Unreal Quote of the Day

We get a lot of emails at Unreality, but this is probably the first one to make us actually laugh out loud, so we decided to give it its very own post. I’ve bolded the funny bit.

Dear Unreality Mag,

You are the dialysis that cleanses out most of the shit of the internet for me on a daily basis. Well not really, but you are on my chrome homepage tiles.

What are your thoughts of Doctor Who? Do you watch it at all? Do you hate it? Are you like me and don’t think Karen Gillan is that hot or good of an actress? Anyway, I really like your movie reviews and Game of Thrones weekly reviews. I think you should pay more attention to Doctor Who.

That is all.

Thank you.

– Jared

Hah, yeah, the first line cracked me up. As for his questions about Dr. Who, I know that this is a massively popular show abroad, but to be honest, I haven’t seen an episode. I find it to be a very daunting task to try and get into a show that started in 1963. Is there a point I could start watching where it wouldn’t matter if I missed everything that came before it?

And no, I don’t think this Karen Gillan chick is very hot.

Thanks for reading.



  • john

    yeahhh! that guy sits in the cube next to me!

  • Rascanuvols

    >>>Is there a point I could start watching where it wouldn’t matter if I missed everything that came before it?


  • James

    Answering the question of when to get into it, it started in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston after a long break. That is probably the best series to start with and there are only thirteen episodes each series.

  • Jim Jahey

    You could start with the 9th doctor, i.e. when they last rebooted the series. I think the Doctor was Christopher Eccleston. Read up a tiny bit about the basic premise of the overall series and that season should be a great starting point.

  • Cube

    You can even skip that and just start with the newest Doctor’s run which began just last year. The premiere of his Doctor sets up all you need to know about where the series is at and is headed.

    If that is too much then just watch the Neil Gaiman written episode called “The Doctor’s Wife” that just came out a couple of week ago. It has something for all viewers (new and old alike) and is a great as a single episode.

  • Hopton

    yeah, 2005 reboot is the place to start. Previous doctors weren’t that good 😛 /troll

  • Watch the episode “The Eleventh Hour” and you will know if it’s a show you would like to get into.

  • Skeebo

    Yeah… the new series is ridiculously popular over here as well.

    As others have said, there is no need to go back to the very beginning, the 2005 eps are the best place to start.

    If you want to know if you’ll like it or not, watch the season 4 (series 4) episode Blink. If you don’t like that episode you won’t like any of the series.

    Start with the 2005 season, slug through the first 4 or 5 eps (there are a couple of groaners, but nothing worse than some Buffy eps). With 13 eps a season you can get up to speed (there are only 5 seasons/series completed so far) pretty quickly.

    And you could start from last season, but you’ll miss out on some of the enjoyment of watching it. Best bet is to give it a go from 2005 on.

  • Juan

    ^ Actually, Blink belongs to the third season/series.

    Also, I recommend just starting with the Eleventh Hour.

    And I like Karen Gillian. Mostly because Amy Pond is awesome. Different strokes, I guess

  • Skeebo

    Damnnit… you’re right. Not that it matters, there aren’t that many eps to search through.

    I also like Karen. She’s not ridiculously hot, but she is definitely attractive, and Amy Pond is the shit.

  • PaBo

    For some reason I can’t get into Dr. Who but I really want to – I just have a lot of other British shows that I’m watching (MI-5) is pretty B.A.

    Paul – or anyone – have you ever seen/heard of a English t.v. show called “The Misfits?” It came out two years ago and it’s about this group of juvenile offenders who get super powers. If you haven’t you check it out because you’ll be hooked. If you or any other readers have read it, I wanted to get your thoughts.

  • Vele

    I support both starting with 2005s )th Doctor and seeing Blink very early on, in not the first.

    Blink is a very good piece of TV, only getting better if you know Doctor Who, but even if you do’nt, it will make you want the rest of it.

    It is written from the POV of someone who has no idea who/what Dr Who is, therefore making a good starting point, yet giving you many in-references and chuckles if you know.

    “It is a wibbly-wobbly, timey-winey thing.”

  • Vele

    Oh, follow-up:

    Since i know you are a fellow Nerd and such, just check the Hugo-Awards for Drama (Short Form) for the last few years, this should convince you.

    Honoring Stanley Cubrick, George Lucas and Richard Donner… and then Doctor Who in the 2000’s several consecutive times in a row should convince you.

  • Sam

    Don’t start at blink. It’s probably the best episode of a tv show I’ve ever seen, at least top 3, but it wouldn’t be the same if you watch it with no prior knowledge of the series. Watch the series premier of the new episodes titled Rose, then skip to Dalek and watch the rest. Best of all, they’re available on netflix instant.

  • George

    There are two starting places

    2005’s episodes with Christopher Eccleson, where it is a designed reboot after a long hiatus of like 13 years

    2010 with Matt Smith. It is a good start, but I highly, highly, cannot stress enough to start with 2005’s series. Not only is Eccleson a brilliant actor, but Billie Piper as Rose, and her and Eccleson’s chemistry is amazing, and you genuinely fall in love with Rose, even if you don’t think that she is attractive.

    The older stuff drags a bit, and is a little slow, unlike Matt Smith and the modern era, but it’s a focus on the characters, while the modern day focuses more on the stories.

  • oiger

    Dear Paul,

    I will not be reading the previous comments as my comment for your post may change what I am going to say.

    I do think that your website is cool and your reviews are great. I do understand that you havent been watching Doctor Who because it isn’t as main stream “yet” as True Blood, Heroes, Buffy, Games of Thrones, etc…

    Because I’m quite sleepy I would like to get to the point… Karen Gillan isn’t hot but she is cute as hell and she is a good actress. She needs to be cute and not hot because that is what Doctor Who writers make her out to be. The cute upbeat and tough side kick of The Doctor. Imagine if they put a hot super model in an adventure comedy. Oh wait they did. Its called transformers and it isn’t a television show and it bombed. I only watched the 2005 reboot from the start. And all of the sidekicks has a unique personality. I disagree with Jared that Karen Gillan is not a good actress. Karen Gillan is a very convincing actress for her role. I don’t know if Jared is paying attention to the story of the show or just looking at the appearances of the actors and actresses. I have no beef with Jared. This is just my personal opinion.

    That is all. good day!

    ps. you are also my dialysis.

  • IrishWhiskey

    The 2005-2009 season are available on Netflix, so you could check out a few good representative episodes (not the very best ones) to build a sense of it.
    Ex. 9th Doctor – The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
    10th Doctor – The Girl in the Fireplace and The Fires of Pompeii
    11th Doctor – The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone

    My word of caution is that Doctor Who is the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ of science fiction. At first glance, it appears very cheesy and unserious, with young attractive people running around quipping at monsters in silly rubber masks. But if you can get past that you’ll find a remarkable show that fully embraces classic science fiction, some outstanding episodes and overall story-lines, and one of the most iconic characters ever on television.

  • Neptuny

    Paul, you should heed the advice of the other comments and just start at Series Five, which aired last year in the spring. The beauty about ‘Doctor Who’ is that there are numerous jumping in points for newcomers, which probably explains its longevity. With every incarnation of The Doctor comes a new, rabid fan-base. Especially since the Doctors post-2005 have been attractive shipper fodder.

    Onto Karen Gillen: I find her hot. She’s gorgeous! And her portrayal of Amy is fantastic, both spunky and timid when she needs to be.

  • tonyctitan

    Screw you guys! David Tennant rules! Start the 2005 season and watch every damned episode. I cant get enough of the show!

  • Austin

    Listen to George (and a few other people) and start with either the 2005 reboot or season 5 of the reboot when Matt Smith took over.

    I’d actually recommend that you watch season 5 and what’s came out of season 6 just to get caught up, then go back and watch seasons 1-4.

  • Charlie

    “And no, I don’t think this Karen Gillan chick is very hot.”

    Wow. Stay classy.