The definitive guide to watching 'Doctor Who'

August 21, 2014 5:17 PM

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BBC’s long-running sci-fi show Doctor Who returns Saturday for its eighth season. Now, you might be saying, “Wait, eighth season? Didn’t this show just have a 50th anniversary last year?” Well, yes, you’d be right. The original Doctor Who premiered in November 1963, and since then 12 actors (well, 13 but one of them sort of doesn’t count) have played the title role as the show evolved over 50 years. In 2005, the show was rebooted for the modern era, and this Saturday starts the eighth season of “New Who,” as fans call it.

50 years of episodes is a lot to wrap your mind around, but don’t worry, we’re here for you. If you’re interested in giving Doctor Who a try (and you really should, it’s a brilliant show), you don’t have to start all the way back in 1963. In fact, you shouldn’t even start with the first episode of 2...

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