A Note from the Director: My Thoughts on the New Doctor

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Whovian: A fan of the popular sci-fi show Doctor Who. Whovians are the epitome of awesome, with good grammar and better knowledge.
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I’m a young Whovian. I only started watching the show after attending my first science fiction convention two years ago. I devoured the series reboot in just a few short months and quickly went from the 9th Doctor, to the 10th Doctor, to the 11th Doctor. Then with the 50th Anniversary upon us, I was caught up with the War Doctor and the reveal of the 12th Doctor.

 

Seven episodes into the 8th season and I’m still on the fence about the 12th Doctor. I’m not sure how I feel about this angry, human-hating Time Lord. Well, maybe hate is little strong, he appears to really dislike humans which is so confusing to me. The past regenerations seemed to really enjoy spending time on Earth and with humans.

“For someone that has a machine that can travel anywhere in time and space, Doctor Who sure does have a thing for modern day London.” The Big Bang Theory, Series 5 Episode 14, “The Beta Test Initiation”

I know there is a bit of an inside joke about the regenerations. You go through this cycle of hating the new Doctor, then you like him, then you really like him and then just as you fall in love with him…he regenerates. I think I’m somewhere between hate and kind of liking him right now.

Doctor Who Regeneration

Mostly I miss the softer moments we often had with the previous regenerations in the new series. We haven’t gotten a chance to see the softer side of the 12th Doctor yet. He’s all bristly and arched eyebrows—like your dad when you’ve done something bad.

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Not to say there haven’t been good moments with the 12th Doctor. I quite enjoyed him going toe-to-toe with Robin Hood. Two large egos fighting for screen time and their moment in history. But I keep going back to Episode 1 of this season, “Deep Breath,” and reliving almost every thing Clara experienced when trying to wrap her brain around this new rougher, older, darker Doctor. Her conversation with Madame Vastra rings especially true.

“The Doctor regenerated in your presence. The young man disappeared the veil lifted. He trusted you! Are you judging him?” Madame Vastra
Madame Vastra: He flirted with you.
Clara: How?
Madame Vastra: He looked young. Who do you think that was for?
Clara: Me?
Madame Vastra: Everyone.

In the end, like Clara, I’m going to have faith that the Doctor has my back. Either this gruff “new version” of the Doctor will grow on me or his sharp eyebrows…I mean sharp personality…will soften a bit with time and experience. Maybe both will happen; I don’t know. But isn’t it nice, that at the end of “Deep Breath,” the Doctor phoned us Clara to ask her to stick by and help the new guy out.

“I’m phoning you from Trenzalore, from before I changed. It’s all still about to happen to me. It’s coming, oh it’s coming. Not long now. I can…feel it. … Because I think it’s gonna be a whopper. And I think you might be scared. And however scared you are, Clara, the man you are with right now, the man I hope you are with, believe me, he is more scared than can imagine right now, and he needs you. … Clara, please, hey, for me. Help him. Go on. And don’t be afraid. Goodbye Clara. Miss ya.”

So are you with me, fellow Whovians, are you sticking by to help the new guy? What are your thoughts about the 12th Doctor? Will you be keeping your running shoes handy?

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About Terri M., the Director

Terri M., the Director

Terri started watching Doctor Who in 2012 after attending ICON 37 with a friend.
Her Doctor: the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston
Her Companion: Martha
Her Favorite Episode: "Vincent and the Doctor" Season 5, Episode 10
Her Favorite Companion that Never Was: Wilt
Her Favorite Quote: "History is a burden. Stories can make us fly." from "Robot of Sherwood", Season 8 Episode 3


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3 responses to “A Note from the Director: My Thoughts on the New Doctor

  1. Tanja

    I still haven’t had a chance to watch any episode with the new doctor, but honestly for 11th Doctor was so amazing. Even though I’m not a Whovian I loved watching it from time to time. I truly hope that you’ll get to love the 12th Doctor and that with time it’ll get better and better 🙂