a reply to: Mr Headshot
I had the depthless good fortune to be a good friend of a Doctor Who fanboy from around age ten or so. So, although I am too young to remember the
heyday of the show, or rather the various heydays before the recent resurgence of its popularity, my first Doctor was THE first Doctor, William
Hartnell. My friend, who still owns a vast collection of Doctor Who collectibles, and a very comprehensive collection of episodes on VHS, started
watching the entire chronology of the show again when he realised that I had not seen all the available episodes (of course, since then, more of the
older episodes, the originals of which had been lost to time, have been discovered).
I have also seen the feature length films starring Peter Cushing, and Paul Megane, as well as all the old episodes which were available at the time.
However, for me, I personally have no preference where Doctors are concerned. I think that is because I watched so many episodes back to back at
various sleepovers and hangouts with my mate back in the day, that the stories ran together, as did the character of the Doctor. We would often watch
nearly a whole regenerations worth of Doctor Who in one day, and often broke mid way through one Doctors life cycle, only to come back and watch an
entire Doctors worth of episodes, with a regeneration happening mid way through the days viewing! So in terms of the character itself, I have never
been able to really pick a favourite amongst them.
I can however say that the one who made me laugh the most, was Tom Baker, if only because his face is the most gymnastic countenance I have ever come
across in either real life, or indeed in my televisual entertainment history! If ever there was a gentleman whose face could perform a roundhouse
kick, followed by a backflip, it would be that of Mr Tom Baker!
As a result of the way I first experienced Doctor Who, I have no preference as to previous actors, and no problem with the idea of bringing new
people in, no matter what shape they may be, as long as it fits the overarching narrative of the story so far, which is a long one indeed! However,
what I would say, is that I think it is about time they started getting actors in to play the part for whole decades, rather than little runs of a few
years. That made sense when there were still five or six regenerations left in the old coot, but if the series is to continue, then those playing the
Doctor are going to have to sign on for serious time in the role, not just little eyeblinks, as powerful as some of them have been.
I must say, of the newer batch of Doctors, both Tenant, and Smith very much impressed me, and I was particularly sad to see them both leave the show.
They both had a bloody firm and committed grasp of the role before them, and I believe they created some of the most memorable television moments of
the last decade between them. I also have to give massive props to the writing staff, and directors of that period, for doing such a bang up job of
constructing the atmosphere surrounding those two Doctors habitation of the TARDIS. Capaldi has yet to grab me, but I have been admittedly much busier
of late in terms of personal life, and have not been keeping up very well with the television as a result, so it is probable that my issue with him
stems from distance from the television in general, rather than a dislike of his MO as the Doctor. I think I have seen about three episodes with him