Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Doctor Who: Seasons 1-5 (2005-2010)

Despite my sometimes nerdish tendencies, I've never really been that into science fiction. When I was a kid I fell asleep during the Star Wars movies (still do) and made fun of my sister for being in love with some guy on Star Trek: The Next Generation. For about a year now people have been telling me about this completely ridiculous sounding British Sci-Fi series that they thought I'd really like. Naturally, I rolled my eyes at them and told them where they could shove their TARDIS.

Towards the end of September one of my enablers, err friends, was watching Doctor Who at her house and it seemed to have a good sense of humor so I thought I'd queue it up on Netflix and give it a shot. Now, if any of you are readers of my other blog, Notes From Underground, then you may be aware of my addictive personality. For those that didn't know that little tidbit of information I'll just say that I watched all 69 episodes (plus the two specials) over the last 5 weeks. And it was fantastic!

I had such a good time blazing through the series that it feels like there is a giant hole inside me now that it is all over. I have no idea what to do with my life. That is how awesome I thought this show was and I was quite the skeptic. I think the reason I enjoy the world of The Doctor, as opposed to other Sci-Fi programs, is that the show doesn't really take itself seriously. The idea of a man traveling through space and time in a police call-box from the 1950's is completely ridiculous just like Star Trek is completely ridiculous. The difference is the writers of Doctor Who embrace the ridiculousness while other Sci-Fi series are focused too much on creating tense drama that, to me, comes across as being rather silly. 

That, and the sense of humor on display in this series is incredibly sharp and really funny. Really, really funny. Oh, and David Tennant is so damned charming. Seriously, he's so charming I'd probably not only let him date my little sister, but be happy he is (still not sold on Matt Smith though). If you've never seen Doctor Who, I can't recommend it enough. Even for people who aren't hardcore Sci-Fi fans (which I am not), this series is a viewing pleasure. Escapist entertainment at it's finest.

According to Netflix this movie will stop streaming on 5/9/12. Of course, sometimes they lie.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? People kept telling me I would really like it and peer pressure is a mother f*****.

Is it artsy? No, just a lot of fun.

What stood out the most to you? David Tennant is just so damn charming.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Ready to sacrifice the next 70 hours of your life to the Netflix gods.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 5 Stars!


  1. I had the exact same reaction. I thought the premise was stupid and watched it out of boredom because I was sick one day and now Seasons 5 and 6 have bumped The Venture Bros as standard entertainment on my phone. [geek check, anyone?] I loved Matt Smith by the 6th season if only because his companions were the best and the plotline is fantastic.

  2. I like him... I just don't like him as much. I felt a drop off. I do really like Amy Pond though, what a fox.

  3. We are in agreement here. I'm glad they got somebody actually pretty rather than forcing you to believe that Rose was pretty.


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