It’s now January, 2014, which means we have officially entered the long, dark wasteland of no new Doctor Who for over seven months. Previous to my addiction to this television show, I never watched any series with so much passion that I wanted to view it as it was being aired. We don’t keep cable service because we don’t watch much TV, so the few series that we keep up with were recommended by friends and we purchased them on DVD to watch them. This means, of course, we only keep up with a few shows and we see them about a year later than everyone else. Since starting to watch Doctor Who, we’ve moved into the modern age and now understand concepts such as Hulu, but we still don’t really watch any current TV. Well, we were watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I’ve found it to be pretty insipid and have stopped following it.
But that’s all beside the point. The real point is that there aren’t any new episodes coming out for a while, and what’s a fan to do? We’ve been using Netflix to watch classic episodes (currently in the middle of “Genesis of the Daleks”), and also buying two episodes a month to fill out our collection (at that rate, we’ll finish the collection sometime after 2020). We’ve also started to rewatch the entire modern series from the beginning, and we’re at the end of Mr. Eccleston’s series right now.
However, there’s a lot more to do in the Doctor Who universe. The Big Finish audios are still going strong, and the original actors play the classic Doctors and their companions. I’m planning to pick up The Light at the End (all five classic Doctors!) tonight, as well as The Destiny of the Doctor, which is a set of audiobooks, one for each Doctor, read by former companions. I’ve also been picking up some of the novels from Amazon, using the Kindle app on my iPad. Some of them are pretty good! Amazon allows you to check out a few chapters of each book, so that you can decide if it’s interesting before actually buying it, and that’s really useful.
One other form of media that is often overlooked is comic books. There’s a huge selection of comic books available for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor. I’ve only read The Forgotten (Tenth Doctor) so far, and it was very enjoyable (I wrote a post on it a long time ago, but it wasn’t very good; I should write a new one), and I just put in an order for Prisoners of Time (all of the Doctors). Otherwise, I can’t really comment on their quality, but I’ll post my thoughts when I read them. Oh, one more thing about the comic books: you can buy them on a tablet if you prefer not to keep comic books around. Personally, I prefer comics in graphic novel form, so that I have the physical copy but it’s not a bunch of individual issues, which I always lose.
So, that’s what I’m going to be doing for the next seven months. Oh, and playing Doctor Who: Legacy. Yes, it’s that fun.