Welcome back everyone.
Been busy this past week, so you got “only” one post. Alas! If I’d have a time machine, I’d be happy to go back and add another post or two. But as it stands, I’m only human. Unlike the subject of this post – a man with no name (well, we don’t know it) or home, otherwise known as “The Doctor“.
Netflix added the latest season of this magnificent TV series a few weeks ago, and with season 9 just around the corner… Well I just had to embark on a Dr. Who marathon that spanned the full 8 seasons (We’re talking about the modern Doctor here, not the older series).
Here are some favorites of mine:
4. Christopher Eccleston (A.K.A The 9th Doctor)
It’s not about the actor. They are all good actors and I absolutely loved all of these incarnation of the doctor. It could very well be the fact that Eccleston had only one season, or scripts, but I didn’t connect as much to this doctor. On the flip side, It hooked me enough to become a fan. In any case, the doctor with the northern accent and the wild look in his eyes was a good one!
3. Matt Smith (A.K.A The 11th Doctor)
Again, Smith was an excellent doctor, with fabulous story arches and a unique twist. He also had two seasons and really good companions to feed off of.
2. Peter Capaldi (A.K.A The 12th Doctor)
Capaldi just got started, but I’m loving every minute of it. A phenomenal actor and with the established rapport of the doctor’s character. Comedy? Right on the button! Drama? Did you see these brows? These are attack brows! Is there anything Capaldi cannot do? I can’t wait to see more of him.
1. David Tennant (A.K.A The 10th Doctor)
Working with multiple companions, including the unforgettable Rose Tyler, being possibly the most human-like doctor and having two great seasons to work with, Tennant, a great actor regardless of this role, is my favorite one to date, with Capaldi potentially catching up.
5. Martha Jones (A.K.A Freema Agyeman)
Here too, the issue is not with the actress. Heck, I think Agyeman is very good (check out Sense8 on Netflix). It’s about not feeling the same connection to the character as I did with some others. I guess it could be that – much like her character – she came after Rose…
4. Donna Noble (A.K.A The runaway bride, A.K.A Catherine Tate)
To be honest, I actually did not like Donna when she first showed up (“Whot? Whot? Whot???”) but she quickly remedied that by being a pretty well thought out character with a whole case of attitude and layers to her. Possibly the first companion to tell the doctor “what’s what“.
3. Clara Oswald (A.K.A The impossible girl, A.K.A Jenna Coleman)
The impossible girl is impossible not to be liked. with a very wide range of character and significance to the doctor.
2. Amelia Pond (A.K.A Amy, A.K.A The girl who waited, A.K.A Karen Gillan)
Amelia Pond, The girl who waited. The girl who almost caused the doctor to stay out of human kind’s business forever. What a fabulous character (and a shout-out to Rory – or “Mr. Pond“). Part of one of the most intricate story arches of the whole series. If it wasn’t for my actual favorite, Amy would be it.
1. Rose Tyler (A.K.A Billie Piper)
Could it get any better than this? Seemingly, the most ordinary one of the doctor’s companions, Rose starts as a clueless blond but by the end of Season one she’d already sent herself messages throughout time and space, absorbed the time vortex, saved the doctor and the world, and by the end of the second season, we all cried as she was forced to forever part ways with the doctor. We all saw the doctor disappear before he could answer Rose, but we all know which 3 words he was saying. It all started with Rose and though other companions made cameos as well, none were as touching as hers. The one. Rose Tyler.
3. The Master (John Simm)
A worthy opponent of the same skills, powers and wit. A mad man with a plan (or three) of preposterous magnitude. An adversary, so like the hero that it makes him almost the best adversary. Almost, because…
2. The Daleks
If The Master was an adversary who resembled our hero to a great extent, who shared characteristics with our main man, how about the Daleks? and they’re not time lords, which puts them almost at the top of the list.
1. The Weeping Angels
Ooohhh…. Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey…. scary, unstoppable, intangible and single-minded. Capitalizing on potential life energy, can only move if you don’t look. Responsible for the death of Amy and Rory. You could argue that they actually beat the doctor. Definitely on the personal front. So do yourselves a favor and… Don’t blink! One blink and you’re dead!
1. “Blink” Season 3, Episode 11
Season 2 – Rose Tyler, fresh out of saving the doctor and the universe, David Tennant killing it as the doctor, great season finale, Aliens, Cybermen, Ghosts and some foundations for later references and plot twists.
Favorite Season Finale:
Season 2, “Doomsday”
What a heart breaker on the one hand, but Rose Tyler upping the ante even compared to her first season finale. Sacrificing everything. The doctor showing the most human sides to him.
Season 3, Episode 11 (“Blink”)
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.
Season 4, Episode 5 (“The Poison Sky”)
Are you my mummy?
Season 1, Episode 2 (“The End Of The World”)
What are you going to do – moisturize me?
Season 5, Episode 1 (“The Eleventh Hour”)
Amy Pond, there’s something you’d better understand about me ‘cause it’s important, and one day your life may depend on it: I am definitely a mad man with a box!
Season 5, Episode 12 (“The Pandorica Opens”)
Never ignore coincidence. Unless, of course, you’re busy. In which case, always ignore coincidence.
Season 8, Episode 1 (“Deep Breath”)
Who frowned me this face?
Season 8, Episode 1 (“Deep Breath”)
Oh no, that’s good! Ooh ooh it’s good. I’m Scottish. I’m Scottish. I’m Scottish. I can complain about things. I can really complain about things now. Give me your coat.
Season 8, Episode 12 (“Death In Heaven”)
I’m not a good man! And I’m not a bad man. I am not a hero and I’m definitely not a president. And no, I’m not an officer. Do you know what I am? I am… an idiot… with a box, and a screwdriver.
Well then, I could go on and on about this, but you know… wibbly wobbly, timey wimey… got to go.
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Season 9 trailer: