Diversity in Regeneration (Spoilers!)

As each Doctor’s time comes to an end,  that is when the new generation is about to happen. Each Doctor deals with their regeneration slightly different. The process of regeneration biologically is mostly the same, a shimmering light of time-vortex surrounds the doctor and shoots out of his face and hands. However, the lead-up and post regeneration are completely different. Let us also not forget that evolving technology has been a factor in the showing of regeneration.

Let’s start with the first Doctor’s regeneration. When the first Doctor regenerates it simply shows a light that nearly goes completely white across the screen, and then there lay the second Doctor. Not very eventful, but they did what they could for the time period.

From now on, I’ll be describing the New Who Doctors or this could turn into a very long post. Christopher Eccelston’s 9th Doctor regeneration was one of the more unfortunate one’s because he was nearly forced into it. After Rose absorbs the time vortex he understands he can no longer let her hold onto that kind of power. He absorbs the power from her and in doing that, it over loads his system and only has moments to regenerate while Rose watches. It takes about ten seconds for the change to occur, before the Tenth Doctor appears and asks “Where were we? Oh yes! Barcelona”.

The Tenth Doctor’s regeneration was also a sad one because it was a huge sacrifice. However, this David Tennant’s regeneration is drug out over about 10 minutes or so. After he absorbs radiation instead of Donna’s dad, he remains the same and says a final goodbye to all of the companions he has worked with, including Donna and her family, Mickey and Martha, Jack Harkness, the granddaughter of the woman he met as “John Smith”, and lastly Rose just before she met the 9th Doctor so he did not have to jump universes. Then, he finally returns to his TARDIS to complete his transformation but nearly destroys the time ship in the process. His regeneration takes approximately 8 or so seconds

Spoilers for the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors ahead, read at your own risk!!!

The 11th Doctor’s regeneration was confusing. Because he is with Clara, imagining Amelia Pond being there, and then leans down and instantly is changed to Peter Capaldi. It was abrupt and I don’t think many Matt Smith fans got true closure.

Lastly, the 12th Doctor’s regeneration was similar to the 10th to 11th’s in physics of the TARDIS out of control and the door flying open. However, it is diverse from all the rest because after his transformation we learn the Doctor now has the capacity to be a woman.

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Donna Noble Appreciation Post

I was looking at the tags on this blog and noticed that only three posts were tagged with “Donna,” and the one that was the most about Donna was talking about why she’s someone’s least favorite companion. To provide a bit of diversity in opinion, I’d like to tell you why Donna Noble might be my favorite companion on Doctor Who.

Donna’s entrance in Doctor Who is interesting because she appears in one episode before Martha’s run with the doctor, and then she finds him again afterwards. When she first meets the doctor, she’s pretty sure that she has no interest in traveling with the Doctor because she doesn’t think she could handle it. By the time they meet again, she’s decided that she can’t pass up the opportunity for adventure.

There are a few things that contrast Donna from the other two companions we’ve seen so far in New Who. One is that she makes it very clear from the beginning that she is not interested in the Doctor romantically. Rose’s romantic relationship with the Doctor developed pretty naturally, starting out with simple admiration for him. Martha was interested in him almost immediately, and she let her unrequited love for him bother her to the point that she no longer wanted to travel with him. Donna’s admiration of the doctor is strictly platonic, and I like the friendship that she has with him.

I would also argue that Donna is the most emotionally driven out of the three companions so far. I think Rose was emotional sometimes, but her emotions were mostly tied to the doctor and she let him take the lead and make the decisions. Martha was primarily logical, which while it was nice to see a female companion be so intelligent, it made her way of thinking arguably too similar to the Doctor’s. There wasn’t enough contrast between the two of them. Donna is the most likely out of the three to question the Doctor. She lets her emotions drive her in that she is always thinking about the people that are in danger or that die, and she wants to help them in any way that she can. For example, in The Fires of Pompeii, she refused to leave Pompeii without saving at least someone. I like that she makes the Doctor think about things in a different way sometimes.

I also think that David Tennant and Catherine Tate have a lot of chemistry. They are good friends outside of the show and they have similar senses of humor which translates on screen. People like to write off Donna as the “sassy companion” and say that she’s annoying, but I think there’s so much more to her than that. I’ll admit that I like sassy characters, but I also like characters with depth and a lot of emotional drive, which I think Donna has even though it’s often overlooked by fans. Those are the reasons that I love Donna Noble as a companion.

Oh Captain, My Captain

I have been a fan of Doctor Who for several years, but haven’t actually seen that many seasons, so being forced to sit down and watch the first season of the rebooted series was really nice, and stirred up a lot of emotions. I’ve never really been a hard-core fan, it was more of a family activity to watch Doctor Who. But I got into it late, during Matt Smith’s run, and have only watched a select few episodes of the seasons before him. I had only seen maybe half of an episode of season 1, so the 9th doctor was fairly new for me. As I went through the season I felt more and more attached to him, and was really sad when he regenerated, though I was also excited to see Tennant as the doctor, because I have often heard that he’s the best.

The character I love the most in the first season is Captain Jack Harkness. Bisexual and pansexual characters are hard to come by in the media even today, and bi/pan men are represented even less. So I was excited about Jack’s character right off the bat. It’s fun to see how smooth he is with everyone he meets, and he is this confident, fun character most of the time. But I also love that he cares so much about people and especially about Rose and later the doctor. He may be a rogue, but he put his life on the line multiple times to right a wrong or to save others.

 

You also get to see just how much he cares in episode 12, “Bad Wolf,” when the doctor and Jack believe that Rose was disintegrated. This was probably the most heart-wrenching scene in the entire season for me. I knew that she wasn’t really dead, because I knew that she was still a companion in the next season, but watching the Doctor shut down because he thinks she’s dead and it’s his fault, and similarly watching Jack scream at the programmers that they killed her and breaking down after several episodes of only really seeing his confident devil-may-care persona, it was just such a moment. I had to pause the episode to take that in while I was watching it.

I’m actually pretty sad and mad that the doctor and Rose left Jack in the last episode of the season, and it’s not addressed after that, as if we’re just supposed to be okay with it. To be fair, I don’t think Rose remembers that she brought him back to life, and the doctor has no idea. So I’m not mad at them. I guess I’m mad at the writers. But I suppose they were setting up for Torchwood, which I’m definitely going to watch. I just wish Jack was in the second season traveling with Rose and the new doctor. I read that he doesn’t return to doctor who until season three, when Martha is the companion. I’m not ready to see the look on his face when he realizes that he won’t see Rose again.

The Doctor and His Companions

Let’s take a step back from the Doctor and focus on his companions. So far, we have seen four different companions. The first companion was Rose Tyler, after her was Maratha Jones, then it was Donna Noble, and the newest is Amy Pond. Each companion is different in their own way and I think that is how fans are able to choose their favorites and least favorites. So let’s dive into the depths of three of these companions. I say only three because I haven’t seen enough episodes with Amy Pond in them to have an opinion.

Rose Tyler was the first companion that we saw. She is a blonde girl from a single parent home and when she meets the Doctor, she is being attacked by mannequins. That is where their adventure together begins. Rose came off as a person who needs guidance because they never know what to do. Although, she seemed to get better as the show went on. Then she started to fall for the Doctor which made the show even better! If I’m being honest, I definitely shipped the Doctor and Rose. And yes, I cried when she was left on the other world with a part human Doctor clone. Since Rose was gone the Doctor needed a new companion and ended up with Martha.

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Martha Jones was the next companion and she met the Doctor in a hospital. At first, I really liked Martha because I felt that I could relate to her well. I say this because I am currently studying to become a doctor one day and I too would be excited to travel in time. As the show went on though I started to dislike Martha. Before you yell at your computer screen saying “WHAT. HOW? SHE IS THE BEST COMPANION EVER!” hear me out. The main reason why I didn’t like her was because she seems to be pining for the Doctor throughout her time on the series. That got really annoying, like girl he doesn’t like you MOVE ON! It probably didn’t help that I really like the Doctor and Rose together. As much as I didn’t like Martha I disliked the next companion even more.

tumblr_mxii8kqbPP1rjv9gxo4_250Donna Noble was the next companion; although, she met the Doctor before Martha. I barely made it through the first episode with Donna in it because she was so rude. Once the next episode started to play and she was not in it I was thinking “Yes! She’s gone!” but plot twist, she comes back. The second time Donna appeared on the show I started to see a different side of her. Throughout the episodes she starred in a different side of her was shone. The side where she cared about others and how broken she was because of her mother. This all added up to why Donna acted the way she did. Basically, she ended up not being that bad of a companion. In my opinion, the writers could have given her a better ending before they had the new companion show up on the show.tumblr_nabck5boNq1rg0tqro7_r1_250

 

Companion to Lover?

Certainly not every companion, but in my opinion, the Doctor has definitely found deeper feelings for some of his newfound friends. Being one of the only survivors from the Time War, this lonely time lord is in search of some company. Being the last of his kind has got to feel isolating and lonesome. The idea of the companion is to give the Doctor someone to not only share his knowledge and understanding of the world with, but also someone to experience life and make memories with. On the outside the Doctor is portrayed as a kind, humorous man who takes saving the world seriously, but on the inside I find him to be more sensitive, lonely, and romantic.

Being his first companion makes Rose an easy target to this idea of a ‘romantic hero.’ Rose and the Doctor are a perfect example of a potential love that is not one sided. The Doctors first contact with Rose was during his heroic duty to save her from the mannequins. Since then, Rose has tagged along through time with the Doctor to save the world and learn about different universes. The Doctor would, and does do anything for Rose Tyler: takes her back to a universe where her father is still alive, meets her mother and helps to explain where Rose has been, and respects her and her ability to help him save humanity. The Doctor even portrayed some disliking and jealousy towards Rose’s boyfriend, Mickey. For example, during season one episode four, the Doctor gets snippy with Mickey while he is trying to save him and Rose’s mother from aliens.

The finale of Rose was heart-wrenching from a romance standpoint. After falling in love with the real Doctor, Rose stayed home in the parallel universe with the copy doctor, but struggled to find the same emotions. Throughout the show, the Doctor continually experiences heartbreak because of the events that lead up to his separation from companions he has learned to love and trust. Specifically with Rose, the Doctor was forced to save his own life and transform leaving behind his love. The Doctor not only saved his own life, but did what he thought was best for Rose because of the circumstances in her previous universe. Throughout the rest of the episodes, the Doctor struggles with a comparison between his new companions and his love for Rose Tyler.

The companions I’ve experienced in “New Who”

When i first started watching Doctor Who was in this class.  So my first companion that i was exposed to was Rose.  Within the first couple episodes I realized that I liked her personality and what she brought to the conversations and show as a whole.  I also was very thrilled when Mickey came on adventures as I enjoy his sarcasm and how he butts heads with the Doctor.   As I progressed through the series with the ninth Doctor I started noticing how awfully Rose treats Mickey and then started disliking her more and more.  Whenever she comes around he is like a little puppy and it’s so obvious that he loves her and would do anything for her.  She doesn’t seem to care because she’s so overwhelmed with the Doctor and always leaves him hanging.

The next companion that i was exposed to was Donna.  I HATE Donna.  She is so annoying, loud, and rude.  She is the epitome of childish, she has only been in one episode and yet she complained to the doctor, yelled and begged that guy to marry her and nagged throughout the episode.  I did not enjoy that episode at all and just wanted it to end.

Finally, Martha entered the picture.  The heroine of the series of female companions in my opinion.  She is humble and nice and loves the Doctor.  The first episode that I saw her in was the Shakespeare episode.  When she entered the conversation she always raised an important question or helped continue the episode as well as added an extra layer of diversity and often brought it up in episodes.  Clearly I am biased because she is easily my favorite.

Martha Jones: The Companion

Martha Jones is the 10th Doctor’s second companion. Jones is an acquired taste. Some people say that Jones is too forward because she does not like to be the damsel in distress.  Martha likes to think of herself as the Doctor’s equal. She does not want to be looked as the companion that is dependent on the Doctor.  Martha looks at the Doctor as her partner and not as some powerful alien. She argues with the Doctor with a purpose. Martha does not like to be bossed around if it is not necessary. However, I think it is obvious that she is a dominating force when she on the show, but she is still just a companion. Martha does get in situations where the Doctor must rescue her. She also is seen to have a temper,

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but I believe it because of her strong personality. She doesn’t like to know that there is nothing more that she could do to help the Doctor. A lot of the “Whovian” fandom dislike Martha because she fails to be a Rose or a Donna. Despite this, Martha works harder than any other companion. She leaves her medical career to continue helping the Doctor with his crazy adventures. Martha is loyal, reliable, and she’s strong. She is by far the best companion that the doctor has had.