On my personal mission to survive the complete lack of anything on television until the next series of Doctor Who is available, I made a decision that some of you have been following on Twitter, to watch (where not possible, LISTEN) to every Doctor Who episode from the original series, in order, with one exception- a serial due to be out on DVD in the US in a couple of months.
If it was available for purchase or rental, the BBC/Lionheart got my money. If they have not bothered to release it on DVD, they did not. Hint, Hint, Beeb.
Several people (maybe trying it out themselves?) have asked how I managed to find the episodes without spending gobs of money on out of print videos. For the purpose of this list, I've included where I got the episode, and if I spent money on it. Note that for the purposes of this list I'm considering Netflix rentals as "free" (since I'd use it even without the Who.) If I spent/am spending money on it, I've prefaced it with a dollar sign.
Also, I'd like to add that Mr. Tardismedia is a saint, and if I ever meet him in person I owe him a pint or 12.
For those trying it on their own: Wikipedia's list of Doctor Who episodes.
FIRST (& IMO best) DOCTOR (1963-1967):
Serial 1: An Unearthly Child on Doctor Who: The beginning, disk 3 available at Netflix.
Serial 2: The Daleks on Doctor Who: The beginning, disk 1 available at Netflix.
Serial 3:The Edge of Destruction on Doctor Who: The beginning, disk 2 available at Netflix.
Serial 4: Marco Polo
This is the first chronological serial with missing episodes. There is a reconstruction, an audiobook and my source, the 30 minute reconstruction on Doctor Who: The beginning, disk 2, available at Netflix.
$ Serial 5: The Keys of Marinus will be released on a US DVD on January 5th, 2010 Pre-Order it at Amazon.comSerial 6: The Aztecs available at Netflix both on DVD and instant play: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Doctor_Who_The_Aztecs/60026603
Serial 7: The Sensorites available on VHS, or 10 minutes at a time on Daily Motion.
Serial 8: The Reign of Terror available reconstructed on VHS, audiobook, or 10 minutes at a time on Daily Motion.
Serial 9: Planet of Giants Available on VHS, or 10 minutes at a time on Daily Motion.
Serial 10: The Dalek Invasion of Earth available at Netflix.
Serial 11: The Rescue available at Netflix.
Serial 12: The Romans available at Netflix.
Serial 13: The Web Planet available at Netflix.
Serial 14:The Crusade remaining episodes and soundtrack on Doctor Who: Lost in Time, available at Netflix.
Serial 15: The Space Museum available on VHS and Daily Motion.
Serial 16: The Chase available on VHS and Daily Motion.
Serial 17: The Time Meddler available at Netflix.
$ Serial 18: Galaxy 4 original soundtrack available as an audiobook at Audible.
Serial 19: "Mission to the Unknown" available on the Dalek Master Plan audiobook.
$ Serial 20: The Myth Makers original soundtrack available as an audiobook at Audible.
$ Serial 21: The Daleks' Master Plan original soundtrack available as an audiobook at Audible.
$ Serial 22: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve original soundtrack available as an audiobook at Audible.
Serial 23: The Ark available on VHS and Daily Motion. (Which is annoying, as it thinks you want The Ark in Space)
$ Serial 24: The Celestial Toymaker The COMPLETE soundtrack is availble at Audible, and the remaining episode is on Doctor Who: Lost in Time, available at Netflix.
Serial 25: The Gunfighters available on VHS and Daily Motion.
$ Serial 26: The Savages original soundtrack available as an audiobook at Audible.
Serial 27: The War Machines available on DVD from Netflix.
$ Serial 28:The Smugglers original soundtrack available as an audiobook at Audible.
NB: I guarantee, that you will want to backhand Polly if she screams just one more time on ANY audiobook she appears on... At least Victoria (later) is not as shrill when she screams. You may want to consider getting the novelizations of any audiobooks Polly appears in...or playing them softly...
$ Serial 29: The Tenth Planet While partially available online, I didn't want to get to the end of my favorite doctor and *then* lose video, so I went with the original soundtrack as an audiobook, instead, from Audible.
Serial 30 begins the Second Doctor's Tenure, and the "Big Hole" a huge chunk of missing episodes. So expect a LOT of audiobooks in the next list, including one I had to buy from a used book dealer, because even audible lacked it...
Miscellanous Doctor Watching: Very Silly Doctor Who movies from this time frame, which are worth watching unless you're going to be offended, are 1965's Dr. Who and the Daleks and 1966's The Daleks:INVASION EARTH 2150AD. I watched them both, chronologically, from Netflix, during this part of my Whoventure. This second one is teh awesomeness because Tom Campbell is played by the man-who-can-do-everything, Bernard Cribbins, who plays Donna Noble's gramps, giving him more Doctor Who Street Cred than ANYONE except Nicholas Courtney, whose Who street Cred is so huge that he's got to be Tardis-like inside to fit it all. (Insert UNIT salute, here, SIR!)
TO BE CONTINUED, With "Where to get your Doctor Who. Part Two" which will touch upon the second doctor...and a lot more audiobooks.