New to Doctor Who? Start here

A Beginner’s Guide To Doctor Who


So you want to get started with Doctor Who but you hear people talking about ninth doctors and tenth doctors and it all just feels a bit confusing. Especially since there’s close to 50 years of episodes to consider.

With all of time and space, every and any episode, where do you even start?

Well don’t worry because we’re here to help you sort through the wibbly bits and show you what you need to know.

This is a Beginner’s Guide to Doctor Who made entirely of posts by Tumblr users and other assorted links from the web.

First, perhaps the best advice for new viewers comes from Neil Gaiman himself:

“People are intimidated. They think that there’s 47 years worth of stuff they need to know before they can enjoy anything. And what you want to say is, No. Look, there is a blue box. It is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes even where it’s meant to go. And when it turns up there’s a bloke in it called the Doctor, and there will be stuff wrong and he will do his best to sort it out and he will probably succeed, because he’s awesome. Now sit down, shut up, and watch “Blink.”

There are a few good guides out there already. We’d read this one or this one if we were you.

Here are Ten Reason Why Everyone Should Watch Doctor Who by LightandWaves

Where to discuss all things DW:

We’re big fans of the Doctor Who board on reddit. They also have some good Beginner’s threads:

Doctor Who: Where should the uninitiated start?

Doctor Who: When and Where to Start Watching?

RSS Twitter YouTube Facebook BBC America


IF YOU ARE NEW TO WHO, Check out these posts.

Check out our guide.