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So much stranger, so much darker, so much madder, so much better.

Well, it’s finally happened.

I kind of always knew it would, eventually, once I set my mind to it. It was just a matter of finding the time, which I did over the Christmas/New Year holiday. I saw this time stretching in front of me and thought, whatever shall I do with it? And I looked at my Netflix subscription and thought, well, YOU certainly have been going underutilized lately, haven’t you?

And I fell headlong into a binge I have yet to come back from. (And to be honest, I don’t quite know what I’ll do with myself once I’m finished, so I’d rather not think about that right now, thanks.)

Yes, it’s finally happened, people of the blog.

I am obsessed – BEYOND obsessed – with Doctor Who.

I even hear the theme music and I get all boppy. I've got it bad bad bad.

I even hear the theme music and I get all boppy. I’ve got it bad bad bad.

Now, I know in even writing this, I’m going to be getting comments from people who are all “I’ve been watching this since it STARTED and I’ve seen every EPISODE and I know THE WHOLE STORY and you know NOTHING, Jon Snow” (sorry, sorry, mixing up fandoms, there, I think that’s a excommunicable offense) so let me quantify this situation.

A while back, I watched the first two episodes of the reboot (with Christopher Eccleston) with some friends and liked them more than I thought I would. I meant to go back and continue with that, but my life often gets in the way of my life.

I’d never gotten into Doctor Who because it seemed weird and I didn’t think I’d GET it and it just seemed like one of those odd things that would confuse me if I tried to get involved so I thought it best if I stayed away. Like sports. Or playing an instrument. I AM OFTEN NOT GOOD AT THINGS THAT NORMAL PEOPLE EXCEL AT! It is a sad fact of life.

But then it became clear that almost every single intelligent person I knew was very, VERY into this show, and I needed to be watching it. Which almost made me NOT want to watch it – when everyone loves something, I immediately think, “Well, I hate fads” because I’m kind of a dick (I mean, you all seem to love that terrible Family Guy show, but the one time I turned it on to see what was up, they were making fun of domestic violence and I was so disgusted I never turned it on again, so what the hell, you guys?) but that backfired when everyone started ranting about how much they loved Serial and I avoided it for a while but then thought “What the hell” and downloaded it for a car trip and became SO OBSESSED with it and now look things up online about it ALL THE TIME because who DOESN’T want to know what Adnan and Hae really looked like, right?

OBSESSED OBSESSED!!! And I usually HATE being talked at! COULD NOT STOP LISTENING!

OBSESSED OBSESSED!!! And I usually HATE being talked at! COULD NOT STOP LISTENING!

And OMG, who DO we think killed her? I’m leaning one way, but I won’t tell you which in case you either haven’t listened yet (and if not, GET TO IT, SLAPPY!) or aren’t all the way done and don’t want me spoiling you. Also, my theory has more holes in it than Swiss cheese on the Titanic, you guys, and super-smart reporter friend at work and I were talking about it this weekend and his theory was SO SMART which is why he’s a reporter, I suppose, so now I am AT! A! LOSS! THERE ARE SO MANY WEIRD MOVING PARTS ON THIS CASE. Season two of Serial, please happen now, I want to fall headlong into another case immediately!

That was a very long digression.

ANYWAY. So I thought, “I will start watching this, what’s the worst that can happen” and now it’s been two weeks and I CAN NOT STOP.

NOW! Before I go ANY FURTHER! I have just started what I believe to be David Tennant’s last season so you are NOT ALLOWED to tell me anything that happens after this. I am trying very hard to stay spoiler-free. Unfortunately I’ve been a LITTLE spoiled, but that was before I started watching this and didn’t know I would ever care. So don’t comment all “In Episode Blah-Blah THE COMPANION IS REALLY A CYBERMAN IN DISGUISE” because I will be SO MAD at you!

Oh, BTW, I also finished "Arrested Development." I'm going to pretend the final season didn't happen. I wasn't impressed. Sorry, world.

Oh, BTW, I also finished “Arrested Development.” I’m going to pretend the final season didn’t happen. I wasn’t impressed. Sorry, world.

There’s really too much that I love about this show to go on about it in detail and you’re going to be split into two contingents, here, the ones that already KNOW it’s fantastic and the ones that don’t CARE and therefore have already tuned OUT, but I’m still going to ramble a bit. It’s my blog, I think I’m allowed.

THINGS I LOVE ABOUT DOCTOR WHO!

  • It’s intelligent and goofy all at once. It makes me laugh AND it makes me think. Sometimes there are mysteries and sometimes it’s just funny and sometimes (most of the time) it’s a little bit of both.
  • The science isn’t TOO sciency. Andreas picked on me when I said I was watching this because the science wasn’t realistic but I don’t know much about all the science, anyway, so if they were being all realistic about it, I wouldn’t know what was going on. It’s just dumbed-down (and, yes, Andreas, probably wrong) enough that it’s cool with me, yo. (Andreas has other issues with the show, he just told me. I’ll let him tell you in the comments. You know what’s great about him? Well, other than everything? Even if we totally disagree, we still respect and love one another. That’s why he’s my Andreas, you guys. And I miss him and his whole family in the land of the Finns like CRAZINESS every DAY.)
  • There is totally romance and emotional things and I am ALWAYS WEEPING. There was one episode where I had to take a SINCERE BREAK from watching the show because I was EMOTIONALLY DEVASTATED. That’s a good show. I love a good cry. So, so much. Like, break out the Kleenex, here I am, and I’m in seventh heaven. (OMG! Speaking of which, the dad from Seventh Heaven was a child molester? Who saw THAT one coming, right? DISTRESSING!)
  • The Doctor makes me INSANELY HAPPY. He is joyous and childlike but also serious with the weight of the world on his shoulders and he has all the best lines and I love love LOVE watching him. I really enjoyed Eccleston but OH, am I head-over-heels for Tennant and his happy Converse All-Stars and bouncy hair. (I knew I’d like him – I’ve seen him in a couple of other things, the best of which being Hamlet with Patrick Stewart, which was BRILLIANT. I am being very all-capsy today. Why the hell did they waste him so much in that awful Gracepoint? So disheartening.) Tennant is beyond amazing here. I am already pre-mourning his loss. I don’t know if I’ll be able to fall in love with another actor in this role like I’ve fallen in love with him here.

    Loooooove. The most charismatic human being alive, sincerely.

    Loooooove. The most charismatic human being alive, sincerely.

  • I was informed I was going to hate Rose, but I LOVED her. I want all Rose, all the time. Yes, yes, apparently there are Companions upcoming that I will love very much (Martha was fine, but underutilized, yeah? It kind of made me sad. Also, all her PINING. Ugh, I think probably I related to her too much, but she started to make me cringe) but right now I’m all “BRING ROSE BACK DAMMIT” and having some issues with her being gone.

    Good grief, Googling Rose was fraught with spoilery. Don't do that unless you know what's coming up, my little gingersnaps.

    Good grief, Googling Rose was fraught with spoilery. Don’t do that unless you know what’s coming up, my little gingersnaps.

  • There are so many shows I can see took a page from this. There are elements of Doctor Who in so many of my favorite shows – Quantum Leap, The X-Files, Buffy (and a lot of Whedon’s work, actually, now that I’m thinking about it), Supernatural, this weird time-travelly show called Voyagers I used to watch when I was little…and there was totally a scene in one episode where I was all “THAT IS SO THE AMBER SPYGLASS!” and it TOTALLY WAS, per a quote from one of the writers that I read. They also reference pop culture things all the time (I’m sure half of the time I miss it, but when they did a shout-out to J.K. Rowling I laughed my ass off) and it’s just the perfect sci-fi/horror/fantasy/thriller nerd show in the entire planet.
  • You constantly get to see British actors and you’re all “I know that person BUT FROM WHERE” and you look them up and you giggle. Of course I knew who Simon Pegg was, but Carey Mulligan looked so damn young I couldn’t place her. And I had no idea the weird brash British chick from the American version of The Office was famous because of Doctor Who. Kylie Minogue looks old. I remember her in scrunchies and slouch socks. Also, the kid that plays Spiderman and is dating Emma Stone was in one episode (he was young) and whenever anyone was at a loss for what to do I kept shouting at the screen “WHY AREN’T YOU SAVING EVERYONE, SPIDERMAN?” Only I pronounce it “Spidermen” like Phoebe did on Friends. Like it’s his last name. “Irving Spiderman.” “COME ON, SPIDERMAN, SAVE THE DOCTOR ALREADY! SHOOT WEBS OR SOMETHING!” I would shout, and giggle gleefully. This scared the cat.

    SAVE THEM, SPIDERMAN!!!

    SAVE THEM, SPIDERMAN!!!

  • “Blink” is the best episode I’ve seen so far. Closely followed by “Doomsday.” The first is a very good standalone if you are trying to get someone into the series. The second would make no sense to someone unless they were following the series closely. One of these two episodes is the aforementioned cry-myself-sick episode; you can decide which one on your own. Play along at home, kiddos. Fun times.

    Not recommended to watch this at midnight all alone like I did. YIKES. Totally kept hiding my face behind my hands.

    Not recommended to watch this at midnight all alone like I did. YIKES. Totally kept hiding my face behind my hands.

  • The baddies are awesome. Some are scary (WEEPING ANGELS! Those Host angel thingies from the Titanic Christmas special!) and some are kitschy and funny (if the best thing ever isn’t Cybermen and Daleks having a snark-off, I don’t know what is, I laughed until I almost peed) and some are VERY EVIL AND WICKED BUT ALSO FUN (OMG, The Master, right?) Some, however, are just the worst. Who thought it was a good idea to make the brilliant and multi-talented Mark Gatiss into a scorpion-thing? What was up with that woman who was playing a giant red spider-creature as if she was maybe a drag queen trying to project to the back row of a large theater? If they bring her back, I’m boycotting that episode. She was TERRIBLE. I have to imagine she was either some famous British actress everyone loves for no apparent reason, or one of the producer’s wives. I kept asking her to shush it up. Surprisingly, she didn’t seem to hear me.

    Ugh, PLEASE let this be the last time I see this thing.

    Ugh, PLEASE let this be the last time I see this thing.

I really need to end this.

TO SUM UP.

Big apologies, friends who were all “WHY THE HELL AREN’T YOU WATCHING DOCTOR WHO, AMY, YOU NUMBSKULL.” I am apparently attempting to remedy this by cramming it all in my head as fast as I can. Once this is done, the very kind Josh has informed me of the existence of Torchwood (oh, Captain Jack with your dimples, I can’t resist you) and other British shows I NEED to be watching, like, immediately. I think I know what I’ll be doing while Watertown is trapped in what seems to be some sort of eternal winter zone.

Oh, my. So pretty. So sexually and morally ambiguous.

Oh, my. So pretty. So sexually and morally ambiguous.

If you don’t spoil me in the comments, thank you. If you DO spoil me in the comments, I CURSE THEE AND THY OFFSPRING.

Also, I am willing to bet you before the month’s out I will be in possession of a tee-shirt that says “The Angels Have the Phone Box.” I have very little willpower and I need to sleep with that on my body.

Yep. It was really just a matter of time.

Allons-y. There are a lot of episodes left and they’re certainly not going to watch themselves.

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32 responses to “So much stranger, so much darker, so much madder, so much better.

  • mfennvt

    I haven’t watched Dr. Who since the Tom Baker days. So, yeah, old fogey here.

    I did see one episode of Family Guy. I still want that half hour back. Blech.

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m thinking, once I’m done with the old episodes, about popping back and checking out some of the old ones. I’m curious about the other doctors.

      I don’t get the Family Guy appeal. I feel like I’m broken. It’s SO POPULAR! I mean, I got the appeal of South Park…I can’t tell if I’m old, or it’s just not my kind of humor, or what. (Although, I’ve seen other Seth MacFarlane things…I just don’t seem to like HIS type of humor. Too stupid and crass.)

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      • mfennvt

        You and me, both. Not my thing. And we are not broken! high five

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      • cynthiaw

        Totally not broken – that show is the WORST. I apparently don’t find Seth McFarlane even a little bit funny. In fact, I find him so unfunny, that just looking at him makes me want to punch him in the face.

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  • aprilveracampbell

    I started with Serial, also. CBC Radio was gushing about it one day, and I decided to look it up. Maybe because it was a “listening” experience, I thought I could do something else, at the same time. Don’t try this – you miss half of the salient points and have to go back and listen again. I am still on the fence about Adnan.
    Just watched the first epidsode of the latest Dr.Who, on your advice. Now I am hooked on that also. We have to fight with our kids over the Netflix, because of streaming somehow slowing down our internet, which means that they can’t play their League of Legends, (interesting that it’s short-form is LOL?). Apparently, playing League of Legends is the MOST important thing in the world.
    Thanks for the little shove into watching Dr.Who.
    Glad you’re back, by the way.

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    • lucysfootball

      I love that you listened to Serial! There are just so many things to think about – I’d love to say “Oh, Adnan was railroaded,” but there’s still something shady going on. And how did Jay know where the car was? I’d love to say “Jay did it!” or “A person not yet related to the case did it!” but there are so many holes in those theories, too…what a twisty, fantastic case! It made me think and think! I LOVED it!

      And I’m so glad you liked Doctor Who – it just gets better and better from the first episode, too! You have so many great episodes ahead of you!

      (And thank you – I’m working hard to STAY back!)

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  • becomingcliche

    I have only made it part-way through one season, and I enjoyed it very much. I just ran out of time. Now I have Netflix, so my writing career is doomed to failure, but I will be entertained. I am not familiar with Torchwood. If you watch and you like, tell me!

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    • lucysfootball

      I’ll let you know about Torchwood! Friend Josh says it’s a bit like a British X-Files. Well, how can I dislike that?

      I can’t wait til you start watching again. We have so many fun discussions ahead of us!

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      • cynthiaw

        I LOVE Torchwood – just don’t watch the crappy U.S.-based season that was on Starz or Showtime or whatever. Unless you’re a completist and HAVE to watch the whole thing. It made me angry.

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        • lucysfootball

          Ooh, I’m usually a completist (I’m really weird that way) but last seasons, when a show should have ended when the ending was good, make me sad. I’ll keep it in mind when I get there…maybe I’ll want to end on a high note.

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  • Jenn

    I actually watched the first couple of seasons but unfortunately, because life got in the way, stopped following it. And once you’ve missed a couple of seasons, its hard to go back. So many good things about the series, LOVED Rose, David Tennant, Captain Jack, Weeping Angels…..but I also secretly wished it was a little less, Idk? Silly, hokey, low tech….. But I know I’m in the minority with my criticisms. What’s fun now is seeing how obsessed many of the kids at school are with the show; carrying Dr. Who lunchboxes and and wearing Tardis backpacks. Have fun with it Amy! Just know that…..once you are totally enamored of a particular actor playing Dr. Who, they will inevitably rip your guts out by replacing him with someone new (and then you’ll grow to love him too and….it’ll happen again and again…..)

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    • lucysfootball

      I was worried about not liking it because of the silliness, but I guess I’m not as picky as I used to be? (Although sometimes the bad CGI on the villains does made me cringe…but then I just tell myself “oh, well, another episode coming soon.) I love that your kids at school are into it! How cool is that?

      They’ve already made me cry SO MANY TIMES. I’m already preparing myself for the end of this season. ALL the tears. I’m sure!

      You can always catch up – if you don’t have Netflix (I don’t remember if you do or not?) I bet the library has whole seasons on DVD you can get for free!

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  • becomingcliche

    I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF SERIAL! I forgot that part.

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    • lucysfootball

      Oh, you’d love it, I think! It’s so intelligent and you totally fall into it and it makes you think so much! (And I was even talking to it after a couple of episodes, all “GOOD POINT!” and “OMG HOW DID I NOT THINK OF THAT?” It’s really best I live alone. I’d scare someone if they lived with me.)

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    I’m not dissing the show due to the science (although it does make me cringe). After all, I’ve watched the Star Wars films and there’s some really dodgy science in there. No, it’s the over-the-top kitschiness that puts me off. I like to be immersed. I want to believe in the story. And I can’t do that if the story sort of winks at me and says: “Ha! Isn’t this all weird and quirky? Aren’t we pretending awfully nice?” It shatters the illusion and breaks my concentration.

    (It could be that I’m basing this opinion on old and rubbery episodes from the Cold War days. But I don’t have time in my life for more television anyway, so I’ll stick to my guns. Also, changing one’s mind takes energy, and I’m too cheap to spend any.)

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    • lucysfootball

      I have gotten TOTALLY immersed. I think you’d love the new episodes. But of course I’m not going to pressure you or anything and tell you THINK OF ALL THE GOOD CONVERSATIONS WE COULD HAVE ABOUT THE SHOW IF YOU WERE WATCHING AHEM AHEM! No, not me!

      Oh, you can’t fool me. You change your mind all the time. Your mind is very rubbery. It’s one of your best things.

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  • Alison (@hlinefracture)

    Squee! I’m always so excited when anyone starts watching “Doctor Who.” I started watching for the same reason you did: I thought, “There are just so many smart people who love this show that it HAS to be worth a try.” And now my 12 yo daughter and I are total fangirls. David Tennant will always be my favorite Doctor, too.

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m so glad I liked it. I was so worried I’d be one of the only people who just didn’t “get” it, you know?

      Oh, it must be so much fun to watch with your daughter! I am missing watching it with someone. There are so many things I want to discuss with someone and it’s just me and the cat. (And he doesn’t care that much, sadly…)

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  • LaptopsandLederhosen

    I also hate fads, therefore I have no piercings or tatoos, which is strange…

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    • lucysfootball

      I have more piercings than your average human should contemplate (let’s see…13? Eek) but only one tattoo. Planning a second, though. The first was an ill-advised youthful statement of “I’m a grownup now!” and the next one will be “hey, I actually AM a grownup now.”

      I don’t think it’s strange. I think it’ll be strange when I’m a 75-year-old woman with a tongue (and nose) ring. Heh.

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  • Aleksandra

    Oh, I’m so happy you got hooked on Doctor Who! Reading your post I was reminded of how I felt when I first watched it and how excited I was. Only I started with Matt Smith as the doctor so he has a special place in my heart although I love David Tennant and Rose, too. Enjoy the rest of the show, I hope your heart isn’t broken when they replace them. It’s very difficult…

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m already worried about the end of this season. I’m steeling myself for the loss. I’m sure I’ll enjoy Smith…but oh, have I loved Tennant. And I’m really bad at loss and change.

      It’s such an epic show, isn’t it? It just makes me so happy. I can’t get enough of it!

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  • Charleen

    I started to get into this, and then got distracted with other things, so I guess it just never got a solid hold on me. I got an episode or two past the introduction of Martha. I do fully intend to watch the rest of it at some point, it’s just not high on my list of priorities. (And then, yeah, Torchwood… because the episodes with Captain Jack were definitely among my favorites of the ones I’ve seen.)

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    • lucysfootball

      Captain Jack is so charismatic, isn’t he? He’s so much fun to watch!

      You are going to be VERY BUSY soon, ma’am! I guess you can watch them when you’re rocking the kiddo at 2am? (Ooh, that’d be awesome, you can get the kiddo hooked early on!)

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  • Kristen Armstrong (@krispix24)

    I love that you are loving Doctor Who! David Tennant will always always be MY Doctor. I can’t wait to hear what you think about Donna. She is my very favourite companion. I loved Rose, I did, but Donna is IT! And you should watch Torchwood, especially the first couple of seasons! Finally, forget Gracepoint – watch Broadchurch. David is much better in that (the original version of the show) and it is coming back for a second season!

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m a few episodes into Donna and I adore her. Whole different dynamic than Rose – much more of a big-sister vibe, edging on motherly, at times – but I love it so much. She’s just such a different energy in the show. She’s wonderful.

      Wait, David Tennant was in Broadchurch AND in Gracepoint? I thought he was only in Gracepoint! Well, now I’ll have to watch Broadchurch. (I have the feeling I’ll be searching for things he’s been in and watching a lot of them in the future. He has such energy on screen!)

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  • grrgoyl

    Oh, so much to say. No spoilers though!

    I love, love, love David as well. Hated Matt Smith for taking over and didn’t watch his stuff for the longest time (which drove my friend who loves the show (and Matt) much, much more than me ’round the twist). It’s his face. He looks like a human Sharpei. (He finally grew on me. And I think he had the best story arcs, eventually). I do love Peter Capaldi, and my friend doesn’t because she misses Matt, so that’s just an occupational hazard of the show.

    (Which reminds me, you didn’t mention what I think is the most brilliant premise of the show: regenerating doctors. When you can change your main character so effortlessly without the fans crying “Darren Stevens!” on you, your show could conceivably run forever).

    “Blink” was also the first episode my British friend Jeff insisted I start with, and it remains easily my favorite to this day. Check out this kick-ass T-shirt I got:

    I made the mistake of watching it alone at night. Also our house is full of gargoyles. Not a wise choice.

    Torchwood is also a must-see. It’s like the grown–up Doctor Who because there’s a LOT more sex and raunchiness. But Captain Jack is just adorbs.

    I dare not say any more. Spoilers!

    Lastly, totally with you on The Family Guy. Don’t get it, not interested in trying to.

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    • grrgoyl

      Oh, and an Apple store had this display somewhere:

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    • lucysfootball

      Hee, Smith DOES have kind of a Sharpei face! But I’m going to give him a chance…I’ve given myself a very serious talking-to about it since it’s coming up. I’m sure he’ll grow on me. (But OH, am I going to miss Tennant. Sniff.)

      You know, I thought of that after I’d hit publish (then figured “it’s already way too long”) – it really was a brilliant move on the show’s creator’s part to have that regeneration built in. Whoever thought of that – total kudos. The show can live on without raising eyebrows.

      I love your t-shirt! Seriously, I thought about waiting until daytime to watch it, but then I thought, “no, I’ve heard such good things, I want to see it!” Yeah, the minute the angels started moving I was all “oooooh, no.”

      I’m excited about Torchwood – Captain Jack’s so much fun to watch. And very easy on the eyes!

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  • Nagzilla

    I’m still working my way through the current incarnation- I started about a year ago and am totally excited for your new fangirl energy. Just don’t bounce around. That’s part of my problem. The kid and I were both getting into it and she was further in the series than me and would be all “OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS EPISODE!” So I’ve seen all of Eccleston, parts of Tennant, three episodes of the new guy (and then we got rid of cable, so….) and all of Smith. Yeah, don’t do that.

    Not a spoiler per se, but if you’re a weeper brace yourself for “Journey’s End”. Ugly heave sobbing here. Like, took me two hours to recover. Rattled me for the rest of the day.

    And I will stand alone in liking Family Guy. I adore Seth MacFarlane. Yup, the humor pushes the envelope (well, shreds it into teeny tiny bits and pieces), but I am just amazed that that guy’s talent.

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    • lucysfootball

      Oh, lots of people like Family Guy – I won’t judge for that. A TON of my friends love it. I’d lose a million friends if I judged them.

      No worries – I am really weird about watching everything in order. I knew I couldn’t start from the really old episodes, so decided I had to start from the beginning of the new incarnation. I’m glad I did!

      I am SUCH a weeper! I love a good cry! Yay!

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