In trying to think of something to write about today, I decided that it might be a good time to bring up my obsession with Doctor Who. I know I have posted a lot about it on Facebook, but I don’t remember bringing it up in the old blog, right?
Well, unfortunately for my writer’s block, the idiot who put this blog together stuck a search box on it. A couple of keystrokes, and I found so many Who-based posts that I fear that’s all I ever talked about!
So, I guess it’s not out of character to mention that there’s a new Doctor in the house (Ncuti Gatwa), and I think he’s pretty great. I loved the Christmas special, “The Church on Ruby Road,” and I’m looking forward to the usual pitifully small number of episodes that will constitute a “season” of the show whenever they get around to it.
In 1963, the first season of the show was 42 episodes. It settled into a groove of about 25 per season from 1970 to 1984. When it came back in 2005, we got 10, but then they started these years long gaps. There was no Who at all in 2016 except for the Christmas special, and the last “full” series was 6 episodes in 2021. By the time this next series comes on, the gap will be 3 years long.
But I digress…
The last time I mentioned Who on this blog was ten years ago when I presented my “Doctor Who Series Highlights” — the listing of the episodes where something impactful happens (Doctor regenerates, a new companion enters, an old companion leaves, etc.) and any others that are considered “A” or “B” level based on a spreadsheet that averages reviews from 10 different sources. Well, to the surprise of no one, I have continued to maintain that spreadsheet, and I updated and edited the original document this morning.
Here is the newly revised version of Doctor Who Series Highlights (PDF)