- The current Doctor Who is a continuation of the classic series that originated in 1963. It is not a reboot, a reimagining, or a spinoff. It is the same show.
- Every Doctor is different. Yes, they’re all the same man, but each incarnation differs from the last. This means that, while the Tenth Doctor can abhor violence in all forms, the Third Doctor can still be an expert in Venusian Aikido.
- Every companion is different. Rose isn’t Martha. Martha isn’t Grace. Grace isn’t Peri. Peri isn’t Vicki. Vicki isn’t Zoe. Zoe isn’t Ace. Don’t ever expect one to act like another. Yes, they’re overwhelmingly female, and yes, they tend to play the role of damsel in distress. The idea of companion as a love interest is also a new development. You can thank Davies for that.
- Every show runner runs the show differently. The Barry Letts era is significantly different from the John Nathan-Turner era. The JNT era is nothing like the RTD era. The RTD era is light years away from the Moffat era. None of them have done it wrong, just different.
- Every show runner’s take on the Doctor is different. To Moffat, he’s a mad man with a box. To Davies, he was a lonely god. To Nathan-Turner, he was The Other. To Letts, he was intergalactic Sherlock Holmes. Again, it’s not wrong, just different.
- There is no one objectively best or worst Doctor, companion or show runner. It’s all a matter of taste.
- There is no established canon. Time can always be rewritten, and continuity is always in flux. This is a franchise that deals with higher dimensions, alternate realities, and rewriting historical events. Moffat is just as guilty of ignoring Davies’ contributions to the universe as Davies is of ignoring Nathan-Turner. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.
- Doctor Who has been around since 1963. It has a long history of low production values, bad writing, cheesy effects, flubbed lines, shoddy camera work, and overt melodrama. So, when you talk about unconvincing visuals or poorly constructed characters, please understand, that’s been the norm for the overwhelming majority of its run.
- While I’m at it, I should also point out that William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann were just as legitimately the Doctor as Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith. This doesn’t mean you have to go back and watch them all. It just means you need to acknowledge their contributions to the character and the franchise. Also worth recognizing are Peter Cushing, Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant, Richard E. Grant (twice), Jim Broadbent, and Joanna Lumley.
- The Master, Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Silurians, Autons and the Nestene Consciousness were all carried over from the classic series. They have an established history which is built on in the new series. They are not inventions of Davies or Moffat, and they are treated respectfully with regard to their initial inceptions.
- Doctor Who is and always has been written for a young audience. It originated as a children’s show, and in the UK, it still is one. That means it was written so that a child could follow it. Less sophisticated and more simple.
- With the notable exception of the Brigadier, companions were never revisited until School Reunion. That Moffat hasn’t brought back Rose or Donna is no more an indictment of his writing than the fact that Davies never brought back Jo or Ace.
- There is no one right place to start watching. Sure, there are some places where it’s inadvisable, like, for instance, I wouldn’t want anyone starting with The Doctor Dances, since it’s the 2nd part of a 2-parter. But generally speaking, The Eleventh Hour is just as good a place to start as Rose, or the 1996 TV movie, or Logopolis, or Dragonfire, or An Unearthly Child, or Spearhead from Space.
- Doctor Who has gotten much less sexist over the years.
- Unless you’re over 50 years old, I guarantee you have not seen every episode of Doctor Who. It’s ok. Neither have I.
Time Lord Victorious
KAREN GILLAN on The Graham Norton Show: Whovians are… Enthusiastic!
Here, Karen Gillan talks about her confirmed upcoming departure from Doctor Who, the longest-running and highest-rated sci-fi series in
history… and the “enthusiastic” Whovians. But who’s been sending Karen postcards from her hometown?
Watch an exclusive SNEAK PEEK from the all new episode of THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW before the U.S. Premiere *** Saturday, Jan 7 at 10/9c ***.
Martin Freeman! Karen Gillan!
The only thing I should ever be labeled.
Regret not getting 30 of this shirt.
Can we haz t-shirts?
Life of a whovian.