isntthatwizard:

Doctor Who has never pretended to be hard science fiction … At best Doctor Who is a fairytale, with fairytale logic about this wonderful man in this big blue box who at the beginning of every story lands somewhere where there is a problem. - neil gaiman

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How to start watching Doctor Who: Matt Smith and Steven Moffat suggest some TARDIS entry points

Are you a Doctor Who virgin who wants to start watching the Time Lord’s adventures, but is daunted by the fact that the British science-fiction show’s half-century history now encompasses literally dozens of seasons, not to mention 11 small screen Doctors, two ’60s-era films, one TV movie, and numerous specials?

Good news! You don’t have to watch every episode of Doctor Who to know what’s going on. In fact, that’s impossible “thanks” to the BBC’s habit during the ’60s and ’70s of wiping the show’s tapes.

So where should non-Whovian readers start viewing?

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The Doctor is a classic hero. Decent, honest and brave, he despises intolerance in all its forms and stands up for the oppressed wherever they need ­saving. Sure, he’s made mistakes. You don’t traverse the farthest reaches of the universe for over a thousand years without cracking a few eggs and causing the odd rip in the fabric of time and space. But, as current show-runner Steven Moffat says, “He’s such a moral man. He’s a good, clever man, that’s all he is. I think that’s about as positive a message as you could possibly give.”

Doctor Who: Why we still love the Doctor - TV and Radio - Scotsman.com

We posted this article earlier today but this second quote is too good not to reblog.

Doctor Who Season Seven: Five Gifts It’s Given The Mythology So Far « Spinoff Online
The first half of the seventh season of Doctor Who may be over, but it may end up being the gift that kept giving for the show’s larger mythology. Despite the promise of each week offering a standalone episode, each episode so far has introduced new ideas and concepts for writers to play with in future. Here’s five of our favorites….
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Doctor Who Season Seven: Five Gifts It’s Given The Mythology So Far « Spinoff Online

The first half of the seventh season of Doctor Who may be over, but it may end up being the gift that kept giving for the show’s larger mythology. Despite the promise of each week offering a standalone episode, each episode so far has introduced new ideas and concepts for writers to play with in future. Here’s five of our favorites….

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Right now, we need Doctor Who more than ever. In times of social crisis, when the world is frightening and unpredictable, stories about super-beings swooping down to save the human race from itself are reassuring. Hollywood has been pumping out superhero movies faster than Clark Kent can change in a phone booth; this summer alone, we’ve had Green Lantern, Thor, X-Men: First Class and Captain America. After a summer of scandal and civil unrest, The Doctor is fairly obviously how [the UK would] still like to imagine ourselves, and certainly how we’d prefer the rest of the world to see us: tweedy, morally upright, loveably camp, much cleverer than everyone else, and quietly, planet-shakingly powerful, zooming around sorting out the world’s problems but never making too much of a fuss about it. Unlike superhero movies, though, Doctor Who retains its sense of moral complexity.
Laurie Penny: The best future would be the one imagined by Doctor Who - The Independent UK



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