It’s never too late. I started after the show was already on for 17 years but I caught up. Then there was a 15 year delay when nothing happened. But really, there’s not even a need to catch up on anything. You just try it one day, see if it grabs you. Might not. It’s not for everybody. The show has always been the story of the character “in progress” so you never really get “a beginning”, so starting anytime oddly works.
Oh that. The fandom. Nah, they can be completely ignored. I started watching as the only person I knew that liked the show, except for my grandmother.
Started in 1980 age 8. It wasn’t until 1989 that I got online and met the first OTHER person besides my grandmother who liked the show too.
I mostly ignore the fandom. I’m having fun with them now but I usually just ignore them.
I’ve always wondered what it would’ve been like to grow up with it around though. I hears stories of people growing up in communities where all the kids in the town watched the show and they role played, acting it out like cowboys and indians (or american soldiers and terrorists or whatever kids do now), and thought, “gee, that must’ve been fun”.
But it didn’t matter. I just liked it. Weird person travels through time and space in a police box, fixing problems and bringing humans along for the ride. That’s about it.
Oh that’d be funny in chats. “Yes Jodie Whittaker was my first Doctor. What do you mean the Doctor used to be a MAN? Nope. Can’t imagine it.”
There’s areas of the Doctor Who universe I don’t go anywhere near. Too involved for me. There’s audio books, fiction books, conventions, fan fiction fan art, online roleplaying.. I mean there’s levels and levels and levels deeper than I’ll ever find myself with this.
I don’t read the “Doctor Who news” type things. All i do is go “Oh cool, there’s a new Doctor Who episode?” I sit down and watch it. That’s usually about it.
Doctor Who is Time Bandits + Bill & Ted. It’s not Memento or that one where the two guys are in the box and cross their own timelines and things get weird… Primer I think it was? That was very cerebral..
Doctor Who inspired my interest in Time stuff and my brain would always try to make the technobabble ‘work’ somehow for their fictional Universe to scientifically function. Always a good mental challenge and I could probably justify anything they did on the show somehow.
But, I mean there’s certain things that are classic 60s era sci-fi that you just have to accept somehow. Like the box itself. “Time and Relative Dimensions in Space”. If you get in the box, either you get smaller, or the TARDIS’ interior is in a pocket Universe travelling simultaneously overlaid in this one. [pocket Universes are Big Bang vestiges, connected to this one but hard to get to technologically, but possible, involving harnessing things like the center of neutron star material and stuff and using it like coal as it were)…
But I think when they came up with some of it, they just justified the size differences as “there’s lots of empty space in molecules” type of thing, which wasn’t uncommon in sci-fi back then, but you would be less likely to hear that today.
I’ve seen Eraserhead but not Mulholland Drive. Never saw Twin Peaks either. That’s why its fine if you never look into Doctor Who ’cause there’s lots of room in the sci-fi universe for stuff. I’ll probably never watch Twin Peaks even though I know it’s supposed to be very good. Took me years to watch Dune and when I finally did, I wasn’t that into it, even though I knew people that adored it to pieces. So, plenty of room.
Had friends obsessed with Dune. I could see what they liked about it when I watched it, but it just never grabbed me. Actually *most* science fiction _doesn’t_ grab me. It takes a LOT of energy to get invested in new fictional Universes (at least for me) and I try to be careful because once I’m wrapped up in a fictional Universe it’s hard to leave.
Stargate was the last fictional universe I let myself dive into. I enjoyed it but it sure sucked a lot of time.
Loved Being John Malkovich. Brazil I didn’t care for until I was older and then I liked it a lot [it was too dark for me in the 80s and I wasn’t a fan of dystopia].
Avatar? It was the CGI. I couldn’t see past it. Plus I was around the beginning of “I need to take a break from TV and movies for a while].
I probably have a good 8-10 years of movie catching up to do one of these days. I dont’ have a written list but it’s somewhere in my head.