Someone tell me where to start doctor who and also I’m curious. Has there ever been a female doctor?
Personally, I’d start with the first series of the restart, with Christopher Eccelston as the Doctor. First episode is “Rose”. That series is set up for people who need an introduction to Doctor Who because you find out things as Rose does. It is rough in parts and they didn’t have the budget they do now, but it sets everything up that comes afterward.
If you really want to fast-forward, then start at Matt Smith’s first episode. Unlike David Tennant’s first episode, this is a mostly clean break. New Doctor, new companion, very little overlap.
After you’ve gotten into the groove of the show, probably into 2nd season at least, then go back and watch the old Doctor Who episodes. Warning, some of the early episodes, especially the black-&-white ones, are rough. They are very dry. Once we get to the 2nd Doctor, Patrick Troughton, it loosens up a bit. It starts getting into familiar territory with Jon Pertwee’s run. But in a show that’s been running over 50 years, it’s got rough spots and clunker episodes. So don’t lose faith, the next story may be better.
No official female Doctor yet. Only a few comedy specials have ventured in that territory, including one written by the current show runner, Steven Moffatt. And the door has been opened for Time Lords to change sex during regeneration. I figure at this point it will be an eventuality.