DOCTOR WHO PRIMER FOR THE 50TH
So, I’ll be going to one of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary showings (duh!). One of my friends who is going hasn’t seen much of the show, so I sent her this as a sort of primer.
Okay, now, considering this is going to be a 50th anniversary special, there’s (probably) going to be a fair bit of callbacks and junk, but as a primer for things you SHOULD know going in, here’s some episodes you should watch if you can’t get through, y’know, 7 seasons worth.
Each season is like, 13ish episodes? 40minutes a pop. I’m recommending 26 episodes max, 17 minimum (out of 92). And some of these are 2 to 3 parters so, you could watch one episode a night and be solid. You probably don’t even need this much, but if you wanna be PREPARED! Durp.
SEASON 1: (3 to 5 episodes)
Episode 1: (Rose) Introduces the show, introduces Rose, who will be one of the companions in the 50th.
Episode 2: (The End of the World) One of my personal favorites and the end kinda sets up what is going on in the longer narrative. And it’s basically what the 50th is going to be about.
Episode 6: (Dalek) Another one of my absolute favorites and again, sounds like it will be pretty important background info for the 50th.
Epsodes 12/13 OPTIONAL: (Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways) I’ll say this season finale 2-parter is optional, but again, sorta directly ties into what’s going on with the Doctor’s longer narrative; there’s some pretty sizable character development between the Doc and Rose, and there’s a regeneration (spoiler?) at the end, which sets all that up and junk.
SEASON 2: (4 episodes)
Episode 2: (New Earth) First proper look at Tennant’s Doctor (who will be in the 50th), and it’s a nice book-end to Episode 2 of Season 1.
Episode 4 OPTIONAL: (School Reunion) Not sure HOW about-the-past they’ll be for the 50th, but in this one we meet up with basically the Doctor’s most famous companion of the Classic Era, Sarah Jane Smith (and K9: robot dogs ftw).
Episodes 13/14: (Army of Ghosts/Doomsday) What happens to Rose.
SEASON 3: (1 episode, optional.)
Episode 11 OPTIONAL: (Blink) Blink is widely regarded as like, the best episode of the show to date?
SEASON 4: (2 to 5 episodes)
Episodes 9/10: (Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead). Introduces River Song, who has become pretty important and will probably pop up in the 50th.
Episodes 12/13/14 OPTIONAL : (Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End) Super optional, but it’s basically a show finale for the first 4 seasons. Some stuff that may pop up in the 50th is in this set, plus it will give you a good look at all the companions we’ve had so far, and junk.
SEASON 5: (1 to 4 episodes)
Episode 1: (The Eleventh Hour) Introduces the 11th Doctor (who is the current Doctor).
Episodes 4/5: (Time of the Angels/Flesh and Stone) Another proper adventure with River Song, just so you get a River adventure under you belt. Sort of optional, though.
SEASON 6: (2 to 3 episodes)
Episode 4: (The Doctor’s Wife) Pretty important episode for the lore of the show. And it’s very good.
Episode 7 OPTIONAL: (A Good Man Goes to War) Kinda feel like this episode is important, but also feel like if you hadn’t seen basically the 1st half of Season 6 this might be really confusing. I’ll throw it under optional.
Episode 8: (Let’s Kill Hitler) Important episode for River.
SEASON 7: (5 episodes)
Episode 1: (Asylum of the Daleks) Pretty important developments as to where-we-are with the Doctor, particularly at the end of the episode. Also a timey-wimey intro to his latest companion.
Episode 5: (The Angels Take Manhattan) What happens to his current companions. What it does to the Doctor.
CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: (The Snowmen) Good showing of where we are with the Doctor, meets his current companion (again), who will be in the 50th
Episode 6: (The Bells of St. John) His current companion gets sorted out.
Episode 13: (The Name of the Doctor) Basically a prequel to the 50th Anniversary.
"What’s the matter? Never taken a shortcut before?"
Literally JUST GOT BACK from The World’s End and yeah, brilliant.
“A photograph of the making of a programme by the BBC about driving errors, taken by Saidman in 1939 for the Daily Herald” (x)
What do you call a TARDIS that’s not a TARDIS?
Kind of bizarre to see a police box that isn’t, y’know, THAT police box.
Drew this up over the weekend for my dad. For his new phone (S4). For his birthday. Just imagine a digital clock in the big empty space and it tooootally works. Yah.
(Source: jessiepinkmansroomba, via kneelift)
When I was a kid we had a grey cockatoo named Billie. She was that cool kind of bird; the kind you could perch on your shoulder and walk around with like a pirate. And I think I need to mention it was the 90’s, so, it was always dope.
Shortly after Billie matured, she started laying eggs. It was weird, but also fascinating and pleasingly rustic. Except she kept laying eggs and wouldn’t stop. It was like that goose or chicken or whatever that laid a million eggs - that’s a fairy tale, right? - only a thousand times scarier and more intense. Eventually, she actually pushed out her guts, and died.
I’m telling you this because it is the best approximation as to how I feel whenever I drink coffee in the morning these days. And it sux. So I don’t do it anymore, except every once in a while when I forget.
Please stop forgetting.
NT wound up taking a bit of a break but it’s back now. Should have T-Proof wrapped by next week - then we’ll jump right into the next bit, where, I think, the narrative starts to take some serious shape! More drama! More characters! More shady dealings?!
Might want to start at the beginning (of the chapter): http://t.co/Q9nhfRDMuP
Or if you need to play some SERIOUS catch up, check out the story guide: http://www.nomadtofu.com/comic/?page_id=2321
Or heck with it, go to the latest page, yo!: http://www.nomadtofu.com/comic/
*actual comic not in color.