History of the TARDIS and the Sonic

So, there were reasons to how the TARDIS ended up looking on the inside and outside… This isn’t revealed until the New Who when it is revealed that it does take 6 people to fly the TARDIS. It was also revealed that TARDIS’ aren’t built they are grown like trees from a seed and then the equipment and everything is added later. This is part of why there is mismatched and some strange equipment in the console. When the TARDIS is being remodeled there is some new equipment that is changed and updated but it’s always recognizable things that must have been reused from somewhere, like Eleven had ketchup and mustard bottles and Nine and Ten had the monitor, a keyboard, and the small sledgehammer on the string that does get used occasionally. The TARDIS also has a soul as discovered in “The Doctors Wife” and can see all parts of time even then, but the real question is whether the Doctor stole the TARDIS or if the TARDIS stole the Doctor. As this is what the TARDIS also called sexy keeps reminding the Doctor of. The console is slightly redone with each Doctor but they all resort back to the same basic layout with either a hexagon or circular shape. The Ninth and Tenth Doctors layouts had the pillars that branched which was designed off choral and trees to reflect that the TARDIS is grown and is a living thing.

The exterior of the TARDIS also has never really changed and this was explained with the chameleon circuit being broken. This seems to be a defect in a lot of the TARDIS’s. This is my theory because when the 12th Doctor and Clara stole another previous version of a TARDIS Clara took it and had it shape into a diner for her final meeting with the Doctor who could no longer remember her. We then saw her TARDIS take off and it kept the shape of the diner and they mentioned that the circuit went down again. This was a defect created so the show could keep one object that people would recognize as the Doctor’s no matter when and where it landed and it was an easy way to save money by not needing to replace the TARDIS constantly.

Did you know the Sonic Screwdriver was taken out of Doctor Who in Classic Who? Upon bringing the show back Davies decided he wanted to keep a device that kids could play with and the Doctor could use in times of need for simpler tasks like picking a lock to save time because episodes went from two hours to fifty minutes. He did include flaws in the screwdriver in that it can’t get past a deadbolt lock or wood, and this does come up a few times in episodes. The sonic is a device connected and created by the TARDIS. When the Doctor needs a new sonic the TARDIS will produce it and based off the interior design of the console room. I look forward to where they will take the TARDIS design and technology like the sonic in the future.

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Could Doctor Who Ever Fail?

As we near the end of our course on Doctor Who, I have started to think more and more about the longevity of the show. My thought process on this matter is, “How has Doctor Who survived this long? And what is it going to take for the show to last another 20-50 years?”

When I look at the show, Doctor Who, I see the one characteristic that has allowed humans, or any species for that matter, to survive. Adaptability. Change is something that every entity will inevitably go through in order to continue to thrive in a world where the stagnant always die out. While true that Doctor Who has maintained its basic identity since the show’s inception in the 1960’s, the producers have continued to emphasize the qualities that allow the show to adapt. The obvious quality is the regeneration. I think most can agree that regeneration is the single most important key to the show’s survival. I would also throw in the variability with the companions and villains into this idea.

The ability to change all the major components of the show is very unique to Doctor Who and creates a culture of favorites within the show. Listening to fans of the show talk, it is very common to hear someone say, “Oh, so-and-so is my favorite Doctor” or, “So-and-so is my favorite companion.” This type of culture is great for promoting discussion and debate over the show, but I think it also leads to heartbreak for the fans.

Obviously, there will always be fans invariably dedicated to the show, but I feel that as the show continues, more and more people will have favorite companions and Doctors that will be buried in the past. As this phenomenon continues, the show may decline in viewership. After I watched the last David Tennant episode (he is my favorite Doctor that I’ve watched), I remember feeling like I wouldn’t want to continue on with another Doctor since I felt there must certainly be drop off. That feeling made me wonder if other viewers experience the same feeling, and if they do, I can see a decline starting when everyone’s favorites are suddenly gone from existence within the show.

I realize one could spin this argument in favor of the show continuing, but you never know.   All we can do is wait and see if Doctor Who can continue to adapt and please its fan base.

Early Claim for Favorite Doctor

 

Upon watching Classic Doctor Who I never understood how someone could come up with a favorite Doctor. The reboot allowed me to finally enjoy Doctor Who. Unfortunately, this lead me to get attached to the Ninth Doctor whose name is Christopher Eccleston. However, as I started season two it finally clicked to me that Christopher Eccleston could be my favorite Doctor.

When season two started I was used to Eccleston’s quirks, face, and overall acting. He is the Doctor that made me start to enjoy Doctor Who. I can give partial credit to Eccleston for changing the way I see Doctor Who, from homework to something I can actually sit down and enjoy. So, I would like to make the early claim and say Christopher Eccleston is my favorite Doctor in the reboot of Doctor Who.

Many of you avid fans might have a problem with me making this claim, especially because I have not seen much of other Doctor’s. From what I have heard around class and through the Facebook page is that the most popular favorite Doctor is Matt Smith. I have no clue why he is people’s favorite Doctor but that is something for me to figure out in later seasons of Doctor Who. Not only for you avid fans but myself I will do my best to keep an open mind when watching future episodes. This will give other Doctor’s a chance to live up to the standards that Eccleston has set for me.

Some reasons I have for liking Christopher Eccleston over David Tennant is how Eccleston delivers his comedy, his dress and overall relationship with Rose. In my opinion Eccleston brought comedy to Doctor Who when it was non-existent in Classic Doctor Who. Yes, you can argue that David Tennant is funny as well, but personally I think his acting ability to deliver comedy is sub par to Christopher Eccleston. Another reason I like Eccleston over Tennant is I enjoy how Eccleston dresses. I feel like it fits the personality of someone who saves the world countless times. Tennant’s dress is more formal and therefore I feel like it would be hard to do his job. The dress of the Doctor’s helps portray their style. Each Doctor is going to have a different style and I feel that Eccleston’s laid back dress allowed me to connect with his laid back attitude that brought comedy and a romantic but fun relationship with Rose. Eccleston’s relationship with Rose is one that I enjoyed to watch and play out in the first season. I never knew what exactly what was going to happen between the two. There was obvious sexual tension between the two but since the Doctor lives forever he has to see his companions or lovers get old and die off while he is forced to live on. This has to be hard for the Doctor he does not want to get too attached but I like how Eccleston got attached to Rose. It is another reason that I started to enjoy watching Doctor Who.

So like I said before I will keep my mind open for runners of my favorite Doctor as we continue watching. However, I still stick with my early claim in saying that Christopher Eccleston is my favorite Doctor.

 

Side note: Upon researching the names for the Doctor’s in the reboot of Doctor Who I found that all of the new Doctor’s have a height of six feet or above. Take that or leave that as you will but I found it interesting.

 

Finally, I will leave with these meme because it is of the limited amounts that actually make sense to me.

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Dr. Her Part 2

Last time I discussed the portrayal of women in the television show Doctor Who in the episodes we have seen so far. Through this analysis, I would like to pose the question of whether a female doctor has its place in the future of Doctor Who. The main concerns here deal with the already established expectations of what a doctor must bring to the show. It may be unfair, but if and when there is a female doctor, the critical lenses of all viewers will be fixed on the female’s demeanor. In this theoretical scenario, the producers must find a woman actor who can deliver much of what is expected out of a doctor while spinning in some individuality. Certainly with every change there is opportunity, so another side question becomes, what advantages are there to having a female doctor?

Though uniqueness is desired in every doctor, some characteristics must remain the same even if a woman were to be the doctor. The trademark of every doctor is superior intelligence and a female doctor would be no different. Dr. Who is unique in the fact that problems are solved with intelligence rather than force, and it would be counter-productive to create a female doctor who did not fit the intelligence mold. Another quality that must be maintained would be the strong presence held by the doctor. This does not imply masculinity, but it does mean that a strong-willed woman would be a good idea. So far, the show has shown both strong and weak women, but on top of will is the authority that a doctor figure holds. The viewers must be able to believe that this hypothetical woman can lead and guide those around her.

So far, all these concerns sound like a hassle for producers to deal with, but one must also think of the positives that a woman can bring to the show. Women naturally have different experiences than men and these different perspectives could open up a new range of possible storylines.

After viewing the season 2 episodes, I wonder what might happen if a future female doctor would run into an old female companion who had some kind of romantic interest in the doctor. Hopefully, the producers would come up with an interesting plot to explain all the little questions like this people would have. If nothing else, a female doctor would create an immediate spike in viewership if times were to get tough in the future.