10 Amazing TV Shows With Surprisingly Weak First Seasons
9. Doctor Who (2005)
We're bracing ourselves for the torrent of angry replies to this one. Yes, we are fully aware that Doctor Who has been around since 1963, and we're actually big fans of both the classic and modern eras. This entry is in here using the interpretation that the 2005 version of Doctor Who is effectively a reboot, rather than a continuation of the old show. After all, it does have two separate pages on IMDB. And as much as we love the new show, the first series definitely had some major issues to sort out. Yes, it had The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances and Dalek, but it also had a whole army of episodes that ran the gamut from forgettable to just plain bad. Chris Eccleston was great, Billie Piper was great, but the show just needed some time to figure out what worked and what didn't. Farting aliens from Raxicoricofallapatorius? Sorry, but they just didn't work. It was a struggle to hit the right tone, which is something they've mostly dealt with by now, but back then it was a major issue.
Audrey Fox is an ex-film student, which means that she prefers to spend her days in the dark, watching movies and pondering the director's use of diegetic sound. She currently works as an entertainment writer, joyfully rambling about all things film and television related. Add her on Twitter at @audonamission and check out her film blog at 1001moviesandbeyond.com.