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8/24/10 by Oolaph
Updated 7/22/13

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JackhoJackho

7 days ago

Also is there any definitive way to experience old Doctor Who (or just Baker) without having to sit through like a billion episodes that might not be any good?

Like, are there any episodes in particular you'd recommend, or a starting point, or some defining moments

Or is it just like Dragon Ball Z or what have you, where you either got into it as a kid and saw the whole thing or you just dont get into it at all

7 days ago Oolaph responds:

If you scroll down a bit I typed up an essay to Slint about getting into Classic Who a while ago, so go ahead and read that. If you want I can PM you some recommendations for episodes and what-not as well.


JackhoJackho

7 days ago

So I take it album of the week kind of shat out. Temporarily, or?

7 days ago Oolaph responds:

For now, yeah. I could tell that there weren't many people that were interested in it anymore, so I decided to take a bit of a break from it. I might start it back up in a few weeks and see how it goes.


AmaranthusAmaranthus

2 weeks ago

so, what's good, skaren?


AmaranthusAmaranthus

3 weeks ago

you're talking shit natick im fine
nevr banned me from /b/


AmaranthusAmaranthus

3 weeks ago

slint u r gay

3 weeks ago Oolaph responds:

Amaranthus

i am Oolaph

i think you might be lost


SlintSlint

5/26/14

wow nice newspost you got there fagtron

5/26/14 Oolaph responds:

thx i worked hard on it glad you like it :)


How clever.


MrPercieMrPercie

3/25/14

Hmmmm.


NatickNatick

3/13/14

brb, committing seppuku


NatickNatick

3/13/14

is it wrong that i've seen more episodes of the twilight zone's inept remake and only one episode pf the original series

3/13/14 Oolaph responds:

very wrong


hi ulav
amaranthus


fu he's mine


Hi Olof.

It ain't Amaranthus this time.

2/3/14 Oolaph responds:

Hi Atlas.

(i don't know the other two guys)


hi olav

2/2/14 Oolaph responds:

hi amaranthus


SlintSlint

1/15/14

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1/15/14 Oolaph responds:

omgomgomgomgomgomgomg


NatickNatick

1/15/14

i'm sorry i forgot but you have letterboxd, right?
i've lost track of all the people i'm following there since they keep seperate names and icons and whatnot

1/15/14 Oolaph responds:

Nope, I don't really watch enough films to warrant making an account there.


SIIIKE

1/7/14 Oolaph responds:

you got me real good dude 10/10 prank


it used to be good
matt smith was a real letdown
the entire series

1/6/14 Oolaph responds:

is this a master prank or am I about to type up an essay to you


SlintSlint

12/24/13

jesus christ is it THAT good?

12/24/13 Oolaph responds:

no

it really isn't


SlintSlint

12/24/13

will save this, thanks a lot mang

how many episodes have you seen?

12/24/13 Oolaph responds:

all of 'em

please send help


SlintSlint

12/24/13

holy shit


SlintSlint

12/24/13

if i were to start with dr who, were would i best begin?

12/24/13 Oolaph responds:

You sorta have a lot of options.

In case you weren't aware, which you probably are, there are two Doctor Who series. The one that ran from 1963 to 1989, and the one that started in 2005 and is still going.

If you just want to watch the 2005 revival show, just start with the first episode and watch it in order like any other show. It starts with the 9th Doctor and is made to introduce the show to new viewers, if you watch from here there's no issue of being lost from 'starting partway through'. Get ready for plenty of campiness and episode quality going all over the place, every episode is a 50/50 chance of being absolutely dreadful or incredibly wonderful, moreso than any other show I've ever seen.

If you want to watch the original series (which I think is way better btw) you have 26 years of weekly television to go through. The show followed a serialised format of 2-12 20min parts for each story, and most of them were self contained so it's generally easy and safe to watch them out of order. With the show changing with the times, some eras of the show can feel very different from others.

Always start with the very first episode, "An Unearthly Child". You don't need to watch the next three episodes in the serial, but you can if you want. Despite what others might say, I think everyone should start with this episode. It gives the proper mysterious introduction that the show was intended to start with, and it's p cool yo. After watching that, I'll give you have three options:

-Be a tough guy and keep watching in order. It has '60s production values, it has episodes that are lost and unavailable, it has pacing issues due to having to meet episode quota. But I think the 1st Doctor's run has the most inventive and interesting story ideas, and you'll get to see the development of The Doctor's character over time which is a pretty cool thing to experience that most people don't even think about.

-Skip to season 7 (first episode of the 3rd Doctor) and watch in order, trying out serials from the previous two Doctors whenever you feel like it. If black & white isn't your thing, this might be the place to start. Doctor Who moved to colour and upped their production game a bit, though it's still cheap silly sci-fi. The only problem with starting here is that you're sorta picking up with a story arc that doesn't represent the rest of the series well. The 3rd Doctor gets exiled to earth and that's where most of his run takes place. Very little time travel, very little space travel, but probably the most consistently good run of episodes in the show's history.

-Jump around watching whatever serials you feel like. This is what most people do. Look at a list of serials, pick some well-regarded ones or just ones that you find interesting, and jump in. The upside is that you get plenty of variety, and the downside is that since you won't have as much time with any of the characters you won't be as familiar with them, and in turn won't care about them as much.

That was a lot more than i originally intended to type.


SevkatSevkat

12/20/13

poo laugh

12/20/13 Oolaph responds:

ew gross


AmaranthusAmaranthus

12/18/13

u mad jelly olav


AmaranthusAmaranthus

12/18/13

yeah i am
i can frontpage post


AmaranthusAmaranthus

12/17/13

actually no, to hell with her

12/17/13 Oolaph responds:

still not famous


AmaranthusAmaranthus

12/17/13

I'd like to thank my mum

12/17/13 Oolaph responds:

shut up you don't get to thank people you're not famous


AmaranthusAmaranthus

12/17/13

yes

12/17/13 Oolaph responds:

thx

special shout-outs go to Amaranthus, Amaranthus, and Amaranthus


AmaranthusAmaranthus

12/16/13

200th

12/16/13 Oolaph responds:

am i famous yet


AmaranthusAmaranthus

11/20/13

Moolaph
Boolaph


24901miles24901miles

8/24/13

me too


thats it
i want a divorce


AmaranthusAmaranthus

7/22/13

marry me


I'm sorry oolaph

7/9/13 Oolaph responds:

So am I, Amaranthus


NatickNatick

6/22/13

i should start watching doctor who sometime, shouldn't i

6/22/13 Oolaph responds:

Only if you enjoy 100% campiness.


VicariousEVicariousE

6/21/13

Quite alright! There was more than enough sci-fi to fill in the gap: Babylon 5, the first few Star Trek series, Firefly... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrow_People O_o

6/21/13 Oolaph responds:

Maybe you should give Who another shot, man. It's not a perfect show, but it certainly has plenty of charm.


VicariousEVicariousE

6/21/13

I haven't seen any hateable posts by you, but I dare say, your avatar is the one reason I gave up watching the Doctor in the 70's... that bloody cockney accent was undecipherable in my pre-adolescent youth :(

6/21/13 Oolaph responds:

I'm so sorry to hear that :(


Nah, I like you.

6/17/13 Oolaph responds:

<3 <3 <3


OmegaOmega

6/6/13

I don't know how to pronounce your name.

6/6/13 Oolaph responds:

"oo" as in 'zoo', "laph" as in 'loft'


Hi, I'm brokenrecord6299!

Now you do.


I used to despise you, but now that I'm back and I'm reviewing our long and eventful relationship...

Congrats, I don't despise you anymore! I just simply think poorly of you!

6/5/13 Oolaph responds:

I don't even know who you are.


JesterJester

5/3/13

I loaf you.
Note that "loaf" could be interpreted as love or loathe, or I may simply be creating a new verb.
And you will never know.

5/7/13 Oolaph responds:

That was so cryptic and vague that I don't know what to respond with.

I loaf you too, baby.


hawt stuff right here. must not be wasted


Baby, ima butta yo bread.


Fuck you. >:(


AmaranthusAmaranthus

3/31/13

i asked for backup
*dies*

3/31/13 Oolaph responds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_
Ic_MLZoXE


AmaranthusAmaranthus

3/31/13

cool


AmaranthusAmaranthus

3/30/13

The dalek thread got locked, but doctor who lives on.
I post a reaction image from time to time

3/30/13 Oolaph responds:

I have a folder dedicated to reaction images of The Doctor.


AmaranthusAmaranthus

3/29/13

Doctor Whoolaph
HUEHUEHUE

3/29/13 Oolaph responds:

10/10


AmaranthusAmaranthus

3/28/13

not always
but often