The Celebration continues!
Oh what a fantastic week-end it is! We have started our countdown on Friday by introducing the newest incarnation of our favorite Time Lord. Saturday was dedicated to the classic Doctor Who lives and in the evening we watched the 50 year celebration episode entitled “The Day of the Doctor”. Today is Sunday and the party is still going on! Things just couldn’t get better!
We have many things to celebrate! More than 10,5 million of Brits have watched the anniversary episode (that’s 1/5 of all British population!) making “The Day of the Doctor” the most watched episode of the series in history. It is also the fifth highest ranking drama episode ever broadcasted on BBC One. That’s not all! Doctor Who has been officially certified by breaking Guinness World Record for the the largest ever simulcast of a television drama. The episode was shown on TV in 94 countries and in 1,500 cinemas worldwide including in the UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia and Australia.
The world record was presented by Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday to Steven Moffat, the head writer and c0-producer. Steve was incredibly touched and said: “For years the Doctor has been stopping everyone else from conquering the world. Now, just to show off, he’s gone and done it himself!”
If you’d like to read previous entries about the birthday bash, please click on the links below:
Do not worry, we haven’t forgotten! We still haven’t told you about four other incarnation of the Doctor. Please say hello to four the most important lives of the eternal traveler!
Third Doctor – Earth Exhile
Portrayed by Jon Pertwee
First appearance: Spearhead from Space
Companions: Liz Shaw, Jo Grant and Sarah Jane Smith
Jon Pertwee’s Doctor is probably the weirdest of all Doctors combined together. He has a very unique personality, does things that no other Doctor has ever done and has a peculiar sense of fashion that has been criticized by all his future and past incarnations. We have to be fair and square here: the Third Doctor is a victim of circumstances and his attitude might just be his way of dealing with everything that fate has thrown at him.
This incarnation is not an easy ride for the poor old Doc. He has been exiled by his own people to Earth and his beloved TARDIS is now grounded. He is unable to travel the universe and this seems to be the only reason for his existence. The Doctor is also forced to serve the Council of Time Lords that sends him on missions to distant planets. During the difficult talks with other alien races (who are mostly at odds with the Time Lords), the Doctor works as an ambassador and must protect the interests of The Councils against his will and his sense of justice.
The situation on Earth looks a bit better. The Doctor is not able to use the TARDIS but at least his experience and knowledge of alien affairs and technology can be put to good use. Number Three becomes involved with UNIT and is able to set up a laboratory working on numerous useful inventions. He also has the opportunity to test and upgrade human machines like cars, motorcycles, hoover crafts and other vehicles (including his favorite car named Bessie). Working alongside humans allows the Doctor to truly appreciate them and discover their potential. In this life time, his connection with Earth becomes incredibly strong and he starts to prefer our planet to any other. However, The Doctor is still an alien and his behavior can sometimes be classified as out of this world. Third Doctor is an action man using Venetian martial arts to disarm his enemies, an authority freak with wild tendencies and a harsh critic to all who are not as brilliant as he is.
Despite his faults, Doctor number 3 is universally liked and remembered as the first Doctor the Earth has seen in color.
Pletrac: The function of this tribunal is to keep this planet clean. This Tellurian creature comes from outside our solar system and is a possible carrier of contagion. Furthermore the creature may be hostile.
Doctor: Would you kindly stop referring to me as “the creature”, sir. Or I may well become exceedingly hostile! – from “Carnival of Monsters”
Doctor – Allow me to congratulate you, sir. You have the most totally closed mind that I’ve ever encountered – from “Frontier in Space”
Second Doctor – Cunning clown
Portrayed by Patrick Troughton
First appearance: The Tenth Planet
Companions: Polly Wright, Ben Jackson, Jamie McCrimmon, Victoria Waterfield and Zoe Heriot
Whovians, now your full attention is required. We have reached two first incarnations of The Doctor and both are considered the most important for the plot, series and character development. Before we meet the original Doctor, we want you to take a look at Doctor Number 2 that was named the most influential Doctor in series history and inspiration for Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Matt Smith.
The Second Doctor is much younger than the first and has completely different approach to problems and people. He can play a fool, run around in panic if things go wrong and look like a coward while trying to hide – but make no mistake. Number Two is cynical, calculating gamemaster, always having three or four back-up plans up his sleeve. Presenting himself as a weak and foolish young man, he can stay few steps ahead of his enemies and crush them mercilessly when the right time comes. He doesn’t like brute force and you will never see him using martial arts like Number 3 did, but that doesn’t mean that this Doctor cannot fight. He is a great fighter but prefers a non-violent approach usually in the form of cold manipulation (especially using his allies and companions) or old fashioned threats. Sometimes he can deliver his final warnings as a joke, but believe us, only a real fool can laugh at it. Fans of the newest series might remember a very funny scene when 11th Doctor gives a little speech to Atraxi at the rooftop right after his regeneration. This kind of monologue is exactly what Second Doctor would come up with: witty, sarcastic and deadly. If the Doctor tells you to run, you run.
Despite his dark side, Second Doctor is a great friend and truly cares about his companions. He might be able to use them as pawns in his schemes but he would never truly abandon them. He also has a strong moral code believing that each life (human or alien) is worth saving, no matter the cost.
Doctor: Zaroff, I think you ought to know the sea has broken through and is about to overwhelm us here.
Zaroff: Don’t listen to him. The man lies.
Doctor: Then perhaps the distant roaring that we can hear is just the goddess Amdo with indigestion? – from “The Underwater Manace”
Doctor: An unintelligent enemy is far less dangerous than an intelligent one, Jamie. Just act stupid. Do you think you can manage that? – from “The Dominators”
Doctor: Oh, yes, it could be 20th century. England in summertime, I should say. See the rain clouds? – from “The Invasion”
First Doctor – TARDIS thief
Portrayed by William Hartnell
First appearance: An Unearthly Child
Companions: Susan Foreman (his granddaughter), Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton, Vicki, Steven Taylor, Katarina, Sara Kingdom, Dodo Chaplet, Polly Wright and Ben Jackson
Not much is known about the Original Doctor. When we meet him for the first time, he is an enigmatic elderly gentleman travelling with a teenage granddaughter named Susan in a strange time machine that resembles British Police phone booth from 1950’s. The series started as a children show and it wasn’t until Terry Nation introduced The Daleks in second season that it became a true cultural phenomenon.
The first Doctor is an alien from planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous and a member of an ancient and culturally advanced race known as The Time Lords. He is extremely bright, a genius with genuine interest in mechanics, science and art. As the rest of his people, he is proud and authoritative, often grumpy and displeased with skills of lesser beings. He doesn’t suffer fools easily, has little patience with the young and is prone to lose his temper. Despite being raised to feel supreme towards any other forms of life, The Doctor has a very strong moral code and respect for every living creature. He is not afraid to reject false believes of the Time Lords and follow his own path – even if it means breaking the law. For his involvement in helping other races, the Time Lords exile him into space and the Doctor must flee his home world to avoid being arrested. He steals a faulty TARDIS machine on encouragement from a young Time Lady, who tells him it will be much fun to pilot a ship with damaged clacking device and navigation system. In reality, the girl is Clara Oswin, his future companion and guarding angel from Doctor’s 11th incarnation.
After escaping, the Doctor starts his endless journey through space and time, saving those in need and fighting evil. During his travels, he encounters his greatest enemies, makes friends, changes the reality and history, falls in love, fails and triumphs. He learns that the universe is much more complex and greater than he thought it would ever be and describes it as “beautiful”. He takes on a new identity of the Doctor (his real one is now a secret known only by his granddaughter and professor River Song) and swears to heal the universe from pain and injustice. Will he ever succeeds? Only time will tell….
Doctor: Have you ever thought what it’s like to be wanderers in the Fourth Dimension? Have you? To be exiles? Susan and I are cut off from our own planet – without friends or protection. But one day we shall get back. Yes, one day…. – from “An unearthly child”
Doctor: We’re always in trouble! Isn’t this extraordinary – it follows us everywhere! – from “Marco Polo”
Doctor: My dear Steven, history sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand. Why should we? After all, we’re too small to realize its final pattern. Therefore don’t try and judge it from where you stand. I was right to do as I did. Yes, that I firmly believe…Steven… Even after all this time, he cannot understand. I dare not change the course of history. Well, at least I taught him to take some precautions; he did remember to look at the scanner before he opened the doors. And now, they’re all gone. All gone. None of them could understand. Not even my little Susan. Or Vicki. And as for Barbara and Chatterton — Chesterton — they were all too impatient to get back to their own time. And now, Steven. Perhaps I should go home. Back to my own planet. But I can’t… I can’t…
War Doctor – Front-line fighter
Portrayed by John Hurt
First appearance: The Name of the Doctor
Companions: The Moment (RoseTyler), Clara Oswin-Oswald, Eleventh and Tenth Doctor
Somewhere deep inside the Doctor’s timeline (and his memory) lies a dark secret, a life once lived that is too painful to be remembered. We are not sure how to classify this incarnation, born between the Eight and the Ninth Doctor out of heartbreak, pain and desperation. Perhaps the most suitable term would be an “in-between persona”, momentary projection that allows the Doctor to fully regenerate. Please note that it wouldn’t be the first time that Doctor used a temporary alter-ego in his course of existence. When Fourth Doctor falls from Pharos Project radio telescope in Logopolis, he is aided by a mysterious being called “The Watcher”. Those present at the regeneration process comment that The Watcher was actually Doctor himself all along. Collin Baker (Sixth Doctor) created a persona “The Stranger” for BBC video series and travelled with a certain assistant Miss Brown (played by Nicola Bryant, actress who portrayed Peri Brown – the companion of Six Doctor) in a spin off series that fans often treat as an alter-ego of The Doctor. Tenth Doctor created a human clone of himself that could remain with Rose Tyler. So, War Doctor is not at all out of line with the series history. What makes him unique is that he has a crucial part to play in the story line of the saga.
Forgive the spoilers, but War Doctor is fully responsible for the destruction of his own race and the race of his biggest enemies – The Daleks. He came to life on planet Karn after consuming an elixir prepared by the Sisterhood of Karn only to take a part in the Great Time War fought between The Time Lords and The Daleks. It is a direct consequence of dying while trying to save a young pilot – Cass, who upon discovering that Doctor was a Time Lord treated him with hate and repulsion and declined his help. Doctor understands that he cannot avoid the war anymore and chooses to become a warrior but denounces the name of The Doctor. This is also referred by his Eleventh incarnation who despises War Doctor as much as Cass saying that all atrocities of the war were done not in the name of the Doctor. War Doctor has his chance to change the turn of events in the 50th anniversary episode “Day of The Doctor”, where aided by his Tenth and Eleventh incarnation, he saves Gallifrey from annihilation.
This incarnation of the Time Lord is much older, shabbier in appearance and less humorous. He wears a beard, black leather trench coat, ragged boots and looks weary from his fighting. He never smiles and abandons his usual long and eloquent speeches. He has a strong bond with Rose in her Bad Wolf form (which can be easily explained since Rose and Ninth Doctor traveled together) and seems to have much higher telepathic skills than usual. Not all fans were pleased with Christopher Eccleston as Ninth Doctor but we think his take on the Time Lord is a phenomenal one. And thanks to the War Doctor, all pieces of the puzzle fit beautifully together: the straight leather jacket, the fits of anger, the sarcasm and at times sheer ruthlessness and lack of control of the Ninth Doctor can be seen as a direct result of what his previous reincarnation went through. We can only hope that at some point in time The War Doctor and his Ninth reincarnation will have the opportunity to face each other and will both appear in the saga again.
Eleventh Doctor: Geronimo!
Tenth Doctor: Allons-y!
War Doctor: For God’s sake!
Doctor: I’ve had many faces, many lives…There’s one life I have tried very hard to forget…
Rose: The moment’s coming…
Doctor: I’m ready….
Rose: You know the sound the TARDIS makes? That wheezing, groaning? That sound brings hope wherever it goes.
Doctor: Yes… Yes , I’d like to think it does…
Rose: To anyone who hearts it, Doctor. Anyone, however lost. Even you.
Portrayed by Peter Capaldi
First appearance: The Day of the Doctor
Companions: Clara Oswin-Oswald
The Twelfth Doctor has made his official debut in The Day of The doctor. However, Peter Capaldi will become the new Doctor on 25th of December 2013 in the Christmas episode entitled “The Time of the Doctor”. What can we expect? Well as the poster says, that the TARDIS has a new master and the adventure has a new face. This time our Time Lord has a reason to live: Gallifrey, his beloved home world has not been destroyed, it is lost in time and the Doctor is embarking on a mission to find it. It will not be easy but at least he has something now, that he hasn’t had for many, many years…hope. And the hope gives him a purpose to live.
We are again counting down the days …only 31 days until the Christmas episode! BBC was kind enough to ease our suffering and they released four (!!) promotional posters to help us survive the last month of this year. They also revealed a quick “teaser” trailer – we have to share it with you!
You can find the trailer here: http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctor-who/videos/2013-christmas-special-teaser/
Poster 1: The Celebration
Poster 2: Cometh the hour
Poster 3: All things end (part1)
Poster 4: All things end (part2)
Thank you so much for celebrating with us, Who-vians!
It has been a pleasure!
Till Christmas now!
Rita and Malicia