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"It feels different this time..." - The new Doctor Who Thread

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Ah, okay. Yeah, I can see that, appearancewise. Pertwee, ultimately, was more of a tinkerer, while Troughton was more of a chemist/hippie/cosmic hobo. Whittaker has always felt to me like a Tennant riff.
 

Vaeran

perfect world
(he/him)
I wish Whittaker had gotten to play her Doctor under a showrunner and writing team that actually gave her something to work with instead of the literally nothing that she got. I'm trying to think of memorable moments or great episodes from Thirteen's run, but all I'm coming up with is things like her blowing off Graham's cancer confession, condemning the spiders to starve to death, standing up for Space Amazon... I had my problems with Capaldi's Doctor as well but he grew on me after a while, and had some really standout stories. Whittaker/Chibnall's era just feels like a flat, featureless expanse with a few "yikes" craters scattered across it. None of this is Whittaker's fault -- she did the best she could with the material she was given -- but it still feels shitty that the first female Doctor's tenure feels like such a bland misfire. I just have no real attachment to her, and that's a shame. Maybe she can be rehabilitated via Big Finish audios the way Colin Baker's Doctor was, but that's probably a ways off.

Anyway, I'm ready for a change. Another woman would be great, or a person of color, or both! Honestly, whatever it takes to make shitheads like Ian Levine choke on their own manbaby tears.
 

ThornGhost

lofi posts to relax/study to
(he/him)
Ah, okay. Yeah, I can see that, appearancewise. Pertwee, ultimately, was more of a tinkerer, while Troughton was more of a chemist/hippie/cosmic hobo. Whittaker has always felt to me like a Tennant riff.

That makes sense to me too. Tennant feels like the most universally liked Doctor of the current era, almost a baseline, so that seems the safest bet for a personality when making other major changes to the formula.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
It is a good article, and it's what I feel like as I've just started series 4 in my rewatch and a couple days ago I watched Partners in Crime, where the Tenth Doctor laddishly brags to Donna about Martha that "she fancied me," the smug asshole (I wanted to punch him more in that moment than even during the Sixth Doctor days, Peri-choking very much aside). The Tenth Doctor can be loveable and I like watching him, but he's not a carefree, happy go lucky guy who's always a delight to be around. I'm glad the article points out the Human Nature two parter at length - seeing John Smith turn into the Tenth Doctor is fascinatingly depressing, and Joan's dressing down of the Doctor after he asks her to travel with him is spot on (after which the Doctor silently leaves, like a sulking child).
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
I always thought it was taken as given that Ten has a some very dark sides bubbling just below (and occasionally above) the surface. He seriously toys with the idea that just giving in and becoming dictator of the universe to set things "right" would be a good idea - Time Lord Victorious and all that. A huge character arc through his run is his fear of where that path could take him and the degree to which he needs others to keep him grounded and not just going off the rails completely.
 
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