Hullo, Doctor Who Tumblr here. So you’re #NewToWho and want to start watching the show, but you keep hearing people talk about numbered doctors and flying blue boxes and maybe it all seems just a bit confusing, especially since there’s over 50 years of episodes to consider! With all of time and space, every episode that’s ever happened or ever will, where do you start?
Well, don’t worry because we’re here to help;
The first question you may be asking is “What is Doctor Who, exactly?” The show follows the story of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through all of time and space in the TARDIS, a time machine disguised as a big blue telephone box, saving the universe from enemies like the Daleks and the Ice Warriors. His current travel companion is Clara Oswald, though he has a long list of friends and companions who have shared journeys with him. Instead of dying, the Doctor is able to regenerate into a new body, taking on a new personality with each regeneration. Twelve actors, plus John Hurt, have played the Doctor thus far. Doctor Who celebrates change, creativity, and compassion, taking its viewers on adventures throughout the universe and teaching them the value of bravery and friendship.
Your next question may be “What is a Whovian? What qualifies me to be one?” A Whovian is a member of the Doctor Who fandom, simple as that. And, well, are you a Doctor Who fan and do you want to be a Whovian? Then good news, you already are one! That’s the great thing about Who, it doesn’t matter if you’ve watched for 50 years or 50 minutes as long as you’re excited about Doctor Who and other Doctor Who fans. We might be a little biased but we think the Doctor Who fandom is pretty great! Whovians produce original music, write fanfiction, make gifsets and edits, create amazing cosplays, and have so much enthusiasm towards the show that they love. Plus, it’s incredibly global! Even if you live on a tiny island somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there’s bound to be at least one other Whovian there with you.
“But who are you? What do you do here?” We’re the BBC America Adipose that run the Doctor Who Official Tumblr. Adipose 6 is currently writing this post while Adipose 101 and Adipose 52 watch. We spend a lot of time going through various tags and reblogging your awesome gifsets, art, and edits. Our favorite tags are #Doctor Who, #dwedit, #Classic Who, and #Doctor Who Official (if you want to show us things!) But more than that, we’re also here to provide you with new information, pictures, and updates about all things Who, including Series 8 and the upcoming Doctor Who World Tour. We also have a secret blog, dwtumblrhere, which we use to respond to your messages and like your posts!
Series 8 is coming up in August, so there’s no better time than now to jump right in and start watching so you’re caught up in time for the arrival of the Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi.
TL;DR: Doctor Who is a great show. We think you’ll like it.
There’s not just the TV show— there are spinoff shows, books, comics, audio dramas, parodies, and associated properties (like An Adventure in Space and Time, the dramatized story of how Doctor Who came to be). You’ll never run out of things to do in the world of Doctor Who, and that’s part of what makes it so wonderful. The other parts, of course, are the cast, crew, and wonderful Whovian fans that never stop surprising us with their creativity and enthusiasm.
“But which Doctor is which? How do I know what to call them?” We found this great infographic that may clear some things up.
“Where can I watch this fabulous show, oh all-knowing official tumblr?” We made a page for just that right here.
Need help putting together a cosplay? We can help you with that.
Don’t know where to start watching? Our friends at EW have some good suggestions!
Need help with what’s what in the Whoniverse? We have a great guide for you right here.