In a world growing more and more complicated and more an more anxiety worthy, it is not an unreasonable desire to find comfort in the familiar and to harken back to times that if they weren’t at least felt simpler. It has led me to rediscover my older fandoms. I have watched the new Star Wars series that have come out, finding them nostaglic on one hand and genuinely engaging on the other. I finished just a month or so ago a highlight heavy rewatch of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 with my son (his first viewing of it) and found it still stands up. This extends to the whole family who are re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it’s spin off (son’s first time on that too) and trying to avoid re-examining the show after accusations on it’s creator and show runner.
But one that I had neglected TV wise was Doctor Who. A week or so ago I made a decision to start watching Doctor Who, from the beginning and if I didn’t have the DVD for it, I would buy it. It’s going to take me years as far as I can gather and to be honest, I’m looking forward to it.
So, like reading/watching projects there are rules. 1: Just the TV show, no Peter Cushing films, no audio-dramas, comics or tie-in/new adventures novels. 2: Everything has to be done chronologically. I start with William Hartnell and move forward with it from there. Rather than do a full re-watch blog, am going to look at firsts and lasts, how the cast, characters and show changes and the highlights/lowlights.
So naturally I started with the first episode of the show and the subsequent 5 part story that came after it, the who story named after chapter 1: The Unearthly child.