Christmas is only days away, and one of the things to look forward to (aside from presents, time with family, delicious food, and the opportunity to celebrate the savior’s birth!) is a new episode of Doctor Who.
There’s a lot of TV I’ve watched over the years but if I were pressed (really, it would only take a light pressing), I’d cite the just over 48 years old Doctor Who as my favorite show. I discovered it around Middle School years, largely from a “Program Guide” I found in a bookstore that covered the show’s first 18 seasons. Even though I had basically never seen the program, I was quickly drawn into the world of stories that I saw there, along with the various Doctors, and the coming and goings of all these different companions.
There are hundreds of hours of the show, so naturally there are episodes that are much, much better than others. For the modern viewer just tuning it, I’d recommend beginning with Season Five of the current revival series, starting with The Eleventh Hour. That way you only have two seasons to catch up on, and it’s a pretty good starting point, not requiring a lot of knowledge of the past.
As I have time I’ll offer up my thoughts on the individual stories. But in the meantime, Merry Christmas!