Hey, Whovians! I'm kinda old-school, and with so many to choose from, my favourite doctor is in a constant state of flux. I like:
1 for starting it all, and being noticeably "alien" and being scary-awesome, 2 for pulling off the who "regeneration" stunt believably, managing to still be the Doctor and yet bring a whole new side to the character, 3 for being Jon Pertwee because, come on, Jon Pertwee! Also action-hero-y and discovering Sarah Jane, 4 for bringing back the weirdness, exploring the darker side of being a Time Lord and being goofy, 5 for his sweetness, and his patience with his temperamental companions, 6 for giving it his all in spite of bad writing, producer politics and cancellation, 7 for his understated brilliance and dry humour, 8 for trying to revive the show (and for being a sport about weaving himself back into the story after all this time), 9 for bringing the Doctor to a new generation, 10 for daring to be different from 9, and having to introduce a whole new audience to the idea of regeneration. Also for being adorable, 11 for bringing back the TRULY alien Doctor, for being an old man with a young face, and for trying so hard to let everyone enjoy the moment while being horribly aware that time is always running out.
Finally - the WAR DOCTOR. Wow. Just wow. So much story to carry, and yet he did it effortlessly.
I sometimes wish the writers would remember that Doctor Who is about the joys and wonders of time and space, and not *just* an angsty soap about the chequered history of Gallifrey, but I love the series and will watch it even when the writing is bad and the special effects overdone. Because the Doctor is amazing, and always will be.
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Post by Jᴀy A. Rᴀᴍᴀ 💀🐍 on Jun 14, 2014 17:53:08 GMT
That's an awesome list, kwills. I haven't actually seen the older Doctors much. I tried watching from William Hartnell, and while I don't mind black and white, low budget special effects, a different style of writing, etc., I found it really tough to deal with the slowness and campiness of the plot. (Because a British schoolteacher from the '60's can really defeat a seasoned Aztec warrior who was trained from birth to be a champion, and they'd really think that a woman was a goddess just because she was wearing a bracelet, and not that she was a grave robber? I did like the bit that went - Ian: 'Well, what have you been up to?' Doctor: 'Drank some cocoa. Got engaged.' Still the SAME MAN after 50 years! XD).
Then again, it could go drastically wrong, as evidenced by Christopher Pike. Apparently if you get injured drastically, Starfleet turns you into a Dalek. :-P
(Should we be making Star Trek references in the Doctor Who thread? Who cares, I've been dreaming of a crossover ever since I saw both shows! XD)
Yeah, if I ever have kids, their first Halloween costumes WILL be Daleks, Doctors, or something from Doctor Who. Maybe I ought to learn how to sew...a Dalek dress for an as-yet-nonexistent baby or toddler wouldn't be too hard.
(What I REALLY want is a TARDIS bookshelf, though, because those are truly bigger on the inside. I'm rubbish at carpentry and I'll stay AWAY from power tools tyvm, but maybe I can get my sister to make me one for my birthday. XD)
I love Dr. Who. I have pretty awesome memories of watching the old eps with my own grandfather, sharing coffee and black jelly beans and lefsa, and I've passed on the obsession. (We eat weird tings up here.) My own favorite Dr is #9. My husband prefers Dr. #10. My oldest loves #4 (it's the scarf). A good friend of mine is knitting said scarf, and I'm tempted to follow suit once I get caught up on my other crafty projects. Yeh, we're all fangirls up in here.
Post by Jᴀy A. Rᴀᴍᴀ 💀🐍 on Jun 15, 2014 4:01:51 GMT
Well, it depends on your tolerance for paradoxes. I actually HATE it when they're explained away by handwavium. To me, there HAVE to be rules, and they HAVE to be followed every time. They can be exploited, there can be loopholes, but they all have to either fit into or further the understanding of the rules. The only place deus ex machina belongs is as a title or phrase -- not literary device. Doctor Who doesn't bother me because they made the chaos part of the rules. They said from the first that the universe is constantly rewritten. Yes, they changed things as and when they were convenient, BUT that was already part of the universe. It's like Hitchhiker and the infinite improbability drive -- weird stuff just happens. Therefore, there may be a plot paradox, but in these cases, they are not story paradoxes.
That said, I write about AU and time travel, and I don't subscribe to the Doctor Who mechanism myself. True, it is solely the fault of Doctor Who that my plot hydra, Dark Arcana, exists; however, I actually changed the things that bothered me in Doctor Who for Dark Arcana.
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