Re: Getting into Doctor Who.
Originally Posted by Water_Bear
The first few seasons (series for you wacky brits among us) are pretty good, but IMO the show really started falling apart around when Torchwood started and I haven't watched it in years.
The things to remember is that it is among the softest of Soft SF on TV, that the Doctor can and will do anything if the script requires it no matter how absurd, and that continuity (both in the literal 'time' sense and the narrative one) is completely b0rked. Your enjoyment will likely come from the performances of the actors and quality of the production rather than from the writing, and if that isn't enough you'll likely drop out as the actors get worse and worse and the plots get more and more self-indulgent over its run.
Have you watched any of season 5 onwards? Essentially everyone involved changed that season (from the Doctor to the showrunner) and since then it has changed a lot. Some like the change, others hate it, but if you didn't like the direction it was taking seasons in 3/4, the later seasons may draw you back in.
At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of the trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise.
-Camus, An Absurd Reasoning
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