Was the Older Series of Doctor Who Better Than the New Series?

In recent years, the revival of the Doctor Who series has brought mixed feelings among fans--especially those who were familiar with the series prior to Christopher Eccleston's regeneration as the famed Doctor.

Have you ever wanted to travel through time? Maybe you would jump into your little blue box and hop about through the time vortex, grabbing intel on stocks, reading articles like this one written about Linkedin from Amigobulls.com, learning everything you can about the future, before hedging your bets in the market. Numerous actors have taken the plunge to stand in the shoes of the Doctor on the BBC’s classic science fiction series, Doctor Who. Arguably the longest science fiction series of all time, Doctor Who has acquired a solid loyal fan base for both its incarnations. But, despite the success of the newer series, there is still a major division among fans over which series is better. And to be honest, to judge such a matter is a daunting task to say the least, since to engage the subject requires pitting the Doctor against various incarnations of himself.

Is the Newer Series Better?

In recent years, the revival of the Doctor Who series has brought mixed feelings among fans–especially those who were familiar with the series prior to Christopher Eccleston’s regeneration as the famed Doctor. But, new fans, those who had never been deeply exposed to the Doctor Who universe, got to see the new Doctor, his companions, and even his enemies in an entirely different light than older fans. Since the days of the old BBC production run, improvements in technology and filming brought a modern facelift to the classic storyline, giving the Doctor a more refined and commercial look on the television screen. And the Doctor’s greatest enemies, the Daleks, are in many ways far more polished than were the more crude looking Daleks of the older series. In some ways the new series produced the Doctor as more of a sex symbol, as reported in a recent article at The TV Addict, mostly emerging as such in the role of David Tenant’s term as the Doctor, a perspective that perhaps served to alienate some older fans, causing them to long for the days when the Doctor served in a more serious role.

Is the Older Series Better?

When you strip away the higher budget, commercialized production of the new series, and head back towards the roots of Doctor Who, what older fans remember is a series that was focused on deep cultural and scientific issues. The Doctor, instead of being a playboy to a modern audience, was more of a mysterious traveler, who at times seemed to know more than the average space alien how the universe rolled. The older series was appealing in many different respects because a lot of the episodes took place on far away planets, more so than the modern series tends to do. Plus, the weekly episodes, in their broader context, formed much longer plots than the modern one hour shows tend to do, providing more time for the actors to explore their characters and iron out what some fans would argue were more interesting and engaging plots. But, does this mean that the older series is better? That is perhaps a question that only time will be able to reveal.

Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and contemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.
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