When I taught a course on SFF criticism at the U of MN, I learned that none of my students had read Tolkien, beyond the essays of his I assigned them. So I read them The Hobbit. A chapter a day, at the beginning of class. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done as a teacher.
365snakesinthebasket said: Do you think i could read Dr Who eleven doctors, eleven stories if I've never read/watched Dr Who before? I've been wanting to get into Dr Who, but as there is so much out there I have no idea where to start..
I’d watch some Doctor Who, if I were you.
Here, I’ll make you a watching list. Netflix is your friend:
Watch an episode called BLINK.
Watch The Girl in the Fireplace.
Watch Dalek. (Yes, the Doctor looks different. Same man, though.)
Watch The Empty Child two parter.
Watch The Doctor’s Wife (I wrote that one, which is why I’m putting it on the list.)
Watch City of Death (it’s a classic series of shorter episodes from 1978ish, written by Douglas Adams).
Somewhere around there, start watching the New Series 1 with Rose and just come forward normally.
How to watch Doctor Who
Personally, I’d add more from the first two doctors (I mean Hartnell and Troughton); watching the oldest ones gives you the best feeling for what an imaginative show it is, something the newer ones might miss because the special effects are better (and, you know, the BBC cares now. Can’t believe they destroyed some of the old tapes!).
And don’t forget the Christmas specials!