Captain Jack

At the time of me writing this post, we as a class are beginning to watch a few episodes of Torchwood, the spin off of Doctor Who with Captain Jack. Since there is no other time like the present, I’ve decided to look at and compare Torchwood, Doctor Who, and most importantly Captain Jack.

Captain Jack, one of the main characters of Torchwood, was first introduced in Doctor Who by saving Rose’s life in the episode “Empty Child.” Jack’s first line, which fits him quite well, is “excellent bottom.” He spoke those lines referencing to Rose. Soon after, Jack spoke to a different man, telling him “you have a nice little bottom, too.” Below is a short clip from the episode “Empty Child” of Jack’s first appearance. Throughout his introduction, most can recognize that Captain Jack is an openly bisexual man. Captain Jack Harkness appears in roughly nine episodes in Doctor Who.

Jack’s openly sexual habits found its way into majority of all of the characters in Torchwood. Kierra Green, my roommate, watched the episodes with me and I think we can both agree and state that Torchwood is much more open with sexual activities than Doctor Who is. Only in Torchwood can you see Captain Jack Harkness and Captain John Hart, played by James Marsters, in an aggressive fistfight while also kissing passionately.

Lastly, as a fact that not everyone might know, the name “Torchwood” is actually an anagram for “Doctor Who”. What I am curious about is why the anagram came to exist to begin with.

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Interview with a Classic Whovian

At the start of this class, majority of us have either seen Doctor Who or just started the show. Aside from Professor Lindgren, we haven’t had much opportunity to talk to someone who grew up watching classic Doctor Who. Fortunately my dad, who happens to have a love for science fiction, watched some classic Doctor Who episodes when he was younger. I asked him a few questions on the show to get his opinions, and this is his response.

To begin with I started by asking him when did he first watch Doctor Who. He explained that when he was younger there were only four channels on the television. My dad remembered flipping through to see what was on and said his first impression was that it looked stupid. To him back then, he saw “some guy wearing a scarf in a room full of switches and lights.”

I asked him about his favorite Doctor and companion and he told me that his favorite Doctor is Matt Smith. He paused on his favorite companion, and eventually said “I’m not sure if this counts, but I really like Donna Noble’s dad.”

While having a conversation with my dad, he made a few comments that made me laugh. First, he compared the Daleks to whack-a-moles, since “they just keep coming back.” After, he tried to describe his least favorite character, and said her skin was thin like a sail on a boat. It didn’t take me too long to figure out he was describing Cassandra.

Eventually I ended by asking him which he preferred: classic Doctor Who or the new one. Knowing my dad is a big person for special effects, he didn’t hesitant to say the new Doctor Who. He explained “the classic episodes were incredibly cool at the time because it was the first [special effects] we had ever seen. But, the sets and robots are pretty tacky when you look back at them now.”

Bye Bye Number Nine

Christopher Eccleston, the ninth Doctor, has never been my favorite Doctor. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t mind skipping the first season of the rebooted Doctor Who and head straight into watching David Tennant, who is definitely one of my favorites. However I’ve started to question why Christopher Eccleston was only the Doctor for a single season. I’ve heard many rumors, but decided to do some research myself on the topic.

I found an article written by Stephen Kelly, a writer of The Guardian, which focuses on the mystery of why Eccleston left after only one season. According to Kelly, Eccleston resigned from Doctor Who after not being able to see “eye to eye” with the cast and crew. Later on in the article, Stephen Kelly mentioned that Eccleston left hints that there might be more to why he left Doctor Who than what he said in his interview.

For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, multiple Doctors appeared in the episode, including Matt Smith and David Tennant. However, Christopher Eccleston decided to not return for the 50th anniversary. Was stepping on the set of Doctor Who truly bad enough that Eccleston didn’t want to risk a single episode there again?

After looking at a few more sources, I can say that all of the articles I looked at on this topic have come the same conclusion and are referencing the same interview. Perhaps if Christopher Eccleston stayed another season I might have grown fond of him. Either way, I’m happy with the research I’ve found and I’m thrilled with the outcome of David Tennant.

<Click Here for Stephen Kelly’s Article>

The Doctor’s Biggest Fan

A few weeks, before I started this class, I decided I needed to get caught up with the rest of the Doctor Who episodes on Netflix. After finishing all of the episodes with the newest Doctor, Peter Capaldi, I proceeded to research him just a bit. I stumbled across this amusing video with Peter Capaldi on The Graham Norton Show.

To say I was amused is an understatement! Not only did this video make me laugh at how Peter Capaldi acted when he was younger, but it also made me think of the current fans and what they might be thinking. Because I am a fan myself, I can imagine the idea of Peter Capaldi becoming the Doctor is not only exciting but brings hope. After all, if someone who can be just as obsessive about a show yet still became the main character can only bring hope to other fans out there who have dreams of being the Doctor in the future.

From looking at this video and comparing it to other interviews with Peter Capaldi, I believe this is the first video that announced how big of a fan he is before becoming the Doctor. Coming to this conclusion wasn’t too difficult, since in this video he squirmed and groaned uncomfortably on the subject. In other interview videos, he begrudgingly admits but accepts how large of a fan he is.

Recently, I also read something about how Peter Capaldi will most likely be the last Doctor that grew up with the show as a child. Though it is possible to have another Doctor in the future that grew up with the show, it’s unlikely due to their current age. But who knows! No one but the Doctor can predict the future.

 

Fan Video

 

Though this video doesn’t have direct clips from Doctor Who, it still is a fan created video. This video is done by a group called the Hillywood Show lead by Hannah and Hilly, who play the Doctor and Donna. (Yes, the Doctor in this video is played by a woman!) It’s quite amusing to watch the behind the scenes to hear the actors speak in their normal voice in the costumes. The video takes a song I believe from the Rocky Horror Picture Show and applies it to Doctor Who showing three of his companions (Rose, Martha, and Donna).

“It’s Bigger on the Inside”

Let’s talk about something that shows up in practically every episode – the TARDIS. Majority of us at this rate should understand roughly what the TARDIS is. For clarification, the TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space. It is a ship, which is disguised as a police box and is larger on the inside than what it looks like on the outside. But how large is the TARDIS exactly?

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To begin there is the main room, which contains all of the machinery to control the TARDIS. This room is known as the control or console room. The room allows the Doctor to travel in both space and time from one location to another.

A swimming pool has also been mentioned in various episodes. The one that includes a swimming pool that sticks out to me the most is in the first episode with Matt Smith, “The Eleventh Hour”. In this episode, the Doctor has to climb out of the pool in the TARDIS using a grappling hook since the TARDIS crashed sideways on the ground.

Throughout an assortment of episodes, including some of the classic who episodes, various scenes were filmed inside of bedrooms in the TARDIS.

In the episode “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS”, Clara also discovers an assortment of rooms and locations, varying but not limited to storage rooms, hallways, engine rooms, and the heart of the TARDIS.

These are only the select rooms that I’ve discovered while exploring what is inside the TARDIS and those are only the rooms that the Doctor has shown us. What else could possibly be inside that we have yet to discover?

The Doctor’s Romance

For those who have just started watching Doctor Who, I recommend not reading this, or waiting on reading this, since I will be referencing future episodes and plotlines. Therefore, to give you a warning and for River’s sake, “Spoilers!”

Practically every single companion that the Doctor has had since the show began was a woman. If there was a male on the TARDIS, they typically were with the female companion. Though we would like to think that the Doctor’s initial plan isn’t to find a romance between himself and his companions, it doesn’t stop the romance from forming.

Since I have only watched a few episodes of the Classic Who, I’ll start with what I do know well, which is the New Who. Rose is one of the first companions that I believe had a large romantic interest with the Doctor. She was with him as both the 9th and 10th Doctor, until she was separated from him. Eventually, she managed to get reunited with the Doctor. At least, she was reunited with a part of him.

Obviously we shouldn’t ignore the Doctor’s romance with River Song, since he did get married to her. However, the story of that romance is far too long and to complicated to even begin in this short post.

In addition, questions on the Doctor’s romance with his prior companions are even asked by some of the current companions themselves. Amy Pond and the 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, have a small and funny moment where Amy questions why the Doctor’s companions are mostly female and what his true intentions are with his companions:

The Doctor’s romance doesn’t even begin nor end with his companions. Through out an assortment of episodes, the Doctor is receiving and giving kisses by a wide range of people he runs into, including Rory in the episode “Dinosaurs on a Space Ship”.

After describing and thinking about these few romantic examples that I’ve posted, it’s gotten me to think that why has the Doctor had mostly female companions? Did the writers intentionally make so that if the Doctor was always male, the companions should be female? Of course, then that brings up the question that if the Doctor became female, would the next companion then be male?