Hello everyone, sorry I've not bee around much lately. This is not to do with the lack of Guyver so much as other stuff in my life. I've been planning a trip to China, which I will be going on the 14th, and have been involved in my first proper romance which has sadly recently ended after two short months. With this and work I'm naturally not had much time to be online. However befor I go I plan to start up a little blog on a recent intreast of mine. That is the Seventh Doctor from Doctor Who.
I am a long time fan of Doctor Who, sadly I was born on the very year the original series was cancelled, right in the middle of the shows final story. I did not become fully aware or interested until the new series started in 2005. But it was not just the new series I was interested in, not long after it daubed I began hunting down dvds of the original series, the first two being Carnival of Monsters and Ark in Space. I instantly fell in love the older serials. Sadly while I've collected and watched a number of them, money, space and other hobbies prevent me from fully collecting any version of the doctors full era. In the last few years I've been meaning to dedicate my intreast to at least on incarnation of the Doctor and collect all their episodes and stories outside the tv series. Naturally by the title of this thread you can guess which one I've picked but I want to go into my choice in more detail
To start with, as a premier for any who read this who may not now much or anything about the series, what is Doctor Who? In very short, Doctor Who chronicled the adventures of an eccentric time-traveling scientist from the remote planet Gallifrey, home of the Time Lords. The Doctor, a Time Lord himself, travelled through time and space in his unique craft, the TARDIS, an acronym for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space. With an interior larger than its exterior, the TARDIS could take on various shapes to blend into its environment. Although capable of whisking the Doctor and his passengers to any time and any place in the universe, the craft was frequently parked on Earth in the form of a blue police box. Whether in England or in the far reaches of space, the Doctor and his colleagues battled a multitude of evils.
An intreasting aspect of the title character is his ability to Regenerate. When a Time Lord dies this process allows them to cheat death a total of 12 times. Each time their body and mind undergo a rearrangement, resulting in a new version of the same person. This idea has allowed the series to keep going long after the original actor who portrayed the Doctor left the series as well as allowing it to likewise adapt and change along with it's new star. Each incarnation of the Doctor has their own style of stories in their respective eras. For example the First Doctor's era the show was very experimental and educational, with some of the stores being pure historical pieces with no alien menaces, while the Third Doctor's was more action/adventure with a touch of James Bond style spy drama mixed in.
It is from these incarnation's and era's I wanted to choose and explore to the fullest, but picking was not as easy as it would seem given that there 13 primary incarnations of the character and the series started in 1963.
First to be excluded were all the incarnations from the new series, that being the Ninth, Tenth Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Doctors. There are multiple reasons for this, the primary being that as I've gotten older I've simply become less interested the newer era.
The Fourth Doctor was the next to be discarded. While the Fourth was the longest on screen presence of any incarnation (7 years) and is one of the most popular, this is exactly why I decided not to go with him. Call me picky if you like but as much as I love the character, his popularity makes him less intreasting to explore for me.
Next on the chopping block was the Fifth Doctor. This is for a more complex reason then the last two choices. While acted wonderfully by Peter Davison and considered the most "human" of all the Doctors incarnations, I persoanlly view the Fifth Doctor's era as being the collectively weakest of the original series. For me the stories of this era are mostly ok to serviceable with a few more duds per season compared other classic incantations of the character, there are some truly greats here and there but they are few. Then there is the Fifth Doctor himself, his more human and likable nature make him generally less intreasting then other incarnations with the actor himself never truly being shore of who his Doctor was until his final story. Further more Fifth was also lumbered with some of the least intreasting companions in the history of the show, most notable the much loathed Adric.
The Eighth Doctor was overlooked for similur reasons. Despite being the longest ongoing incarnation of the Doctor befor regenerating, 17 years, and being part of a lot of novel and audio adventures, I simply have never found Eighth that intreasting. That and the fact that his primary on screen apperances is in the ill fated Doctor Who movie.
The Second Doctor was a prime candidate to be picked. It is in his Era that the series would full crystallised into what it would be for the franchises run, with the Doctor himself fully become the central hero. The Second Doctor is a brilliant incarnation, as seemingly whimsical cosmic tramp who uses his silly behaviour to mask his great, calculating mind. While all future version of the Doctor would possess this characteristic in some form or another, it originated with the Second. There is also the allure of the fact that most of this Doctor's episodes are lost and at this point likely unrecoverable. During the First and Second Doctors Era's the BBC was notorious for purging their archives for several reasons, which resulted in many old classic series being lost forever and Second's era was hit the hardest. What eventually made me decide not to go with this incarnation was that a close friend of mine told me they had begun collecting his stories already.
With my first choice being taken up by my friend I began to look through other incantations. The Third Doctor is one of the more unique incarnations, exiled to earth by his fellow Time Lords, this incarnation became the scientific advisor for UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce). The Third Doctor is considered the most technically minded version of the character as well as the one most willing to use physical force to defeat his enemies, thanks to his mastery of venusian aikido. This was also my late uncle's faviort incarnation. While I greatly enjoy stories from this era as well as the more unique character of this incarnation, in the end decided not to go with the Third Doctor as he just didn't feel like "my" Doctor.
The First Doctor came in third in my choices. His era is very different from that would come after, as the show was still in it's infancy and very experimental. That said this era has some of the most imaginative stories in all of Doctor Who and Doctor himself is at him most mysterious, with vertually nothing about his pasted ever being revealed. This incarnation is notable for being less generally heroic then his piers, in part due to his morality initially being more grey and his advanced age leading him to rely more on his companions then later Doctors. This incarnation also goes through a lot of character development, changing from a suspicious but intelligent old man to a wise grandfatherly figure. In his case he simple lost out to my number one choice.
The Sixth Doctor came very, very close to being number one as anyone who remembers that I once used his name for myself a while back. An intreasting incarnation who was initially intended to make the character darker and more mysterious again after the very human Fifth Doctor, Sixth suffered from a lot of behind the scenes turmoil. The Sixth Doctor was pompous, arrogant, mercurial and had zero fashion sense. But he was also larger then life and truly cared about people. This Doctor's mental state suffered greatly during his regeneration to the point he almost killed his companion and in later years would struggle much against his darker nature, sometimes very much literally in the case of the Valeyard, a being who is the embodiment of all the Doctor's inner evil. This incarnation is generally and, as far as I'm concerned, wrongly viewed as one of the worst incarnations of the character. This mainly comes from the fact that the BBC were looking to cancel the show and due to their interference the "Trial of a Time Lord" season was a total disaster. However these factors along with darker portrayal and technicolour costume as lead a lot of people retroactively blame the Sixth Doctor for the shows problems and later cancelation when in reality his first stand alone season was generally superior to any of the fifth Doctor's. All these factors are what lead me to take an intreast in this incarnation but he eventually lost out to my number one choice.
The Seventh Doctor was the last incarnation of the classic series and the seconds longest running incarnation in terms of years befor he regenerated. Described as both a chess master, time's champion and potentially the darkest incarnation of the character in the franchise's history, this Doctor is the one I find the most intreasting and the one I'll be exploring here. I'll start by watching all his televised stories and then move on his audio dramas, which I will go through in the suspected chronological order. Will the Seventh Doctor prove to be intreasting to examine?