Spoiler alert: the Doctor dies. Another spoiler alert: he comes back as David Tennant. (oh la la!)
Now this is the first time that I’ve seen Doctor Who. Watching the old who episodes I didn’t think that I was going to get so into the show. And going into the first season of new who I also wasn’t quite sure what I should expect. Would I like it more than the old who? Well one thing I especially didn’t expect was that I would get so close to the Doctor and feel so torn when the ninth doctor died.
I would say this especially surprised me when some of the episodes with the ninth doctor didn’t even take my attention that well. They would start off well and grab my attention, but as the episode went on I just lost interest. I would watch them for class, but honestly, I don’t think I would ever watch some of those again. It was hard to keep my attention to write down what was going on. Yet here I am at the last episode with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and my eyes start to tear up. I look over at my roommate (who is a huge fan of Doctor Who) and wonder how she has gone through this with how many doctors she has watched.
Doctor Who is a totally new experience for me. Yes, I’ve watched the occasional show about aliens, but nothing about aliens and time travel. It’s certainly different than things that I have watched before. I have gotten pretty sucked in. And boy oh boy will I still be sucked in with David Tennant. Especially since my tears got sucked RIGHT back into my eyes when I saw David Tennant. I always knew that the doctor regenerated, but it doesn’t seem true until you see it actually happen. Watching the episode in class with David Tennant as the Doctor got me pretty excited. It brought back in my excitement for Doctor Who. It drew me in and made me super excited for the tenth Doctor. Maybe this time I will be more prepared for when he regenerates, but probably not…
I will be the first to admit that I was not happy when the 10th Doctor regenerated into the 11th Doctor. I loved David Tennant and thought he did an excellent job at portraying his emotions. I think what also did not help is that no companion carried over, and they also rebooted the TARDIS. It felt like a completely new show. However, as it goes on, I start to like it more.
I think the episode Vincent and the Doctor was the episode that really convinced me that I really like the new Doctor. I think everyone knows Van Gough or has at least heard of him since his artwork is very popular today. I think because I am somewhat knowledgeable of it, it is why I really liked this episode as well. I thought it was also very unique that they went back in time to specifically help someone. I, as well really liked how they brought Vincent to the present day time to show him how important he will soon be. When the curator tells the Doctor that Van Gough “was the greatest painter of them all” and was “one of the greatest men who ever lived” like come on, after seeing Van Gough’s reaction to that, has to tear at your emotions a little. I also thought this was very unique since we have not seen this type of situation happen before. I felt more of an emotional tie to this episode that I have not experienced yet.
In one of David Tennant’s final adventures, a team of his most famed companions/allies is formed. The team consisting of Harriet Jones, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness, Sarah Jane Smith, and Martha Jones come together to aid the Doctor in stopping the end of the world. This gallery of characters were iconic during the adventures of previous incarnations of the Doctor and Tennant’s edition of the Time Lord. Their presence in “The Stolen Earth/ Journey’s End” helps provide a storybook ending to Tennant’s run as the Doctor, but is it’s unfair to the characters that the viewers grew to love during the tenth Doctor’s adventures.
Rose Tyler traveled with both Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant’s version of the Doctor. She added continuity to a somewhat abrupt change to the iconic role. She anchored Tennant in the first few episodes of season two, and she also gave the viewer some continuity within the show. At the end of Tennant’s run, we are given closing points for Rose, Jack, Sarah Jane, Martha, and Donna. This bookend for the series was beneficial in that it gave the show a “mini-reboot,” but it hurt the show in that the eleventh Doctor didn’t have a continuity point from the tenth Doctor, and seemed very lost in his first adventure.
Rose was a dynamic character that the viewers already knew, and this made assimilating the new Doctor much simpler. In Matt Smith’s first episode, he acknowledges his former versions of himself, but not his former companions. This feels out of character for the Doctor, and it hurts the chance for these former companions to appear alongside the eleventh regeneration of the Doctor. Without watching ahead, I think this is a disservice to the characters that travelled with Ten, and it also hurts the mythology of the famous television show.
I chose this video as my favorite fan video. The 10th Doctor is by far my favorite, so I knew I wanted to choose a video that had him in it. I also love this song in the video. I think it sums up the Doctor’s quirky, fun, and serious personality. I also think the words “I’m never changing who I am” fits perfect for the doctor because no matter what regeneration he goes through, or who his companion is, hes always the same at heart. I feel like the editing is also very good in this video. There are some things that could be better, but I like the overall theme of it.
When we first met David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, I was not very happy because I was a huge fan of Christopher Eccleston. However, now that we have journeyed with Tennant for a while, I have found a lot of respect for the way he portrays the Doctor.
Something I have noticed that Tennant brings to the Doctor’s character is emotion and feeling. Tennant really makes the audience sympathize with him. Since Tennant has been the Doctor, we have seen the lonely, sad side of him a lot more, which is something we did not really see with Eccleston. To me, it seems that Tennant really knows when to show a lot of emotion in order to get the best reaction from the audience.
I think the Doctor’s loneliness is something that Tennant wanted to emphasize. We see how lonely the Doctor is and how upset he is that he will never have someone that can stay with him forever. He will constantly lose his friends because they do not have the capability to live as long as he does. Even when the Master died and would not regenerate, the Doctor was extremely sad. The Doctor did not necessarily like the Master, but he thought he had been the only one of his kind for so long and he was happy to have someone else he could relate to. The Doctor was devastated when the Master died because he lost the one person who could really relate to him and understand him.
While I was a big fan of Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, I think David Tennant has done a much better job. I think he brings another dimension to the Doctor and he really helps the character develop. I like to see the emotional side of the Doctor and I think Tennant does a great job showing it.