The primary reason I like a story is generally the characters. Doctor Who is no exception. Actually, I liked the characters before I started liking the show itself . . . strange, because the show revolves around the changing of characters. But the one character that is the same, though he changes his face and, to some degree, his personality, is the Doctor. Doctor Who? No, just the Doctor. And he's quite an interesting character at that. Note: I haven't seen much Classic, and I can't yet watch Twelve, so I'll be focusing on the ones I do know, Nine, Ten, and Eleven.
"I give you air from my lungs."
"I'm really glad that worked. Those would have been terrible last words."
"Rose Tyler, you were fantastic. And you know what? So was I."
Nine was the first Doctor I knew. He was the
Doctor. Having regenerated out of the Time War, he had a lot of pain to
deal with. He was funny and quirky and alien, saving people all
throughout time and space, but underneath, there was something darker, a
time he deeply regretted. He tried to bury it, but meeting a Dalek
brought the Doctor's ghost
to the forefront. He destroyed his people to end the Time War. Rose,
and the viewer (unless you have spoilers or I just missed something)
didn't really know much about the Doctor's past before this. He doesn't
like to talk about it, why would he? but having it out in the open makes
it easier for him to heal. And Rose Tyler was there to help him. And
she could, because he loved her. In the end, it was love that caused him
to regenerate. When Rose absorbed all the energy of the Time Vortex by
looking into the Heart of the TARDIS, Nine sacrificed himself to save
her. It was because of love he regenerated, and that love defined the
man he became.
"[Time is] more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey . . . stuff."
"I don't want to go."
I have to admit, Ten is my favorite. I love all the Doctors I know, but Ten is still my favorite. He
is more sympathetic than Nine, he is funnier, and so much happier. He
has Rose. He still deeply regrets his actions during the Time War and
mourns his people, but he is able to be happy with Rose, having
adventures and saving countless lives . . . until Canary Wharf.
"Doomsday:" one of the saddest episodes ever. The Doctor, Rose, Mickey,
parallel Pete, and even Jackie a little tiny bit, successfully stop an
invasion of Earth by the cybermen and Daleks. Unfortunately, events
transpire so that Rose and her family are trapped in a parallel world
and the Doctor is not.
next series especially, the Doctor mourns Rose. It's hard for him to go
on. He lost the girl he loves. He has Martha with him because he is
lonely, but she can't replace Rose, nor should she. He still manages to
be quirky and hilarious, while mourning Rose, but there are times when
it really gets to him. He is better with Donna, they get along well, are
just friends, and can really be funny together. They're especially
funny when they meet Agatha Christie. But he has not forgotten Rose, or
the terrible things he has done in the past. As the parallel worlds
collide and the Daleks attempt to destroy all of reality with a reality
bomb, all of the Doctor's companions (the ones who appear in the new
show up to this point) come back to help him, even Rose. He is so happy
to see Rose again, but she can't stay forever. A half human version of
the Doctor is created by a human/Time Lord biological meta-crisis with
Donna and the Doctor's hand, full of regeneration energy. Born in
battle, as Nine was, the human Doctor kills all the Daleks, though the
Doctor would have preferred to fix things without bloodshed. The human
Doctor has to stay with Rose in the parallel universe, because he needs
her, as Nine did. The real Doctor is then forced to be alone . . .
Martha, Mickey, Sarah Jane, and Jack all have lives of their own to go
live, and the meta-crisis caused Donna's memories of the Doctor to have
to be erased so her brain wouldn't burn up. The Doctor doesn't do well
alone, which meant he started to go crazy, which developed into the
"Beans are evil!"
"This is a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool."
"I will always remember when the Doctor was me."
seen many things saying Nine is a tiger, Ten is Tigger, and Eleven is
an uncoordinated cat who falls off the sofa and then claims he meant to
do that. He really is that way. Eleven is crazy and goofy. But that's
his way of burying the past, as he confesses in "The Day of the Doctor."
He has a fresh start at life with Amy Pond, then brings her fiance Rory
along to keep from breaking up their relationship. Which works, since
they get married. He gets more careless, it sometimes seems that Amy and
Rory have to look out for him instead of the other way around. And he
runs. All the Doctors run, it's one of their favorite things to say, but
Eleven even runs from his own death. And, though a fixed point in time,
he manages to fake it anyway, and get married to River Song, Amy and
He has another bout of depression
after he loses Amy, Rory, and River, which Clara, the Impossible Girl,
helps to pull him out of. Then he goes back to the Time War, with the
Tenth Doctor and the War Doctor. And he doesn't destroy
Gallifrey, but instead sends it out of our universe. After that, though,
he ends up living for hundreds of years in one town, protecting its
people. Finally, he regenerates again. I can't wait to find out what
Twelve is like, coming after living hundreds of years to protect one
town, and thus the universe.
do I like the Doctor? He's funny and quirky, he has a soft heart (well,
two of them, actually), and he's a hero, though trouble follows him
wherever he goes. He's lonely, and so I feel sorry for him, but he helps
people and makes people love him. Except the mums. They tend to slap
him. "All the mums!" (Though Jackie Tyler did like him later.) And . . .
he's the Doctor.