I saw this
question and answer meme on Script Scribbles' tumblr, reblogged from
dorotheemcshane.tumblr.com and, since I want to write more about
Doctor Who because it is my number one fandom ever, I thought this
would make a nice introduction to how I view the series.
1. Top 3
McCoy, Matt Smith, Patrick Troughton... so basically that one
interpretation of the Doctor as barely trustworthy trickster really
works for me.
2. Top 3
Rory. So again I have a type and its action companions.
the closing monologue from Survival: “There are worlds out
there where the sky is burning; where the sea's asleep and the rivers
dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere
there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, and somewhere else the
tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.”
which was the first appearance of the “modern” view of Daleks
that was based more on memories of the awesome, all-powerful,
gigantic armies of the things from the TV21 comic rather than the
four of five you'd get in any given TV story which, okay, was what
you got here but it felt like
more. For me, watching it on VHS before we had Dalek
and The Parting of the Ways,
it was the first time the Daleks felt like the scary monsters they
were meant to be.
5. If you
could pick any companion to travel with any Doctor, who would it be?
with the Tenth Doctor. I think he could really do with having that
constant optimism about the place, someone to keep his brooding in
line like a less cynical Donna, basically.
6. How much
EU have you seen?
around a while, long enough to have got in on Big Finish at the
ground floor so most of their material; I own all the Virgin novels
and have read about a third of them; I read the Eighth Doctor novels
religiously until about The Domino Effect or thereabouts; not
as many Past Doctor novels as I'd like; and, I've been reading the
Doctor Who Magazine comic strip since the beginning of the Eighth
Doctor era. I've also got horrible nth generation rips of the Audio
Visuals and a spotty collection of BBV/Reeltime videos and CDs.
There's a massive gap of Bernice Summerfield audios I haven't
listened to, having given up on the series after about series four
and not picking it up again until the box set era but I'm catching up
Doctor and Ace, especially once Hex joins them in the audios. I like
the way that Ace is presented as more of an equal partner and more of
a rounded character than any companion since Romana and the audios
(less the novels, I feel) really played to that as they aged Ace and
had the Doctor be more forthcoming to her about what they were doing
and what the plan was. Once Hex joined the crew it really solidified,
I think, because by then Ace had been travelling with the Doctor for
years and there was a sort of pecking order where, in effect, Hex was
her companion and she was mentoring him as the Doctor had once
Obvious answer, I know, but I spent so much of Series Five rooting
for them to work things out that it just has to be them.
is young person language so I'm basically relying on Urban Dictionary
to define it for me as my “least favourite pairing”, in which
case First Doctor/Vicki. I get that it sort of works on a character
level but the age difference and the quasi-incestuous
guardian/ingénue dynamic just... no, absolutely no.
I rather like the idea of Bernice Summerfield and River Song but as
to myself... I've never really viewed Doctor Who as a very shippable
show probably because I encountered it years and years before I knew
that shipping and fan fiction and all that were a thing. There's
certainly no character relationship that gives me feelings of “aw,
they would be so cute together” the way, say, Weiss and Blake do in
RWBY (yes, Monochrome shipper, right here).
Doctor you saw
just for the EU stuff but I genuinely feel his era was a breath of
fresh air and offered a genuinely new and interesting take on the
Doctor. They didn't (and probably couldn't) go as far with it as they
might have done but the EU has certainly picked up the slack there.
story you saw on TV
a helpful list of early-90s repeats I found on the internet (I love
how you can find anything out these days), Planet Of The Daleks.
First story I ever saw, actually.
14. How long
have you been a fan for?
If I had to
put a date on it I'd guess since 1995? Certainly earlier than 1996
given how much I was looking forward to the TV Movie.
15. If you
could travel with one Doctor, who would it be?
seem to get more actual holidays and peaceful trips with him.
Favourite TARDIS interior
Eleventh Doctor one. I love the multi-level construction with all its
nooks and crannies and all those random bits and pieces used to make
the console. Funnily enough, I hated it when it first turned up in
The Eleventh Hour but it really grew on me.
17. How much
classic Doctor Who have you seen?
there is to see except the most recently recovered episode of The
Underwater Menace, which I keep meaning to get to, plus the Loose
Cannon reconstructions of all the missing episodes.
Favourite Cyberman story
Spare Parts is genuinely the only Cyberman story ever to
really deliver on the body horror that The Tenth Planet
promised but could never deliver because of logistics. If forced to
choose a TV story... The Invasion, but not really for any
reason involving the Cybermen themselves who, as a selling point,
rank leagues below getting to watch Patrick Troughton and Kevin
Stoney having an eight episode battle of wills co-starring Nicholas
Favourite one off monster
a swirling vortex of wasted potential and the crowning example of how
important the script editors were on the classic series. Under
Christopher H. Bidmead's hard SF fairy tale approach Stephen
Gallagher produced Warriors' Gate which was complex and
layered and gave Lalla Ward possibly the last genuinely good and
storyline relevant companion departure of the classic series. Under
Saward's very militaristic, dark and gritty vision of the series we
get a script with a lot of complex ideas executed in the laziest,
most simplistic fashion possible. Bear in mind these stories were
made under the same producer less than two years apart and Terminus
went into production mere weeks after the same team moved heaven and
earth to make Arc Of Infinity look like an epic even though
the script was utter crap.
21. Did you
cry whilst watching any stories?
No. I am
manly... okay, the final speech from Survival brings a tear to
my eye every single time and I get the sads watching Ten's goodbye to
favourite Doctor (why?)
I don't hate
him but there's a lot about Pertwee that doesn't click for me. There
are times when he was fantastically lazy as an actor, visibly
ungracious on-screen towards his co-stars and I just struggle to see
him in the overarching character of the Doctor. I love a lot of his
stories and his chemistry with Katy Manning is a gold standard most
Doctor/companion teams can only dream of but... stacked against all
the others actors to play the role, he ranks as the least good.
favourite companion (why?)
slight against Jackie Lane who fought against apparently crippling
stage fright to give us what we got but there's no substance to the
character. Under John Wiles she is literally written as an idiot to
make a malicious point about young people and then she's reduced to
being the most utterly generic “young girl companion” of the
classic series. She has one or two genuinely great scenes in The
Gunfighters where we see what we were potentially missing out on
and then she gets promptly written out, all promise unfulfilled.
24. Any eras
that you would like to know better?
Doctor era, which the recent unearthing of previously missing
episodes proves we are missing so much of just listening to
soundtracks and photo reconstructions.
Favourite EU companion?
Smythe. Unbeatable as a character and, frankly, an all-important
element in Big Finish's redemption of the previously salvageable
Favourite episode (or top 3 if that's too hard)
Not in any
particular order: Heaven Sent, Carnival of Monsters and
The Brain of Morbius.
piece of merchandise you own
I don't own
that much merch, to be honest, but I think I still have the TARDIS
tin The Trial Of A Time Lord VHS box set came in back in the
you want to see in the next season
to not regenerate at the end of it.
on the current Doctor
great in the role and, in all honesty, his “Third Doctor but rude”
routine seems more in line with Moffat's personal conception of the
Doctor than the character he wrote for Matt Smith. I think that might
be the secret of getting two great Doctors out of the Moffat years:
he was pretty open about the fact he wanted an older Doctor to start
but was blown away by Smith's audition, so he ended up writing the
Doctor that emerged from that and then when it came time to cast his
second Doctor he had the chance to write his ideal Doctor.
30. In your
opinion, will the Doctor ever be ginger?
To be frank, I think its sadly more likely than the Doctor being a
female or black or desi actor or anything other than a white man and
you can't get whiter than a ginger.
on the sonic glasses?
Glad to have the screwdriver back at the end of Hell Bent but
I love seeing the writers come up with new gadgets.