This video is great because it takes a show that is usually fun and quirky and puts an interesting darker spin on it. One of my favorite parts of Doctor Who is the constant question of how much influence the Doctor should have on the course of history. Is he making the right decisions? Would the universe be better off without him? How far is too far? And should anyone have that kind of power? My favorite episodes are the ones that explore this fine line between good and evil. I think this fan video highlights this well.
The first time I watched Doctor Who was five years ago and I remember having a difficult time connecting with the show for the first couple of seasons. I was baffled by how it had such a great reputation when it was ultimately a children’s show that definitely seemed to be immature to me. As I continued to watch the show though I began to appreciate it, but that was ultimately because the later seasons are slightly more catered to an older audience.
Now that I am re-watching it and have just finished the first season, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this season. While I didn’t find this season to be any less immature than I did the first time, I was able to appreciate it by finding the underlying adult themes within each episode.
Two episodes that I had an especially difficult time connecting to my first time watching it was the two part The Aliens of London and World War Three. These episodes feature the alien Slitheen family who use a gas exchange in order to fit their relatively large bodies into a human’s smaller frame as a disguise. This gas exchange causes the Slitheens to fart more so than usual, which is obviously meant to be a bit of humor geared toward children. When you look past this childish humor though you can appreciate the deeper aspects of this episode. Those include Rose’s family and friends having been worried that she was either kidnapped or dead since she had been missing for a year, Mickey having been questioned by the police for possibly kidnapping his girlfriend, the police and her mother’s suspicion that The Doctor had taken advantage of Rose, and the metaphor for a corrupt government that was and still is relevant.
Doctor Who is a show that often times is childish but also tackles complicated and sometimes incredibly mature issues. I believe that a lot of people could enjoy this show if they are analytical while watching it and appreciate the deeper meaning behind all of the episodes.
Christopher Eccleston, the ninth Doctor, has never been my favorite Doctor. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t mind skipping the first season of the rebooted Doctor Who and head straight into watching David Tennant, who is definitely one of my favorites. However I’ve started to question why Christopher Eccleston was only the Doctor for a single season. I’ve heard many rumors, but decided to do some research myself on the topic.
I found an article written by Stephen Kelly, a writer of The Guardian, which focuses on the mystery of why Eccleston left after only one season. According to Kelly, Eccleston resigned from Doctor Who after not being able to see “eye to eye” with the cast and crew. Later on in the article, Stephen Kelly mentioned that Eccleston left hints that there might be more to why he left Doctor Who than what he said in his interview.
For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, multiple Doctors appeared in the episode, including Matt Smith and David Tennant. However, Christopher Eccleston decided to not return for the 50th anniversary. Was stepping on the set of Doctor Who truly bad enough that Eccleston didn’t want to risk a single episode there again?
After looking at a few more sources, I can say that all of the articles I looked at on this topic have come the same conclusion and are referencing the same interview. Perhaps if Christopher Eccleston stayed another season I might have grown fond of him. Either way, I’m happy with the research I’ve found and I’m thrilled with the outcome of David Tennant.
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.
To begin with I’m not like any Dr. Who fan, it actually took me a while before I got into the whole concept of Doctor Who. Now that I have, I can gladly say, my lack of sleep and binge watching was totally worth it. In the early episodes of the new Dr. Who, I was actually enjoying the Doctor’s “adventures”, but then I started to observe him closer (not physical appearance, but the “vibe” his character was emitting). The Doctor was always trying to fix things, I thought sometimes his happy mood was forced, and that led me to thinking that he was actually sad (well, through how he talked about his race). That led me to the conclusion that the Doctor was going through POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.
Before I continue, I would like to point out, that all this is based on my opinion. So, I’m not implying things, but merely stating my observations.
To be clear, PTSD is a health condition that affects a person mentally, and this is caused by witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event- which they may end up having terrifying flashbacks. While observing the Doctor I noticed that whenever the topic of his race comes up or he gets reminded by it, it is very obvious that he gets really sad. It is until later episodes that I found out that he had something to do with the end of his race, and this was during the Time War between his race and that of the Daleks. Also, he seems really cautious about people dying, or Rose dying. Could this be, because he does not want to relive losing someone/people he cares about AGAIN? Maybe. Additionally, he is really insistent on the fact that things have to happen for a reason, I think that is why he really regrets the loss of his race. Oh! By the way, his race BURNT, but he made it clear that it had to happen because the fight with the Daleks was getting intense. Coming back to the Daleks, when the Doctor had a re-encounter with one of the Daleks, he was really mad and he blamed them for losing his race. Just to say, the Doctor is a little bit scary when he gets angry- Yikes! I think he when he saw the Dalek, he had a painful/sad flashback. All this while, his character felt stiff, and he seemed kind of lonely and lost. Trust me, no ordinary person would like to get into as much trouble as the Doctor, but I noticed it’s because he’s trying to fix things (maybe, because for once he wants things to work out).
But alas, the most obvious evidence of his PTSD was in The Empty Child, when he said “Just this once, everybody lives…” He was so happy that people did not end up dying, he looked relieved. I think that his way of addressing his PTSD is by travelling through time and fixing things.