Monday, May 13, 2013

Whovian? YOUvian.

Another commission:

I first became aware of Doctor Who a handful of years ago when we were living in Italy. We had run out of movies and a pair of British teenagers loaned me some episodes they had burned to dvd. They seemed pretty incredulous when I told them I hadn’t heard of Doctor Who, but they told me not to worry because the new Doctor (David Tennant) was “quite dishy.”

The first episode I watched was “The Impossible Planet” which is one of those episodes where you just plunge right into the adventure at full tilt and I thought “how could I not have known about this?” Then I thought “yeah, I guess he is pretty dishy.” Then I thought “OMG ROSE TYLER!” (though now my favorite companion is Martha Jones).

So I was definitely taken with the TARDIS and the crazy mishmash of ideas that made Doctor Who what is was. I’ve been quite a lot less impressed with the Steven Moffat/ Matt Smith series, which seems too focussed on it’s own mythology instead of looking outward toward new ideas. But those Russel T. Davies/ David Tennant episodes were something special.

So... how many Whovians do I have visiting this blog?

31 comments:

Red Herring Jeff said...

Tennant is definitely my favorite of the new Doctors, and it's so nice to hear that I'm not the only one who liked Martha. :) The show is SO good.

Anonymous said...

From '63 onward is the way to go - as good as the new series is, it's yet to touch the magic of the classics.

Charlotte (WaltzingM) said...

I am a fan of The Doctor... Doctor Who?

An online friend who seems to have a similar taste in mindless TV as I do suggested it. The first one I watched was the first of the Christopher Eccleston episodes. I thought..."OH NO... Billie Piper!" I'm not a fan of hers. As an actress, she bugs me. By the third episode with the reanimated corpses and Charles Dickens, I was ready to chuck the whole thing but my friend said, "No, keep going... it gets better!" And she was right. I was hooked. Although, I still can't really stand Rose... or her mother!

I kind of like the Matt Smith version but I do admit that's a very different feel from the others. I know I'm in the minority, but I really like this new girl, Clara. Doctor/Donna is my favorite pair though. I love Donna Noble! She cracks me up and I love how they are just friends. The sappiness of the Rose storyline made me really appreciate their "just mates" relationship all the more. Your drawing is awesome!

Ben Hatke said...

Yeah, I also really enjoyed Donna Noble and the Doctor/Donna relationship, particularly early on. She was always particularly aware that he was an alien.

One of the best moments of all is when he invites her to travel with him but says in the English-y way "I just want a mate"

and Donna freaks out "You just want A MATE?"

Charlotte (WaltzingM) said...

I love that scene! Just watched it again the other night. I'm working on getting my husband hooked on the show. It seems to be working! I always smile when I think of their, "Oy... space man!" "Oy... earth girl!" exchange!

Have you seen this?

Chuck Shunk said...

I was a committed Whovian growing up (even went to a convention once!). I think I actually tried to model my personality on the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) during part of my adolescence.

I re-watched a lot of the original episodes recently, but I struggled to appreciate the vast scope for imagination that they offered me when I was a child: My adult self kept on getting too hung up on the lack of production quality. Personally, I'd say Doctors One, Four, Five and some of Six are worth re-watching nowadays.

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Tim Canny said...

Visiting England with my British mother in my youngest years I was obviously exposed to Dr. Who but being so young ended up coming away from it with the Daleks being my favorite characters. I was a bit taken aback years later when I found out they were evil. Still, they are pretty much my favorite Dr. Who characters. After that it is Rose. I started watching a while back on Netflix and enjoyed both Eccleston and Piper. Once Eccleston left I still watched for Piper but now I can only take Dr. Who in small bits as I don't find the actors un-annoying enough to overcome the British Telly production values. I do like Dr. Jones but sometimes get the feeling they picked her because she was very similar to Rose.

Caroline Pollock said...

I would run away with The Doctor at a moments notice!

Matthew Bowman said...

You are such a youngster, Ben.

Ben Hatke said...

Matt Bowman I'll have you know that I am a real grown up man.

Hey Caroline, if the Doctor arrived on my lawn I'd probably try to knock him down and steal the TARDIS. Flying around in the TARDIS is one of the few jobs I'd prefer to the one I have. (with or without the abducting of companions).

Elenatintil said...

Ha, Ben after that last comment I'm now imagining you and Anna sailing off into time and space with your girls. I think that deserves a drawing of it's own...

Anyhow, huzzah for the Doctor! 10 is also my favorite (and not just because of how dishy he is...) and Martha remains my favorite companion, although I do adore River Song and Clara as well.

What did you think about this week's episode, "Nightmare in Silver"? I thought it was pretty good.

Ben Hatke said...

Yeah, if I was the Doctor, flying around with Anna and the girls, the big joke of the series would be "thank goodness it's bigger on the inside!"

Christina Hicks said...

I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and I love getting all of my kids at the library hooked on it too! I love when the ones taking Latin in school realize that the family in The Fires of Pompeii was based on a real family in Pompeii (minus the daughter) that features in their text book!

Christina Dirkes said...

I think that Matt Smith and co. are good actors, but the writing has gone downhill since Russell T. Davies left as showrunner.

My favorite episode is either Doomsday or Journey's End, but they aren't good stand alone. You have to watch the rest to love them enough.

I'm glad you like Doctor Who, Ben!

Marlene E. said...

CHYEA I'm a Whovian. Definitely all for Nine, though. Ten has a firmly cemented place in my heart though. Fyi. :)

Faith E. Hough said...

Me, too. :) David Tennant is definitely the best (do you ever just want to sit and sketch ALL his facial expressions??), and I love Moffatt's episodes during those seasons, though I agree about the newer ones. (Actually I'm a couple seasons behind, having been limited by the Netflix selection.)

Christopher said...

I'm looking forward to Tennant's return for the 50th anniversary special!

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Gaelen Mibeck said...

"Dr. Who nights" are some of my earliest memories. A local station would play the Tom Baker episodes regularly, and my dad (who was in college at the time) would invite all of his friends over to watch them.

I have seen a few of the newer episodes, but nothing beats Tom Baker's performance IMO. He also played Puddleglum in the BBC's Silver Chair, also worth checking out.

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