A column for Whovians by a Whovian!
Special thanks to Sofia C. for sharing her fandom!
I am a die hard Whovian. I love it all; from the very beginning with William Hartnell all the way to the current, Peter Capoldi. When I hear someone say “Doctor” I instantly think “Doctor Who?” and all of my friends want to kill me. Once you get me started, it is very hard to get me to stop. You know of the term “don’t listen to that, cause then your ears will bleed?”
Yeah, that would be what happens if you let me go off about The Doctor.
Which Regeneration is my favorite?
I love Tom Baker, and David Tennant. But in the end I really love them all for they are all the Doctor. I was first introduced to Doctor Who by an old friend of mine named Joe back in 2009. David Tennant was my first doctor, and it was an INSTANT love affair.
I could not tell you which episode is my favorite; I love them all. I could not tell you which one touched me the most; I cry through most of them. I get the “feels” for all of the episodes, and I get the tears for all the sad ones. They all mean so much to me, and they all are a day in The Doctor’s shoes. Each teach you a lesson if you want to learn, and each one shows you a side of The Doctor that you may not have noticed before. The Doctor is both kind and cruel, both optimistic and pessimistic, and both adventurous and cautious, you take it in strides. But one thing that you will always notice is that The Doctor is a sad and lonely man. He can never be left alone to think of the friend’s of the past, choices he could have changed, or people he could have saved. It eats him on the inside, and he tries very hard to hide it from you. The Doctor ALWAYS needs a companion, or maybe two.
I could tell you which episode you have to watch first, to make you a fan, but by doing that I take away the chance for you to fall in love with him on your own pace. I don’t recommend a specific episode, I recommend them all. You don’t have to watch them in any order, but so semblance of chronological order is recommended just so you don’t get TOO confused in the canon.
You can start from the very beginning; 1963 with William Hartnell, or you can start with the revival of Doctor Who in 2005 with Christopher Eccelston. It does not matter to me where you start. To me, the beginning episodes (1963- 1989) start a little on the boring side, and the only thing to keep you going is your fandom of the show, to know where it all started. But that does not mean I HATE the early episodes, it just means I like the revival episodes more. But I still love them all! In the end, the only thing that I ask is that you just give the show a try.
But, if you want me to give a recommendation on which one to watch, then I have three choices for you. Either start with Christopher Eccelston, for he explains A LOT of information (yet an episode with walking mannequins is not everyone’s thing right up front). In series one, my favorite episode would have to be Episode 8: “Father’s Day”. It is a heartwarming episode in which the Doctor and Rose go back in time so Rose can see her father that she never met, but a quick decision changes history and thus causes problems in the time rift. Will the Doctor and Rose be able to fix the mistake Rose has made??? (Watch out for MAJOR feels in this episode)Or you can start with series two where David Tennant (*drools*) shows up, in this series you can see the love between the Doctor and his companion grow and thus all the feels come into play with this heart warming series.
In series two I have a tough choices in picking my favorite episode, so I will tell you which ones are my three favorite episodes. First off is Episode 2: “Tooth and Claw” the Doctor and Rose go back to 1879 with Queen Victoria, and you almost immediately start to laugh with Rose’s horrible Scottish accent and the way the Doctor reacts to it (for those that do not know! David Tennant IS Scottish), the episode has a wonderful twist Nd starts with a good mystery that they add onto actual history and it ends AMAZINGLY.
My next favorite episode would have to be, Episode 4: “The Girl In The Fireplace” (*le siiiigh*) such an amazing episode. Versailles, Madam De Pompadour, what is there NOT to love about this episode? It has a sad ending, but you get used to that in Doctor Who but it is still an episode to sit down, watch, and enjoy. I will let this episode explain itself, because it is just THAT awesome.
Now last, but NEVER the least, Episode 13: “Doomsday” this is the last episode of the series and you really have to watch episode 12 to fully understand it, but I love this episode because (in my opinion) it has the most feels of the entire second series. It is the end of the line for The Doctor’s companion Rose, and you will cry your heart and eyes out every time you watch the episode. (I know that I did, and do). The earth is once again threatened and the The Doctor has some tough decisions to make to save the day once more. What will the doctor do to save the day, and how in the end, will the day turn out to be when he is done saving it??
So there you have it my faithful Whovians, those are my recommendations and choices for what to start out with. You have my opinions, now it is time to go out and make your own thoughts on the wonderful show. Just remember, there IS a reason as to why it just recently won the Guinness book of world records for being the “LONGEST RUNNING SCI-FI SHOW”. Why? Because it is just THAT good, and we can not get enough of it! Now then, Are you ready to go? Well then my friend, in the MANY words of the WONDERFUL Doctor….