Classic Doctor Who - A Thing That I May Want To Say Things About (unless I get distra- ooh, shiny

I may have mentioned that I recently got into Doctor Who. In a big way. I hopped on the bandwagon. I got hooked. I saw the light. I got on board.

The thing about me is once I am on board, it's very very difficult to get me off board again - even if you tie me to the mast and flog me or keep me chained in the hold and keelhaul me and then toss me to the sharks, I will just kind of stupidly doggy-paddle after you for a long long time, clinging to the barnacles, and maybe, maybe I will eventually give up once you've sunk or burned (hi AWZ, looking at you, kid)... is this nautical metaphor getting kind of out of hand? It is, isn't it. Anyway, you get the point. I obsess. I cling, I geek, I haunt, beleaguer, follow, search out and absorb, etc. I learn to write in Elvish, swear in fake Chinese, dress up, read up, follow up and all the other verb-ups.

So, Doctor Who! Why obsess about three when I could potentially be obsessing about eleven of them? :p


Twenty-six olden-day seasons, you say, BBC? Yeah, say no more. I am already all over it.

So after a lot of hunting around and trying to wrap my mind around the way the classic serials work and marvelling at the fact that entire serials are entirely missing because the BBC wiped them and then later realised that maybe they shouldn't have because they are now vanished, lost, poof, gone from the world (seriously, how mindboggling and weirdly appropriate is that?), and also wishing I had a Vince Tyler to guide me, I've been watching some of the First Doctor (wow, talk about old school), some of the Seventh (psychedelic 80s cheesefest ahoy!) and that abominable movie of the Eighth (oy vey, the badness, it burns), and... I figured I want to document this marathon somehow because I know I'll forget all sorts of things if I don't, and I'll regret it.

I wasn't sure how to go about format and I still don't really know - I was and am particularly interested in gender roles throughout the entirety of the show but I don't really want to write actual academic-type essays, so... IDK. I'll probably just do casual posts by season (or decade or Doctor, haven't decided yet), with random observations and special sections on areas of particular interest to me, like female characters' portrayal and slash factor (lol, so much of that already).

So, uh, spam is coming? Soz except not really because wheeeee I like my shiny obsession :D


This icon has never been more fitting.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what you thought of these. I have watched a few (before watching "New Who" and it was just so far out of my understanding that I just shook my head at the crazy British sci fi world and moved on. But I'm very interested in your thoughts on it. What you said about the Daleks the other day, about what you found frightening about them, made me think of them in a different way. And yeah, they are kinda sad and terrifying!


Yeah, depending on era, they'd be hard to get into. I was pretty culture-shocked (time-shocked? something like that) at my first exposure to the First Doctor. It's so ancient. But there are so many cool and interesting things about it and before I knew it, I was actually invested. I will definitely be babbling at length, including about the Daleks.
*sits back with a tub of popcorn* :DDDDDDDDDD
*swipes a handful* Nom!
Haha, oh memories! Not that I have seen much of vintage Dr Who, but I remember the fifth doctor very fondly. I got introduced to him when I was on uni exchange in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the early eighties, and my leftover teenage crush on Peter Davison from his 'All Creatures Great and Small' days won me over in about two seconds :)

So, go ahead spamming us with your impressions. No chance on earth for a lengthy marathon right now for me, but as everything is available online, pointers to the one or the other 'must-see-or-your-life-is-not-complete episode' will be greatly appreciated here!
Oh cool! I've not heard much about the fifth one at all, but I'm looking forward to meeting him. I'm currently kind of working my way back from Eight and forward from One simultaneously and being madly non-chronological, so no idea when I'll run into him.

I'll keep an eye out for memorable eps but I don't know how present they are online, actually, since quite a few of them are hard to get in the first place. (I am going the old-fashioned DVD route!)

February 2018



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