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Many of my friends are just getting into Doctor Who. This poses a problem for those of them who want become Doctor Who geeks. The newer series, started in 2005, makes frequent references to events and characters in the "classic" Doctor Who series that ran from 1963 to 1989.

Depending on how you count them, there are 157 serials in "20th-century" Doctor Who (it seems so strange to say that). Each serial typically ran between 4-6 half-hour episodes, which works out to roughly 400 hours; it's actually less than that, since many early serials were destroyed. That's a lot of time to invest on geekery, especially since some of those serials are pretty awful.

To ease my friends' entry into Doctor Who geekdom, I offer my list of the key episodes in the saga of the earlier series. Since the quality of the serial often does not correlate with its significance in the development of Doctor Who, I offer a rating of one to four stars for quality, along with the reason why I feel the serial is worth watching.

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Nothing sophisticated here. If you're looking for deep thoughts or heavy philosophizing, you'll get that in my next blog post.

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I've reached the end of my Netflix queue.

"Big friggin' deal. Who cares?"
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In a couple of recent posts, I made some lengthy statements about marketing and media. I just heard Bill Maher say something that succinctly captures my viewpoint:

"Television is not a medium of entertainment [anymore]. It's a medium of advertising that occasionally entertains."

I don't agree with everything Bill Maher says, especially about religion, but I whole-heartedly concur with the above statement. And it's not limited to television either.

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... or "The rise and fall of comic books in my life."

I became a comic-book fan when I was about seven years old. My weekly allowance was a quarter; for that amount of money I could buy two (yes, two!) comics and still have a penny change.

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I must be one of the few Wiccans who's blogging on this day, yet is not discussing Samhain.  I've read some other Samhain-related blog posts, and found that those commentators spoke far more eloquently on the subject that I could.  I have a spare hour, so instead I'm writing on another topic that interests me.

I grew up on science fiction.  The first science-fiction book I ever read was The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron; it was given to me by my third-grade teacher.  I've been a reader of science fiction ever since. 

I reached adolescence on fantasy.  I don't recall the first "fantasy" novel I read per se, but I remember the first fantasy work of any significance to me: The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.  I don't remember who first recommended the work to me, but I remember reading it when I was 14.  I've been a reader of fantasy ever since.

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