Episode 0: From beehives to undercuts, Doctor Who has it all
Welcome to the blog where I watch all the TV and say fun things to show my love.
I love marathoning TV, especially sci-fi, and especially Doctor Who. Until fairly recently, watching Classic Who in this way just wasn’t possible. Technically it still isn’t what with all the missing episodes, but us Who fans are lucky that these beloved stories all still exist in some form, even if it is just photos and an audio track. Recent streams on Twitch, the 50th anniversary hype, and the fact that you don’t need to buy all the DVDs to watch them any more mean that more and more people are attempting to enjoy the show this way. I must say it can be difficult getting through those early years, but watching the show, the characters, and the story themes evolve over its 55-year history really is a wonderful experience.
I thought about my starting my marathoning project with something a little easier (and shorter)… like Start Trek TNG or Blake’s 7. The thing is though, I friggin love Doctor Who and it’s so dam creative and weird and wonderful and full of imaginative costumes and designs that I couldn’t think of doing anything else. Even the “rubbish” episodes have something fascinating to look at.
So here we go, here’s how it’s going to work:
I’m going to watch one episode a day for many, many days, and use the social medias to showcase the most glorious cardigans, jumpers, jumpsuits and hairdo’s for all to see. At the end of each serial I’ll do a little wrap-up so it looks like I’m actually doing a bit of work here and not just posting funny pictures on Instagram. First stop, the far away land of LONDON 1963!
Fair warning: these wrap-ups may end up being educational with graphs and further reading. I am a librarian by trade so prepare for excellently-researched resources.
In the past, I’ve always enjoyed the Whosits in a bubble, but thanks to the Twitch streams, some awesome podcasts (links below), and the fact that I’ve found a friend that actually *wants* to watch all classic who with me, I’ve been inspired to join the online community and contribute to online fandom. Yay!
So as promised, here is some cool stuff that inspired me:
Treks in the City: http://foreverdogproductions.com/fdpn/podcasts/treks-and-the-city/
I know it’s a podcast about Star Trek, but dam, they are funny and delightful to listen to
Six awesome ladies from around the world talk (and argue) about Doctor Who, what’s not to love.
Doctor Who and the Episodes of Death: http://epsofdeath.libsyn.com/
Defending the episodes the fans love to hate.
Splendid Chaps: http://www.splendidchaps.com/
A 50th-Anniversary celebration podcast that got a bit out of hand.
Lazy Doctor Who: https://www.theincomparable.com/lazydoctorwho/
Fan couple watch all the episodes whenever they feel like it then talk about it
Will Brook’s 50 Year Diary: http://news.drwho-online.co.uk/The-50-Year-Diary-An-Unearthly-Child-(Episode-One).aspx
Daily reviews of all the episodes from 1963 to 2013.