The BBC have announced the release of a new collection of Doctor Who stories and episodes aimed at introducing new fans to the show, and it’s over a 50-year long history. For a while now there has been a lot of debate and discussion on the best way to introduce new people to the show, especially the original series. Some suggest beginning with the First Doctor and marathon-ing your way through the whole thing, others have specific seasons, or Doctors that can grip your attention.

The Fourth Doctor and Davros in Genesis of the Daleks

This new Beginners Guide is on the BBC Store website where you can download and watch these recommended stories on your computer device, phone, or magical box.

Some people might feel a bit overwhelmed by Doctor Who and not know where to start exploring it. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering about the history of the Whoniverse and how it evolved, then our Beginners’ Guide is here to help audiences navigate time and space across the most imaginative world television has ever created. We’ve tried to select stories that exemplify the different eras the show has gone through, from the eerie black and white beginnings to the Gothic horror of the mid-Seventies and the fast-paced furor of today’s series. It’s been difficult with so many episodes and Doctors to choose from, but this collection is a fun way to begin exploring Doctor Who.” – BBC Store’s Simon Farquhar

There is everything from Blink (with the ‘terrifying’ Weeping Angels) and Rose, to Spearhead from Space, and Genesis of the Daleks.

The full list is detailed here:

The Foretold, Mummy on the Orient Express

Tomb of the Cybermen Spearhead from Space Genesis of the Daleks Talons of Weng Chiang Earthshock Rose Blink Day of the Doctor

Mummy on the Orient Express