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Opened me into a world of DW excitement and madness, not without it's faults though!,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 1 - 4 Collection [DVD] (DVD)
I can remember very vividly watching my first DW episode, I must have been about 8. My sister had borrowed Series 1 of Doctor Who volume 3 from the School library, I sat down thinking I was to watch a different thing called Doctor Doolittle as I wasn't very good at remembering names. My first episode of DW was 'The Long Game', instantly I was hooked. Now, we all know now that episode isn't very good - but it was my first episode aged 8, it has a special place in my heart, and also 8 year olds don't really understand which episodes are good or not. For instance that same day I watched 'Father's Day' and thought it was jolly boring. But now I watch that episode quite frequently. Also in that day I was incredibly excited and thoroughly scared (actually scared) by the Empty Child / The Doctor Dances. I wouldn't watch those episodes for a while because of how I got nightmares from them. So, there I was with DW volume 1 series 1 with 'The Long Game' watching it repeatedly. Doctor Who was my new favorite thing ever. It would be not too long until I dragged my Mother to the shops to buy me the whole Series 1 box set.
Christopher Eccleston's regeneration really shocked me, and angered me as well. I was repulsed by this new man in a leather jacket taking over my man in a leather jacket. I was disgusted by his cheesy grin and spiky hair, but knowing I had a very obsessive mind in those days I would have bought Series 2 volume 1 on DVD, it was brilliant! Again I loved the show, I hadn't completely embraced David Tennant but I tolerated him very easily. I would slowly collect each volume of Series 2 obsessively until I had a freak storm excitement by the idea of seeing Daleks and Cybermen fight each other that when I purchased that DVD I jumped in the air with huge excitement and happiness. I didn't enjoy the episodes in the end which was sad but for some reason I remember liking 'Fear Her'. I was an odd child.
Then it was Christmas, the big day. You see, we don't have a television in our house, but we were spending ours at Grampa's house in Northampton. It was the very first day I would actually see a Doctor Who episode for real on television at the time of it's transmission. I loved The Runaway Bride but on repeat viewing detest it now. Oh well.
Of course at that time we knew little of BBC Iplayer so when Series 3 aired my Mother would drive me down to my cousin's house to watch each episode. Of course I missed a lot of eps, this would have been made up for me when Series 3 was purchased in box set form on DVD. I couldn't manage to go to my cousins every Saturday, it was too hard. But when I did go I loved it. I was pleased by Martha as a companion even though today she is very divisive, I was also pleased by the Master, and was scared to hell by the Weeping Angels. My sister to this day enjoys Series 3 the most out of all the series', I have to disagree with her there, it would be Series 5 and 6 that I really love. Still, sorry that was a sidenote.
I to this day cannot remember when I first watching Voyage Of The Damned but I remember being thoroughly disappointed in it as my mind was shaping to be a bit more cynical, in fact that might have been my first DW disappointment. I would watch Series 4 on Iplayer and for the most part would be engaged and entertained by it. But by that time my DW addiction was fading, and it would take a while before I bought Series 4 on DVD. I remember the finale was a real shock to me, it just felt like a re run of old episodes but even more ridiculous. And then the specials came, well lets say I didn't really get into Doctor Who before it's verve had returned in Series 5 and 6.
Sad, isn't it? Don't you worry though. Doctor Who: Series 1 - 4 is very important to me, and should be watched by all, as should Series 5 and 6. Although I have come to the conclusion that Christmas Specials are very poor. I only like 2 of the 7 Christmas specials so far.
A Christmas Carol and Christmas Invasion. Sorry, that was a off the point. Please do buy this box set. And please do buy the later ones as well.