I find myself, however, in a situation of much wondering. The history of Dr. Who, the sheer amount of previous material, is overwhelming. I gather that there is always a companion; I assume that it's always a woman.
It would seem that his companions always fall in love with him, but I wonder if he always becomes so attached? As a new viewer, having only seen Dr. Who with Rose Tyler, their love for each other seems transcendent and more... But perhaps it is not? Perhaps this is the way of it?
I've gathered that love between Dr. Who and the companions is never physical and never spelled out, so I've wondered at Rose and The Doctor holding hands - perhaps significant within the oeuvre? Also, his almost saying "I love you" would seem significant - Does he almost always say it, or does he never (or rarely) feel quite the way he felt about Rose Tyler?
I'll never know, for example, how I would have felt about Angel if I'd watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the beginning. I didn't; I watched season six in repeats and then season seven in first-run. And I am whole-heartedly a Spike girl. Watched Angel the exact same way (second-to-last season in reruns, last season in first-run), and to this day I prefer David Boreanaz in Bones.
In short, is Rose Tyler special, or is she just my first?