1. doctorwho:

    7 Best Old-School Doctor Who Stories To Stream

    The ability to stream TV shows over the internet is nothing short of amazing. I occasionally just have to stop and look at the technology and go “wow” a bit. It’s so incredibly awesome that I pretty much take it for granted now.

    The most popular ways to stream TV these days seem to be Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Of the three, Netflix and Amazon Prime carry old school Doctor Who episodes. Yes, you can sit back in the comfort of your own home and watch TV shows so old they hadn’t even conceived of streaming technology at the time the shows were made.

    If you’re someone who’s only seen new Who, but want to try the new, this is a great option for you. But where to start? Well, here’s a helpful list for you. These are the best stories (one for each Doctor), to stream on either Netflix, Amazon Prime, or both….


  2. doctorwho:

    When the Encyclopaedia Gallifreya ‘leaks’ and we hear knowledge ebbing from its container, you might just be able to catch the familiar voice of Timothy Dalton – in other words, Rassilon himself from The End of Time.

    Immediately after Bram tries to dismantle the TARDIS console we hear an audio mosaic of lines from previous episodes– some more clearly than others… We initially catch the Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan, from An Unearthly Child, revealing how the initials of TARDIS stand for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. Also from that story, towards the end of the sequence, you can hear one of the people she was addressing – Ian Chesterton – expressing his astonishment at the nature of the ship! The clips from that scene are taken from:

    • An Unearthly Child, episode 1. (see above)

    • Colony in Space, episode 1. The Third Doctor explains to Jo Grant that the TARDIS is dimensionally transcendental.

    • The Robots of Death, episode 1The Fourth Doctor discusses trans-dimensional engineering with Leela.

    • The Doctor’s WifeThe TARDIS asks if ‘sexy thing’ is her name!

    • RoseThe Ninth Doctor assures Rose that the assembled hordes of Genghis Khan couldn’t get through ‘that door’.

    • The Beast BelowAmy Pond reflects that she is in space…

    • Smith and JonesMartha Jones struggles to understand the TARDIS.

    For more details on this weekend’s episode check out the Fourth Dimension post from the BBC Doctor Who site.


  3. Where’s a good season to start Classic Who?

    So yeah, not only have I caught up on New Who but I’ve pretty much caught up on every single TV show I watch (except Supernatural because it’s a policy with me to wait until all episodes have come out), and I’m really not sure I want to go back all the way to the 60’s yet, but if you guys think that’s where I should start then I’ll do just that. :)

    Given the easygoing continuity of the classic series just about every story makes a decent “start”, but if you’re wanting to watch it strictly in order then the best place aside from the very beginning would probably be Spearhead in Space, the first story for the Third Doctor.

    Not only is it the first story for the Third Doctor, it’s also the first story to be broadcast in color, and at the time was intended to be a slight revamp of the show, with the Doctor stranded on Earth and dealing with alien invasions alongside UNIT (don’t worry though, Three gets to use his TARDIS again eventually.)

    I do recommend watching the 60s-era stuff because there are some darn good stories in there, but if you’d rather skip them for now then it’s easy to start further along without missing out on too much continuity stuff. :]

    (Source: silmarilix)


  4. feeny-chan:

    Wait. When WAS Doctor Who created? Didn’t it start in the sixties or something? And aren’t there, like, 20 doctors? Guh, see? It’s stuff like this that confuses me and makes me hesitate getting into the show.

    Doctor Who started in 1963. The original series ended in 1989, and the modern version debuted in 2005. The current Doctor, Matt Smith, is the 11th.

    A show that big can be pretty daunting!  But thankfully, there are plenty of good places for a newbie to dive in.

    If you’re really fond of retro sci-fi, you could watch the classic series first. (Just about any story makes a good first one, as the classic series is very laid-back about continuity.)

    If you’d rather watch the modern stuff first, the best starting places are either “Rose” (the first episode of the modern series and the 9th Doctor) or “The Eleventh Hour” (the first episode for both the current showrunner and the current Doctor.)

    The modern series is a direct continuation of the classic series, but you don’t have to watch the old episodes in order to understand the new ones. The modern series does a good job of getting new viewers up to speed on the basic concept. (900-year-old alien, time-traveling phone box, etc.)

    Of course, if you end up liking the modern series, I do recommend going back and watching at least a bit of the classic show! :]


  5. The Doctor’s Granddaughter

    If you’ve been keeping up with the newest episodes of Doctor Who (Series 7.2 as the kids are calling it) you may have noticed a line in The Rings of Akhaten where the Doctor mentions visiting with his granddaughter. Just who is this kid, anyway?

    Meet Susan, played by Carole Ann Ford.

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  6. doctorwho:


    2013 is DOCTOR WHO’s 50th Anniversary. Each month, BBC AMERICA takes the TARDIS back in time with Brand New Specials on all eleven Doctors.

    This month, it’s Third Doctor JON PERTWEE!

    Don’t miss the Premiere of the third DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTORS REVISITED Special, plus the classic Third Doctor storyline “Spearhead from Space” *** Sunday March 31 at 8/7c *** only on BBC America.

    Take an in-depth look at the third incarnation of the truly timeless Time Lord, who brought action and stunts to the series. With exclusive interviews with lead writer & executive producer STEVEN MOFFAT, executive producer CAROLINE SKINNER, Tenth Doctor DAVID TENNANT, Season Six guest star HUGH BONNEVILLE (Downton Abbey) and more! 

    Then, in the story “Spearhead from Space,” a swarm of meteorites fall on the sleepy English countryside, bringing with them a terrible new threat to mankind: the Nestene consciousness - a disembodied alien intelligence with an affinity for plastic. The Doctor is forced to race against time, in order to stop humanity from being replaced by a generation of terrifying plastic replicas.

    (Source: youtube.com)

  7. recycledmoviecostumes:

    This beautiful gown has an especially fun history. It was first made for the fifth doctor serial of Doctor Who entitled Black Orchid during the show’s nineteenth season. The episode aired in 1982 and the costume was seen on Barbara Murray as Lady Cranleigh.

    Ten years later the gown was used for Annie Lennox music video Walking on Broken Glass.

    It made another appearance in the new series of Doctor Who, in the second season episode entitled The Girl in the Fireplace. It aired in 2006 and the costume was seen on Sophia Myles as Madame du Pompadour. Despite it’s age, it appeared to still be in excellent condition. The same dress used in the same show - more than twenty years later!

    The dress recently went up for auction at Bonhams, which confirms it was created for Doctor Who, and describes the dress as: “An eighteenth century styled full length dress of peach coloured teffeta, heavily embroidered on front with floral motif, having lace collar and cuffs, with corset on top, labelled inside with measurement details.”

    Costume Credit: Katie S.

    Find Hundreds of reused costumes from every era at Recycled Movie Costumes

    Have you found a Recycled Movie Costume not in any of the galleries on our site? Use the “Submit” button at the right, or e-mail your submissions and photos to submissions@recycledmoviecostumes.com

    The magic of long-running series: A show that used to borrow props from other shows has started borrowing props from itself!


  8. fibrodeathmatch asked: What's going on with Netflix is that copyright and licensing is different in America than in Britain, and because some seasons only have individual episodes for sale, Netflix would have to negotiate individually for all of the episodes... So yeah. It's a bit complicated. Daily Motion frequently has it available online though.

    Hey, an explanation for Netflix’s patchy selection! Thanks, pal.


  9. Missing Episodes and You

    Many episodes from the First and Second Doctors (106, as I write this) are missing. As in, the tapes got straight-up thrown away or recorded over. A lot of myths have cropped up - such as the evil tape-trashing BBC employee or the tragic warehouse fire - but the truth is simple:

    TV shows used to get wiped all the time.

    It’s hard to imagine in this age of DVD sets and channels devoted to reruns, but back in the early years of television there wasn’t much to do with an episode once the broadcast was over. (Check this Wikipedia article for an overview of the practice and a heartbreakingly-long list of shows affected.)

    For Doctor Who fans, this means that the 1963-1969 years are spottily available. Some serials are missing all their episodes, while many others are a patchwork of intact video and … not-intact video.

    However! *cue upbeat Murray Gold music* Doctor Who, resilient little show it is, has an ace up its sleeve.

    We still have ALL the audio.

    A side effect of shows only being broadcast once is that some TV fans in The Olden Days would run audio recorders during an episode so they could listen to their favorite programs later. Thankfully, proto-Whovians were almost as ridiculously dedicated as they are today, because they recorded the audio for every single episode. Here in Futureville, those recordings have led to:

    Audio CDs

    The BBC has put out CD sets of the audio from “missing” stories, complete with narration from the actors to explain whatever isn’t clear from the sound effects alone. They’re sort of like audio books on steroids. (Non-steroids’d audio readings of serial novelizations also exist.)


    Fanmade pairings of audio with telesnaps (the weasel-primate ancestors to today’s screencaps.) Typically use captions to describe the action, though some just use the narrated audio.

    Animated Reconstructions

    Pretty much the pinnacle of awesome. The BBC has slowly been commissioning animation studios to fill in the gaps of partially-missing serials. They’re not Disney-style cartoon masterpieces, (can you imagine if they had that kind of budget???) but they get the job done with Flash-animated likenesses of the actors. So far The Invasion and The Reign of Terror have been produced, with The Ice Warriors recently announced for the animation treatment as well.

    Deep down, every Whovian hopes the BBC will someday discover a secret stash of every episode and rain DVDs down upon the populace. (Which does occasionally happen - 2 episodes were found as recently as 2011.)

    But if that doesn’t happen, we’ve got some pretty rad substitutes.


  10. crminalsherlockedgames:

    I’ve never watched Doctor Who (because amurikah) and yet I can name most of the characters, know to not blink, and understand some fandom jokes/references.

    Anyways, I wanna watch it on Netflix but i don’t know if I should start with classic who? I mean, it seems like the right thing to do but then aren’t there a lot of episodes missing? Ahahdkckodjn

    Starting with Classic Who would be awesome, especially if you’re a fan of retro TV, but it’s also fine to save it for later. There’s nothing in Classic Who that’s strictly essential to understand the modern series - the 2005 series is a continuation of the show, but it explains the basic premise (guy travels time/space in phone-box-lookin’ ship) on its own.

    Starting with Nine is the best way to watch the modern series, but if you want to quickly catch up to where the show is now, you could start with Eleven and fill in the previous episodes on your own time.

    As for the “missing” episodes in Classic Who, yes, there are unfortunately a bunch of episodes from the First and Second Doctors that were taped over or thrown out. However, the audio footage remains for every episode! So it is possible to “watch” the entire show, in one way or another. :]

    (Netflix’s selection itself is also weirdly incomplete. I have no idea why they have so few Classic serials available for streaming, since the majority are available on perfectly watchable DVDs.)

    (Source: fakeusmarshalls)