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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Geeking Out: Doctor Who

So we have ourselves a new Doctor. I'm prepared to like him as I've never disliked any Doctor except for the irascible Hartnell in the first season. Paul McGann was also immensely likeable despite being dumped in a dreadful American made-for-tv movie. First impressions though important in Whoverse are never written in stone. Thus far the new guy seems more subdued than No. 10 but after the last episode with the weeping angels, I feel that there's a decent Doctor in the making. His mannerisms and propensity to be snappish reminds me of early Doctors like Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee. With the Russell T Davis era behind us, I am quite happy for the latest incarnation to be in more of the "old mind in a young body" mould.

While I loved David Tennant as the tenth Doctor, my biggest peeve of the previous incarnation was this ongoing silly almost juvenile romance with Rose. As the Doctor's companion, Rose was quite likeable and a nice change from the screaming shrills of classic Who. Nonetheless, stories which focused heavily on the Doctor's relationship with Rose often took away from the substance of the plot, diminishing the Doctor's more alien qualities. My other annoyance with new Who is the constant recycling of traditional Who villains like the Cybermen, the Daleks and the Master after they've been supposedly eliminated from time and space. The Russelll T Davis era also tended to be noisy, spectacular and actiony which occasionally was a substitute for style over substance.


  1. My hubby and I have been enjoying Matt Smith as the New Doctor. This new series has a much more edgy feel but it works. I loved David Tennant as The Doctor but I have to agree with the Rose thing. I was just saying to hubby the other day that she anoyed me. HA!

  2. Not everything about Rose annoyed me but I hated the way she and the next girl, Martha went all googly-eyed over the Doctor.
    And then they kept trying to bring her back when she was supposed to be stuck in a parallel universe

    Thanks for geeking out with me!


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