THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ONTARIO
As promised, today is the day I write about my love affair with the Doctor. It all started in the Fall, (just in time to cram in hundreds of episodes before “The Day of the Doctor”), I have wanted to watch Doctor Who for years, but I had Lost, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Wire and many other shows on my plate. Some might say I have an addiction to great television shows, those people would not be wrong.
As “The Day of the Doctor” slowly approached I began my journey with the Doctor. The first Doctor, played by William Hartnell was a crotchety old man with just enough heart to remind you of your Grandpa. I wasn’t yet convinced the series was for me. Then came the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, who was quite a bit younger and lighter hearted than the previous Doctor, but I was still not converted.
Jon Pertwee is the reason I am a Whovian today. He was charming, suave, sophisticated and when it came to fisticuffs, this Doctor knew how to defend himself, he was after all, a aikido expert and he trained with legendary boxer John L. Sullivan. A lot of people refer to Pertwee’s Doctor as the James Bond of the epic series, and I’m inclined to agree with them.
Tom Baker is one of the most recognized of the Doctors for many reasons. He was fun, eccentric, ingenious, handsome and quite simply put, cool. The Fourth Doctor soon took the place of Three as my favourite Doctor, and it would remain that way until the Tenth came into the picture.
While I respect the Fifth-eighth Doctors, for the most part, it wasn’t until the Ninth Doctor that I fell back in love with the character. Christopher Eccleston was so different, he wore a cool jacket, he was adventurous and he knew how to have a good time. But, perhaps the main reason for loving number 9 was his companion, Rose Tyler. Rose was played by Billie Piper, and the character, to this day, is probably the most talked about companion in the history of the show’s 50 year run, although, I do have a soft spot for Martha Jones. Rose Tyler was so real, she didn’t seem like some larger than life character, she was one of us, caught in extraordinary situations.
David Tennant’s Doctor is officially the most beloved Doctor of all-time, according to several international polls by major and smaller media outlets, and it’s easy to see why. The Tenth is, in my humble opinion, the funniest and perhaps the most adventurous of all the Doctors. The Tenth is loved for his eccentricity and for his relationships with Rose Tyler, Martha Jones and Donna Noble. But David Tennant also gave the Doctor new emotional layers. Unless you’re a Cyberman or Dalek, the Tenth is the Doctor who really got you in the feels, when he didn’t want to go, our hearts broke with both of his hearts.
Matt Smith had some rather large shoes to fill when he took over for Tennant as the Eleventh Doctor. I wasn’t even sure if I would like him. But as soon as the Eleventh, in Amelia Pond’s kitchen, I was won over. I’m not sure when others fell for Smith, but fish fingers and custard was my moment. Smith also brought a childlike innocence to the legendary character. He is probably the most bizarre and alien of all the Doctors, which actually makes a lot of sense, since he is from Gallifrey. The Doctor’s love triangle with Amy Pond and Rory Williams made for hours of laughs, confliction and tears. Then there was River Song, the Eleventh Doctor’s wife, daughter of Rory & Amy. Love isn’t easy in real life, and it was never made to look like a fairytale in Doctor Who, and I always respected that.
To me, Doctor Who allows me to live out my dreams, in a way. I have always wanted to travel through time and space and I’ve always fantasized about being a hero. Where other heroes may use force and violence to save the day, the Doctor uses his best weapons; compassion, his extraordinary mind and of course, the Sonic screwdriver. As a child, I missed out on Doctor Who, and that really upsets me. I could have used the Doctor as a role model when I was kid. I was an aimless hoodlum with a three wheel Ninja Turtles trike, a stick (for kneecapping people) and a bad attitude. But honestly, the Doctor is timeless; there has never been a better hero, to me. I’m new to Doctor Who, but I feel like I’ve been a Whovian for decades.
I thought I would add a concise review of “The Day of the Doctor”, so here goes, Tennant and Smith were brilliant and hilarious together. John Hurt was, well, he was John Hurt (legend) and he played a darker, crabby old “Doctor” and it just made the silly antics of Tennant and Smith that much funnier. The finale scene of “The Day of the Doctor” was indescribably emotional and touching and brilliant.
The title for the upcoming annual Doctor Who Christmas special is “The Time of the Doctor” and it will be Matt Smith’s farewell episode of Doctor Who and the first episode for the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Honestly, as much as I love Christmas and family and friends, I’m actually looking forward to this special as much as, if not more than I am looking forward to anything else on Christmas day.
Note: I’m sorry this blog was a day late, Whovians. I had a busy day and had forgotten to publish it yesterday.