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1/18/11 10:17 A

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wow, thanks. I don't have netflix or any stuff like that, and I wish like crazy I had BBC America (that sounds so awesome to have--i'm falling majorly for brit television (sick of the "reality" shows and crap on american t.v. these days--there's so little quality these days...except for criminal minds and csi and stuff like that--hee hee)

I have the most barebones basic cable, which includes SyFy (can't believe they changed the spelling) and nothing like cable on demand. I hadn't seen it on SyFy except maybe once in a while but can't remember what time of day or night)--I think they have a few reruns on Saturday or Sunday late night on PBS--I caught the last half or third of one last week, the one about Pompeii. Just wish I remember what time was. Guess I'll be surfing schedules for the next couple of days.

So if I start with the new ones it won't hurt--that's good to know.

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1/18/11 3:43 A

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I forgot to mention that the Old Dr. Whos were done for radio (sound only of tv programs) and those are available on cds. I have not checked if they are available for downloads from BBC from the English sites. There all kinds of podcasts that are available for free from some of the sites or from Itunes.Have not looked for Dr. Who specifically because I am overloaded and way behind. :0)

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1/18/11 2:38 A

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I love Doctor Who, too, and catch it when I can (when it's on Syfy or Comcast On Demand). I don't have BBC America, but I think it airs there. I haven't caught anything yet with the new doctor, though. I wish it were easier to watch.

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1/17/11 11:11 P

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My whole family are fans of the show. My husband was a fan of it back in the 70's. My and my kids became fans with the new series back in 2005.
I would definitely start with the newer series if I were you. Either at the beginning of Season (or Series as the British call them) 1, 2 or 5 since that's when the doctor has changed and you'd have less to catch up on.
I don't know of any channels but ScyFy or BBC America that show them.
I haven't read any of the books but my husband has.

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1/17/11 10:18 P

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I also am a child of the 60's. I have watched the Dr. Who episodes from the beginning. At least those I was able to get her in the USA. These are paperback stories based on the characters too and I have read plenty of them. I even down loaded a Dr. Who story onto my Ipod. Yes, I am a little obsessed with Dr. Who.

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1/17/11 7:25 P

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I don't believe I've seen Dr.Who but I watch Dr.OZ all of the time and occasionaly a show that's simply entitled The Doctors.I'm a retired nurse who likes to keep up with things.I believe Dr.Who is fictiob or am I wrong? emoticon

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1/17/11 7:05 P

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Do you have netflix? If so, you can watch Dr. Who on watch instant. I, too have just started watching Dr. Who and am a huge fan. I also have BBC America and can watch the most recent shows on there (you can also pay for them and get them on itunes - perhaps hulu as well - but not have to pay).

I started with the 2005 Dr. Who and have watched all of the series since the 2005 series. I haven't yet watched the older ones.

I hope one of the ways people have suggested are a viable option for you to see Dr. Who. Definitely a fun show!

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1/17/11 2:17 P

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My library has dvd rentals and I borrowed them from there. I was a child of the 60s so watched them at first start, but they bear repeating. New ones are great to. Been able to get them (ok a little late) on PBS. Sherlock was a great find too. :0)

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1/17/11 12:41 P

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oh, my goodness, I LOVE Doctor Who! I even chat on the IMDB DW message boards. "Classic Who" ran from 1963-1989 and has 26 seasons. "NuWho" started in 2005, and has Series 1-5 so far with Series 6 coming in the spring. NuWho is not a reboot, but a continuation of the original series.

I say start with NuWho, then go back to Classic Who if you like it. You could do one of two things--start with thefirst episode of Season 1, titled "Rose". Or you could start with Series 5's first episode "The Eleventh Hour". Series 5 has a new Doctor, new cast, new writers, and new production team so it's a good place to begin.

If you don't have BBC America, email me--I can send you links to legitimate online watching sites (not downloading, just viewing eps). I know a couple of sites that have all of Classic Who and all of NuWho! :)

P.S. MY first Who ep was Series 1's "Father's Day." It is a beautiful, emotional piece and still one of my favorites!

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1/17/11 11:21 A

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I live in the states, too, and we get a cable channel called BBC America (and a second one for HD watchers BBCAHD). I'd start with the current incarnation which is the 2010 season of Dr. Who. Maybe it will be available on DVD soon? You can also find previous incarnations of Dr. Who (different actors portrayed the Doctor for years), it's pretty cheesy stuff compared to mainstream U.S. Sci Fi films you might be used to.

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1/17/11 11:19 A

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My husband is crazy about these shows. There are marathons on nearly every week. I don't think it really matters where you start.

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1/17/11 10:25 A

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I love Doctor Who! At some point, I will start buying the seasons on DVD, but for now I have set my DVR to record all the episodes it can find. :)

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1/17/11 10:23 A

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Hi there,

I'm a huge Doctor Who fan!! I watch on Saturdays on BBC America. They sometimes show on the Syfy channel. You can catch glimpses on youtube, but not a complete show. You might try Hulu.com I don't know if they'd have any episodes, but... or maybe a BBC website.

If you decide to rent or borrow some dvds (I know you said you wouldn't be able to yet)I would start with the most recent season 1. That season came out about six years ago. That Doctor lasted one season and then he was replaced with David Tenant. He was the Doctor for about six seasons (?) and then Matt Smith took over last season. The new season starts this spring. New writers with Matt Smith's Doctor so they are all trying to get the hang of things. There are also books out there. I haven't read one yet so I don't know if they are any good. Oh, and itunes has episodes, but you will need to pay for them.

I started watching in the middle of the season and it was hard at first to figure out what was going on. It gets easier the more you watch.



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1/17/11 10:03 A

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Hey howdy there!

I've got a major question for fans. I've never seen "Doctor Who", maybe seen pieces but i had no clue what the heck was going on or what I was watching til later, so no, never seen a whole episode.

I got curious about it after watching "Sherlock" and finding out the creators were the same for Doctor Who (Gatiss and Moffat are geniuses--love Sherlock like mad). My question is this: one, where and when on t.v. are episodes of Doctor Who (I live in the states and don't have BBC anything, so nothing doing there)? The other question is, where would you recommend I start watching? I mean, if i got dvds, where would you recommend I start, or can i just watch re-runs and get it okay?

major question, since i've heard Doctor Who's been on about 20 years by now--where the hell does a newbie start? it seems like so much fun to watch, so i wanna do it right (and i'm broke right now, so no renting in my near future, let alone buying)

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