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I don't know if anyone really cares about my opinions, but I figured I'd write them down anyway.

I am neither unhappy nor especially cheered by the announcement of the new Doctor -- I'll make my decisions on him when I see him in action. I didn't place any special credence on the bookmakers and the predictions because they had been so very wrong when Matt Smith was cast; so this time they were right. Cool. I'm reasonably happy because he's a great actor, I have seen him in a few things, and he's an older actor, which I was also hoping for.

I won't know what I think about him until I actually see him. There it is. No matter how good the actor is, he takes an episode or two (sometimes more) to get into the Doctor, and how he'll play him; for a few episodes he might be a little like his predecessor. Or he might be entirely different. We shall see.

In the meantime, I have two more episodes with Eleven.

I've been feeling somewhat defensive about my affection for Eleven lately, possibly due in some part to seeing snarky comments since Sunday about how he was "just a copy of Tennant," which I disagree with and find somewhat offensive, since he did make the part his own, and in my opinion, has been a really GREAT Doctor. Not to be mean or anything, but I cannot think of a time when Eleven spent an entire episode moping about his "lonely Godhood" and terrible it was to be alive forever, sob sob sob. (Sorry, Emo-Doctor just annoyed me; and by the forty-minute Regeneration scene, I was just screaming at the screen, "Oh, for the love of God, Regenerate already!!!")

Eleven did pause once in a while to be sad, but then something would distract him--as is perfectly in character for the Doctor--and he was off again to solve the problem. We were given to think he had been moping around for a long time after the Ponds left, but it was all off-screen and then he was interested again.

One of the things I have loved best about Eleven was he remembered that, above all things, The Doctor LOVES life. That joie de vivre is so much of what makes the character lovable. Not that I've loved every story, mind you -- there have been some serious klunkers. But I think Smith was pretty terrific in all of them.

I knew right from the start he'd be struggling in Tennant's shadow, much like Peter Davison did taking over from Tom Baker, another wildly popular Doctor who held the title until Tennant came along and took over as "most popular ever." It seems to be a tossup now which Doctor is more recognizable, the "one with the scarf" or the "one in the pinstriped suit."

But the more I see of Five the more I like him -- not only was he a pretty terrific Doctor, he had some REALLY good stories.

So I'm not going to bag on the new Doc. He's the same age Hartnell was when "Doctor Who" first broadcast -- seems a good time to circle back to the "grandfather" figure. I'm looking forward to seeing how Clara deals with a Regeneration. I'm looking forward to seeing the Regeneration -- I want Eleven to go out straightening his (very cool) bow tie and saying "Geronimo!" Three and Five were killed by poison; Two and Six were forced to Regenerate by the Time Lords; One died of old age, Four was killed falling from a radio tower (despite Ten and Eleven both managing to survive falls from ORBIT), Seven was shot, Nine absorbed the Time Vortex, Ten was radiation (never minding that he seemed to absorb that much radiation in "Smith & Jones" with no ill effects other than the loss of a shoe), and we don't know how Eight went (yet, perhaps) -- What will be the next way a Time Lord dies?

Anyway, that was mostly my weekend, getting all geared up to "find out." I'm not sorry they stuck with type and didn't cast a woman -- mostly because I think the writers would spend an entire season with "Ooooo, I'm a WOMAN now! How does a WOMAN do this?!" instead of just having a female who is the Doctor.

I have to go back to work. Lunch break over.

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ljs
Aug. 5th, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad my beloved Five is growing on you. :)

And MSmith has done a terrific job in the role.
wildrider
Aug. 6th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
I never had anything against Five--when I first discovered Doctor Who, many of my friends in college were HUGE fans and were all surpassing fond of Tom Baker. I remember only derisive commentary about Five and made no real judgement of my own then; but when I started watching Classic Who myself, well, I found he was really quite splendid. I think I've seen almost all of his stories now.

Eleven is Cool. :)
cornerofmadness
Aug. 6th, 2013 03:43 am (UTC)
I agree with a lot of this actually. Granted I still like #10 the best but #11 was a very very close second. I was shocked to find out how many of my friends hated Matt Smith and his companions. I loved them.

I am cheered a bit that the new guy is a skilled actor if nothing else.

Though I have always questioned why would you regenerate into an older man. I guess if it were me, I'd be 25 again.
wildrider
Aug. 6th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm almost -- ALMOST -- ready to watch Doctor Ten episodes again. But I'm not sure I'll EVER be able to re-watch "Journey's End." I tried to watch "End of Time" on Sunday (BBCA was showing it), but couldn't bear it. Changed the channel until the important show came on.

I have trouble ranking Doctors past my three favorites: 2, 11, and 3 -- because after that I rather like them all equally, in different ways...

We'll have to see. The Doctor can't always choose his look (the only really controlled Regeneration we ever saw was Romana's -- the Doctor's are always forced on him somehow).
cornerofmadness
Aug. 6th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
I can understand that

yes, you've been a fan much longer than I. With all the 50th anniversary stuff going on, I've tried to get into the older stuff and still can't. Which is why I'm not as familiar with the regeneration stuff (or where it said they could change sexes)
wildrider
Aug. 7th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
I don't think they've EVER said a Time Lord/Lady could or couldn't change sexes in the classic series, but in "The Doctor's Wife" they did indicate that they COULD do just that.

I just figure they get comfortable with one sex and choose to stay there. The Corsair probably just WANTED to try out a female body.'

I kinda agree with the one guy who said, "Yes, it's about time a man played The Queen." The Doctor's a male character, what's so wrong with that?

I've known Doctor Who since college, but I've only been a fan (and a drooling fangirl) since around The Girl in the Fireplace (I can pinpoint it). It's just once I started, I got into the whole show, and started watching as much of the old series as I could get my hands on -- and between the Doctor Who community on LJ and then its growing popularity making more and more serials available on DVD, well, it was easy to start filling in all the holes.
cornerofmadness
Aug. 7th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
Ah, I must have missed that. Sequential hermaphroditism is usually seen in lower species but it would be fascinating to see it done with higher ones (I have seen a few SF stories that tried)

I don't know why it's so bad that the Doctor is male but I guess to some it is. Oh well, I enjoy him being male.

Oh, okay, then you and I had similar experiences. Mine was actually Chris Ecc's darker Doctor and I liked that but Rose nearly drove me away from the series. I have tried looking at the older stuff but I'm just not getting into it
wildrider
Aug. 7th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
I loved Rose with Nine, but she and Ten were just Too Precious (and too childish) for words. There were some good eps with her and Ten, and her farewell was so perfect and beautiful I was deeply and tragically disappointed when she was brought back (ruining the whole "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday" storyline, which was, really, some perfect storytelling)--then there was all sorts of bad about the final series/run of specials with Ten--and it could have been SO good...

I think a lot of my disappointment with Ten stems from the wasted potential.
cornerofmadness
Aug. 7th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
I never loved Rose but I agree about her and 10
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