HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY, NEW WHO!
Sixteen years after his last appearance in a serial and nine years after the mid-nineties movie, the Doctor returned in a brand-new episode on March 26, 2005. “Rose” – series one, episode one – aired ten years ago on this date.
Pretty cool, no? I can’t believe it’s been ten years already! And I haven’t even been a fan of the new incarnation of the show for its entirety – only since late 2013. But I guess I consider New Who to be, like, the baby sibling of Classic Who? The majority of Doctor Who stories and characters are from the time when the show was produced as seasons, not series. So the ten-year anniversary is a bit surprising, IMO.
Anyway, I’m so glad that I got into this show – while it’s not my FAVORITE, it is ONE of my favorites. And it’s a lot of fun! It introduced me to a bunch of great characters who became some of my favorites ever, from any book or show or movie – Martha, Donna, Wilf, the Ninth and Tenth and Twelfth Doctors.
And while we’re on the topic of characters, I think a shout-out is in order: Thanks, Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper. Nine is my favorite Doctor and… well, honestly, Rose isn’t my favorite companion. But you know what? Regardless of your personal opinion of them, if they hadn’t done a decent job in the first series we wouldn’t be celebrating this tenth anniversary. They brought back the show, so kudos to you two.
Anyway… what are your favorite memories of New Who? These can be favorite episodes, geeking out with friends, et cetera. I have to say that one of my favorites has been watching all the series eight episodes with my brother – we’re not in many of the same fandoms, but this is something we both enjoy! (And even then, we rarely agree about any other aspect of the show other than that MARTHA JONES IS WONDERFUL. Yay, brother!)
I was lucky enough to see the series eight premiere, “Deep Breath,” in theaters this past August, and that was pretty memorable too. And of course, beginning to watch the show was fun! “Rose” is a totally cheesy episode but I liked it well enough to want to continue, so that’s something.
And now I’m rambling, so I’m going to wrap up this post. But before I sign off for the night, there’s a video I’d like to show you:
It’s a fan-made trailer for all ten years and eight series of New Who! IT IS THE GREATEST THING AND I SQUEED SO MUCH UPON WATCHING IT. It’s a really good summary/portrayal of the new incarnation of the show, even if I do think this trailer included a few too many explosions. Ha. Oh, well.
TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT NEW WHO! Favorite companions, favorite episodes, favorite memories? How does this version compare, in your opinion, to Classic Who? I’d love to know!
P.S. I think this quote is quite appropriate for the occasion: “2005? Tell you what… I bet you’re gonna have a really great year.”