I think I had to of seen it a few times as a kid, probably on PBS, but wasn't until 2007 when I was in the Middle East I saw some bootleg seasons on sale of the first and second doctor of the reboot series. I got a tingling feeling, and watched it. Where I live in the US, we used to have Star Trek playing all night, so I used to watch them sometimes late on Saturday night when they would play.
Other than that, I wasn't very interested in science fiction, outside of Dune and a few Larry Niven books to pass the long time away.
I became a big fan of Doctor Who. The depictions of the British Males was insulting and sexist, but this is Britian, they all talk a bit submissive so you gotta accept it. Likely part of the reason so many Americans think 3-CPO is gay, but is actually just British.
So I liked David Tennant, his brown jacket and sneakers, but was more of a Matt Smith fan for personality. Plus I'm pretty sure Matt had to of banged Clara at some point. I didn't much care that Captain Jack was the gayest character in the history of television, he was well written for his role. Watched all five seasons of that spinoff. Thought Miracle Day was a bit lame, really gives insights into the decline of the British mentality, everyone running around trying to argue the imperative of aborting then killing everyone. (Watch Miracle Day before you pout at what I said).
I am a big fan of Peter Capaldi. He taught me how British people cuss. He didn't teach me about the whole holding the piss thing though, I was confused when I was told by a British woman not to pee out of the blue.... was like a dominatrix of something, demanding I hold it in. She yelled at me, called me a Idiom, and I took great insult at this till I googled idiom, means something different from Idiot. Turns out she was talking about stuff way different.
Anyway.... I liked Peter Capaldi as a actor, liked his first companion Clara. Was increasingly annoyed with the shitty storylines, think the episode "Kill The Moon" was fucking insulting, and the writer should be forced to take a class on physics. Honestly, how do you turn the moon into a ancient dragon egg, hatch a giant moon sized baby dragon from it, with wings.... in space, and then have it instantly lay a moon sized egg larger than it? And they were sitting on the shore while the moon disentergrated..... tides motherfuckers..... but this is English, they like, they are not that smart, so accepted it, but just barely. Nearly quit the show after blowing a lid.
Then they said the Doctor was going to become a black woman, and have a black female companion, and that totally confused the hell out of me. Nobody needed to turn the show about African lesbians in space, when it has been since the sixties about a old Victorian era grandpa traveling through space and time. I got weirded out when they did the sex change operation on The Master, made him sexually attracted to the Doctor..... WTF? They already had excellent female time lords like Romana from the old series.... instead of not just resurrecting the doctors grand daughter, or even his new daughter, or a new character, not everyone has to have a sex change. I was seriously on the verge of quitting it, but had just a few episodes left before the doctor was supposed to find Gallifrey.
I liked the second to last episode to the series. Then I saw the final episode, when the doctor returned, and it was retarded. He reshot his only ally.... despite being president (again) and could do pretty much whatever.... and nobody explained how the fuck Gallifrey just popped back up, or how it linked up to the Capaldi doctor showing up in the end battle of the 50th anniversary show. He just walked into it.
So I said fuck it.... they didn't want to make the series coherent, was focused on SJW issues, dropped the fucking ball on returning to Gallifrey, I gave up. I liked his past black companions, especially the sexy doctor (her name started with a M) and completely accepted Doctor Jack, but it ceased feeling like a science fiction show, and more like programming government propaganda, from a government not even my own. I can tolerate it to a extent, but not that far. I was a fan because of the history of the character of the Doctor. He was always a pacifist man, like a exploring Bertrand Russell. You shouldn't force a sex change on him just for the sake of making a checklist for liberals and SJWs to feel good.
Once they announced the Doctor was a female, the allure of the show died completely. I haven't listened to any of the old music, watched any of the old episodes. I used to visit where the 7th doctor was shot in San Francisco. Was a big fan, then they murdered it. They thought they could do anything to him. Breaking his character with the War Doctor was only acceptable given the difficult moral imperatives that faced him.... but he remained essentially who he was, just twisted. Now all of a sudden he is a gender bender, to appease a fucked up minority in a distant land across the Atlantic. No reason to be a fan anymore.
And I see people scream down the Doctor Who fan base for stating similar things as I am here. Loads of videos on YouTube pissed. Notice nobody hated Captain Jack, nobody hated the female time lords, or black companions. But this was too much. I want Wonder Woman to be Wonder Woman, not some guy with hair on his exposed chest and his junk hanging out below his skirt. I want Robin to be Robin, Batman's young male apprentice, and not have Robin dressing up as Cat Woman, or Joker becoming a investment banker in Thailand, leaving a clean life, or Harvey being a one dimensional character. Dammit, I want my iconic characters to have some sort of predictability. If they always have been male or female, generally keep them. No female spidermen, no whitewashed Asian characters, etc.
So I've watched pretty much everything else in existence on the side as well, well beyond Doctor Who. Just know the BBC won't ever get a penny of my money again. I used to pay two dollars a Episode. It lost out on a potential life long fan. I was seriously thinking of buying Matt Smith's jacket for a while. Now I'm embarrassed to say I was once a Doctor Who fan. Just very sad.
And no VeggieTax, don't care for your bigotry. My point of view, I have a right to it, dammit.