Again, do I need to explain? If you follow me on Tumblr you know this. I used to watch Doctor Who as a kid with my dad on PBS, but I didn’t really get into it until the new series came back, and I stepped into fandom for the first time with series 4 because I loved Donna so much. She is my favorite companion for sure (well, in the New Series at least). I’ve transcended into crazed love so far that I’m planning on writing my dissertation on the show. If that’s not an obsession I don’t know what is.
Tiny Toons Adventures.
The first show I ever religiously followed was Tiny Toons. Here’s a fun story.
My hand-writing was awful when I was a kid, so my dad promised me a reward if I could bring up my hand-writing grade by the end of the year. So I worked my ass off, and when I finished the first grade I brought my hand-writing grade up to an A-. The day he got my report card, my dad took me to Toys’R’Us and he bought me a brand new GameBoy (the original, gray brick one, which had been released recently) and one game of my choice. My choice? Tiny Tunes: Bab’s Big Break. It’s still one of my favorites.
Not bad for a 6 year old fangirl, eh?
Life on Mars.
Do I really need to explain? Really? I’ve returned to this show quite a few times and every time I can never get over the fact of how gripping the opening episode is. It is an independent story, but really gets you invested in the characters and situation in a way that few other shows can. This isn’t a pilot in the stereotypical sense; in the industry calling the first episode a “pilot” is a way of making an excuse for lower-than-expected production values, shaky acting, and less-than-water-tight introductory narrative. But in this first episode, Life on Mars is already in full stride, and I think that’s why you can’t turn away after watching the first episode. You simply must watch the whole series.
Doctor Who, “The Eleventh Hour”.
While “The Eleventh Hour” isn’t a pilot in the dictionary sense, this is the first run of a new show runner, new Doctor, new companion, new title sequence, new director, new executive producers … Really, this is the pilot episode for Team Cardiff.2, spearheaded by Steven Moffat. And what an introduction. Matt Smith was brilliant. Karen Gillan was gorgeous and sassy. The story was clever and fun. Really, it was a fantastic starting point for a new crew and new direction for Doctor Who. And that’s what’s so brilliant about Doctor Who; it’s the same show, with the same main character, yet can completely reinvent itself while maintaining its sameness.
The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords.
Don’t get me wrong. I loved having the Master back (and in John Simm’s gorgeous body good lord) but this whole thing was just totally ridiculous. I think this was RTD testing the fanbase’s trust and loyalty. Because seriously. wut. And again with the giant reset button. Sigh.
I’ve watched quite a few episodes at this point, basically just watching ones that are referred to often or that have been recommended. But this summer I’m going to go through and watch the whole series beginning to end. I picked up the first season on DVD for super cheap and will be starting that next week. Pretty excited. This show has a lot of pretty. I’m also a bit obsessed with Christian mythology so I can’t wait until the show starts heading in that direction.