@ Nick: Who says you're not! Ever meet a sort of bohemian woman on a moonlit night 23 years ago?
Must have been crazy to grow up with the whole lot. Do you remember the transition to colour? Who was it, 3? I caught a few of the episodes on UKTVGold, initially in black and white, and got so used to it that when they suddenly became colour episodes it was a huge shock, like when you miss a step, at first I couldn't figure out what the difference was.
Of the old ones, I love their sincerity! The masterpieces they made with a shoestring budget, and occasionally spotting a monster made from bubble wrap. I love the accents and mannerisms, not to make you feel old but it was all so long ago that it's a genuine slice of history to see how the companions act and speak. I love seeing the Time Lords gradually get more and more diabolical and the Doctor gradually become more experienced and imposing. I love, of Tom's Doctor, the alienness that he brought to the role that has so shaped every performance that followed. I love the moments where you see beneath the human surface, through the eyes or the voice, to some dark, powerful, incomprehensible and alien being. I love being able to lose myself in that fantasy of escape and wonder, as so many have done before. Of the new episodes? I'm enjoying further development of the Doctor and the companions, and how their lives are changed by meeting him, the things and people who are left behind. The companions have always been sort of us, the viewers, and seeing how being whisked away in hat blue box shakes up their lives back home, their families and friends, makes it all that much more real. I love the Empty Child and Blink among others, Moffat had some seriously amazing episodes (not that he doesn't continue to but I'm more of a fan of his earlier work, Clara hasn't grown on me). As always, there's the odd naff storyline or cheesy monster, but as my partner says 'at least it's not an absorbaloff', so it's all good, old or new! Yourself? How do you find the new episodes shape up to the old ones? Having grown up around rapidly improving CGI and prosthetics and a high budget, there's a big difference for me in watching the aliens and explosions of the new series and of the old. Back in the day, how was the suspension of disbelief, was it more real because there was nothing fictional so real to compare it to, or did the bit where the giant robot holds a little Sarah doll stand out just as much? I couldn't stop giggling!
I know what you mean about having to watch it twice, that whole deal was employed really well by some of the episodes, greatly increases their replay value, there's always new things to spot. Loved the whole lot with the Silence in season six for that reason. It's nice to not know what's going on until the end sometimes, when everything clicks together. Some of the recent plots seemed like they were trying to cram too much into a short space IMO, like the whole Doctor's Daughter thing should have been so monumental a plot device that it could have been a finale, at least a two parter, but the whole thing seemed rushed over in five minutes and then brushed under a rug.
I've been living under a bit of a media rock for quite a while, so my list of other sci-fis will be reasonably short (always open to suggestions). Of course I love Torchwood, and am a fan of sci-fi movies like Close Encounter or District 9, or Avatar (it gets a lot of flack for being dances with wolves in space, but I don't care, it's a beautiful way to waste three hours with some lovely aliens!). I've never watched much Star Trek but have seen Galaxy Quest, which is one of the greatest movies ever made. I've seen Species but don't think I've seen any alien/predator ones, except for that new one, what was it? Prometheus? I find I've not really got the patience to get into longer series though. I'm sure I'm missing some super stuff but I get fidgety that it's super stuff that will take 1987651 hours to fully appreciate.
I just about remember Thunderbirds! I think that the last lot to really grow up with those shows were the generation just before mine. I know my reasonably older sister grew up with Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, but by my time they were consigned to odd timeslots and infrequent showing. Did you know they've remade them? Dunno if they're still doing them, but a while back they rebooted them with CGI. None of the charm of those lovely old puppets! Not exactly gorgeous CGI either.
I most certainly will continue to enjoy Doctor Who! I'd love to meet some Who stars, I wish I had the money to travel. Where are you, likely either the States or UK? When I was younger I went to an exhibition on Brighton pier, no stars there but I did notice that in the scene where the pig ship crashes through Big Ben, you can see all the blobs of glue that hold the Big Ben model together! I've been thinking about coming to some conventions dressed up. I've definitely got a chin to match 11! Or, in an alien costume, it'd be super fun to make one. How many Doctors/companions have you met?