I’m going to talk about the changing characters. I don’t think I have ever watched a show that changes the main character from season to season. There have been shows that I watch that some of the minor characters change, but never the main character. It might draw negative attention to the show that could cause confusion for the watchers. I know when I first started watching and the first doctor switch occurred, I was confused. I didn’t understand why they would switch the main character throughout the show. I had never seen a show that switched the main character. If I was the director, I would not think about switching the main character. Even if I did switch the main character, I wouldn’t think about also changing a minor character. I would think that the main character change was enough for a while, due to the extreme change. Character change is a very daring thing to do, especially if you are also going to change the companion also. Confusing the viewers must draw a negative view upon your show. I know that if I was watching a show and I got confused, I would no longer continue to watch the show. But that is just my personal opinion. Others must feel different about the character change. They could enjoy the new person within the seasons. Others might enjoy the excitement of trying to remember who the new character is within the episodes. Personally, I would be able to keep track of the new characters or who is no longer in the show. I like the show I watch to just be a show I can watch and relax and not have to make a list of who’s in the episodes. But like I said, others might feel different. I like the simple episodes that I can just sit back and watch. I don’t like shows that confuse me and make me think. Might sound dumb, but that’s just how I like my shows to go. Other things that kind of confuse me are the names of all the different creatures that are throughout the episodes. I’m sure someone who is interested in science fiction would highly enjoy this show because of the different creatures, but not me. I’m not entirely interested in this show, therefore, I’m not as willing to put extra time into it to remember all the names and who’s all in the episodes.
Note: This post was originally written in late January.
Since my early high school days, I have been a big Doctor Who fan. I have fond memories of bonding with my brother and sister as we worked our way through the New Who, doctor to doctor. I spent a lot of time reading and watching theories about the show, along with collecting memorabilia. When I graduated high school and left for college, I stopped keeping up with Doctor Who. This was around the time that the 12th Doctor was cast. So, after three years of college and not watching the show, I was excited for the opportunity to take an entire class centered around it.
As I have begun to rewatch the show, I have experienced a number of surprises. First, I was surprised at what I did and did not remember from the show. There were a number of key plot points that I completely forgot about, while at the same time, there were small details that I remembered with great clarity. It’s been nice to gain a sort of refresher as I go through these episodes.
An additional surprise has been how I am experiencing the show this time around. I am now looking at it through a new lense. The show was obviously not structured to teach a course about diversity, but it is an interesting perspective to use while watching the show. I have begun to notice things that I didn’t before. For example, in the earlier episodes, there is stunning lack of racial diversity. As a high schooler, I was not tuned into this type of focus, resulting in a new way of watching.
Having viewed these episodes already once before, I am able to focus more on the aspects of diversity rather than focusing on plot points. I believe that this familiarity will aid me in this class and how I should view the show.
I am very interested in how my view of the show will or will not change as I progress through the seasons. I am looking forward to how the show itself treats diversity as its seasons progress.
Before I took this class, I would have said that Matt Smith was my favorite doctor, because I had seen the most episodes with him and because he was the doctor I started with. Now that I’ve seen all of Eccelston and Tennant, I’m not sure who my favorite doctor is. I really like Nine because he can be snarky and fun, but he also has several moments where you can see a lot of fear, anger, and sadness in him. I think that’s true for all of the New Who doctors, but I do think there’s something special about Eccelston. Ten is a bit more fun and zany than Nine. He makes a lot of insane statements and does crazy things that really fits the “Mad man in a box” description. Eleven goes even further in that direction, and then Twelve goes back to the “Grumpy old man” description. I wish I was better at describing what makes each of them special, but they are, and I’m grateful for all of them.
I don’t understand how people choose a favorite when they’ve seen all of the episodes. It’s like choosing a favorite child. I love them all. I especially don’t understand why some people say to skip Nine and start with Ten. Not only is Nine fantastic, but a lot happens in the first season that is frequently referenced or characters that were introduced in the first season are brought back several times in future seasons. It’s like skipping the first few chapters in a book. There’s bound to be important information in those first few chapters.
Anyway, I think I’m just bad at choosing in general. Although it is easy for me to say that my favorite companion is Donna. I’m not sure why, I just connect with her the most. Maybe it’s just hard to choose a favorite doctor because, in the end, they’re all the same character. Yes, each regeneration has a unique spin to the character, but in the end they’re all the same person. I see every doctor as an extension of the previous ones, so there’s not really a need to choose a favorite. They’re all the doctor and that makes them special.
As someone who is in the middle of planning a wedding, I thought it would be interesting to see what is out there for a Doctor Who themed wedding. Let me tell you, there is a lot. Simply searching the phrase ‘Doctor Who wedding’ on Pinterest brings up ideas galore. Then if you want to search for specific items, even more ideas pop up.
First, you must have a way to invite people to your wedding.
There are tons of ideas for Doctor Who themed wedding invitations out there. From ones of the TARDIS, to ones using Circular Gallifreyan, to ones with quotes from the show. You will not be short on ideas for these.
Table decorations are next on the list of wedding items some may want to include in their wedding planning.
Once again, you will not be short on ideas here. There are ideas on the more complicated side, such as this one, or there are much simpler ideas such as sunflowers in a blue vase (a reference to the episode “Vincent and the Doctor”), and everything in between.
And while we’re looking at flowers, you can’t forget the bride’s bouquet.
The most popular idea, by far, is to incorporate a sonic screwdriver into the bride’s bouquet. Then out of those bouquets with a sonic screwdriver in them, most of the time they were used as you see here, as the base part.
Now for the cake. Everyone loves a good cake.
There are so many ideas for a Doctor Who themed cake on Pinterest. Granted, some of the ones that came up in my search were birthday cakes or not specifically wedding, but you could turn them into a wedding cake with a few minor adjustments. There were also a lot of fandom crossovers on the cakes like with Doctor Who and Star Wars for example.
The happy couple often have their own set of Mr. and Mrs. glasses at the reception, and there are some different options out there for Doctor Who fans.
These glasses were one of the first to pop up, but there were also glasses that read “Timelord” and “Companion,” “I love you with both my hearts,” or simply had images of the TARDIS or different characters on them.
If you have cute glasses, you’re going to need something to go in them.
This idea came up when I was searching for a different item, but it went perfectly with the glasses above so I had to include it. There’s even some Daleks on the back wine bottle.
Last, but not least. Could anyone really have a Doctor Who wedding without a TARDIS?
I think a TARDIS is definitely needed. There are many DIY ideas out there for making your very own TARDIS, and it is a great addition to any event, especially a Doctor Who wedding.
There are tons and tons of other Doctor Who wedding ideas out there and they are perfect for any dedicated Whovian that wants to show their love of the show on one of the biggest days of their lives.
When will we see another Doctor reunion? We have only had one in New Who so far to this point. Actually, I am not sure about this Christmas special or whatever the episode was where the twelfth Doctor meets the first Doctor. I also just remembered the children in need mini episode where the tenth Doctor met the fifth Doctor. It would be interesting to look at how many times in classic who did doctors meet other incarnations of themselves.
Well, I looked into it. The answer is 4 times. I thought it would be higher than that but it makes sense. So now the show has been running form its continuation for about 13 years. Classic who ran from 1963 to the late 80’s. Let’s say around 25 years. Well if we don’t count the children in need episode and we don’t count the recent episode than we really only have one true storyline that includes multiple doctors in new who. I, as a fan, am not satisfied with this. I want more. I don’t just mean the Doctor either, I want the companions to come back too. I want River back the most. I know she was just in the Christmas special last year but I hate that now we have basically closed the character. Who knows though. I still have hope.
Now, I know that if we have multi-doctor storylines all the time then they cease to be special but I just really want a nice storyline with Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen. Just imagine it. The Day of the Doctor but way better! I have seen some interviews with David Tennant and Matt Smith where the interviewer asks about a possibility of returning to the show. Each time that is asked I see David or Matt responding that they would love to but it needs to be the right time. They don’t want to come back too often otherwise it will not be as good. This gives me hope that in the future I will see an awesome multi-doctor episode. This is probably likely to happen on the 60th Anniversary of the show in 2023. That may seem like a long ways away but I can remember 2013 like it was only yesterday.
All that being said, I think the fans would love to see more crossovers between the different Doctor incarnation. I am torn between the possibility of the scenario getting too boring but also the fact that it would mean my favorite characters would be coming back.
There is something about the episodes “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead” that gets me every time I watch it. They have always been one of my favorite story arcs in the whole series of Doctor Who ever since I first watched it. Upon revisiting this double feature episode I have noticed some interesting things when it comes to diversity. This episode or episodes have got quite a bit of diversity among them. There is the diversity of race with Other Dave, Anit, and Dr. Moon. There is the diversity of intelligence with The Doctor and River being at the top and Evangelista being at the bottom. It also has the diversity of gender with having both men and women being in positions of power.
The enemy in this episode, the Vashta Nerada, are, in my opinion, some of the most inventive creatures in Doctor Who. They are the reason we all, at some level, are afraid of the dark. They are not in every shadow of darkness but in any shadow of darkness. They feed on the flesh and can rip it away from the bone in less than a second. This is truly a terrifying monster. I can only imagine a 7-year-old watching these episodes and having their fear of the dark being enhanced even more. They are an infestation and as humans, we all seem to have fears of infestations whether it is termites or fruit flies or some flesh-eating virus.
We learn so much about The Doctor in this episode. We learn about his future quite a bit. Professor River Song is introduced. She is from the Doctors future. After watching the rest of her storyline throughout the next few seasons all of the references that she tries to clue The Doctor into are awesome for those viewing. Knowing the fate of Professor River Song does quite a bit for the viewer when watching the later seasons because we know that she will not die in any of the episodes. Thier relationship is my favorite of any in the entire show of Doctor Who. She is the one person that, in my opinion, truly understands The Doctor. She is part Time Lord. She gave up all her remaining regenerations to save the Doctor in a later episode. They are truly meant for each other.
Overall viewing these episodes has reminded me exactly why I love this show so much. The relationships make it for me. This lonely Time Lord finally has met his match. Unfortunately, they never meet in the right order. The curse of the time traveling couple.
As I was searching through a facebook group chat that has been made exclusively for memes, someone posted a meme about Doctor Who. I believe that memes are now an important part of people expressing their ideas and thoughts on a topic. Almost a subset or meta form of social media that can be turned into a picture and shared on other social media sites. As I thought about this, I googled “Doctor Who Memes” and scrolled through some of the memes. I will be going through different types of memes and how they relate to other topics.
This is the first meme I found in the group chat. This one is singularly related to Doctor Who and looks at the excitement of a fandom when they are referenced and cited somewhere else. This meme generally occurs in a comments section on social media and is the basic, silly, fun form of a meme. This meme is shown as a reference for how general memes can be and that they can be on the non-confrontational side of social media.
Opposite of that, this meme is the equivalent to the other meme but on the opposite, confrontational, side of some types of memes. People can use memes to express their political views through the filter of a show or topic. This can make people feel more comfortable or allow them to express themselves in a direct way without having to be verbally/textually direct such as typing their own Facebook post. These types of memes increase in popularity and frequency whenever there is a topic that is highly publicized. As an example, with the recent shooting in Florida, there are a lot of memes going around expressing opinions based on gun control. These type of memes allow for discussion of a topic that may be particularly harsh or hard to talk about and give it a softer filter for people to speak through or a harder filter to see so that writer can show the reader how they really feel.
Aside from general memes or political memes, there are memes that are pieced together to relate across fandoms and join them together to bond across fandoms. The first meme is related to Dungeons and Dragons and brings together those who are both in the Doctor Who fandom and the Dungeons and Dragons fandom, and then maybe bring some of those who are in one fandom but not the other to explore the other side.
The other meme is one that crosses fandoms based on the actor. David Tennant who was the tenth Doctor, and who appeared in the Harry Potter series. This also brings fans from both fandoms across to another fandom and exposes them to more information.
Overall memes are a form of social media that allow people to explore other fandoms, have difficult or open discussions, and allow the creator to share their own ideas in a way that is different than a post on Twitter or Facebook.