I am a huge Doctor Who fan, going back to when I first saw the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) in shows broadcast on a UHF channel in Boston. I didn’t know a whole lot about the Doctor, but I liked the programs right away. Then, one day, I tuned in, and instead of the Doctor, there was some goofy-looking guy with a long scarf running around, and I stopped watching. When PBS stations started showing the program I tuned back in, and learned about regeneration, and I haven’t left since. I was very happy when the show came back in 2005, and I love the new shows, but I still love the old shows as well.
When I retired in 2019 I decided I wanted to watch the whole series from start to finish, and I have begun doing so. The older shows in black-and-white have a certain charm of their own, even if the special effects are primitive by today’s standards. I’ve decided to collect some thoughts on them as I go, which I will post here. Please note this is not some kind of serious media criticism. I’m just a fan, and I tend to like most of the stories, but even the ones I don’t like I will watch and I will say why I don’t like them.
Also a note that I will watch all of the BBC shows and any movies, but I don’t want to get into (for now) the excellent Big Finish audio programs or the many novels. They have their own merits, and if I live long enough I may get to some of them. But the total amount of material out there is so large by now that I could devote every waking moment to it and still not finish.
- Chronology of Shows/Movies through 1996
- Chronology of the New Doctor Who
- Doctor Who Reference Books
- Big Finish