Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Blog is Back (and I Need Help from Whovians).

Hello again, everyone!  The new year hasn't arrived yet, but the holiday madness has abated here, so the blog will be fully up and running again soon with a full-length post (likely next weekend; all I need to do is edit/put in pictures).   In the meantime, I have a question for all of the Whovians out there.

I became a Dr. Who fan only recently, but I quickly fell in love with the show.  My Christmas presents from Mr. Nerd were:

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... But I would love to watch classic Dr. Who, and I have no idea where to start.  We have Amazon Prime*, and it seems like it has only random episodes within the already random episodes that exist among the various missing ones. I've tried looking up suggestions online, but most conversations I find devolve into arguing about whether or not "new" fans are truly fans, and I just don't have time for that kind of nerd cliquishness. I only need to know if there is a best "viewing order," if you will, for classic episodes, and I would like to know the best way to find these episodes.** If I need to purchase a DVD/Blu-ray, I will.  Of course, if I need to buy episodes, I'll save up to get them at a later date and content myself with more Grimm, Bones, and new seasons of Downton Abbey and Sherlock.  ... That makes it sound like I watch too much TV.   All right, I probably do, but I'm not that bad, guys.  If you'll excuse me, I have another episode of Robin Hood to watch.

What's on your watch list in 2014?

*We don't have Netflix.  We don't intend to get Netflix.  Please do not suggest Netflix (or other competitors to Amazon) unless you are certain that it is the only way to view particular episodes or a similar scenario.
** See (*) again.


  1. I've a friend who's a huge Whovian, so I'm checking with him if there's any that need to be seen before others for things to make sense :)
    There's also the 8th Doctor movie and radio episodes, if you haven't seen/listened to those - I think they're fairly standalone. I'm not quite certain if the radio episodes are all available or if they're available anywhere but bigfinish, but the movie should be around.

    I came across this list of suggested orders (which you've probably seen :) ), and it's got some really good approaches. I've just skimmed the comments, but they seem pretty rational and have additional order suggestions.

    youtube has an amazing variety of things and libraries are sometimes surprisingly stocked for free options, and I know my friend has found much of his collection used....

    my own watch list....catching up on and rewatching Dr. Who, Sherlock (have you seen the teaser webisode?!), Supernatural, Grimm, Sherlock (I may be a bit excited about Sherlock :) )

    1. and rewatching Cadfael, that's the one I forgot! (lots of rewatching, but good shows are even better the second/third/fourth time, yes? :) )

    2. Thank you for all your helpful suggestions!! I had seen that article before... and I think what messed me up was that I decided based on that article to start with the episode "An Unearthly Child," but the only episode available in season 1 on Prime was "The Aztecs" (???), so I was already flummoxed. I didn't really want to pay $20 to buy that single episode on DVD. On that note, thanks for mentioning YouTube and libraries; somehow I had never thought of either, and on YouTube I already see much more available than on Amazon, including "An Unearthly Child"!

      I saw the teaser for Sherlock, and it has made me even more impatient for season 3 to start :-).

      Also, I looked up Cadfael because I'd never heard of it before, and it sounds like a show I could even get Mr. Nerd to watch with me (which is rare!). It might have to be put in the queue...

  2. hi!
    I appreciate your blog and particularly thesaurus thursday.
    For doctor who original series, you can watch the whole 1st season on Dailymotion and the beginning of the 2nd season (the videoposter is "WHOat50").
    For the rest, i did not check the links because i am not there yet but the site "" has links.
    Happy new year.

    1. I'm so glad I asked this on here! Y'all are full of Who knowledge :-). I'm now on the third episode of season 1 on Dailymotion ;-). And thank you so much for the kind words about the blog.

      Happy new year to you as well!