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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Now, I’ve never seen one episode of Dr. Who. I know, bad geek form. Sorry to be so stereotypically American… I’m familiar with the iconography of the show from clips, previews, toys, model kits, etc, but haven’t made the plunge. I am aware of the crazy huge fanbase the show has, though, so lest you think I’d deprive you good Whovian constant readers of a sweet Dr. Who BTS pic just because of my ignorance today we take a look at that series.

Today’s image comes from a book called BBC VFX: The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department which can be purchased from the UK here and features effects man Ian Scoones setting up a shot of the Tardis traveling through space.

Maybe this is a good spot to get advice on where I should start… The new series, starting in 2005, is on Netflix Instant… should I start there or try to seek out the old school series? We’re talking probably years worth of watching if I do that. Anyway, I’m open to suggestions.

Thanks to Chris McAleese for sending this one along. Click to (slightly) embiggen!



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  • July 2, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Who's on first?

    by McFlypaper

    I'd recommend the Tom Baker years as that seems to be the peak of the past series plus Tom Baker is just fun to watch. Those were my entry into the series.

  • July 2, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

  • July 2, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    I really need to check out Dr. Who

    by proevad

    in any incarnation one day. Might be the one geeky thing that I don't know anything about. That, and the Conan universe.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Hu's Kelly Who?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • July 2, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    TARDIS chinese paper/balsawood lampshade

    by MotherPussBucket

    can i copyright that shit?

  • July 2, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by The_Mad_Groper

    Don't know if you've been reading Merrick's weekly Docbacks but there is tons of advice on where to start. I do believe the consensus is to start on the 2005 season... get hooked... then feel free to wander the Whoverse with the rest of us! Welcome aboard!

  • July 2, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    First Doctor

    by J Biesterfeld

    David Tennant episodes would be a good place to start Dr Who

  • July 2, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    And Thank you for the awesome BTS pic!

    by The_Mad_Groper

  • July 2, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    There was aguy with a table at Emerald City Comicon this year

    by Dennis_Moore

    who was promoting his website in which he reviews every episode of Dr Who. When I asked how exactly he got his hands on every episode with a sardonic grin, he got all flustered, until I let on that I was just bustin' his nuts. He didn't expect anyone to know ALL of them can't be gotten here legally.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    New or classic?

    by FuzzyLumpkins

    If you start with "classic" Who and like it, you'll probably love the "new" Who. OTOH, if you start with the "new" Who and like it, you'll probably be disappointed by "classic" Who. As far as I'm concerned, the "new" Who is far superior in every way -- writing, acting, production values, music, and special effects. But that's just me.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Start watching

    by NetSlut

    I would start with the Christopher Ecclestone Doctor; the production values of the new era are what you'd expect from modern sci-fi and you won't be feeling out of place in the universe as there's enough exposition, but you will get the feeling for who the Doctor is and what he's all about.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Quint - check out these episodes:

    by kwisatzhaderach

    The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Human Nature/The Family of Blood, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, Midnight, The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone, Vincent and The Doctor and The Doctor's Wife. <p> They're all from the post-'05 series, if you want to go classic: Spearhead From Space, Inferno, Genesis of the Daleks, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Caves of Androzani and The Curse of Fenric should be checked out...

  • July 2, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    I forgot Blink!

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • July 2, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Dr. Who...Old Vs. New & suggestions

    by Arcangel2020

    Nice behind the scenes pic regarding Dr. Who, Quint! Thanks for posting this one! Hmmmmm.... Suggestions about which version to watch when it comes to Dr. Who. I really wasn't a big fan of the older series of Dr. I know that may sound a bit Sci-Fi geek sacriligious and all...but I just never really got into the whole Dr Who thing as a kid, I did catch a number of the old version with the actor Tom Baker as Dr. Who..many Dr Who fans consider him to be THE best incarnation of the mysterious Dr...on the local PBS station while growing up in the SF Bay Area. Now this was right at the time when Star Wars was taking off at the time and having just gotten into the whole sci-fi thing and becomming a Star Trek (the original series), Battlestar Galactica (the original series) and being a HUGE sci-fi Monster and Hammer Horror film fan and being an avid reader and collector of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" etc, etc....the whole campy, British sci-fi soap opera and really cheesy/bad special effects of the show just kind of turned me off. Now then fast forward to the year 2005 and The Sci Fi Channel (I freakin HATE the "SyFy" name change!!) and the airing of the new and much improve Dr Who with the actor David Tennet...light years in improvement not only with storylines, but the special effects are way better...I actually found myself being a fan of the newer series and would highly suggest watching it. That just my 2 credits worth of opinion on Dr. Who, hope it helps. Now it's time for a few fine cigars on a sunny summer afternoon here in The Twin Cities for me

  • July 2, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Start new, but find a good list of classic oldies.

    by ClaireRedfield

    If only just to get a feel for how much the Doctor can change from one actor to the next.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    dennis_moore / kwisatzhaderach

    by gerhard_futkanister

    dennis: legal? physically impossible would be more like it. a few early episodes have been wiped forever. kwis: come on, midnight and vincent and the doctor are terrible. for a kickass introduction for someone who never has seen doctor who before first watch "Blink" and then "Smith and Jones" - gives you all the introduction along with the adventure. Especially Blink - one of the best ever.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    Thanks for posting this! You should definitely jump head first into Dr. Who. I would start with series 1 of the 2005 show (the christopher eccelston stuff). You won't regret it. I was a complete novice up until about 3 years ago, but I got into it in a big way, so much so that it quickly spread like wildfire into all of my friends to.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    As someone who fell in love with New Who...

    by TheSeeker7

    A friend that I already share some TV show loves with, her constantly talking about new Who finally pushed me into checking it out, the 2005 revival. And I absolutely love it, every single episode of the New Who.<br> <br> Having said that, I STILL have absolutely ZERO interest in going back and watching any original DW, and I'm not ashamed to say that. The same reasons I have before for staying away even before I got into the 2005 version, they're still the same reasons. It's all around way too campy and shlocky looking, just don't care about any of it at all.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    the way I see it...

    by Rebel Scumb

    Its kind of like star trek the next generation. You can watch TNG without ever having seen the original star trek. If you've seen the original then certainly some references and callbacks resonate more. But without it, you're perfectly fine also. I got into classic Who well after the fact, but I can completely see your side of it theseeker7, all of my friends watch New-who, but of them, only me and my brother have gotten into classic Who as well.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    The last time i saw a Dr Who episode was

    by disfigurehead

    at a convention in 1980 or '81.

  • July 2, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Quint for making a mistake...

    by Dick Jones not watching Dr Who. Seriously some good shit not to be missed. And I'd like to point out Quint gave me a shout out in a Robocop posting many moons ago. :)


  • July 2, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I'm guessing tomorrow's pic is from PREDATOR

    by Rebel Scumb

    A shout out to The Choppah!

  • July 2, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Check out

    by Deep13

    The very first Tom Baker episodes first. Only cuz that's the ones I first watched.

  • Starting Dr Who with the "new" version is like watching Star Trek: Next Generation without at least passing a glance at the original series As to which Doctor to begin with? Pertwee or Baker; either one will do. Only hard-core fans bother with Harkness these days. Peter Davidson did his best, but he had a tough act to follow in Baker. Davidson, at least, had a career pre and post Dr Who, and while Baker did too, he will always be thought of first as Dr Who before anything else. Pertwee is probably as well known for Wurzel Gummidge as for Who. I've never seen a single episode of McCoy or the other Baker.

  • July 2, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    START with 2005!

    by Lazerman21

    The problem with the series is not so much the Cheese of the earlier stuff, but that they actually used the TIME WAR that was written in the Novels as Cannon,and started the 2005 Series with the aftermath of that series, so you get a sense of how alone he is, and it is a great way to be introduced to the character. Go with 2005, you will NOT be disappointed, and the CGI is pretty cheesy, but good fun!

  • July 2, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    And although the CGI is cheesy, the production values do get better with each series progressively which is nice to see. Also there is some great use of creature makeup and anamatronics that is so rare in todays FX. The other advantage of starting with the new stuff, is that there isn't too much of it yet to be daunting. But with 26 years worth of the classic stuff, and plenty of it not yet available on dvd, and a good chunk lost forever, it just seems a bit insurmountable to a whobie-newbie. Plus if you happen to jump in on a classic story or doctor that doesn't quite tickle your fancy, then you'll quite possibly turned off the whole franchise. Where as I don't know anyone who tried out the new-Who, who didn't become an instant who-addict. And the old stuff can easily be gone back to afterwards and enjoyed just as much if you do dig it.

  • July 2, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    I also really like Tom Baker but Jon Pertwee is the coolest doctor for being a gray-haired action hero who dressed like Dracula but played the show 100% straight. Without giving this too much thought, here are some episodes available on DVD that give you a good and representative taste of old-school WHO: For Pertwee, check out: "Spearhead from Space" (his intro story); "Doctor Who and the Silurians"; "The Time Warrior" (Sarah Jane's intro); and "Inferno". Some Tom Baker episodes with mass appeal for people just getting into WHO: "Talons of Weng-Chiang"; "Genesis of the Daleks"; "City of Death"; and the whole "Key to Time" season/series (first time WHO had a whole season be its own story arc, and it worked well). And if you're still intrigued and want to try out Peter Davison, who I think gets a bad rep simply for not being as cool as Tom Baker, check out the trilogy of "Mawdryn Undead", "Terminus," and "Enlightenment." (It's sold as the BLACK GUARDIAN TRILOGY.) And if you watch even half of all that and are still intrigued, then most likely you have already started doing your own research and don't need any additional recommendations. Good luck.

  • July 2, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Knock Knock

    by Robert79797979

  • July 2, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Don't start with the old stuff...

    by Bill Clay

    It's so dated looking, it's a fan-killer. People complained that the old show's production was cheaply made even back when it was first broadcast. And, I hate to admit as an original watcher, the 4 part serials stretched out the material to fill the episodes and were boring many times.<p> Start off with Chris Eccleston's relaunch in 2005. That first new season brings everyone up to speed on the Who Universe and sets the groundwork for the fantastic seasons that followed.<p> After you've become a fan, then you can brave a trip through the old stuff. I'm partial to Tom Baker, he was MY Doctor!

  • If you convince someone to give dr. who a try, and start them with the 2005 stuff, I would say 9 times out of 10, they will become a fan. But if you took the same 10 people and started them with the classic stuff, then I would say 8 out of 10 of them, will probably never give the series another try.

  • July 2, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    ...Quint and any number of AICN readers are much more likely to accept and even embrace the special effects and production limitations of old movies, TV series, etc. If you can appreciate Hammer horror films or pre-STAR WARS science fiction, then there's no reason why you can't dig old-school WHO. Would anyone here disagree with that test? Now if you're talking about casual TV watchers, then absolutely, virtually ANY pre-1985 series will probably put them off.

  • July 2, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    fair enough Mullah

    by Rebel Scumb

    I do agree they're more likely to accept it than most. But I stand by my 2005 recommendation.

  • July 2, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Start with "Blink" or "The Eleventh Hour" - post 2005

    by pills_26

    It's a good idea to start with Matt Smith's run in season 5, then after those eps go back to Christopher Eccleston in 2005 and start the run from the beginning. If you just want to test the waters try "Empty Child/Doctor Dances", "Blink", "Eleventh Hour". Then when you become addicted, go back to certain stories from the classic series.

  • July 2, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Mullah... No! Start with Hartnell..! And Troughton..!

    by workshed

    A real Whovian would never say 'start with Pertwee'.

  • July 2, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    start with Tom Baker then go NuWho.

    by vetepalapinga

    It's better to start with classic but impossible to go all the way through so just watch the best of that ( Tom Baker ). NuWho is OK but not creepy (well...Blink is kinda creepy so if you're not up to seeing a bunch of old or new Who watch that one). Although the guy playing the Doctor right now does a good job , his adventures are sometimes confusing and mostly shitty

  • July 2, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Quint - do you want to 'start' somewhere, or just 'dabble'?

    by BiggusDickus

    If 'start', go for the 2005 relaunch. By the time you've caught up, you'll be hungry for anything 'Who' and can delve into the (often shaky) past with impunity. If you just want to dip your toe in the water, try: The Unquiet Dead Father's Day Dalek The Girl In The Fireplace Blink Human Nature/Family Of Blood Subjective, I know, but these ones are all quality...

  • July 2, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by c4andmore

    That's the most perfect description of classic Who. You hit the nail right on the head there.

  • July 2, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    My favorite Doc.

    by Loosejerk

    I know the typical favorite of the old guard is Baker, but Pertwee was my favorite. Possibly because his episodes were in heavier rotation when I started watching on PBS, but I just never enjoyed Baker as much. I'd almost put Davison as my #2 and Eccleston #2.

  • July 2, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    er....too much poo-poo

    by Loosejerk

    Meant: Eccleston #3.

  • July 2, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Is it a pic of Ryan dunns death certificate?


    Well done. Side of grilled onions Side of white mushrooms Slice of Texas toast. Bottle of Pinot noir.

  • July 2, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Thanks for posting this; awesome! More Who please

    by moonlightdrive

  • July 2, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Warms my heart

    by MoffatBabies

    to see all the Who love here lately.

  • July 2, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I'd say start at the 2005 mark quint.


    The eccleston and tennant years are pretty solid..and very addictive. Try to get these done before the series starts up again in September. Well worth your time. After the season ends go back and watch it from the beginning. There are some clunkers in there and the effects can be lousy, but some of those stories were great. And some appearances by some now familiar character actors make it fun to watch.

  • July 2, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Start with the old stuff I say. Get a grounding.

    by moonlightdrive

    Some of the new stuff is good. Some is ok. Didn't like Eccleston but then not a fan of him anyway. However, he didn't bring anything to the Doctor. A guy in a leather jacket who thinks he's brilliant, terrible. The Doctor should be more quirky than that. Still, not all his fault, he had to read the script after all. Tennant was good and there were good stories plus their was real chemistry between him and Piper and she was good in her own right. The older stuff is where you get a love for the material though. That's what made the Doctor great as a character. Each actor who played the Doctor did a good job and although it was done on a low budget it had charm and you saw through it with your own imagination. It was done with effort and a desire to make it great despite its limitations and there's a lot to be said for that especially in comparison to the more recent incarnations.

  • and then go back.

  • July 2, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    If I were to select a single episode for a newbie to view

    by Peter David

    I would recommend "School Reunion," the fourth episode of the first season with David Tennant. Here's why: 1) Terrific story, first and foremost, featuring arguably one of the most popular actors to play the Doctor, and one of his more popular companions, Rose Tyler. 2) Features a guest star recognizable to American audiences: Tony Head ("Giles" from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Uther" from "Merlin.") 3) The first episode of the modern era that also includes a strong call back to the original series. See, through his travels, the Doctor has had a series of companions who are eventually written out of the show at various points. This is the first show that seriously examines what life is like for a companion after he (or she) has to try and pick up the threads of normality once more. And they do so with THE most popular companion of all time: Sarah Jane Smith, brilliantly played by the recently passed Liz Sladen. So it gives you a sense of the history of the series without making you sit through the original shows, many of which simply aren't up to modern standards (even though I'm personally fond of them.) Plus the cat fight rivalry between Sarah Jane and Rose, and the Doctor's comic unease, is just priceless. Will it leave you asking questions? Yes. But I believe that, first and foremost, it will engage you. If at that point you want to start exploring the series more fully, then start with the modern day relaunch with Chris Eccleston. Again, if you only want to try one episode, I'd go--not with the launch--but with "Dalek." The Dalek's are the Doctor's oldest foes, and this episode features some key story information, plus some fantastic acting. That's my recommendation. PAD

  • July 2, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST



    It's a good time to be a Who fan. Most are on DVD, but when I watched them it was the lovely quality of VHS.

  • about 18 months ago. I ended up taking her back, but if I hear one more thing about his sonic screwdriver I'm getting my goddamn Sawzall.

  • July 2, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    To get back at her, I should let Face of Boe blow me.


    He keeps bringing it up, and then acts like he's just joking...but he would if I let him.

  • July 2, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Danny Glover's Dick Blood?

    by ZombiKiller86

    Has to be a Lethal Weapon tribute.

  • July 2, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    zombiekiller86: I think it will be a tribute to the_choppah

    by Rebel Scumb

    a predator pic

  • July 2, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Vern OWNED bobo

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Bobo = fail

  • July 2, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    If it's a Predator pic...

    by ZombiKiller86

    I really hope it's some random pic of Van Damne in the suit with Arnold.

  • July 2, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Start with Netflix Instant, watch The Eleventh Hour

    by quill

    I'm sure there are high quality old Who episodes out there, but that requires some getting used to the creaky production values and awfully slow pacing. Make your journey as easy as possible, and check out The Eleventh Hour. It's the first episode of Season 5 on Netflix Instant, and is Matt Smith's first episode as Doctor, so the plot is going to walk you through some of the odds, ends, and gadgets of the show. The fact that it's one of the finest Who episodes made, period, doesn't hurt a bit. A thing to keep in mind is that it's not just the split between Old Who and New Who that has dramatic differences in production values: as you crawl backwards from New Who Season 5 the show looks increasingly cheaper. Not remotely a commentary on the quality of a lot of the episodes, mind you, but it's why I would definitely not recommend someone start with episode 1, Season 1 with Christopher Ecclestone. It's shot like a soap opera! Do it right, start with a marvelous story paired with some sharp, sexy filming that will introduce you to what's happening with the brand new episodes this current season. That's The Eleventh Hour.

  • July 2, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    I've never understood why the TARDIS is ...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... visible when it travels through space-time. If it's visible, then why does it dematerialize/rematerialize at takeoff and landing?

  • July 2, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    who advice

    by drave117

    Start with Eccleston, and watch until you are caught up. Once you have fallen in love with the universe of the show, then start digging further back and exploring some of the earlier stuff. If you are capable of enjoying a classic black and white Hollywood film, you are capable of enjoying the vibrant world of classic Doctor Who, even with the low production values.

  • July 2, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Just start with the 2005 series. It'll catch you up.

    by Mahaloth

    Do it.

  • July 2, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Dick Jones for being annoying

    by SmokingRobot

    Memes have a shelf-life you know. Well, obviously you don't.

  • July 2, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Many old Who on Netflix too

    by jbs9200

    Many of the old Who series are on Netflix Instant Watch too. And of course many more are on Netflix DVD.

  • July 2, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST


    by The Transformed Man

    You can start with 2005's series one then backtrack later.

  • July 2, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I like the ep that was all about Mr. Blue Sky - ELO.

    by sweeneydave

  • July 3, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    City of Death

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    The "City of Death" series, with Tom Baker, might be nice as a start. For one, it's written by Douglas Adams (under the pseudonym David Agnew), who'd later recycle part of the plot in his novel "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency". It co-stars Julian Glover (General Veers in "Empire Strikes Back") and the beautiful Lalla Ward (now married to Richard Dawkins), and has an eensy weensy cameo by John Cleese. So while it might not be the best introduction to the Dr Who universe, those factors might generate sufficient interest to sustain your attention :)

  • July 3, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by Red_Cloak

    Everything before Paul McGann's 1996 TV movie is cheap, dated drek, and everything after is simply style over substance. Forget the rest, McGann is the best.

  • July 3, 2011, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Tommorow's pic...

    by Horace Cox

    I have a feeling it will be from J.J. Abram's Trek in honor of Asi.

  • July 3, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Start with "Series 1" of new Who

    by INWOsuxRED

    Just start at the first episode and know that you'll see a mixed bag and won't truly see greatness until episode 9 & 10. Catch up all the way through, and then take a peak back. I can't imagine the old series creating new fans by itself. "Genesis of the Daleks" is probably the best old episode for a new fan, but even that is dated and slow in parts.

  • July 3, 2011, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Question for Who-ever

    by The Dwayne

    (seewhatIdidthere?) Seriously though, in getting into the series does it continue off from previous episodes whenever someone takes over or are they just their own seperate entities/stories?

  • July 3, 2011, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Mullah Omar

    by the goose

    Has it bang-on, as far as I'm concerned. My earliest memory of Dr Who is Pertwee in Spearhead From Space, with a bandage over his mouth, escaping in a wheelchair from the hospital/clinic/asylum/whateveritwas. Great reccomendations all round, I'll join your Mosque, sir!

  • July 3, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    @royston lodge

    by buggerbugger

    You think that the TARDIS should be invisible when travelling through the Time Vortex? Mm, not sure why that would be the case. When the TARDIS materializes at a new location, the ship isn't "turning visible" (even though it would appear that way to a passer-by), it's "becoming more solid" in the here and now. Same goes for dematerializing; the TARDIS is "becoming less solid" in the here and now as it slips into the Time Vortex, rather than "turning invisible." The process is nothing to do with visibility, it's all to do with the ship alternating between two realities; that of the regular matter of the universe and that of the Vortex. Try imagining it as a solid object passing through the tiny holes of a sieve to get to the other side. A person on one side of the sieve will see less and less of the object as it passes through (or dematerializes / becomes "less whole") while someone on the other side of the sieve will see more and more of the object as it arrives (or materializes / becomes "more whole").

  • July 3, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST

    It depends on what type of person you are...

    by Stegman84

    If you have a love for other classic era tv, and can appreciate things being of their time, then start with Hartnell's An Unearthly Child and work your way forward from there, as despite what the 'everything old is lame and sucks' brigade will tell you, the majority of classic Who stories were at least entertaining, and many were even downright great. It wasn't until the 80's where things started to go a bit pear shaped, that's when the lack of budget and scope (and BBC's best attempts to outright kill their own show) hurt the series the most. Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, both great and under-appreciated Doctors in their own rights, suffered from this the most unfortunately. If on the other hand you have a tolerance for classic era tv, but not an outright love or acceptance of it, I'd recomend you cherry pick some of the best stories from each era. I'd personally recommend: William Hartnell - An Unearthly Chid, The Daleks, The Edge of Destruction, The Aztecs, The Time Meddler Patrick Troughton - Tomb of the Cybermen, The Mind Robber, The Invasion, The War Games Jon Pertwee - Spearhead from Space, Doctor Who & The Silurians, , The Ambassadors of Death, Inferno, Terror of the Autons, The Daemons, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death, The Time Warrior, Planet of the Spiders Tom Baker - Robot, The Ark in Space, The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis of the Daleks, Revenge of the Cybermen, Terror of the Zygons, Planet of Evil, Pyramids of Mars, The Seeds of Doom, The Hand of Fear, The Deadly Assassin, The Face of Evil, The Robots of Death, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Horror of Fang Rock, Image of the Fendahl, City of Death, The Keeper of Traken, Logopolis Peter Davison - Castrovalva, Kinda, The Visitation, Earthshock, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Enlightenment, The Five Doctors, Resurrection of the Daleks, Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani Colin Baker - Attack of the Cybermen, Vengeance on Varos, The Two Doctors, Revelation of the Daleks Sylvester McCoy - Remembrance of the Daleks, Battlefield, Ghost Light, The Curse of Fenric, Survival Now, if on the other hand you are someone who does look back at classic era tv and can't get past the fact that it is of its time, and it all is just too dated for you, then frankly, you're missing out on some great stuff, but regardless, I recommend you then start at the beginning of NuWho with Christopher Eccleston's first episode and work your way forward from there. Hope that helps.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Never Cared for Who Very Much

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Until the "reboot" with Eccleston. I wish he'd have gone at least another season, but I have no problem with Tenant and Smith. I've liked them all. And the companions have been extremely yummy as well. Rose, Martha and Amy Pond are all very fap worthy. Earlier Who was just too silly for me, but these new versions are much better, while still retaining some of the original silliness.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Matrix 2moz, Quint?

    by scrote

  • July 3, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Carrot Juice ! Carrot Juice ! Carrot Juice !

    by Johnny Ray

    Yeah, speaking as a guy who has spent his whole entire adult life working in every Music Shop, Movie Shop, Baseball Cards and Comic Book Shops in entire tri-state area, I have pick up a couple of things when it comes to trying to sell something to someone the thing I've noticed is Quint, is you want get someone into something they don't know you are best to go with something they already know alot of and then dude go from there. Depending on what you preferences are, there is a Doctor Who story out there for everyone. Here is my own personal selection. I hope it helps. You're a fan of Star Wars, Genesis Of Daleks. You're a fan of Star Trek, Enterprise watch Ark in Space. You're a fan of original Star Trek and want to get into Doctor Who watch the The Ark, Space Museum, Tomb Of Cyberman, Invasion, The Dalek Invasion Of Earth. Star Trek, The Next Generation watch City Of Death. Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, watch Girl In The Fireplace. Star Trek Voyager watch Pyramids Of Mars. Stargate watch Spearhead From Space, Terror Of Autons and Terror Of Zygons, Enlightenment, Battlefield, Remembrance Of Daleks . X Files, Fringe, Dark Skies ? Watch Aliens Of London, World War Three And Dalek. True Blood, Todd's Book Of Evil Things To Buffy The Vampire Slayer To Supernatural To Reaper watch The Brains Of Moribus, Creature Of The Pit, Ghost Light, School Reunion, Blink. :-)

  • July 3, 2011, 5:27 a.m. CST

    The Daemons

    by The_Skook

    Everyone will have different opinions on where to start, but if you can get over balsawood special effects, IMO, the two best Dr Who stories ever are Inferno and The Daemons, both Jon Pertwee. And 'The Daemons' has the great Roger Delgado as The Master, and both have the wonderful Nic Courtney as The Brigadier. The period when the Doctor was banished to Earth; the first half of Pertwee's time (the UNIT family), are some of the best episodes ever. And Dr Who was NEVER about special effects despite what some will have you believe, it was about tight storytelling, imaginative characters and the triumph of good over evil. If you watch Dr Who for space opera then you're in the wrong place. Having said that, starting with Eccleston is good for an introduction to the modern Who universe, but for me all three of the recent Doctors, despite being very good, are all a bit frenetic and hysterical. Some stories lend themselves better to a 4 or 6 episode arc rather than compressing them into one or two.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    I would actually suggest to start with Matt Smith Who

    by Avon

    The overall quality and tone is pretty consistent, and he brings the best of a lot of past Doctors imo.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    So, Quint has created a Docback? Ha, how far have we come?

    by wtriker1701

    How long now, before even Harry has a "Top Story" regarding his feelings about NuWho and ClassicWho? I'm anxious to know... Yeah, Quint. Start with NuWho 2005. Just from the beginning of Christopher Eccleston - you'll discover David Tennant automatically and will be very pleased. At the time you'll reach the 2rd NuWho, Matt Smith, you're already completely sucked into the Whoniverse. From there you can check out suggested episodes from the classic series. But mind the production values. This is in NO WAY comparable to Star Trek TOS, at least not, after they changed from B/W to color. It's sometimes like a stage play, when inside rooms. Typical british TV. Fellow Docbackers, I declare hereby, we've almost overrun AICN with our Who-Geekdom! Now, Harry, come on. Check it out, also. Give a Nu-Who-A-Thon a chance... heh!

  • July 3, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    3rd not 2rd - Edit button still missing....

    by wtriker1701


  • July 3, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Oh, and scorekeeper: Check out the Murray Gold soundtracks!

    by wtriker1701

    Thought, he should absolutely give it a try!

  • July 3, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Very ODD Recommendations

    by WerePlatypus

    "Start with (random episode) because it's the best and a great introduction." That sounds incredibly insecure, as if you have to fall back on a superior episode or any random viewer will just walk away. The best introduction is the first episode of the first season (2005), entitled "Rose." If Quint doesn't like it, then so be it. I think he will . . .

  • July 3, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    exactly wereplatypus

    by Rebel Scumb

    I've never understood the 'start with this random episode' logic its like on the st:tng board on imdb, there a ton of morons saying 'skip seasons 1-3, start with the best of both worlds to a bunch of trek newbies why would picard becoming a borg have any impact if you skipped all the episodes before that????? Alas I mourn of this new generation and their complete lack of attention span. Some here have said start with 'the 11th hour' and while it is a fairly good jumping on point, the logic that that is when the production values are best is counterproductive. if QUINT ever decides to go back to the earlier stuff the lower production values will be much more jarring. If you start with eccelston and work your way forward then they get steadily better, and getting to the smith stuff in HD with the cinematic look to the show will feel like a well earned treat. And as others have said, if you do dig old classic era tv/movies QUINT then I would start with the very beginning with Hartnell. But just be foreworned there are a lot of missing episodes, and a ton of stories to work through before you get to the new era stuff.

  • July 3, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    the dwayne, since no one else answered your question...

    by Rebel Scumb

    all of doctor who from 1963 to present is one big story/continuity, the storyline doesn't reboot every time they change doctors (but there is a reason on the show why he continually changes appearances). Although often when they've changed doctors, the show gets 'reimagined' in tone or direction a bit, so its generally a good jumping on point. But overall you could start with the 1963 pilot 'an unearthly child' and watch right up to the most recent 2011 episode 'a good man goes to war' and it is all still the same story. Hopefully that answers your question.

  • July 3, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Love that Who is finally

    by Seph_J

    getting noticed on AICN

  • July 3, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Read About Old Who Online, Watch New Who on Netflix

    by frakthetoasters

    that's my advice

  • July 3, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Try these for starters...

    by DrMeyer

    I started off with the episode Harlan Ellison and Michael Moorcock recommended: Robot, the first of the Tom Baker episodes. WGN Chicago didn't run the Troughton or Pertwee stuff then, so I made do with what I could get, and Tom hooked me good. I wasn't that fond of Davison, barely tolerated Colin Baker, and missed almost all of McCoy. But when Ecclestone took over, I was hooked again. That said... Ecclestone's run has its moments, most quite good, but unless you're a completist, don't start with Rose. Start with Dalek, as it's one of the best before Empty Child/Doctor Dances. For Tennant, start with The Girl In The Fireplace, and Eric, make sure you've got some kleenex to hand by the end. Buggrit, start where you'd like, just start. Anywhere, as long as it's not with the Peter Cushing movies, they're awful.

  • July 3, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST


    by Stegman84

    Somehow I missed Daleks Invasion of Earth from my Hartnell list above, which should be placed between The Aztecs and The Time Meddler on that list. I'm also kind of depressed by all the 'ignore the classic series, it's too silly' comments, especially when, outside of the odd budgetary issue, most of the classic series was played far straighter than a damn lot of the NuWho episodes are. NuWho, much as I'm still a fan, overall has far more 'silly' ideas, moments, and schtick layered throughout it than the classic era series ever did.

  • July 3, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    For a First timer...

    by s0l

    I'd suggest "Blink" it's a good stand alone intro to the doctor. (Although it's stuck half way into new Who's 3rd season.) You get an idea what the doctor can to with time travel. Always though Sally Sparrow would have made a great Doctors assistant.

  • July 3, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Even Peter David is into Who! How about writing

    by wtriker1701

    a novel or a comic book, Peter. We all know, you can make the best of it, as you've shown with Spider-Man, Hulk, TNG et al. So what's stoppin' you? If anyone could do an origin story, that one qualified would be you, I guess...

  • If anyone could UNDO this BND crap, I guess it would be you. I fell a little sorry for Dan Slott, but he doesn't seem to have the balls to run into Quesada... Give us the couple back, let them divorce friendly if necessary, but undo this Mephisto-Deal-With-Peter-And-Mary-Jane. And you could surely bring back little May... and leave perhaps old May... she's served her time long ago. Unless you like his rewritten history... I root for a retcon!!!

  • July 3, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Various Things

    by Peter David

    1) I agree that picking random episodes would seem stupid. On the other hand, that would entail scrolling through IMDB, closing one's eyes, pointing at one, and then recommending it. I recommended, not two random episodes, but two very specific episodes that I selected for particular reasons. It's easy to say, "Well, just start watching at this particular point and sit back," because then the obvious answer is that you start with "Rose." Except, here's a thought: "Rose" was just an okay episode. It had a lot of energy, but IMO the actors were still feeling their way into the characters and the plot was just so-so. The two episodes I recommended have great dialogue, terrific plots, actors who are solidly at home in their roles, and--best of all--a sense of the history of the show. My feeling is that those particular episodes represent DW at its best and are excellent for providing a newcomer with a sense of the series' scope. Ideally, once exposed to those two, a newcomer will become engaged enough to watch entire runs; he'll be willing to sit through the episodes that are only so-so because he knows the quality that it can attain. 2) I actually did a DW short story that appeared in an anthology called "The Qualities of Leadership" published by Big Finish. My wife also has a story in that same anthology; she's an even bigger Whovian than I am. 3) I'd love to write Spidey again, but I'm pretty sure BND is here to stay. PAD

  • July 3, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Started the Christopher Eccelston season and I'm only a few from

    by UltraTron

    the end. Start with the second episode of the season if you're a complete noob. That's where all the rich aliens show up to watch the earth explode in the distant future. Epic. I like the daleks more than the Borg. Doctor Who is easily the greatest sci-fi show since the heyday of next gen. My friend says it's better than lost. Each episode there's a fucked reality presented in some new time period. It's usually screwed up like you wouldn't believe. That's why you watch it. To see how they end up explaining whatever screwed thing they present. And the explanation is always genius and perfect. The daleks only fear 1 thing in the universe. The Doctor.

  • July 3, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Eccelston is my favorite Who. Nobody, but nobody..

    by UltraTron

    works an offscreen prop control panel like Eccelston. The man can convince you he is manipulating an object offscreen like nobody in the business

  • July 3, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Peter David

    by Rebel Scumb

    Just wanted to mention, I loved reading Spiderman 2099 back in my youth when you were at the helm. Some great stuff in there.

  • July 3, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Starting with eccelston

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm also operating under the hope that Quint will not give up after one episode even if ROSE doesn't completely floor him. Which is part of why I recommended starting at the beginning. Peter David, I do think the 2 episodes you choose were pretty solid picks, and do give a good sense of what the show is.

  • If you watch the original series for twelve hours a day, seven days a week, you should be able to get through in not much more than three weeks. Then, and only then, will you be able to watch the three-and-a-half days of the new series. It just going to make absolutely no sense otherwise. I'm mean, do you really think any of today's kids launched into the new show without doing the preliminary work?

  • July 3, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    My Christmas wish to Ginger Santa: talkback post edit function please.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    By this Christmas ... or any Christmas.

  • July 3, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Peter, for answering!

    by wtriker1701

    Hope, we'll find you sometime back (if only for short) on "The Other" Peter's main pages... (pun really intended!) Greetings Per from Germany!

  • July 3, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    First Merrick, Now Quint extolling the Who-verse. Good showing.

    by sam jacksons wig

    Now, queue those saying there is too much Who on AICN. We don't care.

  • Yes, he collects underwear belonging to the actresses who played Dr Who's sidekicks

  • July 3, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Genesis of the Daleks.

    by Lord Albion

    Not only Doctor Who's finest moment, but one of the greatest science fiction stories, and British dramas full stop. (I vividly remember seeing this at a friends fourth birthday party, and yes, we all hid behind the sofa.)

  • July 3, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Quint - start with Eccleston's season...

    by Gabe Athouse

    ...then skip ahead to Matt Smith's first season. The old ones are camp in a bad way, and Tennant was horrible. You're welcome!

  • July 3, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    David Tennant was GREAT! Shut up, you are terminated!

    by wtriker1701

    No reasoning behind your post, hyperdyne!

  • July 3, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Rebel Scumb

    by Peter David

    Thanks. And you can bet I had a lot of fun writing the script for the upcoming video game, "Spider-Man: Edge of Time" that features Spidey teaming up with Spider-Man 2099. It's a time travel story, which is, I suppose, a perfect digression for a talkback about the Doctor. PAD

  • July 3, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Definitely start with 2005, Christopher Eccleston

    by under_the_radar

    I'm a big Doctor Who fan since childhood, but for a newcomer I would definitely recommend starting with the 2005 Christopher Eccleston season and at least getting through that season's excellent two-parter "The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances" before giving up. But really you should stick with it all the way up to the current season. It gets even better when David Tennant becomes The Doctor and the Matt Smith years might be the best yet. I've been watching a lot of classic Doctor Who in the last few years and some of it still holds up, but if it wasn't for the nostalgia of having watched it as a child I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy it. It's not just the bad special effects, it's also the painfully slow pacing that's bad with the old ones. Not to mention some of the sets. And not all of the writing or acting was great either. Still, if you like the new Who then you should definitely check out some of the old stuff. My wife loves the new Doctor Who and has seen all the new episodes, but she can't stand the classic Who, she won't watch it with me anymore. If you're going to write for Ain't It Cool then you owe to both your readers and yourself to get on board the TARDIS.

  • Tom Baker is THE Doctor. I enjoy the new series, Russell Davies' tenure was really really good. But I'm really not too fussed on what Moffat is doing with it, especially how they are now breaking up the running order of the series, splitting it in half etc. I didn't get into Doctor Who until I was in my 20's so you don't have to have been brought up with it as a kid to enjoy it.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Peter David Rocks!

    by BroVinny

    A friend and I once got put in our place by him at a Star Trek convention in Tulsa back in '89. He was exuberantly shouting at us to sit down during the panel. One of my fondest con memories.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Genesis of the Daleks

    by Rebel Scumb

    I would say that if you're going to watch only one classic era story before starting the new era stuff, Genesis of the Daleks is the one to go with it has the start of the time war, davros, the origins of the daleks, Sarah Jane. It's a good precursor to some stuff in the new show also if get to series 4 of new who, mute the menu screens of the dvd, as they have an audio spoiler for the finale!

  • July 3, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by quill

    "Start with (random episode) because it's the best and a great introduction." That sounds incredibly insecure, as if you have to fall back on a superior episode or any random viewer will just walk away.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    ugh the talkback form ate my response

    by quill

    uh quick version: to me starting with Rose is like introducing someone to Star Wars with Episode 1. They might be reasonably entertained, but I don't see people finishing it going "oh boy, only 10 more hours to go!" Start with the primo stuff to give a newbie a succinct taste of what the show's about in order to carry them through some of the topsy-turvy patches. That's the specific goal: something that shows Quint what the Doctor's about, and helps feed an interest to watch the rest of the series. The latter seems pretty dependent on episode quality to me. And actually the Doctor's a little peripheral to Rose in "Rose", it's mostly about Billy Piper, the conspiracy theory dude, and Mickey getting gobbled up by a malevolent garbage can.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    2005 onward OR Blink...

    by bubcus

    If you're just wanting to watch ONE episode, I would say watch "Blink!" If you want to sit down for a fun romp, watch the series from 2005 onward. I especially love the David Tennant episodes but starting with Chris Eckleson is highly recommended so that you understand the transitions. Great pic, by the way.

  • July 3, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Blink is one of the most perfect 45 minutes of tv ever made

    by Rebel Scumb

    not just doctor who, but of any show. It's incredible what they fit into a single episode of a tv show, it has more content and story then most feature films. and the weeping angels are better movie monster than about 99% of all the horror films out there.

  • July 3, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    rebel scumb

    by BroVinny

    . . . hit it on the nose concerning "Blink". I think it's amazing, especially considering it's a "Doctor lite" episode. What little of the Doctor we see is very effective.

  • July 3, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    It makes me think there could be a whole other Dr. Who series ...

    by Rebel Scumb

    that is more of a twilight zone style anthology with different characters and new weird situation each week, with the doctor only appearing for a minute or two at most and just having a small but crucial impact on teh story.

  • July 3, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    So I guess what all these recommendations to QUINT add up to is...

    by Rebel Scumb

    Quint, you should definitely watch Dr. Who pronto. 1) If you love classic campy old fashion tv/movies, then jump into the old timey stuff and ejoy because there's a lot of it. 2) If you want to go with the new stuff first, and are not going to jump ship if the first episode or two don't floor you (although I personally liked it right off the bat) then start with the 2005 stuff with Christopher Eccelston. 3) If you're feeling uncertain, the either grab a hand full of best of episodes of the new show, (which there are no shortage of recommendations for), or start with the series 5 and the introduction of Matt Smith. Depending on your specific tastes one of these 3 options should be the right one.

  • July 3, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Gotta recommend the Christmas Special from 2010 to Quint

    by BroVinny

    . . . for a reason that will be obvious once he's seen it.

  • July 3, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    I like NuWho too...but starting with the new series is like...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...telling someone who wants to get into Metallica to start with the Black Album! You'd be missing the reason the show is a classic to begin with.<p> Tom Baker: Pyramids Of Mars, Hand Of Fear, Talons Of Weng Chiang. Just some suggestions.

  • July 4, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Neil Gaiman Explains Doctor Who

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    There's a blue box. It's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes even where it's meant to go. And when it turns up, there's a bloke in it called the Doctor and there will be stuff wrong and he will do his best to sort it out and he will probably succeed cos he's awesome. Now sit down, shut up, and watch 'Blink.'

  • July 4, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Start with Blake's 7

    by Dennis_Moore

    Teasing... Actually, just quantu, leap back to the 80's and watch them. Fantasy, skiffy, and comics were more fun back then. You appreciated it more before today's instant gratification, and overreliance on image now, such as with digital painting for covers and CG for film.

  • July 4, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by Dennis_Moore

    Nooo?! Really?! Obviously I meant of those that are possible to see. They aren't all available here.

  • July 4, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    just ignore the rebooted series

    by KilliK

    it has its moments and the Doctors are superb but it is formulaic as fuck,too mainstream,a lot of lazy writing with countless ridiculous technobabble resolutions, inconsistent in its own established rules even in a single season itself and for a time-traveler who can travel anywhere,anytime it is a bit oxymoron that he keeps going in the various historic eras and tourist attractions of the same fucking country in the same fucking planet. but as i said it has some excellent episodes,good acting,humor,sexy,energetic,horrifying and mysterious and one of the best fantasy characters ever made.

  • July 4, 2011, 5:26 a.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    You could just as easily be describing the classic series. The doctor's are all charmers, but the stories are extremely formulaic (even more so then in the new show) and there is usually a technobable solution. It's never bothered me in either incarnation of the show, because I've always felt the cheesiness and camp of Dr. Who have the magical effect of making even the bad things about the series also add to its enjoyability

  • July 4, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    I started to watch Dr Who some weeks ago

    by CuervoJones

    Great show, indeed. Funny, clever and full of energy.

  • July 4, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    i dont disagree but i am talking more about

    by KilliK

    how all the new seasons follow the same trend and share the same boring arc,with the assistant who not only feels attracted to the Dr but also saves the world by the end of season,the unknown,mysterious main bad guy of the season who threatens the universe and keeps popping up hints throughout the episodes,and ofc that bad guy by the end of the season turns out to be 9to10 the Daleks or the Cybermen or both ffs,the DR who finds his lost humanity by the end of every season but somehow in the next season he starts anew like the experiences of the past seasons hasnt changed him a bit. I enjoy the Nu Dr but i dont consider it the great scifi show that everyone is talking about.hell i dont even consider it a scifi show.but that's my opinion i guess.

  • July 4, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Before deriding old Who? cheesiness..

    by Syberean

    Consider that the UK was only a few years out of postwar rationing when the program was created. the entire world operating budget of the BBC was little more than the combined operating budgets of just a handful of US television shows. Yet they managed to turn out imaginative, intriguing, well told stories that have, in spite of having the production values of home movies, stood the test of time. What US television programs of the same period have aged as well? Gilligan's Island? Lost in Space? Even the cherished by many Star Trek has had mixed results in its reincarnations. the same franchise that had "City on the edge of Forever" and "Inner light" served up "Trouble with Tribbles", everything Voyager, and the very last televised episode of the franchise (so far) was one of the most universally hated episodes of any program ever. OK to give credit where it is due, Hollywood did crank out the Twilight Zone and the Outer limits, both home runs, but they faded by the mid sixties, and the subsequent revivals were definitely not improvements. Dr. Who has had its ups and downs in its original run, but the revival has built on the foundations laid int he 1960's and fleshed out wonderfully. Watch the old episodes, enjoy the story telling, let your mind's eye provide the special effects. If you need effects over story craft, fear not, Michael Bay is still young, and has a lot more boom booms left in him.

  • July 4, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    deffo go from 2005 onwards

    by Mark

    The old classic who is great but the effects are pretty poor, heck they were poor back then and we knew it but the BBC had very little budget. Even the 2005 stuff starts off quite shaky but give it a few episodes and it starts to grow on you.

  • July 4, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    R.T.D'S Dr Who is camper than most things in the original series.


    A lot of the Mcoy era was camp but for anyone who says new Dr Who isn't camp like the old series then watch some of Russell T Davies's episodes. The Pertwee and Tom Baker episodes were only camp in places as there wasn't much of a budget. Russell Davies went out of his way to write camp shit.

  • July 4, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Classic Dr Who was often more grown up than the new series.


    Chuck in R.T.D's juvenile camp style of writing and things like Matt Smiths age, his overacting and the fact that the BBC said they were aiming the show at teenage girls and the classic series was in my opinion much better than the new series. The only thing that really lets the old series down is the low production values (big on imagination still though).

  • July 4, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Clips --- Daleks v Cybermen

    by 2LeggedFreak

  • July 4, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    clips--- The Eleventh Doctor lays down the law

    by 2LeggedFreak

  • July 4, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Clips---11 lives one Doctor

    by 2LeggedFreak

  • July 4, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Dr Who --- A Car Chase

    by 2LeggedFreak

  • July 4, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Apologies for that last clip

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Some-ones gone overboard with the theme tune

  • July 4, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Car Chase without dodgy soundtrack

    by 2LeggedFreak

  • July 4, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    syberean - well said

    by Keith

    When I watch Star Trek TOS, or Blakes Seven, or classic Who, only one thing divides the good episodes from the bad. It isn't the production values; it's the writing, in almost every instance. In fact, having rewatched some Blakes Seven recently, I can think of only one occasion when an intriguingly-plotted episode was messed up by the production values. (The Harvest of Kairos.) That was a rare case of poor direction spoiling decent writing: the smart choice when your attempts to build an effect are laughable is simply not to show it.

  • A great introduction to the Dr. Who universe.

  • July 4, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Don't worry Quint, I've never seen Star Wars

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I understand i'm not missing much.

  • July 4, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    or Star Trek, but im still a geek, right?

    by HarryBlackPotter

  • July 4, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    This will give you a nice overview

    by Peter David

    Tenth Doctor: The Musical PAD

  • July 5, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Peter David

    by INWOsuxRED

    once bought pizza for a large room full of hungry chicago comicon attendees, including myself. For that...and a bunch of comics I really enjoyed...I am grateful. Thanks Peter.

  • July 5, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    canned_dirty_ape - it IS Ian Scoones

    by Chris McAleese

    I know this because I submitted the picture; i got if from Mat Irvine, and he told me.

  • July 5, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST


    by Peter David

    God, that was literally decades ago. I remember that; they scheduled me for a panel that was during lunchtime. And I thought it was annoying that people had to skip lunch to see me. So I had Dominos bring in a bunch of pizzas. That was tricky, too, because the hotel had a no-outside-food rule so we had to sneak it in. And afterwards people grabbed the pizza boxes and had me autograph them. PAD

  • July 5, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint,

    by Orion

    Can you start posting a link to all your other BTS photos.

  • July 5, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Guide to Dr. Who by sfdebris

    by FSJGuy

  • July 6, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    the old series warped my child brain

    by Ang_Lee

    I have no idea the dates or what episodes i was watching, but as a kid, when i would randomly turn on PBS or whatever off channel Dr. Who was broadcast in Fort Lauderdale in the 70s, i just couldn't grasp what i was watching. i mean, i knew what was what, but nothing connected. And it was just so damn odd that i couldn't turn away. I didn't understand the freaky odd and scary as hell robot things or why he was very very alone, and the weird ass tardis sound. That old series was special. Permanently burned brain imprints of strangeness ...and i don't say that in a happy tone. The 2005+ series is just corny.