I have been a fan of Doctor Who for several years, but haven’t actually seen that many seasons, so being forced to sit down and watch the first season of the rebooted series was really nice, and stirred up a lot of emotions. I’ve never really been a hard-core fan, it was more of a family activity to watch Doctor Who. But I got into it late, during Matt Smith’s run, and have only watched a select few episodes of the seasons before him. I had only seen maybe half of an episode of season 1, so the 9th doctor was fairly new for me. As I went through the season I felt more and more attached to him, and was really sad when he regenerated, though I was also excited to see Tennant as the doctor, because I have often heard that he’s the best.
The character I love the most in the first season is Captain Jack Harkness. Bisexual and pansexual characters are hard to come by in the media even today, and bi/pan men are represented even less. So I was excited about Jack’s character right off the bat. It’s fun to see how smooth he is with everyone he meets, and he is this confident, fun character most of the time. But I also love that he cares so much about people and especially about Rose and later the doctor. He may be a rogue, but he put his life on the line multiple times to right a wrong or to save others.
You also get to see just how much he cares in episode 12, “Bad Wolf,” when the doctor and Jack believe that Rose was disintegrated. This was probably the most heart-wrenching scene in the entire season for me. I knew that she wasn’t really dead, because I knew that she was still a companion in the next season, but watching the Doctor shut down because he thinks she’s dead and it’s his fault, and similarly watching Jack scream at the programmers that they killed her and breaking down after several episodes of only really seeing his confident devil-may-care persona, it was just such a moment. I had to pause the episode to take that in while I was watching it.
I’m actually pretty sad and mad that the doctor and Rose left Jack in the last episode of the season, and it’s not addressed after that, as if we’re just supposed to be okay with it. To be fair, I don’t think Rose remembers that she brought him back to life, and the doctor has no idea. So I’m not mad at them. I guess I’m mad at the writers. But I suppose they were setting up for Torchwood, which I’m definitely going to watch. I just wish Jack was in the second season traveling with Rose and the new doctor. I read that he doesn’t return to doctor who until season three, when Martha is the companion. I’m not ready to see the look on his face when he realizes that he won’t see Rose again.
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.
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.
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.