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Nicholas Courtney, also known as Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart (retired), Commanding Officer of the British branch of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), has died.

The Doctors

Jan. 7th, 2011 11:09 am
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So, I was thinking last night, that each Doctor Who could be boiled down into a succinct description, based on central elements of their personalities. Tell me what you think.

The First Doctor (William Hartnell) - The Curmudgeonly Doctor. Hartnell portrays a grumpy old man who would like to just see the Universe and enjoy his old age, if people would just stop trying to conquer it/destroy it/turn parts of it into cheese.

The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton) - The Silly Doctor. Troughton's Doctor (who I have seen very little of) is the other kind of elderly gentleman, the kind that is old enough to know what matters and what doesn't. And appearances don't, so he's going to be silly and have fun.

The Third Doctor (John Pertwee) - The Competent Doctor. All the Doctors Who have been competent, of course, but Three had a certain level of competency that meant he never paniced, always had a plan, and could think his way out of anything. He was very much a sort of super-spy, with his gadgets (I think he was the first with the sonic screwdriver) and his martial arts (Venusian Aikido; he was the only being with less than four arms to master it).

The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) - The Clownish Doctor. All teeth and curls; I really don't need to say more.

The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) - The Young Doctor. Davison created a Time Lord that had not only the energy of youth, but also its ability to make everything Serious Business.

The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) - The Cruel Doctor. Capricious, vulgar, cowardly, and insulting, Colin Baker's Doctor was everything that a hero shouldn't be, and he still did the right thing. Granted, he had to be threatened sometimes....

The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) - The Befuddled Doctor. McCoy's Doctor spends a lot of time being Very Confused, but whether or not this is an act is anyone's guess, since he manages to save the day in spite of it.

The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) - The Pompous Doctor. Admittedly, McGann's appearance was short-lived and has little to distinguish it, my impression was that he was very much a "Ooo, look at me, I'm a Lord of Time!" sort of flash git. Fox Television's set builders backed that up with a much more ostentatious TARDIS interior than any previous Doctor.

The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) - The Damaged Doctor. Can any other word describe the haunted sole survivor of Gallifrey that Eccleston presents to us better than "damaged"?

The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) - The Human Doctor. For someone with two hearts, an open circulatory system, the ability to read minds, and effective immortality, Tennant's Doctor spends an awful lot of time falling in love, weeping, raging, and generally being human.

The Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) - The Cool Doctor. Because Doctors are cool.
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Sean Pertwee, noted British character actor and son of Jon Pertwee (who played the third Doctor), has categorically declined any offers to play the Doctor. It makes sense, given his father's indelible mark on the character and an unwillingness to be pigeonholed into the role, but given that Sean is a decent actor in his own right, I wouldn't mind at least seeing him on the show once or twice. (They could even have the Doctor squint and say something like, "You look familiar....")
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But it is also very silly.

Warning: If you don't follow Doctor Who, it will be less silly.


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