I’m honestly having a hard time believing Doctor Who‘s been back for ten years, and it’s even weirder to me that I’ve been watching for almost seven of them. Series 4 had just finished when I discovered the show and I voraciously lapped up each and every episode I could in a really short period of time before finally catching up to “real time.” Time is – among many things including a flat circle – part and parcel to Who and the Doctor and his companions have gone from one end of it to the other, which is why I’m very impressed that someone would take the time to put it in chronological order.
YouTube user Stephen Richter has edited together clips of just about all of the episodes to air since 2005 and place them in their relative chronology if we were watching it from a non-time traveler’s perspective, even going so far as to put episodes where they go to multiple times in separately.
It should be noted, eagle-eyed Whovians, that this video doesn’t mention several episodes, including “Boom Town” (which would take place roughly in 2006 according to this), “The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit” (About 4100), “42” (Also about 4100), “Planet of the Ood” (4126), or the series 9 episodes “Under the Lake” (2119) and “Before the Flood” (1980). Not to mention all the other beginning or end of time/Earth moments we see. Still, though, it’s pretty impressive that Mr. Richter did all that he did, considering there are 127 episodes to date, and several time periods within all of them.
I think my favorite stuff are when multiple episodes take place in the same relative time period. For instance, I love thinking that the Ninth Doctor and Rose are in Utah doing “Dalek” while the Tenth Doctor and Rose are in London dealing with “Fear Her” while the Eleventh Doctor and Amy and Rory are enjoying New York in “The Angels Take Manhattan,” all of which happening in 2012. That stuff is super cool to me.
And if you’re wondering about the timeline of present-day stuff, remember that the Doctor meets Rose in 2005, but brings her back a year later, so everything beginning in “Aliens of London” conceivably takes place one year over the broadcast year. Make sense?
Tell me where you think this video might have faltered, or if there are any other episodes he/I missed, in the comments below!
HT: Radio Times
Kyle Anderson is the resident Whovian (yes, he likes that term) for Nerdist.com, as well as the Weekend Editor and a film and TV critic. You should follow him on Twitter and ask him when he has time to sleep.