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I wouldn't recommend starting with Christopher Eccleston. While he was the first In modern Who and a decent Doctor, his season starts out rough. The first episode is not very good and had fairly bad production values. It's gets better later on, but his runs tarts out rocky enough that I would save him for later.

David Tennents run was much better, but has the issue of feeling like a direct continuation from Eccleston. He was a fantastic Doctor, but I hesitate to recommend starting with him due to this fact.

I usually point people to the 11th Doctor. Matt Smith. His run started out fresh and didn't carry a lot of baggage with it. The production values took a fairly big jump too. Most of my friends who are now Whovians followed this advice and finished the prior two Doctors after finishing Smith's run said my advice was spot on.

Once this is done then feel free to jump into latest Doctor. The 12th.

All and all this is a touchy subject for fans. I'm sure someone will chime in and say I'm crazy, but I feel strongly this is the way to go.
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I decided to jump into Dr. Who a few years ago and started with Christopher Eccleston. I saw the first episode and it really is some of the worst television I've ever seen. I posted something about it here and others agreed. I guess I'll give it a go with a different Doctor sooner or later.
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I decided to jump into Dr. Who a few years ago and started with Christopher Eccleston. I saw the first episode and it really is some of the worst television I've ever seen. I posted something about it here and others agreed. I guess I'll give it a go with a different Doctor sooner or later.


This proves my point. To add to this, I had recommended the show to two good friends of mine. Told them both to start with Matt Smiths run, but due to confusion, not really understanding the structure of the show and how Netflix lists the episodes they both started ended up watching Christopher Eccleston's first episode. Afterward they both told me I was nuts and couldn't believe I recommended it to them. Thought the episode was garbage and saw no reason to continue. Upon clarifying the mistake they made and pointing them in the right direction, I convinced them it give Dr Who one more chance. They watched Matt Smith's first and got hooked. Big fans of the show now and eventually went back and watched Eccleston's season going in with a better understanding of the show as a whole, it's legacy and what they were getting.

So yes, do not start with Eccleston. It will only lead to tears. Tennent if you absolutely must, but really Matt Smith is the way to go. Perfect jumping on point for new fans.
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We're a few eps into Between. Sort of Lord of the Flies updated for TV.
post #381 of 650
I didn't know anything and started with eccleston. It took a couple of tries to get going on the first episode or so but I ended up liking it.
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Catching up on dat last season of Mad Men. Better than I expected so far, but since I was losing interest in the series, my expectations were pretty low. Have to wait to watch the last half of the season with my wife.

'bout to start up on dat Mr. Robot, though.
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Catching up on dat last season of Mad Men. Better than I expected so far, but since I was losing interest in the series, my expectations were pretty low. Have to wait to watch the last half of the season with my wife.

'bout to start up on dat Mr. Robot, though.

The last episode is fantastic. I've probably watched it about 8 times by now. I've always been a fanboy though.
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Catching up on dat last season of Mad Men. Better than I expected so far, but since I was losing interest in the series, my expectations were pretty low. Have to wait to watch the last half of the season with my wife.

'bout to start up on dat Mr. Robot, though.

Was actually disappointed with the ending of Mr. Robot, but it seemed to have been received well for the most part so YMMV.

There is a new Netflix show by Judd Apatow called "Love" that is very fresh and laugh out loud funny. Also the streaming in 4K doesn't hurt. Easily binge-able Highly recommended.
post #385 of 650
New season of Vikings started. It's been one of my favorites since season 1. More interesting than GoT for me. And it's on history channel!
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I decided to jump into Dr. Who a few years ago and started with Christopher Eccleston. I saw the first episode and it really is some of the worst television I've ever seen. I posted something about it here and others agreed. I guess I'll give it a go with a different Doctor sooner or later.

I had the same experience. Someone recommended the Eccleston season to me.

I can't imagine why someone would think that idiotic mannequin episode would be a good way to introduce someone to Doctor Who.
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I had the same experience. Someone recommended the Eccleston season to me.

I can't imagine why someone would think that idiotic mannequin episode would be a good way to introduce someone to Doctor Who.


It's because they either are big fans of Eccleston's Doctor or feel the modern version of Doctor Who should be watched "in order." I see this line of thinking as a fallacy. The show was originally created over 50 years ago and has had many different runs. Doctor Who is the closest thing tv has to comic books. A fictional narrative that is perpetual and has seen many highs and lows. When someone is recommended to read a comic they are pointed in the direction of certain runs that stand out as the best of the best featuring the character. It doesn't matter when they came out or what order they were released. That's the correct way to point someone to begin watching Who.
post #388 of 650
Just started watching The Heavy Water Wars. Very good. Unfortunate I only discovered it on a weeknight. Starting episode 4 against my better judgement.
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All this talk of the Eccleston run being a terrible starting point kinda makes me want to watch an episode or two, then jump to the Smith years, just to compare the accessibility.

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There is a new Netflix show by Judd Apatow called "Love" that is very fresh and laugh out loud funny.
Kinda slow, not that many "lol"-moments, but good overall. Just watched e05 which was by far the funniest so far.

Better Call Saul is still dope. Good first two episodes.
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