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Rewatching Who

I'm roughly nine months into my re-watching of the whole of Doctor Who, and thought I should salute my inspiration and link to a couple of others who are following the same path.

The idea is fairly obvious, I suppose, but was germinated in my brain by a conversation with Paul Cornell at P-Con in 2008, when he pointed out that at an episode a day or so, it was a perfectly feasible project. I don't know if he had been talking to altariel , who together with mraltariel had just started their epic rewatch (and putting the pieces together I guess that they may have mentioned this project to Paul at Eastercon the previous week), but once I started following their progress it seemed pretty cool. They have been writing it up a season at a time, and have now reached Season 14 in 1976-77; I am currently in Season 7, which they reached last October, so in some ways they are seven years ahead of me and in other ways eight months. Their thorts to date: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

A month before I started my own rewatch in September, "jacob1480" began a similar run through on his Tardis Adventures blog, dedicated to this purpose, one story at a time. He has progressed less rapidly than me, and is now at the end of the Hartnell era which I reached in January (not a criticism - he probably doesn't have a 90-minute commute to fill). He is a first-time viewer, unlike the others I am linking to here, and unblinkered by fan lore, so his observations are sometimes strikingly different from the conventional wisdom (it is a rare fan who would rank Vicki top of the First Doctor's companions). I've syndicated his posts to Livejournal as tardisadventure though it didn't pick up the most recent post on the Hartnell era as a whole, which I guess fell through the cracks when LJ was having problems the other week.

Meanwhile, Andrew Hickey started down this road last month - so far has only done An Unearthly Child and The Daleks, also one story per entry with the added self-discipline of trying to stick to 1000 words per story. I wish him well; his blog (which covers many other topics, such as comics and Lib Dem politics) is syndicated on LJ at andrewh_rss.

Good luck to 'em all, and if you are wondering about how to fill a couple of years of half-hour daily slots, this could well be your answer...


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Jun. 10th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
All down to Paul Cornell: he mentioned watching an episode a day ("a thing every Who fan does once in their life") during a panel at Eastercon, and I thought, "Ooh, excellent idea..."
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
smallclanger is interested in watching old eps but is finding B&W and 'live' acting very hard going (oh, my 21st century child...). We may do something like this but start at Season 12, which has the advantage of being 'the first Doctor Mummy watched'. (Technically I saw Pertwee episodes too, the same way he saw Eccleston, but I don't really remember much before Revenge of the Cybermen.) S12 also has the advantage of having a season continuity he can follow.
Jun. 10th, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
Good luck to all involved.

A couple of my friends and I are doing a much less thorough and less scientific version, because we're just going through his DVDs in order (hence why you're getting comments from me on some of your old Tom Baker posts).
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to catch up on all of the early Who (Hartnell and Troughton) which I'd only seen odd episodes from before. I have watched all of the stories available on DVD, then I watched all the stories that still exist in complete form, and now I'm watching fan reconstructions of the missing episodes. Perhaps I ought to go back and watch them all in order.
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm really delighted that so many people are doing this (not least because my knowledge of old school Who begins and ends with the 4th Doctor); copperbadge is also doing something similar.
Jun. 11th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I need so badly to do a Classic DW rewatch, but I don't see any upcoming opportunity. Arrggh, frustrating.
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I must admit it's slow going but I am enjoying it. And I think Vicki is a fine choice for top of the First Doctor's companions. Certainly better than the other women (I could never really decide on Barbara...). Thanks again, and good luck on your own rewatch! I tend to only read reviews of stories I myself have already reviewed, but eventually I'll catch up.

Jun. 11th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I only meant that I don't read them to avoid information that might taint my own watching.

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