Being New to Doctor Who, Part 2. (Hey, that rhymed!)
So, last week for Fascinated Friday, I talked about my interest in exploring the wild world of Doctor Who. Since then, I have learned much, traveling in the lands of Whovian fandom, and returned to tell the tale. Now, pull up a chair and let me regale you with the lessons that I learned on my journey.
Michele DeWerth contacted me via Twitter with her recommendation of the episode “Blink” as a good jumping on point, and our good friend Robyn King, who in addition to being a killer urban fantasy writer, is also a hardcore Whovian, corroborated this by suggesting that I start with the David Tennant episodes. So, with this guidance, I loaded up the netflix and found the episode entitled “Blink.”
So, here are my thoughts on this, my first real, full episode of Doctor Who.
1) David Tennant is pretty awesome and I would like him to narrate all my future blog posts. I am sure he is not busy right now. Someone want to get him in touch with me? I think Gelineau and King could do great things for his career. I guess he has done quite a bit of work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and if anyone knows where I could find a version of him doing Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing, I would love to see that.
2) The Weeping Angels. Okay, I am a monster guy. I love creepy, imaginative, scary monsters. And the Weeping Angels are visually some of the most stunning and evocative monsters I have come across in a long time. Essentially, the weeping angles are aliens disguised as stone angel statues. When seen by any other creature, they become stone. But if you turn away, or blink, then they can come for you.
And they look amazing.
I also will not spoil the ending, but the episode played smartly with the rules it established in such a way that I was really impressed. I am hoping all the episodes have that same sense of wit.
3) There was not a lot of the actual Doctor in this episode. I actually found this disappointing. In hindsight though, I guess this is actually a good thing, as it shows that I am now intrigued enough to want to watch more.
Hmm. Well played, Whovians. Well played.
So my overall impressions were definitely positive. I came away having enjoyed the episode and actually wanting to see more. I am glad I started with a David Tennant episode. This actually is an interesting point, as I guess the show regularly recasts the Doctor every few seasons. It is explained in the plot, I guess. I still think it is both odd and very cool that the show can continue on when replacing the lead actor is actually something they deliberately do every few years. I now understand how people could get more attached to some casts than others.
As a total bonus, I also came across a wonderful guide to discovering Doctor Who on Nerdko.com, and that is going to shape my Who watching going forward. As a side note, Nerdko itself was pretty cool, and they seem to have some great podcasts to listen to, featuring many nerdly topics of interest to me. I will definitely be back to see more of what they’ve got.
So yes, in closing, I enjoyed my first steps into Whoville. I will be taking some more in the very near future. So, I guess score one for team Doctor.
I do want to give a special thank you to R.L. King (@dragonwriter11) and Michele DeWerth (@mdewerth) as well as all the others who helped with advice for this post. Their helpful advice and clear passion made this a lot of fun. Much obliged to you all.
Until next time, keep finding things you love, even if they go all timey-wimey on you. I know I will.