Countdown to The Day of the Doctor

We are Saving the Day!

He has been called many names: The Bringer of Darkness, The Oncoming Storm, The Predator, The Warrior…
He has chosen only one name for himself…
He is a traveler, a scientist, an avenger, a protector…
He is The Doctor.

50 years of  Doctor Who celebration poster

50 years of Doctor Who celebration poster

The Day of The Doctor is coming soon.  To celebrate the 50 years of Doctor Who series, Malicia and Rita decided to prepare a short bio notes for every reincarnation of our favorite Time Lord. This blog will be dedicated to four “New Doctors” that have been introduced to the viewers  since 1996. There are only two exception: War Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor have not made their official debuts yet and we will present them at a later time. The Classic reincarnations of The Doctor (Number 1 to 7) will be unveiled tomorrow. Enjoy!

The 12 Doctors that appeared so far:

1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)
2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)
3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)
4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)
5. Peter Davison (1982-1984)
6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)
7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)
8. Paul McGann (1996)
9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)
10. David Tennant (2005-2010)
11. Matt Smith (2010 – 2013)
12. Peter Capaldi (2013 – present)

Eleventh Doctorb  – Madman with a box
Portrayal: Matt Smiths
First appearance:  The end of time
Companions: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, Craig Owen and Clara Oswin-Oswald

Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor

Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor

We start our countdown with Rita’s favorite Doctor – The Number Eleven. The Doctor played by Matt Smith is the youngest reincarnation yet – Matt was barely 26 years old when he was cast in the role. The Eleventh Doctor is a very mysterious and manipulative person – he cares deeply about his friends and companions but does not entrust them any with his secrets. And believe us, this Doctor has many, many dark secrets, so dark that we are not sure if anybody sane would like to know them.  At the beginning, many fans were highly critical of the new Doctor and even demanded the part to be recast. They didn’t like his childish behavior, crazy dance moves and his sarcastic nature. Female audience was especially harsh towards Matt Smith,  claiming that he lacked David Tennant’s  charm, acting skills and good looks. But as the series progressed, critical voices were quickly silenced and now Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor is universally considered to be the best in the whole series.

What we love about The Eleventh Doctor is that behind his boyish bravado and sharp tongue lies  a deeply wounded man that  have  seen and done it all. He is all smiles and jokes in one moment but becomes cruel and cold in the next. He hates himself for ruining many lives and his self-loathing is very visible on the screen. His enemies are genuinely afraid of him and the knowledge of their fear and disgust gives the Doctor some kind of a somber satisfaction. He hates with a passion and does not hesitate to send those who crossed him to their deaths.

Favorite quotes:

Prime Minister: Does it surprise you to know that Daleks have a concept of beauty?
The Doctor: I thought you’d run out of ways to make me sick. But hello again. You think hatred is beautiful? – See more at: http://www.planetclaire.org/quotes/doctorwho/series-seven/asylum-of-the-daleks/#sthash.GMv8KTpu.dpuf
Prime Minister: Does it surprise you to know that Daleks have a concept of beauty?
The Doctor: I thought you’d run out of ways to make me sick. But hello again. You think hatred is beautiful? – See more at: http://www.planetclaire.org/quotes/doctorwho/series-seven/asylum-of-the-daleks/#sthash.GMv8KTpu.dpufPrime Minister: Does it surprise you to know that Daleks have a concept of beauty?

Prime Minister: Does it surprise you to know that Daleks have a concept of beauty?
Doctor: I thought you’d run out of ways to make me sick  – from “Asylum of the Daleks”

Voice: “Fear me, I’ve killed hundreds of Time Lords”
Doctor:  “Fear me, I’ve killed all of them!” from “The Doctor’s Wife”

Doctor: Okay, then. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story.
Can you hear them? All these people who’ve lived in terror of you and your judgement? All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves, to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh, you like to thing you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite eaten out with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow. So, come on, then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’ve got a big appetite, because I have lived a long life and I have seen a few things.

I walked away from the last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time. No space. Just me. I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man. I’ve watched universes freeze and creations burn. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe. I have lost things you will never understand. And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze. So come on, then. Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!  – from “Rings of  Akhaten”

Tenth DoctorLaid-back loner
Portrayal: David Tennant
First appearance:  The Partying of the Ways
Companions: Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Jack Harkness, Astrid Peth, Sarah Jane Smith, Jackson Lake, Rosita Farisi, Christina de Souza, Adelaide Brooke and Wilfred Mott

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor

This Doctor is Malicia’s favorite.  Don’t  even ask her why, she will give you hundreds of reasons. The Tenth Doctor is witty, charming, easy going, adventurous, brave, romantic and very, very intelligent. He is also fearless to the point of being careless, incredibly cruel to those who try to hurt him and a bit melancholic. The Tenth Doctor is a very interesting case to study: He is anger prone, rapidly switching between moods, going from desperation to cold fury in less than 10 minutes. On the other hand, Number Ten is extremely faithful and  ready to sacrifice his life to save his friends and strangers. He also shows an incredible kindness to his defeated foes, despite not being able to forgive them. When his nemesis, another Time Lord  named The Master is shot and dies, The Doctor holds him in his arms trying to ease his lasts moments and then openly weeps over his dead body.

David Tennant portrays the Doctor as a very conflicted individual: he is equally silly and extremely intelligent with encyclopaedic knowledge of history and Earth culture; eccentric and practical, immature and serious, lovable and cruel. Filled with guilt by his previous deeds and failures, the Tenth reincarnation is somewhat “broken”, desperately trying to make up for his past mistakes by saving lives and whole planets. His constant quest in restoring the justice and peace condemns him to  an eternal journey through time and space and everlasting loneliness. And the loneliness is what drives the Doctor slowly mad. This madness will be more and more visible in the future (11th Doctor), resulting in increased cruelty, self hatred and misery of the last Time Lord.

Ok, David Tennant’s Doctor is not all doom and gloom. He is funny and cheeky and makes the viewers laugh a lot. David is an extremely talented actor and the revival of the series became very popular, mostly thanks to his impressive acting skills. David could laugh, cry and threaten like a madman in a single episode, taking  the audience on a crazy ride. He has a huuge (with double or even triple “u”) following among the fans, being especially popular with the  ladies. It is worth noting that David Tennant is married to Georgia Elizabeth Moffett, the actress who played Jenny (Doctor’s clone), and a real daughter of actor Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor.  Everything stays in the family!

Favorite quotes:

Rose: I thought you and me were… Well obviously I got it wrong. I’ve
been to the year 5 billion but this, this is really seeing the future, you just
leave us behind. Is that what you are gonna do to me?
Doctor: NO. Not to you (…)
I don’t age. I regenerate. But humans decay; you wither and you die. Imagine watching that happen to someone that you
Rose: What, Doctor?
Doctor: You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can’t spend the rest of mine with you. I have to live on. Alone. That’s the curse of the Time Lords –

Finch: And what of the Time Lords? I always thought of you as such a pompous race. Ancient, dusty senators so frightened of change and… chaos. And of course, they’re all but extinct. Only you, the last.
Doctor: This plan of yours, what is it?
Finch: You don’t know?
Doctor: That’s why I’m asking.
Finch: Well show me how clever you are. Work it out.
The Doctor: If I don’t like it, then it will stop.
Finch: Fascinating. Your people were peaceful to the point of indolence. You seem to be something new. Would you declare war on us, Doctor?
Doctor: I’m so old now. I used to have so much mercy. You get one warning. That was it. – both from “School Reunion”

Son of Mine: He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing— the fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why — why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden. He was being kind. He wrapped my father in unbreakable chains forged in the heart of a dwarf star. He tricked my mother into the even horizon of a collapsing galaxy to be imprisoned there, forever. He still visits my sister once a year, every year. I wonder if one day he might forgive her, but there she is. Can you see? He trapped her inside a mirror. Every mirror. If ever you look at your reflection and see something move behind you just for a second, that’s her. That’s always her. As for me, I was suspended in time and the Doctor put me to work standing over the fields of England, as their protector. We wanted to live forever. So the Doctor made sure we did  – from “The Family of Blood”

Novice Hame: One story says that just before his death, the Face of Boe will impart his greatest secret. He will speak those words only to one like himself.
Doctor: What does that mean?
Novice Hame: It’s just a story.
Doctor: Tell me the rest.
Novice Hame: It is said he will talk to a wanderer, to the man without a home, a lonely God – from “The New Earth”

The Ninth DoctorWar-weary wanderer
Portrayal: Christopher Eccleston
First appearance: “Rose”
Companions: Rose Tyler, Adam Mitchell and Jack Harkness

Christopher Eccleston as The Ninth Doctor

Christopher Eccleston as The Ninth Doctor

The Ninth Doctor portrayed by Christopher Eccleston was the first Doctor re-introduced to British viewers nearly 16 years after the cancellation of the original series. The show broadcasted non stop since 1963, was finally axed in 1989 when the public became uninterested and the ratings fell to record lows. Producers knew that the iconic series needed a complete make over but nobody knew how it was supposed to look like. The Doctor lost his appeal to newer generations and BBC didn’t want to risk investing any more money into an outdated formula. Doctor Who was always something more than just a TV show and the public quickly realized that British television without an eccentric time-traveling Alien wasn’t the same anymore. It took only two years before the viewers demanded Doctor’s return and BBC was forced to launch re-runs. However, fans had to wait till 2005 when the series made its full time return to the small screen.

Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor is completely different from previous incarnation. He is not a mad scientist, a romantic stranger or eccentric comedian. Forget strange costumes, hats, colorful scarves and clothes that would suit literature professor at Oxford University. The Ninth Doctor became a weary traveler, a loner with bleeding wounds and burning hate. Dressed entirely in black, in a leather jacket, he is the first Doctor to show his calmer, more dangerous persona. He doesn’t need to make threats, just one look is enough to send his enemies running for their lives. You can hear him laugh and marvel at many things, but there is little joy in his words. The Ninth Doctor lives only in the present, doesn’t think about the past or the future. He appreciates small things, company of his friends and is glad that he is alive. He calls himself a survivor, a scientist, a rationalist and an intellectual. Despite huge changes, the Doctor is still a Doctor – unpredictable, brave and excellent at offending his adversaries. His words are like poison, deadly, quick and very effective.

Rita’s favorite episode featuring the Ninth Doctor is entitled “Dalek”. The Doctor meets a Dalek for the first time after many years of believing that the race have been extinct in the Time War, along with his own kind, The Time Lords. The shock of this discovery uncovers the darkest parts of Doctor’s soul – he tortures the Dalek and in the end tries to kill it in cold blood, but is stopped in the last moment  If you ever plan to toy with a Time Lord, you have been warned!

Favorite quotes:
Dalek: I scanned your satellites and radio telescopes.
Doctor: And…?
Dalek: Nothing. Where shall I get my orders now?!
Doctor:  You’re just a soldier without commands.
Dalek: Then I shall follow the Primary Order: the Dalek instinct to destroy, to conquer!
Doctor: What for? What’s the point?! Don’t you see? It’s all gone. Everything you were, everything you stood for.
Dalek:  Then what should I do?
Doctor: All right, then. If you want orders, follow this one. Kill yourself.
Dalek: The Daleks must survive!
Doctor: The Daleks have failed! Now why don’t you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct?! Rid the universe of your filth! Why don’t you just die?!
Dalek: You would make a good Dalek – from “Dalek”

Doctor: I saw the Fall of Troy! World War Five! I pushed boxes at the Boston Teaparty ! Now I’m gonna die in a dungeon… in Cardiff! – from “The Unquiet Dead”

Doctor: The nanogenes will clean up the mess and switch themselves off, because I just told them to. Nancy and Jamie will go to Doctor Constantine for help, ditto.  All in all, all things considered, fantastic!
Rose: Look at you, beaming away like you’re Father Christmas.
Doctor: Who says I’m not, red bicycle when you were twelve?
Rose: What?
Doctor: And everybody lives, Rose! Everybody lives! I need more days like this.
Rose: Doctor.
Doctor: Go on, ask me anything. I’m on fire – from “The Doctor Dances”

The Eighth DoctorParadoxical psychic
Portrayed by Paul McGann
First appearance: Doctor Who
Companions: Grace Holloway, Charlotte Elspeth Pollard, Lucie Miller, C’rizz, Tamsin Drew and Molly O’Sullivan

Paul McGann portraying The Eighth Doctor

Paul McGann portraying The Eighth Doctor

Eighth Doctor in the web episode entitled "The Night of the Doctor "

Eighth Doctor in the web episode entitled “The Night of the Doctor “

The Eighth Doctor portrayed by Paul McCann was introduced in 1996  movie created as a possible pilot for a new TV series. The special episode was well received in the UK but was enjoying only a minor success in America.  It was the only appearance of the Eighth Doctor on the TV screen until 2013 when Paul McGann reprised his role in the mini web episode entitled “The Night of The Doctor”.

Eight Doctor changing into the War Doctor

Eight Doctor changing into the War Doctor

Rita considers him to be the second best Doctor after the 11th incarnation (Matt Smith). Let it be said far and wide: Paul McCann’s talent is enormous – in 6 minutes he can do more than dozen of Hollywood Golden Boys during their entire careers. If you still haven’t seen the prequel, here’s your chance. Do not disappoint the Doctor!

The Night of the Doctor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U3jrS-uhuo

Every time the Doctor regenerates, he is reborn with a new personality and new face. At the beginning, he leads his eighth life as a curious, somewhat romantic man in his early thirties, enjoying giving advice to people and hinting at things they may encounter in their future. For an untrained eye, he is a young soul fascinated by society, culture and electronic gadgets.  A closer look at the Doctor uncovers his extraordinarily knowledge of mechanics, science and some very interesting, nearly paranormal skills.  As he travels throughout the Universe, his early positive qualities are replaced by mistrust,  caution and withdrawal.  It is caused by traumatic events he suffered: losing his memory, deaths of multiple companions (sometimes as a result of his bad choices), being trapped in a prison for three years,  becoming a witness  of dehumanization of his own people and seeing the effect of Universe-wide war that threatens all existing realities.  At the end of his life, the Eight Doctor is forced to become a warrior and participate in the conflict he has been avoiding for years. His choices are hard and he knows that his future offers little comfort and hope. Even in desperate circumstances, the Doctor manages to retain his sarcastic wit and sense of humor. Less than four minutes can be as long as an eternity, indeed!

Cass: You’re a Time Lord!
Doctor: Yes, I’m a Time Lord, but I’m one of the nice ones.
Cass: Get away from me!
Doctor: Well, look on the bright side, I’m not a Dalek!
Cass: Who can tell the difference anymore? – From “The night of the Doctor”

Doctor: Will it hurt?
Ohila: Yes.
Doctor: Good. Charley, C’rizz, Lucie, Tamsin, Molly: Friends, companions I’ve known, I salute you. Cass, I apologize.
Physician, heal thyself…  – from “The night of the Doctor”

Before we leave you for the night,  have a look at the beautifully crafted chart of the time-travels of our hero:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131119-doctor-who-travels-through-time

Please return tomorrow as our celebrations will continue throughout the weekend!
xxxx
Rita and Mal

Prime Minister: Does it surprise you to know that Daleks have a concept of beauty?
The Doctor: I thought you’d run out of ways to make me sick. But hello again. You think hatred is beautiful? – See more at: http://www.planetclaire.org/quotes/doctorwho/series-seven/asylum-of-the-daleks/#sthash.GMv8KTpu.dpuf
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