This year, Doctor Who fans the world over are celebrating 50 years of the iconic British sci-fi show. And that includes me. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know what Doctor Who is. I have vague recollections of seeing the Third Doctor regenerate into the Fourth Doctor back in 1974–one of my earliest memories. I remember being seriously freaked out by the 1978 story “Robots of Death” (and I still think it’s one of the creepiest–and best–of the classic series). So, I’ve been a fan of the show for a long time.
If all of the above makes absolutely no sense to you whatsoever, or if you are fairly new to Doctor Who, then hopefully the videos below will give you a fun crash course in Doctor Who history. First we have Babelcolour’s (that’s Stuart Humphryes) celebration of Doctor Who, where he reviews every single Doctor Who story, spin-off, and special from the first episode in 1963 through to the end of last season (New Series 6)… in 10 minutes!:
[UPDATE: When I wrote this article, Babelcolour’s video was alive and well on YouTube. Since then, the BBC has forced Mr. Humphreys to remove–or at least make private–many of the clips on his YouTube site. This, despite the fact that he just finished working with the BBC on colorizing the first episode of the classic Who story “The Mind of Evil” for DVD release later this year. There’s gratitude for you! *sigh*]
[UPDATED UPDATE as of April 11, 2013, from Babelcolour’s YouTube page: “BBC WorldWide have been kind enough to phone me and reassure me that they support the output and that the copyright strikes were unintentionally punitive. I shall be back!” YAY!!]
Next up we have The Doctor Who Years. This is a video series produced by some professional TV people with access to the BBC archives (Ed Stradling has also worked on the official BBC Doctor Who DVD range), that marries clips from every classic episode (1963-1989) with music from the period. Each video is about 30 minutes long, and I think they’re an excellent way to introduce people to the series. They’re also very entertaining:
(Unfortunately, YouTube has blocked the first part of this video for copyright reasons…)
The latest series of Doctor Who (New Series 7) started up again this past Saturday. If you’ve never seen it before, what better time than the 50th anniversary year to become a fan? See you behind the sofa…