I have a very important question. From which series should i start Doctor Who? Do I start from the 2005 series or do I have to find the first series and start from the first doctor? I am very confused. And please don't hate on me for starting this late 😁
Well, now. Big question. With the show in its 54th year, it must seem a little daunting? Classic Who will always be, well… classic, and is full of beloved characters. There are however other ways to jump aboard now. Let’s give you the lowdown…
‘An Unearthly Child’ is where the greatest show on Earth began, back in 1963 with the incredible William Hartnell. This would ultimately be the best possible starting point, though it’s a long, long journey to catch up. The classic era can always be revisited once you’ve joined our wonderful fandom, but this is one option for you. The classics are definitely unmissable! Oh we’ve got so much to talk about! *takes breath*. Okay, onwards…
‘Rose’ is what is considered the first episode of ‘New Who’. We now have the fantastic Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper at the helm, and Russell T Davies has brought the show back for modern audiences, back in 2005! This is honestly where we began, and after watching the first series, we were super excited to enjoy the classics! *let the massively huge DVD collection begin!*
This is a wonderful starting point, and one we’d strongly recommend. You’ll get just one fantastic series with Christopher, and then three brilliant series with David Tennant (you’re going to love him too - Allons-y!).
David is lovable, charming, and to quote one of our favourite episodes, “He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe. And… he’s wonderful!” *squee!*
Matt Smith takes over for Series 5 (2010), with the Mighty Moff (AKA Steven Moffat) as the new lead writer. Word of warning: Cravings for fish fingers & custard and Jammy Dodgers will begin, and you might find yourself sporting a bow tie and fez! A totally unforgettable era! Geronimo!
Eventually, it’s time for one last bow for the superb Matt Smith, as the keys to the TARDIS are handed over to the cosmic Peter Capaldi. You’re now bang up-to-date, and have three exciting series to enjoy with The Doctor’s latest incarnation… HOWEVER… one of Moffat’s latest decisions were to create an episode designed specifically for new viewers. A perfect “jumping-on point” for you. You might want to check out Series 10′s ‘The Pilot’. You need no knowledge of preview episodes, and can dive straight into a universe of space and time travel. This was last week’s episode in fact, so hop-on! If you decide to start here, you can always go back and enjoy the classics, and of course, the previous ‘New Who’ stories. They’re all so fabulous!
To summarise, ‘An Unearthly Child’ is the first ever story. Right at the beginning. The very beginning!
‘Rose’ is where it all came back for modern audiences in 2005 - an amazing starting point, and where we started ourselves!
‘The Pilot’ is the first episode of the current series (Series 10) This is yet another brilliant jumping-on point for you. Older episodes will always be there to catch-up on someday!
Now, we’re sure other fans have their own suggestions to add, so please be sure to check out their responses too. Oh, and… Welcome to the greatest fandom in the galaxy!