My husband I finally finished watching the first seven of the new seasons of Doctor Who for the 9-11th Doctors, including the 50th Anniversary Special (pictured above) and the 2013 Christmas Episode. Once you’ve seen the Anniversary Special, which discusses what exactly the War Doctor (the one in between the 8th and 9th Doctors – played by the amazing John Hurt) did, you’ll understand more about the later Doctors, nine through eleven. The War Doctor was the one at the very end of the Time War between the Time Lords of Gallifrey and the Daleks (their sworn mortal enemy) of Skaro. All of the later incarnations are always feel ashamed or very conflicted about what they did and whether or not it was the right thing to do. As I’ve not watched a lot of the older episodes, I really had no idea, so it was nice for them to explain it a bit more.
I really enjoyed watching all the episodes and I definitely gained a new appreciation for Matt Smith, who played the 11th Doctor. I talked about the 9th and a bit about the 10th Doctor in this previous post, both of which I loved watching. David Tennant (the 10th Doctor) is my favorite version. Plus he had my favorite companions, Rose and Donna (pictured above). I actually liked Martha Jones, the 10th Doctor’s companion in-between the other two, though my husband did not much care for her. FYI all the links to the Doctor Who Wikia above for Rose, Donna and Martha do give away a lot of plot, so if you want to watch the episodes, don’t read all the way through the articles).
The 11th Doctor took a little getting used to as he was totally different from the other two, and not just in the fact that the actor himself was quite a bit younger. The 11th Doctor is also brooding, but he gets really angry, while at the same time managing to act very child-like. It’s hard to explain without watching the show, but I think the child-like wonder and curiosity part of his personality is why he got along so well with the women in the show, as they share this trait. He discovered Amy Pond when she was 7, and he is frequently dealing with children throughout the show. He sees River Song when she is a baby and can calm her down no problem. This was also the first show where there was a husband and wife companion team, in the guise of Rory Williams and Amy Pond (pictured above), who the Doctor loved to call “The Ponds”. Rory definitely grows on you, though it did take a season or two. Despite what my husband thinks, I actually like Amy as a Companion, though I much prefer Clara (pictured below). She was more like Rose and Donna – feisty, curious and not taking any crap from the Doctor. Another reason I like Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor is that one of my favorite writers, Neil Gaiman, wrote two of the episodes. I loved The Doctor’s Wife episode as I could totally see the TARDIS behaving like that is she was a real person. In Nightmare in Silver, we saw the two halves of the Doctor, and it was very Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
The only problem with 50th Anniversary Special and a few others during Smith’s tenure, including the last Christmas episode and most of the ones we deemed “too weird” like the one where there are two Amys (The Girl Who Waited), or the last Amy/Rory/Weeping Angels episode (The Angels Take Manhattan) are that they were written by Stephen Moffat. He is the show’s lead writer and executive producer, who took over after the brilliant writer Russell Davies left for Hollywood. You know that gesture where you shake your fist at the sky bemoaning a particular fact. Well my husband and I apply that to Moffat whenever he gives us insanely weird plots or paradoxical endings, like the final non-Christmas episode of Season 7. Despite this, I still think he is a good writer, as he did write for the BBC show Sherlock and the movie The Adventures of Tin-Tin (both of which I enjoyed). Plus I do like the majority of his episodes, and he has written some pretty memorable Doctor Who quotes. I can’t wait to see Season 8, though it sucks that it won’t start until August.
I’ve written a little poem, which describes the show and the different Doctors (nine through eleven once again) and their companions. I don’t get excited to write poetry much anymore, so I’ll take inspiration from wherever I can find it.
Raggedy Doctor and The Destroyer of Worlds
My hubby and I started re-watching
the new Doctor Who series
that started back in 2005,
at the end of last year.
We’ve seen them all before,
or at least through the end of the sixth season,
when my hubby lost interest the first time around.
Now it’s funny
because my two-year old son gets so excited
and can’t wait to watch the show.
Watching them again
has made me start watching
some of the old doctors from the 1960s and 70s.
I can name most of the major villains
including Daleks, Sontarians, and Cybermen.
I know the meaning of the word TARDIS,
and can identify the sound of one landing.
I wish I had a Sonic Screwdriver,
and find that the phrases Allons-y
and Are You My Mummy?
have become part of my Whovian lexicon.
I frequently get the show music
stuck in my head.
I’ve even thought about wearing
a Doctor Who costume
to my local Comic Con.
The Ninth Doctor
sadly only lasted one season.
I loved Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal of the Doctor
because he was so brooding,
probably contemplating his role in the last Time War,
which had occurred not that long ago.
Yet you can see
how much he wants to help people.
The flip-side of his personality was
that he was always saying something cheeky,
making you want to slap him for his impudence.
Rose was his companion,
and we got to see her go from
a loud Chav to a person willing to fight for the people she loves,
and changing the Doctor for the better.
The Tenth Doctor is my favorite.
David Tennant just brought so much curiosity,
quirkiness, and passion to the role,
as well as a real love of all things Whovian.
Rose really fell in love with this version of the Doctor,
and was devastated
when she was trapped in a parallel universe
Martha Jones was his next companion,
and she really grew into her own with him,
as an independent woman and as a doctor,
though she had to leave
because of her unrequited love.
Donna Noble was his last companion,
and in my opinion the best.
“Donna Noble has left the library;
Donna Noble has been saved,”
was one of the most memorable lines
during her time as a companion.
Though a bit daft,
she could hold her own with him,
and would always tell him her opinion.
She was one of the few women
who could travel with him
and not fall in love.
Sadly, he had to leave her behind,
with her memory erased.
The Eleventh Doctor,
really helped to mainstream
and popularize the show
in the US.
Amy Pond’s Raggedy Doctor
first shows up
when she is seven years old,
and shows up again twelve years later.
She is reluctant to go with him,
and will only do so
if he returns her in the morning.
She is engaged to goofy Rory,
who loves her more than anything,
but you can’t help but wonder at first
if she is settling,
because the Doctor wasn’t there.
My hubby believes
Rory is the most annoying person
on the planet,
and at one point
made a drawing of him
being blown up by Daleks.
He is the reason
my husband stopped watching
the first time around.
There is a crack in the universe
that manifests itself on Amy’s bedroom wall,
and this allows her to become an anomaly
in regards to space and time.
This becomes especially apparent
when Rory is erased from space and time,
but comes back as the last centurion,
Someone every woman wishes she had,
the man who waited for 2000 years
for his true love.
Amy and Rory are the first wife-husband team
to travel with the Doctor.
River Song should be mentioned
in this ode to Doctor Who
even though she’s not technically
She’s the badass archaelogist
with enough spunk
and knowledge of the TARDIS
to impress anyone.
Ican’t give too much more away,
because that would be “Spoilers”,
as she likes to say.
She’s my favorite character on the show.
Sometimes I wish they would do
a spin-off show,
where we can see more of her adventurous hijinks.
Clara is the last companion
of the eleventh Doctor,
and she is one of my favorites.
like River, Donna, and Rose
have the most personality.
She is someone I would want
in my corner
if I was ever in a bind.
The Doctor can’t figure her out,
as he keeps meeting up with her
is eventually explained,
But finding out,
definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat,
until the answer is finally revealed.