Yes, the show has been running for 50 years, but it’s never too late to start watching Doctor Who, especially after you jumpstart your Who-vian IQ with this handy guide.
It’s quite a landmark for a science fiction TV show to provide five decades of nearly non-stop adventures (and, OK, yes, there was a 16-year gap, but we’ll get to that), and now that Doctor Who is celebrating its golden anniversary, it’s the perfect time to give everyone a quick rundown of 25 things they should know about their new favorite show.
Since this is the longest-running science fiction television series in history, with a huge backlog of stories (most now available on DVD) as well as countless spin-offs in novels, audio dramas, comics and more, you can always join the Doctor’s adventures at virtually any step along the way. It’s a remarkably flexible format, constantly changing, and offering regular ‘jumping on’ points. And once you’re in, think of all the history you get to explore.
Be prepared for the occasional silly-looking monster, cheesy special effect or wobbly set wall (a long-standing joke about early Who production values that isn’t really true… at least not all the time), but don’t let it throw you. This show has always been about strong storytelling and characters, and that goes a long way when the monster is bubble wrapped and spray-painted green.
Although often called a “children’s show,” it has gone through eras of more mature storytelling, occasionally garnered some bad press for violent content or edgier subject matter, and is best described as a “family program.”
So for those who showed up late to the party or are still scratching their heads as to what Who actually is, Geek has compiled a primer on 25 things you need to get caught up on so you’re ready for the show’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Special thanks to Scott Alan Woodard and Stephanie Crawford for their assistance.
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