Our Doctor Countdown 8 : Paul McGann

Paul McGann, The Eighth Doctor

McGannWhat a surprise! The Eighth at Eight. We do like it this way I have to admit.

The Eighth Doctor, portrayed by the wonderful Paul McGann, was the Doctor briefly in 1996, and finally regenerated last week in a mini-episode (The Night of the Doctor.)

So why did a Doctor so briefly on our screens beat three fully fledged Doctors?

Well we’d made our mind up before Paul McGann’s mini-episode to be honest and it was mainly down to the Big Finish audios. We aren’t big followers of Big Finish, and personally I’ve only heard the ones that have been played on BBC Radio, but that along with a great portrayal in the TV Movie leap frogged Eight above the rest.

Eight is always a little forgotten, the TV Movie isn’t a brilliant story let alone well put together. We won’t even go close to Eric Roberts as The Master, least said about it the better to be honest! Eight though is as Doctorish as always, just shoved into a badly put together film.

What little I’ve heard of Big Finish McGann has carried on taking his Doctor from strength to strength. The ability to make you feel scared, sad, happy or bewildered just by his voice is a gift not many have (though I do think nearly all of the Doctors have that ability, we are the lucky ones!) His relationship with his companions is the biggest strength of the Eighth, much more a friend to them then any other regeneration.

Then he returned for a heart wrenching 7 minutes. Fandom seem to have imploded in on itself, that is fair enough to them, it was a great 7 minutes and a lovely way to say goodbye to him. It reminded people of just how great a Doctor he was, just like all the Doctors that came before and after him.

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Our Doctor Countdown 9 : David Tennant

David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor

TennantDavid Tennant is probably one of the most popular and well loved Doctors in the history of the show, he was the Tom Baker of the post-2005 series and still manages to top polls across the world. If Eccleston introduced a whole new generation to Doctor Who, Tennant is the man who made them fall in love with the show.

He first appeared at the end of The Parting of Ways in June 2005 and left the show five years later on the 1st January 2010 in The End of Time. 47 episodes to his name and a list of adventures that saw him fighting alongside Rose, Martha and Donna as well as a magnitute of other guest companions. He came up against the post-2005 Master (played by John Simm) and fell in love with Rose leaving her with 10.5 (Meta crisis Doctor… Don’t ask if you don’t know.)

So I’m telling you he is one of the most loved Doctors and then we’ve stuffed him at number 9? What’s up with that?!

Quite simple really, as much as we enjoyed David Tennant as a Doctor (and he got an average rating of 7.5, the same as Davison and was only knocked to 9 because others got slightly higher ratings) there were giant parts of the RTD era we didn’t enjoy.

For me I went into the first series with Nine evenly matched, my bias for loving everything with Eccleston in and my bias (long held) of disliking Billie Pipper. When Nine turned into Ten and there was obvious “Romance” between companion and Doctor it made me groan inwardly. That is something a lot of people loved about them, so I don’t dis it, it wasn’t for me.

The stories were also hit and miss but there were a lot more hits then misses, and whether I liked his era or not there were some really adorable, funny, sad and amazing stories in his era.

Probably my favourite story with the Tenth Doctor is The Next Doctor, when it looks like we are meeting a new Doctor but in actual fact we are meeting a man that had the stories and adventures of the Doctor put inside his head (that is a simplistic and probably wrong way of explaining it but I don’t want to get technical.)  If anything this and Time Crash makes me excited for the special on Saturday because it shows how well Tennant interacts with other Doctors (even not really Doctor Doctors!) He’s a proper fan of the show and he doesn’t hide that when his Doctor meets other Doctors.

There is much to love about Ten and like Five and Seven it isn’t a nasty reason they are so low, but someone has to be there.

Minecrafting #3

What have I been doing this week?

Squiggle
Making a giant squirrel full of lava?

First off I thought it would be cool to make it out of glass then figured out that as cool as that is you can’t really make out the glass so then I outlined the glassed in clay.

Not the greatest but I’m having a slow week anyway!

Our Doctor Countdown 10 : Peter Davison

Peter Davison, The Fifth Doctor

Davison

Next up is possibly a surprise choice? The Fifth Doctor.

Five was played by one of the youngest Doctors, the youngest at the time, Peter Davison. He was the Doctor from 21st March 1980 until being poisoned in the final episode of The Caves of Androzani on the 16th March 1984.

He was also the first (and one out of two) “Classic” series Doctors to appear in the “New” series (2005 onwards) having a lovely little CiN episode with David Tennant (Time Crash.)

So why is a very much loved Doctor in penultimate place?

Whereas people probably understand why McCoy comes last they might not be so understanding of Davison in 10th. The simple fact is we find him quite boring. Well his stories, not Five in general, the Fifth Doctor is actually quite a fun regeneration and his TARDIS team is one of the strongest at times, even if it did have one of the most disliked companions in its ranks. For us on the forum though the stories were usually dragged out and not at all our cup of tea.

There are a few “classic” episode’s within his run and personally I disagree with two of them. Caves and Earthshock are thought of two of his best episodes. Caves is pretty fun, I enjoyed it thoroughly even if I got bored in places, but I never understood the love for it. Earthshock is even more surprising seeing I can’t even stay awake until the last episode. I have yet to actually properly see Adric’s last brave actions.

This doesn’t mean that there aren’t classic episodes in there, there is much love on the forum for Kinda and Snakedance, two really good episodes. The Mara is an interesting idea, Tegan is wonderful in both and unlike quite a lot of his stories it engages us all the way through the stories (plus young Martin Clunes, who could say no?)

In many discussions about Five I think we all kind of agree the more vulnerable and less leader like take on the Doctor meant that sometimes the story was forcing the story too much onto a group of people. Instead of it being us travelling with the Doctor and Companions for the first time it felt like we were travelling in a group and the Doctor was just one of that group. The stories then had to stretch as it wasn’t always the Doctor taking charge that saved the day, sometimes it was the slowly coming together of many things for someone completely different to save the day. We didn’t dislike that, but the slumps in stories often would have been hidden by the Doctor doing something clever in any other era.

The Fifth Doctor is very popular nonetheless, we aren’t averse to controversy here. Again like all the Doctors we don’t dislike the Fifth, but compare his TARDIS team with the family feel of Three and his UNIT family and the exciting of seeing Doctors work everything out and take the lead to Five’s more in the middle unless forced attitude and it might show you why we prefer others.

There is big love for Five though, his stories were interesting, we do enjoy most of them. Again like Seven he probably would’t be the first Doctor we’d reach into our DVD pile and pull out but there is a lot to his incarnation and his team.

Our Doctor Countdown 11 : Sylvester McCoy

 Sylvester McCoy, The Seventh Doctor

Seventh Doctor - Sylvester McCoySo coming in last on our countdown of Doctors is unforunately Seven.

The Seventh Doctor was played by the lovely Sylvester McCoy between 7th September 1987 and 6th December 1989. He regenerated at the beginning of the TV Movie in 1996.

His first appearance was in Time and the Rani, his last series episode was Survival.

In total he appeared in 12 stories made up of 42 episodes.

We haven’t put him last because we hate him, or even because we didn’t like his era, others have era’s that have much stronger negative reviews from forum members. I guess one reason he’s last is because he is a bit…. Well forgotten.

We like McCoy, but when sitting down in a “Who” mood he hasn’t been one that we’d go “oh yes just pop on a McCoy please.”

We remember him with high pleasure though for stories such as Remembrance of the Daleks and The Happiness Patrol, and yes we love the Kandyman!

Personally I enjoyed McCoy as the Doctor, I loved Ace and the stories were varying levels of interesting. The one thing I dislike about it is purely the look, something that couldn’t really be helped, but it has that feel of “Grange Hill” and other kids programs that I was forced to watch growing up but hated with a passion, and for me that is a reason I don’t like to go back and watch it. A few episodes don’t bother me but I wouldn’t be able to sit through every episode without wanting to rip my eyes out.

Saying all this I think Seven is a Doctor that got a bad rep, it might not be for everyone but being the Doctor before the show was taken off air will always leave a bit of a cloud over them, whether deserved or not. Seven wasn’t a bad Doctor, he isn’t the most popular but that isn’t his fault, but he was a different Doctor, a Doctor that was more cunning and hiding a lot more then we all thought he was.

I loved stories like The Happiness Patrol because they were dark, even with stupid villains, and the episode itself had quite an interesting story playing out in the background. For many it was what was “wrong” with the show, for a lot of us it was what made the show stand out. Maybe the message, the visual and other components didn’t come together quite the way they should but the story, the message and the idea’s were very strong and in a way very brave.

I’d actually quite like the idea of a Kandyman return!

Seven wasn’t a terrible Doctor, he possibly isn’t the most stand out Doctor for us though.

Strangeness of Strangers

So today something weird happened to me, full details on my personal blog (LINK) but basically I had a complete stranger berate me for no reason whilst in the City Centre this evening, all over a stupid face I pulled to my partner when someone walked in front of me taking a photo. It was like one of those sod law moments, my camera finally wanted to take this picture and he wandered in front of it just as it had snapped it, so as you do the fake “OMG why oh why does this happen” look came out.

Crime of the century I guess! Enough to have a stranger read me the riot act and send me home tearful on the next bus! My camera went straight in the drawer instead of being emptied and me gleefully playing with my photos because I don’t want to be reminded of it.

After I had my emotional five minutes (what can I say? I’m a weak and feeble emotional wreck at the best of times!) it got me wondering this:

Why do strangers bother to open their mouths and give you a piece of their mind?

Especially when it wasn’t something awful! I mean it could have been much worse, I could have been REALLY angry at the man and pushed him or something, or, like she did, have a go at him for walking in front of me. I did neither, I made a funny face and was about to get on with my evening. It wasn’t even like the man would have taken offence…. He was long gone by that time, long gone by the time I’d pulled the face!

Why is some random person in a big crowd worth “calling out” on something? What did she get from this confrontation? What was she planning on getting from it? Was she out to ruin someone’s night? Will this make her all tingly on the inside thinking she’d righted an injustice of the world? Is she planning on teaching her child that being rude to people in the street is acceptable and giving people the benefit of the doubt over something you perceive to be the most vilest of things is wrong? I just don’t get it!

At the end of the day she is lucky I reacted to it by shrinking into my shell and looking for the closest gap in the crowd to leave by so she didn’t see me cry! My sister and her friends would have had a totally different reaction, one her child would not have liked to see happen. One or two of my sisters male friends if I had been their girlfriend (thankfully I’m not) would have done something even worse to her. So why the hell when she doesn’t know how one person will react to her sense of entitlement in accusing strangers of being pathetic would she do it?

It is a question I don’t think I’ll ever be able to answer myself.

To me I’d just like strangers to stay that, strangers. And the stranger ones I meet like her the more I don’t want to go out there and meet people or go to events.

The question I guess being to all you out there is would you ever berate someone for something that pointless?
Is it just me or does everyone have a pretend OMG look they do when something stupid happens?
Do you have any instances of strangers suddenly piping up with complaints about you out of the blue?
Or have you decided to right the wrongs of people out there and call strangers out on face pulling etc?

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