much of a geek, I suppose, but I kept thinking we were at Milliways. Didn't actually enjoy it quite as much as "Rose", but it still had charm.
     
  14. Sep 5, 2013 #74 of 151
    Ereth

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    Oh, I almost forgot. I absolutely loved the Wurlitzer being brought out and identified as an "iPod". Shades of Sleeper!
     
  15. Sep 5, 2013 #75 of 151
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    I had the exact same thought about Milliways :). Don't worry-- you'll find that there are certain episodes that are kind of necesary once a person starts travelling with the Doctor. One is 'let's go far in the future and really wow them'. I think most new companions get one in their 2nd or 3rd episode. They are always a bit awkward as the new companion is generally still growing into character. All new companions generally get a 'back in time' episode too...

    Far Future episodes:
    "End of the World" Rose 2nd ep
    "Gridlock" Martha 3rd ep
    "Planet of the Ood" Donna 3rd ep (not counting Christmas ep season before)
    "The Beast Below" Amy 2nd ep
    "The Rings of Akhatan" Clara 2nd ep (or 4th episode all things considered)

    Past Episodes:
    "The Unquiet Dead" Rose 3rd ep
    "The Shakespeare Code" Martha 2nd ep
    "The Fires of Pompeii" Donna 2nd ep
    "Victory of the Daleks" Amy 3rd ep
    "The Crimson Horror" Clara 6th ep (her 3rd ep, "Cold War" fits too but more recent past)

    It's kind of an "Oh my goodness I'm in the future" and "Oh my goodness I'm in the past" kind of effect that they all have to get through and have their moments.
     
  16. Sep 5, 2013 #76 of 151
    JohnB1000

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    While Blink is great it is a very "Doctor Lite" episode, you don't really get a feel for him from that one.
     
  17. Sep 5, 2013 #77 of 151
    getreal

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    I agree, but I loved the mysterious way he was depicted in "Blink".

    And how could any red-blooded hetero male not fall in love with Sally Sparrow instantly? I would have loved it if she had become one of the Doctor's traveling companions.
     
  18. Sep 5, 2013 #78 of 151
    gweempose

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    It would come in handy if there was a way to immediately identify the OP of a thread. I don't know if vBulletin has this feature, but I've seen it on a lot of other forums.
     
  19. Sep 5, 2013 #79 of 151
    gweempose

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    To me, it would be worth watching the first two seasons of Torchwood for no other reason than to get to "Children of Earth". I found the mini-series to be one of the most compelling and entertaining things I've ever seen on TV. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the other seasons (well, maybe not season 4 so much), but the third season was simply brilliant television.
     
  20. Sep 5, 2013 #80 of 151
    Ereth

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    Well, watched the third episode of the first season, where they go back in time to discover the Gelf are trapped in the gas lines of a morgue.

    Maybe it's me, but I'm enjoying each episode less than the one before. If it weren't for the novelty factor of having Charles Dickens in this one, it would have been a pretty banal episode, and a rather boring Call of Chtulhu adventure. ;)
     

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