Does this Dr. Who series have better writing/budget than previous series? There seems to be a lot of positive buzz about it. However, even at it’s best (e.g. Tom Baker), the old series seemed to be filmed on a budget of pennies and scripted by someone with an acute attention deficit disorder.
ElzaHub’s had me watching his old Doctor Who videos - so far, I think my favorite is the mid-80s Doctor, but only because I really liked Ace.
We both cracked up during a Christmas episode of EastEnders this year, though (airing in the US about four weeks after Christmas). A couple of the characters were in the ER, and there was a kid with a pot stuck on his head. His dad said “Timmy, how many times do I have to tell you that you’re NOT a Dalik?”
You’ll have no problem getting into it. The premise is simple, since it was always largely a children’s show: The Doctor, a remarkably British alien from the planet Gallifrey, has a machine (the Tardis) which is disguised as an old police call box, that travels through space and time. His control over it is often less than precise. He has adventures. He always has one or more companions who react to all that’s going on.
Apparently, the new Doctors (Eccleston has already been replaced for next season by David Tennant, who played Barty Crouch, Jr. in the latest Harry Potter movie) are going to have more inner conflict than those who have gone before. I won’t spoil it, but it has to do with his home planet.
BTW, when a new actor plays The Doctor, the plot device used is regeneration: The Doctor dies somehow, and is regenerated in a new body.