So you like New Who, but haven’t watched any of the original series. First up, that’s fine. Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t. You don’t have to ever watch the original show if you don’t want. There’s a lot there, 697 episodes, and chunks of those are missing! It’s a very daunting prospect, and a very different series to the one you’ve fallen in love with.
But of course, some of you are curious about the old show, so this is for you. It’s a list of mostly stand-alone stories, that exist in full, and have commercial DVD releases – so sourcing them shouldn’t be too hard.
I originally wanted to aim for stories that didn’t feature any of the big returning baddies, but that wasn’t practical. Mostly these are good to great stories for a variety of reasons, including some nice character parts. Steven Moffat has said that when you write a Doctor Who story, at the end you should be saying, “Well, there’s that feature film idea all used up!” A few of these fit the bill.
I’ll give you a very short non-spoilery run down on each. Just do yourself a favour – if you decide to try these recommendations don’t go reading up on them. Don’t look them up online, or read the back blurbs of the DVD. Try to approach them as freshly spoiler free as you can manage.
I’ve also made mention of New Who stories that have some similarities. But don’t go expecting these stories to be the same – the stories are only vaguely similar in certain rough thematic senses. The suggestions are only there to give you a more of a hook in the absence of more detailed, and therefore spoilery, write-ups.
And also remember – with Old Who, usually best to only watch one episode a night. Or one early in the day, and another in the evening. To do more can actually hurt the experience of otherwise good stories. Continue reading