Pageturner author Will Brooks undertakes a trip through time and space…
“I’ve always wanted to do a full marathon of all TV Doctor Who, but I’ve never quite gotten around to it. Well… strictly speaking I’ve gotten around to it on about five occasions, but I’ve crumbled somewhere around Marco Polo, when I’ve decided to skip any form of reconstruction and simply skip ahead to an episode that I know I like from twenty years down the line. Rather missing the point with that, I’m sure you’ll agree.
So what’s different this time, then? Why is this going to be different to any of the other marathons I’ve attempted? Why should you bother reading about this journey if I’m just going to crumble fifteen episodes in? Well… there’s several differences, since you ask.
Firstly, I’ve already undertaken a marathon this year. Together with Nick Mellish, I listened to all of the Eighth Doctor audio plays from Big Finish. We even wrote about it and then published a book. You can buy that book from this very site, by clicking the links at the top of this page, and that’s my shameless plug over with.
D’you know what, though? I really enjoyed doing that marathon. Oh sure, it was only about a quarter of what I’m undertaking here, but still. I really loved having an episode of Doctor Who to come to at the end of each day.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I’ve lost ‘the fear’. Until recently, I’d purposely distanced myself from some areas of TV Doctor Who, because I rather liked having a few stories out there that I knew nothing about. And I mean nothing. I’ve been a Who fan for nearly ten years, now, so you tell me a story and I can whittle off a potted synopsis of it wether I’ve seen it or not (and chances are that I have). But there were still a few tales – the Mutants and Frontios-es of the world – that I knew absolutely nothing about, save for a few grainy pictures I’d seen at the back of an old issue of DWM.
But then, a few weeks ago, I sat down and watched Frontios. And you know what? Well… you can wait for my thoughts on that one when I get around to it in several months time. Point is, it made me realise that there’s little point trying to hold off these little nuggets of Who - I could be enjoying them now! It’s still going strong on the telly, and there’s a whole host of new episodes just ready to be made even as I type.
So. Time to boot up the DVD player, pop in a shiny disk and start from the very beginning – I want to experience everything this mad old show has to offer…”