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I have tried Doctor Who before. I remember watching the first few episodes of the revival when they came to the Sci-Fi Channel and aired in close proximity to BSG. But it didn't stick, for one major reason.

I. could. not. stand. Rose. Something about Billie Piper just irritates me. (Please don't hurt me.)

And while I've caught a few episodes here and there through the years (I don't mind Martha or Donna or any of the others, but it seems like Tennant always comes back to ~*ROSE*~, and gack.) I learned plenty of things about the show via your standard panfandom osmosis over the years, but that's about it.

But Saturday I was avoiding Olympics coverage, and BBC America was marathoning series 5, and I just kind of stuck around and watched most of the back half of it. And then I found series 6 streaming free through Amazon Prime, and I watched the first couple eps and... Yeah. I think I'm hooked.

The good news is, I kind of love River Song. She would totally go drinking with Mara.

(Though I was a tad disappointed in 'Let's Kill Hitler,' which was the last one I watched. Hrm.)

I pretty much know the broad strokes of things, and I might go back and watch some of the Tennant stuff, carefully. (Recommendations for episodes light on the ~*ROSE*~ welcome. Front half of S5, 'Blink,' 'Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead' and the Harold Saxon arc are already on the list. I know the show is by no means perfect, but come on... Star Wars. I can handle it.)

No plans to jump into the fandom because I AM OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER, I'm just saying... I watch Who now? Or at least, I'm working my way through S6? I guess.

In other news, I finally read Matched (meh) and now Divergent (...maybe) and I FINALLY finished Blackout. READING!

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merlyn_gabriel
Jul. 30th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
I grew up with doctor who. Jon Pertwee was my first doctor and I thought he was cool then he regenerated into Tom Baker's doctor and he was even cooler. I totally wanted to be Sarah Jane Smith and my brother made my mom knit him a scarf...Doctor Who was a staple in my house along with star trek and space 1999.

I was over the moon delighted when the reboot came out and I liked what they had done oddly enough I am not a big David Tennant fan but Matt Smith he is awesome so I hope you'll keep watching and enjoy it, getting past the Rose stuff because it does get a bit think.

And while the Dakleks never scared me the cybermen gave me nightmares as a child.

It's a cool show for cosplay though, tons of things to choose from.

duncatra
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
I had next to no experience with Who before they brought it back. I know it was around the U.S., but Tom Baker was the only one I recognized as D'octor Who' and I had no idea about the whole regeneration thing and etc.

It really is kind of a genius move for a long-running show. Built-in rebooting!
orangerful
Jul. 30th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
OMG I can't stand Rose either. And I'm not a big fan of Tennant because of all the Rose/Doctor stuff from their season together. I'm a Smith girl all the way. Series 5 was the best, lots of missteps in Series 6 (I feel like they Boba Fett'd River) but I have high hopes for Series 7.

Find the one with Martha when they visit Shakespeare...that's a classic. I like the Donna season a lot. Catherine Tate is just sassy enough for my tastes...though you do want to walk around going "OI!" to people after her episodes :)

I have Divergent on my reading list...perhaps I'll wait for your verdict before I dig in. It's just so loooong. And it's a series. Sometimes I just want to read a book and be done. I just started Code Name: Verity and I'm only 11 pages in but it seems solid, if you're in the mood for a WWII spy story. It's getting rave reviews but we all know that means nothing.
jellibean
Jul. 30th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
SMITH FAN ALL THE WAY here too! *highfive*

I can't stand Rose, either. I hated how Ten treated Martha because of Rose, and I really liked Martha, so that just makes it worse. (Which isn't fair, but whatever.) I really liked Nine, and I liked Ten when he wasn't being emo about Rose, but I just love Eleven. He is so whimsical!
duncatra
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'm working my way through Donna. Martha just showed up...

Divergent is okay. It's better than some of the others but Hunger Games it isn't.

I think I might go full-on trash next. I have Valley of the Dolls around here somewhere...
eliz
Jul. 31st, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Yes!! I love Matt Smith and the Ponds and River Song! she and Mara would be best friends.
Rose got old. Real old. And whiny. In the end she gets better but I never bought her has the love of the doctor. He did love her and did care for her and found her amusing, but it would have never worked out.

Smith & Baker, Sladen and Gillian.

See why I made our door a TARDIS?
alxwngr
Jul. 31st, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh the Ponds! Rory and Amy - yes! River is so cool. And Donna!! I love Tennant & Smith. I can live with Rose. Such a great show. :)

Edited at 2012-07-31 01:44 am (UTC)
duncatra
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
She and Mara probably share a therapist.

I never didn't get why you made the door a Tardis. I just didn't actually watch the show. ;)
jellibean
Jul. 31st, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
And as far as episode recommendations:

"Girl in the Fireplace" - it's during the Ten/Rose season, but it's light on Rose and it's a Moffat episode. I love it.
"Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood" - Ten/Martha. I really liked these episodes. (Not sure how the fandom feels about these, but I don't really care.)
"The Unicorn and the Wasp" - Ten/Donna

"Fear Her," the episode about the London 2012 Olympics, was atrocious. I think I've decided that the BBC decided not to let Tennant light the torch because it didn't want anyone to remember that awful, awful episode.
duncatra
Aug. 1st, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I started the Donna season - which is on On Demand at the moment - so maybe I'll get through that for the times when I don't feel like sitting and watching on the computer. They have S2 but it vanishes tonight - S3 is Martha, right? That should stick around long enough for me to check out a few episodes.
jedimara77
Jul. 31st, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Is Divergent the one by Veronica Roath or something like that? I've had several people recommend that series to me. But, you know, Mageworlds takes precedence. :)
duncatra
Aug. 1st, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
MAGEWORLDS.

I am just now getting into all my Hunger Games clones. They are not inspiring me to try more, sigh.
gabri_jade
Jul. 31st, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Sometimes I like Rose, sometimes not. I really don't think she's the great love of the Doctor as she's sometimes painted. I think she wanted to be (which I suspect is really the problem), and I think that the Doctor did love her to some degree, but you've got to realize that the dude's also just coming out of the Time War and the destruction of his entire people when he meets Rose. He's messed up. I don't think it was the healthiest of relationships.

I love River Song. Of course, I came into the fandom with the introduction of the Eleventh Doctor, so I have a great fondness for the Ponds anyway, but River's awesome.

I can't speak for any of the Donna episodes save "Silence In the Library/Forest of the Dead" because I'm still catching up on her arc myself, but I absolutely second the recommendations of "Girl In the Fireplace" (one of my very favorites) and "Human Nature/Family of Blood." Personally, I would also recommend "School Reunion"—I loved Sarah Jane and the whole concept of what happens to the companions once the Doctor moves on—and "Gridlock." "Gridlock" probably isn't anything special, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. YMMV, though. I did love the Harold Saxon arc a lot, too. And "Blink," and "Silence In the Library/Forest of the Dead." But Eleven and the Ponds are my favorites, definitely.

Post your thoughts on Divergent when you finish it, maybe? I've considered it, but I have a very long reading list already and would be interested in hearing what you think of it.

ETA: I forgot—if you're looking to avoid Rose, "Love and Monsters" is a Doctor/companion light episode like Blink; they only come in briefly and the episode focuses strongly on one-time characters. Don't know what you'd think of the story, but it has very little Rose.

Edited at 2012-07-31 01:50 am (UTC)
duncatra
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs!

Divergent is okay. I'm reading the sequel currently (My mother bought it; I probably would have read the Matched sequel if she's bought it, despite the book's mehness.) but I dunno if I'll read the next one. We'll see.
rosiewook
Jul. 31st, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
Tennant and Martha was the best combo. Yeah, Human Nature is an amazing, amazing story.

And the last season of Tennant just about killed me. I loved it.

As for Matt? He's a great Doctor, as well. Really fun.
duncatra
Aug. 1st, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
I like that he's so fun and goofy. I see it with Tennant too, but it seems to be he gets moopier - maybe b/c of the ROSE thing? IDK. So far, so good.
danwall88
Aug. 5th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
I think you might really like "School Reunion," with Ten and Rose. It's an episode where the current, rebooted Doctor meets up with Sarah Jane, his companion from the old, 1970s version of the show. And it's basically a huge love letter to fandom and to big, popular entertainment franchises.

I never really watched Old Who, and didn't have any particular feelings for Sarah Jane one way or the other, but holy crap is that a brilliantly-written episode. They take all the real-world realities of running a TV show (the Doctor is young and hot because that's what people want to see, and he's with Rose who is young and hot for the same reasons and because they're trying to get ratings) and then deal with all those issues in-universe.

Sarah Jane calls the Doctor out on crap like abandoning his companions and hooking up with newer, hotter ones (like Rose), and you can see Moffat's wheels turning as he figures out how to present the Doctor sympathetically while still acknowledging the real-world TV realities as presented within an in-universe context. It's an amazing high-wire act with a genuine emotional punch at the end.

And there's some silly stuff with bat people and Buffy's Giles, but you can ignore all that. It's a truly great meta-episode.
duncatra
Aug. 5th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Well, that's at least two votes for 'School Reunion,' so I suppose I'll have to try it. If only Amazon had S1-4 in HD... ;)
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