Ever since its resurrection in 2005, Doctor Who has enjoyed an explosion in popularity worldwide. What once was an obscure British science fiction show is now one of the most popular series on television, and you’d be hard pressed to find people who haven’t at least heard of Doctor Who even if they’ve never seen an episode. Younger actors and greatly improved special effects have done much to attract such widespread notice, but audiences are also drawn in by the writing. Doctor Who has a heart and soul that other shows can’t quite match.

The modern series has done wonders for attracting a wider audience, it is true, but sometimes people focus only on the flashier modern episodes and overlook the classic series. Some of their disdain is understandable–rickety sets, tin foil monsters, and garish costumes do not exactly beg to be taken seriously. The fact is, though, that the older Doctor Who episodes have just as much to offer as their 21st century counterparts, and they also provide you with a greater appreciation of the show’s fifty-year history. Let’s take a closer look at some of its good points, shall we?

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This article was first posted on September 17, 2013