When were you #newtoWHO? Share your story.
Apparently uber-geek Veronica Belmont is #newtoWHO. This is news to us.
Also: nice hats.
So, my dad and brother used to watch dvds of this tv show called “Doctor Who”. As far as I was aware, it was about this guy who travels in time called the Doctor, in a time machine called the TARDIS that looked like a blue telephone box, with a friend, fighting off bad guys- and it was a SCARY show. At least that was what I thought, as sounds of “Are you my mummy?!?” wafted through from the other room. I was never interested in watching it, I mean it was sci-fi, since when was I ever interested in sci-fi?
Fast forward a year or so, one saturday night my brother mentioned that a new series of Doctor Who was on, so I decided I’d watch it. Happens that it was up to “The Lodger”. Great episode to start on, right before the series finale, I know. Basically, I asked a billion questions, it was a bit weird, a bit scary, but very funny.
So I watched it again the next week. WHAT WAS HAPPENING?!?!??!
The doctor’s friend, Amy, who was flirty and seemed to like the doctor, had a fiancee who died…but then came back to life…but she didn’t remember him, and he had a gun inside his hand, and shot her involuntarily…but he was a Roman and guarded her for 2000 years? I had no idea what was going on, but I liked this Rory guy. And there was this woman who the Doctor knew, dressed up like Cleopatra… basically nothing made much sense- and I didn’t help it much by watching the ending of The Big Bang before I had seen the full episode.
BUT I stuck at it, because I liked the show in general, and could tell there was an amazing logical in-depthness that was there to love, should I work to understand.
So I think I got (got is a terrible word. I “acquired”) tumblr some time after series 6 started. The more I watched the more I understood, and the more I tumbled the more I understood.
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My #newtoWHO story
I first heard of Doctor Who when I took up an elective on Science Fiction Writing four years ago. A classmate just couldn’t shut up about it. To be honest, that classmate’s over-enthusiasm made me wary of the show. I avoided Doctor Who at all costs.
But one can’t always run away from one’s own destiny, and I was destined to be a Whovian after all.
I found a friend through Tumblr who, for once, didn’t live in Narnia. We met up and she lent me her Doctor Who DVDs. She told me to just try watching the show (You’ll like it. You like sci-fi stuff, right?). I didn’t want to disappoint her, so watch the show I did.
The first episode I’ve ever watched is Rose; my first Doctor is Nine. After I saw the earth get swallowed by the sun 300 billion years into the future, the enormity of my smallness hit me. I thought, “THIS SHOW.”
I finished all her DVDs in a week and a half. After that, I was able to catch up with the series (Season 5). I’ve never since let go.Just recently, I’ve started watching Classic Who with another friend whom I’ve influenced into becoming a Doctor Who fan (yay!).
People in real life think I’m weirder now. No surprises there, since I’ve become the over-enthusiastic person I once regarded with suspicion. I have no regrets.
P.S. If you squint, you’ll see the ‘after WHO’ person is wearing a ‘The angels have the phone box’ shirt. For the record, Blink is my favorite episode and I really do have that sentence printed on a t-shirt. X
We watch it when he comes home from school and he is SO incredibly excited to get caught up to the current season so we can start watching on September 1st.
We’re almost 5 years apart, and while not a huge difference, it does do enough to kind of separate us from each other.
But Doctor Who gives us something we have in common and something we both love.
So, thank you.
Glen Oliver (@GlenOliverAICN), a.k.a. “Merrick,” is one of the resident Whovians over at Ain’t It Cool News, one of the web’s pioneering sci-fi/geek sites. Like many of us, he was introduced to Doctor Who during the modern, Russell T. Davies/Steven Moffat era, and he was “hooked” after 15 minutes. But the series has had an impact on him that even he didn’t anticipate. We chatted with Oliver for our #newtoWHO series.
1. Who introduced you to the show?
I had two friends pushing me to watch Doctor Who (then Tennant-era) for several years – @KenPlume and @Robogeek. I resisted, hemmed and hawed, and made numerous excuses why I shouldn’t give “that show” a try. They finally wore me down – and from about 15 minutes in, I was utterly hooked. I can’t thank Ken and Paul enough for guiding me toward Doctor Who - the show has changed my life.
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Story of my life.
inneedofmuses' #newtoWHO story:
So, my #newtoWHO story would be terrible, seeing as how I literally cannot remember the first time I watched Who. I had to ask my Dad, (image captured above) who was the guy who introduced me and my sisters to the Doctor. So instead, I slowly, and painfully, extracted my Dad’s #newtoWHO story.
Da used to tell me how his weekly treat and highlight, while he was little, was when his mother would take him to his Grandparent’s house to watch TV and drink a coke and eat Fritos. Just the image of him watching TV with his mess of blonde, curly hair, with a small bowl of Fritos and a coke, has always been humbling.
By High School, though, his Mom was finally able to afford a black and white TV for her, my Dad and my Aunt. It was on this small TV that my Da first watched Doctor Who. PBS was one of the only four channel choices available to him in Ohio in the 60’s and 70’s, so it wasn’t hard to find. He doesn’t remember who his first Doctor was, but his Doctor has always been Tom Baker. At this point in his life he was already immersed in the subjects relevant for understanding the show, having a collection of books to go along with his telescope, so this new show fit right in with his interests, even if he was the only one of his friends to watch it.
Dad’s always been fascinated with Science Fiction, and the possibilities that we as the human race might accomplish as well as who and what might be out there, waiting for us. He successfully passed that love, nerdery, and insanity, down to his three daughters, starting with Doctor Who. And although he loves Tom Baker, he made sure we got a well rounded education with all the Doctors, so by the time of the reboot, we were well hooked.
"I would say to anyone… Just watch one episode, because when you see it, it just makes perfect and beautiful sense! I’m not gonna try to explain it, it just won’t sound as good."
I’ve been meaning to make this comic since Christmas of 2011, but I just got around to doing it and thought it was a great opportunity to share a brief version of my #newtoWHO story (please don’t delete the comment, I’ll try to keep it short).
My mother and I started watching Doctor Who on the day of the Series 6 premiere, thanks to the BBCAmerica advertising for the Royal Wedding; we tuned in and caught the second half of Series 5 and the first episode of Series 6, and we were instantly hooked.
DW became the first show of which I was completely enamored; it was the first show which introduced me to fandom (and new family and friends), it was the first media product with which I was completely obsessed and to which I was wholly devoted.
I don’t mean to be over-dramatic, but Doctor Who saved my life last year when I was so close to giving up. The Doctor gave me so much hope.
I cannot express my immense love and admiration for this wonderful show and everyone involved. It’s brought so many amazing things into my life, and I am forever thankful, and my words cannot do my emotions justice
so I’m gonna go cry now
It actually sometimes surprises me how little time it’s been since I’ve discovered the Doctor. One of my best friends from high school went to Australia to study abroad for a semester where they introduced her to the Doctor. Se kept bugging me and bugging me to watch it until finally she told me she would never talk to me again until I started watching the show. Well, the timing was pretty perfect because at the same time I ended up coming down with a cold and sequestered myself in my bedroom. Luckily, every season of Doctor Who is on Netflix, so I decided if I was going to be locked in my room anyway I might as well watch it.
Not only is the show one of the greatest things to ever exist on the planet, but it ended up super-bonding my friends and I. And then, come Wondercon, I ended up making so many friends just because of how super amazing the fandom is! Who then convinced me to go to Comic Con where I met my Con family who I adore.
Not only that, but Doctor Who is how I met Savvie/Steve who is my favorite person ever and who also introduced me to several people who I lovelovelove dearly.
So, basically, without Doctor Who I would never have known many of my favorite people. Or Tumblr, for that matter. So thank you, Doctor, for enriching my life with so many awesome friends. :)
Just finished watching Season Three, the episode, “Last of the Time Lords.”
Captain Jack Harkness is actually ___ ______ __ ________?! Totally didn’t see that one coming; hence the title.
I am watching 4 or 5 episodes a day, both prior to and after work…. I can totally watch all Seasons with time to spare.
To Season Four :)
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I remember always wanting to get into the show but never had the time for it. One day I saw a preview for Season 5 on SPACE and I was like “ok that’s it I’m starting now.” so I streamed them all online in May 2011 before travelling overseas for the summer. However I had to download season 5 and what episodes had aired for season 6 at the time.
THEN I SAT THERE WITH THE REST OF THE SUMMER WITH THE CLIFFHANGER OF A GOOD MAN GOES TO WAR WITH NO ONE TO TALK TO ABOUT IT.
After that I got EVERYONE I knew into the show including my sisters, aged 23 and 10.
Sure I got into the show alone/by myself but now we’re one big happy Whovian family. And that family’s only grown since I joined tumblr and the Doctor Who tumblr always brightens my dash and my day :)
To do list: Watch all of ClassicWho.