Hey Who, can I just start watching it this season. I'm willing to give this show a run but I really don't have the time to watch the 3,729 episodes that have already aired.LMFAO
If I can just start watching it now without any need for the back story will I be lost?
You can start now, DF. There is a back story but I can fill you in and get you up to speed or
you could watch the special recap the hour before the season premiere or
you could watch the marathon from the episode The Eleventh Hour
up to the Christmas Special called A Christmas Carol
The gist of series 5 was there's cracks in the universe which are composed of raw time energy and "silence will fall". The cracks are from the TARDIS exploding erasing all of time. The Doctor has a way of restoring every aspect of the universe and indeed does restore it. (end series 5) What caused the TARDIS to explode is where the series will pick up.
Amy (the key to series 5 with more to come) is traveling with the Doctor. Her husband, now (Rory) is too. (Professor) River Song is a mystery/protagonist woman to the Doctor. She's a new reoccurring character (since series 4 with David Tennant as the Doctor) and will be in the premiere. She's a time traveler as well. She has no TARDIS of her own. She uses a vortex manipulator. She just shows up now and again on. The Doctor and River Song keep meeting but in the wrong order. She knows the Doctors history and calls them "spoilers". Stories with her in it are epic and outstanding. This will be the 4th 2 parter with her in it.
I do recommend the special before the season premiere on Saturday. You'll see much more than I could explain about the back stories and their influences to the plot line.