Return to Who

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.

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Good and Bad Dr. Who Fanvids

Cayley and I thought this video was very neat. The creators of this vid did a very nice job with matching their lyrics to the song Run, You Clever Boy. Their lyrics also fit the slow, sad melody of the original song. There was also a few funny lines as to not have the melody fully depress people. It was amazing work.

Cayley and I thought this video wasn’t the greatest. This video was rapped very, very fast and at times hard to understand. Also, some of the clips didn’t match up well with the lyrics or they just made it awkward. The way that this video was put together made it seem very childish and unlikable.

Diversity and Relationships in Dr. Who

Coming into this class, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard of the Dr. Who tv show before, but hadn’t seen it. A relative of mine gave me a small overview about the Dr. Who, but after watching the very first episode of Dr. Who I realized that they completely mislead me. Somehow they had gotten it into their heads that Dr. Who was almost the equivalent to the Sherlock Holmes tv show. I was a little bummed that it wasn’t going to be more of a detective show, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway.

As I continue to watch Dr. Who I have grown to like it overall as a show, but I think the diversity in relationships are some of the most interesting parts to watch, especially between the main characters. In the beginning first episode, Rose and Mickey were shown as being in a very strong relationship, but that changed the minute she met The Doctor. At the end of that episode, Rose decided to leave Mickey to go off with some odd, random man she had only just met in a time travelling police box. Rose didn’t look like she had any regrets when she stepped into that police box either. Poor, poor Mickey.

Rose and The Doctor got closer and closer as the first season went on. Eventually, their closeness lead to a kiss at the end of the season. Although, between the first and last episodes, Rose would get back together with Mickey when The Doctor and her would come back to Earth. It was interesting how easily she switched between the two. It was also interesting how neither Mickey nor The Doctor seemed to care one bit.

Another relationship including The Doctor and Rose (not together) is both of their relationships with the Daleks. The Daleks absolutely hate The Doctor and The Doctor absolutely hates the Daleks. Their relationship is fighting and death all of the time. On the other hand, Rose’s relationship with the Daleks, more like with one of the Daleks, is completely different. One of them actually started to care a little about her. It cared enough not to kill her, which was amazing because they kill or destroy pretty much everything.

Side note: When Captain Jack Harkness came into the picture, Rose quickly turned her attention to him, seeming to forget about The Doctor and Mickey.

My First Impression

At the start of this class I did not have the slightest clue what Doctor Who was or what it was about. Honestly, I didn’t even know that it was a show. After hearing about it on the first day of class I was a little uncertain as to what I was getting myself into over the coarse of this next semester. However, getting into watching the episodes right away was really helpful in getting to know what this show is about and what this class is going to be about. My initial thought after watching the first few episodes, and though the fans of this show may not like this, was that it isn’t as bas as I thought it would be, but it’s not something I was excited to watch or would tell my friends about. As the show went on, I quickly grew more fond of each episode. Though I am still not big into science fiction, I don’t mind watching the show and I have even found myself to get a little upset when something doesn’t go the way I want it to in an episode. I have also noticed that this show pulls at the heart strings a little. Take the episode “The Empty Child” for example, when The Doctor establishes that the little boy isn’t Nancy’s brother but is actually her son, aside from being shocked, I was incredibly happy when when in the end, he was able to be turned into the boy he once was again and finally be with his mother after all. This isn’t the type of ending I would expect coming from a show like this but I was very pleased that it was included in this episode. Another episode/ episodes that I would like to point out as being one of my favorites so far is “Rise of the Cyberman/ The Age of Steel”. The whole episode was engaging and then left you with sort of a cliff hanger at the end of the first episode making you wonder what was going to happen in the next. However, the part that struck me the most wasn’t how they got out of trouble or how they managed to save everyone, but the fact that Micky decided to leave Rose and the Doctor and stay in this parallel universe knowing that they would never be able to come back for him. Though this made me a little sad, this is what I like about the show. It is very upbeat and engaging. Something is always happening or changing, leaving you with something you may not have expected which, I think, draws the audience in even more.

To Love or Not to Love

This is the first time that I had ever watched any Doctor Who. At the beginning I really enjoyed the show. It was interesting and out there. Shows like this have always intrigued me so I thought I would thoroughly enjoy it. As time has gone on though I have liked the show less and less. There certain episodes that I enjoy, but the show itself gets so repetitious. I am holding a very unpopular opinion I know, but it is a hard show to get through honestly. I can’t seem to get a background story from it. I think it doesn’t help that the companions change so you just start to get their backstory when they go up and disappear.

I talked to a student that isn’t in this IS class. We talked about how I didn’t enjoy the show and he just couldn’t understand, but then we started talking about how I was watching it for a class. He said that it would probably be able to enjoy a show that you had never seen before when you were forced to watch certain episodes and take notes for a class. I feel that this is a good point, but I took the IS 101 class about Buffy and ended up loving the show! Even though I had to watch it for a class I enjoyed watching the episodes and continued to watch it after the class ended.

I feel that I just can’t get into Doctor Who yes I felt sad when nine had to regenerate, but I just cant connect with the characters and the story.

Don’t get me wrong. I wish I liked the show! My roommates love it and I wish I could watch it and enjoy it with them! But I just don’t think that I am meant to be a Whovian.

Doctor Who Experience

Coming into this class I had merely heard of Doctor Who and very little about it at that. Initially I really struggled to getting into the show because of several factors. The first reason was just simply the way the episodes were, I disliked the immature way that the doctor would act at times and kind of the lack of maturity in the show. Then the second reason that I struggled initially with was at least in the first episode, the low budget it seemed to display. While this reason wasn’t a huge issue, the mannequins seemed very low budget and how they miraculously had guns inside their hands was confusing to me. These were just some initial problems that I had in the show and why it was difficult for me to jump on the Doctor Who train.

However, in my eyes the show much approved around season 4, the show got much more intense and mature. It seemed to take a look at more serious topics as well as taking a step away from the child show title that I felt it held in past seasons. While not trying sound scary, it always kind of bugged me that the doctor in the early seasons never wanted too kill anything despite their efforts to kill him. Granted its a TV show, but I just know that if something had tried to kill me and all of humanity several times I don’t think it would be too hard of a decision. Thats obviously personal preference though, but as the show went on it seemed the Doctor focused less preserving all life and more on preserving the side that he was on, usually humanities side. It’s like in the movies when the main character catches the bad guy and decides to give some big speech that results in the bad guy having enough time to get away. However, while Doctor Who isn’t a show that I am going to pursue watching it was definitely a very unique show to watch over seasons and watch how it approached different issues and topics.

The Doctor’s Age Jumping

While the Doctors are obviously going to change from time to time, all the Doctors on the reboot tend to have be showing a pattern when it comes their doctor selection. The 9th doctor was a little past middle age and the third oldest of the four new doctors. While he was old for the new doctors, he is probably considered young for the doctors in the old Who.

I believe the producers saw the response to the younger 9th doctor and decided to continue with the trend of an even younger doctor by choosing David Tennent to be the 10th doctor. While I my knowledge of reactions to doctors extends to that of our class, it would appear that many peoples favorite or top doctors is Tennent. Once again I believe that the producers saw this increased positive reaction to a younger doctor and took it one step further. The brought on the 11th doctor who is Matt Smith who is the youngest doctor to date and while I have heard people express that they do like Matt Smith, I have heard people make jokes about how young he is and that he is a “child”. A lot of this push back on the youth fullness of the doctor I believe comes from the “Old Who” fans who believe the doctor should be older. After some pushback however, I believe that the producers went ahead corrected heavily be choosing Peter Capaldi who is much older than any of the last couple of doctors.

While I haven’t seen any of the episodes with Peter Capaldi, I believe there are no relations with the doctor and anyone, unlike any of the other especially like Smith and Tennent. That is why I believe the that with the new doctor being selected they will go back to younger doctor so that they can incorporate that component back into the show.