No, but seriously. Until this blog started, I'd made it through two measly seasons. Which is more impressive than it sounds, because each story the first Doctor is in is split into multiple parts - usually about 4-6 twenty-five-minute episodes. So what looks like 18 episodes is more like 100. But even so.
The last Classic Who episode I watched ('The Time Meddler', 1965), I typed out what was happening to my friend Lily over Skype, and one of my Golden Rules of Life was once again proven to be true: light-hearted mockery can improve almost anything.
Now, see, Lily is not always on Skype, as she has a life outside of the internet (weird), and also I definitely annoy her far too much with my horrific attempts at humour; I don't think she could stand it if I spewed my hideously unfunny thoughts at her for another god knows how many episodes. And I LIKE Lily. I want to keep her. And while I'm definitely not above using bribery, blackmail and imprisonment of family members to keep my friends talking to me, it's getting more and more difficult to find places to hide the bodies. And thus: blog.
See, I figure that blogging my way through Classic Who has benefits for many people:
- Me, as I get to ramble on about a nerd thing and nobody has to read it if they don't want to.
- People who have not seen Classic Who and are interested in the Doctor's backstory but also do not want to drag themselves through fifty years of terrible, terrible special effects. I will watch the episodes for you and the summarise them so you can have the Nerd Points of knowing the lore of Classic Who without having to do the work. Nerd Points are very important on the internet. You're welcome.
- People who have seen Classic Who and want to fondly reminisce. Remember those giant man-eating mushrooms in the forest that are sensitive to the electric light that was somehow installed? And that time one of the companions went crazy and started going after the others with a sharp objects and then they left the TARDIS and none of them ever mentioned it again? Ah, good times.
- People who are enthusiastic about words, as I will be using a lot of them. I know over fifty different ones and I'm a terrible show-off.