Doctor Who Episode Guide: Season One
So you’ve decided you’d like to start watching Doctor Who*, and you’re looking for a good way to make sure you don’t miss anything. Wikipedia’s List of Doctor Who Serials is a good place to start, but maybe you’re looking for specific types of information, like which stories span multiple episodes. Or maybe you’ve had a rough day and you don’t want to watch the next episode if it’s going to be sad and/or depressing. In these cases, it’s hard to find little bits of information without having larger plot twists spoiled along the way.
With that in mind, I’ve created short primers for each season of Doctor Who, since the series was revived in 2009—often called “New Who.” While I originally started doing this specifically for two friends, I thought it was something others might find useful.
NOTE: At times I will note when characters enter and leave (but not how), when a new Doctor appears, and a few character or alien names. If you want to remain completely unspoiled for everything, I recommend you get off the Internet right now and don’t come back until you’re done. Seriously. This primer is not for you.
There are plenty of Doctor Who fans will tell you to skip Season One, but I am not one of them. Christopher Eccleston gives a great performance as the Ninth Doctor, and I think he did a great job with the task of bringing this series back.
1×01 – Rose: We meet Rose, Rose meets the Doctor.
1×02 – The End of the World: First off world episode! Some hints to future story arcs.
1×03 – The Unquiet Dead: Historical episode! Let’s meet Charles Dickens.
1×04 – Aliens of London: Part 1 of 2, introduces Harriet Jones. I love her.
1×05 – World War Three: Part 2 of 2, these aliens get weirder and weirder.
1×06 – Dalek: An introduction to the Daleks.
1×07 – The Long Game: I hope this is not how our technology evolves.
1×08 – Father’s Day: Deals with time paradoxes. Brace yourself for sadness.
1×09 – The Empty Child: Part 1 of 2, and one of the creepiest villains, in my opinion.
1×10 – The Doctor Dances: Part 2 of 2, and still extremely creepy.
1×11 – Boom Town: A call back to Aliens of London and World War Three.
1×12 – Bad Wolf: Part 1 of 2 of the season finale.
1×13 – The Parting of the Ways: Part 2 of 2 of the season finale, and Eccleston’s departure.
Children in Need Special (7 mins) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZK8tPwA0Ro
The Christmas Invasion: An introduction to David Tennant. This appears in the correct order, unlike some later specials.
Now, go forth, and watch!
*Or maybe you haven’t decided. I encourage you to read this article about why Doctor Who is science fiction at its best, and give one episode a chance. I recommend Season 3 Episode 10, “Blink” as a starter episode. If you enjoy it, you may enjoy Doctor Who. Or maybe not. I don’t know your life.