I began this class with a preconceived dislike of Doctor Who. This was simply because my best friends in high school were all overly obsessed with Doctor Who. This drove me completely insane and caused me to become annoyed when they spoke about this amazing Doctor. I would tune out the numerous stories about the diverse adventures he went on with his very different companions. I would get so angry that they were talking about this series that I would get up in the middle of the conversation and walk the other way. As you could have guessed I have always been a “late bloomer” when it comes to the latest fads. Many examples include setting up Netflix and Snapchat accounts, downloading Trivia Crack, or Flappy Birds, and even buying a fidget spinner. Thus, leading me to jumping on the Grey’s Anatomy bandwagon years too late. And now causing me to jump onto the Doctor Who bandwagon over fifty years too late.
This revelation has taken me quite a while to admit out loud because of my long-lasting hatred of Doctor Who. It took me through the whole first season and watching the regeneration of the Ninth Doctor into the Tenth Doctor and 3 days after that season finale to finally admit that I enjoyed watching Doctor Who. Another reason it took me so long to come to this realization was because the first season of the new Doctor Who started out slow obviously with the many (re)introductions of all the characters from Daleks and Cybermen, all the way up to the Ninth Doctor and his companion Rose, whom audiences were meeting for the first time.
However, it eventually pulled me in, especially when I realized that there was a bit of romance blooming between Rose and the Doctor. Every single time that I was watching an episode I would be rooting for a kiss, although I know that this romance had some backlash when it was first release. But I am someone that likes a bit of drama, I really liked the flirtatious chemistry between the two and I am ready for season two and finding out if the regeneration causes a shift in the obvious chemistry between Rose and the Doctor and to obviously follow their many new adventures.
Now let me send you off with one of my favorite quotes from season one and a meme to describe how much I, now, enjoy watching Doctor Who. My quote occurred in the second episode of the first season and happens when the Doctor is avenging the death of his friend, Jabe, by letting Cassandra dry up and die (or so we think). The Doctor says, “Everything dies, everything has their time.” I think he should have restated this when he was getting ready to regenerate because it was such a good and emotional line. I believe that is why I was so stuck on it when I was watching this whole season. Now on to my meme, which describes how I have recently jumped on the Doctor Who bandwagon:
When Doctor Who rebooted in 2005, the Doctor’s first companion, Rose, became a love interest throughout her two seasons on the show. This is a stark contrast to the majority of the companions from the original episodes of the show. This change in the dynamic between the Doctor and companion did not receive wide praise from the fans of the old show. I think that this change is out of character for the Doctor, but it makes the show more appealing to a greater audience, which is something that the program needed for its reboot.
The presentation of affection between the Doctor and Rose is very on the nose. Rose clearly demonstrates her love and affection for the Doctor beyond just friendship. The Doctor teases that he reciprocates feelings for Rose, but it is not nearly as obvious as it is for Rose. We know that the Doctor has had romantic relationships in his past, but it’s through a character, not a relationship. His granddaughter Susan is one of the original companions. Susan is a symbol that the Doctor is a father, and that he has been intimate with another person in his past.
The Doctor’s relationship with Rose is a bit out of character when compared to his history of companions, but with the tone of the reboot, it isn’t out of context. By the time the reboot was scheduled, the Whoniverse was worldwide. The expectation of the reboot was to appeal to a global audience. The romance between the Doctor and Rose appeals to a larger demographic of people, and it is congruent to television programs of the twenty-first century, specifically American television. Romance is potent in American television programs, and American viewership is a tremendous portion of the viewers of the reboot, so the relationship between Rose and the Doctor was more familiar to American viewers. Without the romance of the Doctor and his companion in the first two seasons of the reboot, the show may have fell flat and suffered problems similar to the ones they faced during the classic show’s demise in 1989.
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.
I picked this video, mostly because it shows clips of the Doctor, in a sad-romantic way. I know it seems weird, but that’s my honest reason. the song really fits in well in the clip, showing the Doctor’s sadness in parts where he has to let his companions go. it’s very clear that he’ll miss them, and he loves them. I think because he knows he’ll keep regenerating and they just continue to age, and he has no other option than to let them go. I love this video because it shows the emotional side of the Doctor.
P.S- It’s mainly about the 9th and 10th Doctor(s).
Song: Adele “Someone Like You”.
This video interested me because it highlights the relationship between River Song and the Doctor. A few recent posts have explored the Doctor and love interests, and River is one of them. Although the two never seem to have an official relationship, there is an attraction that is worth noticing because their interactions are usually complicated and unusual
Doctor Who focuses mainly on the fast-paced adventure sequences that make it palatable to many different audiences. Once in a while, the format changes slightly and there is something different. The Season 2 episode, “The Girl in the Fireplace” is one such episode. Sure, there are alien robots running around 18th century France, but I focus on the dynamic between the Doctor and Madame de Pompadour throughout the episode every time I see it. What always strikes me the most is that this is an episode where the Doctor doesn’t know everything and explains it to his companions like they should know what he’s saying. In this particular episode, the Doctor is discovering France and getting to know the person of Madame de Pompadour throughout her life. Remarkably, she is a strong and intelligent woman, something rarely seen in Doctor Who episodes. Her command of her life goals and her sensibilities in the face of a robot attack both attest to her character and strength. The Doctor is only there once in a while to assist when defeating foreign and advanced technology is slightly beyond her power
Another interesting note is that the viewer gets a better sense of what time travel really does to a person and their perceptions of things. In this episode, the Doctor is jumping around Madame de Pompadour’s timeline while she lives it out once day at a time. Seconds to him are years to her, and that is the danger of time travel. The Doctor and Rose miss so much of the daily grind in the TARDIS, and it is specifically pointed out here. As the Doctor is forming a relationship with Madame de Pompadour, she is getting on with her life-as she must-because she can never be sure when the Doctor will show up again. What did she feel during all those years? Did she wait for him and think of him often, or forget him and put it aside in the greater goal of getting on with her life?
Having grown up with Disney movies and other fairytales, I have always enjoyed watching two people fall in love and living “happily ever after.” I have the same type of feeling when watching Doctor Who. However, no matter how much I want the Doctor to fall in love with his companion, I know that it can never happen. There are many factors that play into this, but for the most part it comes down to the storyline of the show.
In season 1 of the reboot, it is obvious that Rose has an attraction to the Doctor and vise versa. The only problem is that the Doctor can’t fall in love with the companion without ruining the layout of the show. I say this mainly because of the concept of regeneration. For example, if the Doctor would regenerate and the companion stays the same, then would they still be in love? Technically, the Doctor would have the same “soul,” but it’s also not the same physical Doctor. Continuing the love interest wouldn’t seem ethical in my opinion nor would I want to see the companion in love with a visually different Doctor. The only way for the love interest to work would be to have the companion die at the same time the Doctor regenerates, or have the companion regenerate also. I’m not sure how well the fans would respond to that, given the fact that the companion is almost always human. As you can see, the issue can be rater dicey, which could very well be the reason why the writers avoided it in the first season.
If there were to be a love interest for the Doctor I would be quite surprised. However, if the show decides to throw a curveball at me and add in a love story, then I would be very curious to see how the writers would continue the story. In the meantime, I think I will stick to Nicholas Spark’s movies and novels to get my romance-fix and leave Doctor Who for action and adventure.