I didn't start watching "24" until its fifth season- and through the miracle of DVDs, I caught up on the entire series within a few weeks. It was during that time that this blog was created-- five years ago almost to the day (5/2/06)!
Well, it's fitting that I show up late to another popular TV show-- one that I disliked for years out of complete ignorance, DOCTOR WHO. The show just appeared so... British, and inaccessible for its goofiness and very long history (nearly fifty years). Imagine picking up STAR TREK today-- and having to go back through the entire run. It's intimidating; it's a friggin' side job, in fact!
Nevertheless, it took one episode of the current series to draw me in- the Series 6 (in England they call seasons "series"-- see, really British!) premiere, which aired 4 weeks ago. The show follows a time traveling being, The Doctor, who takes along a companion (or two) and engages the most offbeat and complicated aliens throughout the Universe. The show hits almost every genre- horror, sci-fi, historical fiction, etc. It appeals to anyone with some degree of attention deficit disorder. After a handful of episodes, I was hooked.
Thankfully, Netflix has a lot of the episodes available for streaming. That means I get to watch nearly all 60 or so episodes starting from 2005 (this is the "modern" DOCTOR WHO era) before I roll up my sleeves and get into the old-school doctors from way back when (50 years of The Doctor... yeah, I have my summer TV planned out).
If any of you have watched the show, please jump in. I'm considering doing episode reviews (at least the current episodes to start) and maybe retro reviews as my viewings mount up. And if you've never watched the show before, I strongly recommend you give it a look.
New episodes air on BBC America Saturday nights. This week, fantasy writer Neil Gaiman pens a special episode. Advance reviews say new viewers will be able to join the series relatively easily this week. So, who's interested?