Talking Doctor Who . . . My Doctor’s
So as the title suggest, I want to give my rundown on each Doctor, having failed to watch much of the 1st Doctor and 2nd Doctor I would consider it a bit harsh to include them in this critique, so to speak.
I wanted to start with my first doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, the 9th Doctor. I don’t know how I got into Doctor Who, I just remember being hooked once I started watching it. I loved how this incarnation was northern, his alien attitudes and mannerisms shone through, he was funny, authoritative, soft, all in one character. This was my Doctor. Right now I am not sure if I could put him in my top 3, let’s find out why.
Next we had David Tennant, I found later that this guy, was a talented actor, known for his stage stuff mainly doing shakespeare, after this I had a new found respect for the guy, for me it takes a lot to be able to do stage stuff and also TV. The 10th incarnation of The Doctor is most people’s favourite, I have to agree he was very good and this was originally why Eccleston stop being my Doctor, however, I still hold both in high regard, Tennant had some great companions and the fact that the 9th did one series only, it meant he was a lot easier to knock off the top spot.
Onwards to Smith, although I’m pretty sure at this point I had watched Classic Doctor Who, finding out that I had missed 8 Doctor’s and there was one I didn’t even know existed yet. The 11th incarnation holds my favourite ever first episode, for a Doctor, I suppose this would be the regeneration episode, or first episode either way, his epic first story made me give this guy a chance, I was so sorry to see Tennant go and this was going to take some forgiving, Smith grew on me, he was zany, full of life, had some great companions, even if they stuck around for ages. I think he did well, the writing somehow seemed to be less impressive slowly, or maybe I am being suckered in to common opinion, I find it hard to dislike any episode these days.
So before we bring Capaldi, the current Doctor into my rundown, I must comment on the Classic Series’. I was recommended that Tom Baker was the best Classic Series incarnation. I watched I think most of his episodes and must admit he was one of my favourites now too. I think it is his voice, but also his look. I must admiit though, maybe due to my constant desire to not like the popular choice, I didn’t find him the most, my kind of Doctor if you will, so we come to the 3rd Doctor Jon Pertwee.
Pertwee, is my favourite classic Doctor, his voice and manner, reminds me a little of William Regal mixed with Sherlock Holmes, a sort of high class, with a rough detective edge, I found his physical side new and exciting, his intelligence more obviously displayed and his look more “The Doctor”. I may have also given him extra attention as I had not managed to get into the first two Doctors properly, due to black and white portrayal and a lower production value. Though one positive, Hartnell’s incarnation felt more alien, more grumpy old man, more “The Doctor” .
So after the golden era many would call it with Tom Baker, we got Peter Davison, The Fifth Doctor, I don’t dislike this one, but he never really made me care about his stories enough, his look was very different, which I both liked and disliked, mainly I think cos I hate celery and I hate cricket, well maybe hate is a strong word, let’s say I dislike those. I do remember some good stories and moments for him but he frittered away, he didn’t make an impact with me.
These next two are the surprises am sure for most people to hear, that I think both Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy are great incarnations, my 2nd favourite regeneration episode is when Colin Baker arrives, as he has a serious bout of amnesia, is a bit crazy, it was different, it had character, I think that his time was turbulent, It is a shame that his run was cut so short. I also think the 7th Doctor had a tough time, his companion Ace is one of my favourites, I wish we could see her with another Doctor someday. his umbrella and his attire, just sell his character so much to me. I am disappointed so many people don’t like him.
I then come to the movie, McGann had the potential to be a great Doctor and he showed this again in the 50th specials, he has done well in audio adventures too, but having only listened to a few I can hardly comment, I would put him low on my list simply because he had not enough time, I don’t like the hollyoaks feel to the movie in places, but in his audio he seems much more like a Doctor I could get behind.
We now are left with the War Doctor and Capaldi, John Hurt did an amazing job, he was funny, grumpy and serious, he should have more screen time. The current Doctor is shaping up to be a funny, grumpy, sarcastic and interesting character, he feels like he could become one of my favourites, maybe even My Doctor.
my current rundown
LEAST – 5th
– – – – – – – 2nd (can’t judge fairly)
– – – – – – – WAR
– – – – – – – 1st )can’t judge fairly)
– – – – – – – 9th
– – —- — – 4th
– – – – – – – 11th
– – – – – – – – 3rd
– – – – – – – CURRENT
MOST – – – 10th