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Sci-Fi Month: The Last of the Timelords – Thoughts on Doctor Who

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Well hello there, dear readers! For my first proper Sci-Fi Month post, I want to share my love of Doctor Who with you all. I’ve only been watching the show since 2009, several years after they rebooted it, but once I watched one episode I had to watch them all. It’s been love ever since. I plan on discussing my favourite things about the show, and would love to hear yours too! I will try and avoid spoilers where possible. Don’t forget to check out the schedule for the rest of today’s posts. You can also Tweet about the event using the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.
 

Why do I love Doctor Who?

Because it’s just so wonderfully varied and fun, and as well as all the great adventures the Doctor and his companions go on, the characters are just so well-built and I just… I just can’t explain it! I sat down, watched one episode and literally did not stop until I’d finished them all. I marathoned series one to four in a couple of weeks during my first year of university, then watched from series five onwards as they aired. Time and space travel have always fascinated me, so that’s a big part of it, but I think all the little elements of the show come together to make one amazing big thing. Plus, you know, there’s an archaeologist. And it sure knows how to tug at the heartstrings one minute, and have you roaring with laughter the next. In three, very fangirl-ish words: all the feels.
 
I’ve also met one Doctor, and seen another cast member in person (revealed below)!
 

My favourite episodes

  • The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit (series two, episodes eight and nine) – a brilliant two-parter, the Doctor and Rose land on a base of a crew who are drilling through a planet for resources. However, they dig too deep and awaken ancient evil.
  • 42 (series three, episode seven) – you’ll notice a trend here, I kind of love all the episodes where a small group of humans is stuck out somewhere in space, and then something starts killing them off or threatening them – they’re the scariest to me. In this particular episode, Martha and the Doctor only have forty-two minutes to save themselves and the crew, as the ship is hurtling into an alien star.
  • Blink (series three, episode ten) – the first time we meet the Weeping Angels, the scariest Doctor Who villain out there. The Doctor is actually barely in this one, but it’s so creepy and eerie and somehow classically Who, despite the lack of Doctor. This episode features Carey Mulligan as Sally Sparrow.
  • Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead (series four, episodes eight and nine) – I love my two-parters! This is the first time we meet the brilliant River Song, and also the Vashda Nerada – invisible, flesh eating swarms who live in the shadows. Hey, who turned out the lights?!
  • The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone (series five, episodes four and five) – more Weeping Angels! More terrifying scenes! More River Song!
  • The Waters of Mars (special episode) – this is my favourite Doctor Who special. It’s another Alien-style humans living on a base and being picked off one by one type episode, and this time there’s something in the water. This one is preeeeetty creepy…
  • I also think Vincent and the Doctor (series five, episode ten) deserves a special mention for making me blub like a baby when the Doctor takes Vincent van Gogh to the future and shows him how much people love his work. His face at that moment makes me weep.

My favourite companion

This is a really difficult choice, because I kind of love them all for different reasons, but if I had to choose one it would be…

Donna Noble. Because unlike Rose, she’s not in love with the Doctor. Unlike Martha, she’s not super clever and able to bring some change to the world. Unlike Amy, her life hasn’t centered around him, and unlike Clara, the Doctor’s life is not centered around her. Donna is just a temp from Chiswick, a normal (albeit rather mouthy) woman, with a brilliant sense of humour and a kind heart. And what happened to her… well, it wasn’t fair.
 

My favourite non-companion character

I suppose there aren’t all that many to choose from really, at least regular characters. But hands down, it is definitely…
 

River Song. Professor of archaeology (YES) and all round bad-ass, what other character would get away with uttering the above words on prime-time family television? I love River’s sass, her sarcasm and wit, and her ability to look after herself in any situation. Her flirting with the Doctor is wonderful.
 
And I’ve seen her in real life! I was on an excavation in 2010, and she visited with her daughter. I got a sneaky stalker photo of when she went up in the cherry picker to look over the site, but it’s not very good… A couple of people actually got photos with her, but not me. Boo!

My favourite villains

I expect it’s rather obvious by now that the villains I find most terrifying in Doctor Who are…

The Weeping Angels. These horrors pose as statues, and can only move when not being watched. Once they touch you, they send you back in time to… live yourself to death! (as the Doctor puts it…) and feed off of the energy that you leave behind. Okay, it doesn’t sound scary, but when you see these things in action they are terrifying. Although in one episode they actually start snapping necks. Here’s a cool fan-made trailer that someone put together, using various clips of the four episodes the Angels are featured in.
 
Oh, and just remember. Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t turn away. And don’t blink.
 

My favourite songs from the soundtrack

Yay, more playlists! I’ve put together a list of my favourite songs from the soundtrack of the show. Warning: may cause sudden weepiness in Whovians.
 

What are your favourite things about Doctor Who? If you’d like to do a similar post, please share your link in the comments below!

24 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Month: The Last of the Timelords – Thoughts on Doctor Who”

  1. Spot on, especially about the Weeping Angels, though I’m more terrified of the Silence but I can’t quite remember why…Anyway, I pretty much agree with every single part of your post and now I’m craving a Doctor Who marathon! I’m super jealous you got to see Alex Kingston (even just seeing her). River is one of my favorite characters and I cried so hard in Name of the Doctor!Thanks so much for a great Doctor Who post 🙂

    1. The Silence? I… what…? What are these strange marks on my hands? =oTHOSE THINGS ARE CREEPY! I think they’re number 2 on my list… those noises they make D=Me too, if only we could all watch it together, haha! I may have to re-watch some favourites tonight or something. Yep, she turned up to the dig and the news was going round that she was there and I didn’t believe it and then I saw her and kind of fangirled, haha!

  2. Hallo Rinn,I’m going to come back after dinner to read this post more exclusively, but not to over read it as I want to still stay a bit clueless as it comes to the series as best I can at least!! I just posted my Whovian Missive on why I am embarking into this series! Next up is my spin on the first four episodes I watched from Series 5! I am a bonefide fan of Doctor Who now if you couldn’t tell! 🙂

  3. You met a Doctor!!!! WOah that must have been sweetness. I would say that River Song is probably my far non-companion character as well. She cracks me up with her attitude. I think that I should have a Doctor Who marathon or something I cannot start now.:( It is 944..uggh and my lil minion will be up extract early tomorrow with the time change.

    1. I did, but as apparently he didn’t really like working on the show I felt I couldn’t mention it!River is brilliant. So sassy and just… awesome. Plus she can’t go wrong being an archaeologist ;)I’d love to marathon it too but I also want to read and watch a million other things right now. Damn time!

  4. Great post! I’m still working on my top ten list of episodes for later in the month. I’m thinking that a couple of the ones you mentioned may be on my list. The moment you mentioned from Vincent and the Doctor is quite an emotional one. For me, I think that ‘Father’s Day’ was the most emotional. I’ll have a post up in the morning with some of my thoughts, plus a giveaway. Meeting a Doctor must have been an awesome moment 🙂

    1. I don’t know if you’ve seen Jorie’s post, but me, Emma, Rebekah, Charlene and Annie recommended our favourite episodes to her so she’s going to watch those ones to introduce herself to DW. I wonder if many of your favourites will be the same as ours?Aw, I forgot about Father’s Day! That one has a particularly beautiful theme too.

  5. I got hooked on Doctor Who from the rebooted series too. Donna is my favorite companion too! and River Song, I adore her so much. Blink and The Silence in the Library are excellent episodes, I think they may have been up for Hugo awards? I know some of the top episodes were, at least. Which was that episode with the little boy in the gas mask who is looking for his mommy? maybe it’s called the lost child? that episode creeps me out SO MUCH. Unfortunately, the newest seasons haven’t been doing much for me. I never quite warmed up to Matt Smith.

    1. Ooh, were they? I didn’t realise Hugo awards applied to anything but books. That’s exciting =D AGH THAT ONE!! It’s The Lost Child/The Doctor Dances (I remembered the name of the second part but had to look the first one up). That was creepy… maybe I should re-watch that one, it’s been a while =DI get what you mean about the new seasons. I love Matt as the Doctor, but it’s actually the story I have an issue with. I loved it more when it was lots of random adventures that tied together at the end, rather than one big plot through each episode.

    2. Sure there is Hugo awards for more scifi/fantasy awesomeness beyond books. 😀 They do an award for Dramatic Presentation, and you usually see TV episodes, short films, movies, and audio presentations on the ballot. “The Doctor’s Wife” “The Girl In the Fireplace” and “Blink” are all Hugo winning episodes, and Doctor Who has pretty much stacked the nominations since it got rebooted. that reminds me, The Girl in the Fireplace is another one of my favorite episodes.

  6. The Silence in the Library Forest of the Dead never fail to amaze me. They are both so hard to figure out at first and when it’s all explained, I was left a little speechless. Plus, River Song. Gotta love that lady. I also really liked Donna, and miss her a lot now. And oh my gosh, the Weeping Angels are so creepy. I remember one episode where the Statue of Liberty was a Weeping Angel and… O_OWho’s your favorite Doctor? Mine’s Ten 😀

  7. Glad you’ve found the good Doctor…but as a long time Doctor Who fan, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least ask you to give the classic series a chance. If you’ve got Netflix or another streaming service, you can get a taste of each of the original Doctor’s eras that way. Or BBC America aired a series of specials that included a thirty minute documentary on each Doctor’s era and then a classic serial from their tenure. (The one thing I will say against them is the stories are shown with the cliffhangers edited out…and the cliffhanger is part of the essence of classic Doctor Who). If you like Smith’s work, you may enjoy the second Doctor’s era a great deal since Smith has repeatedly stated he drew inspiration for his take on the Doctor from Patrick Troughton.I will warn you that the classic series is a product of its era. I love it..warts and all. But some of the older stuff is produced more as a classic drama than today’s more heavily edited and rapidly cut nature.

    1. I’ve watched some of the first series on Netflix =) I’m not sure if I can watch those specials as I don’t live in the States and never heard about them being aired over here.

  8. Ooh what a hard question – I don’t think it’s easy to say what I love about the show – just everything really! It has everything so that should be a solid answer. 🙂 I do love how it can reinvent itself so that it really has no limits and it can have something for everyone. (which is why I keep trying to push it on people LOL)I would love to see Alex Kingston too – I’m not sure I can tell her how awesome I think her interpretation of River Song is, but I would certainly like to try! Why was she at the excavation? Was it for a role?

    1. Everything is definitely the right answer ;)I’m not sure. I suppose River is an archaeologist, so perhaps for that reason, or maybe her daughter wanted to go as she was with her.

  9. Ah, love this post! I haven’t seen all of 11’s seasons yet so I’m still catching up on Doctor Who. Most of my favorite episodes are from Nine’s season because he’s my favorite doctor, but I also love The Satan Pit/ The Impossible Planet. And Vincent and the Doctor makes me cry every time. It’s one of the few episodes I’ve seen multiple times and it’s AMAZING. I also love Donna, but I have to be cliche and say my favorite companion is Rose. Not because of the doctor/Rose ship but because I loved the trio of Nine, Rose, and Captain Jack Harness.

  10. I love Doctor Who because they’re now 12 of them and all were unique to the Doctor’s persona. It is a wonderful series that is imaginative, funny, and yet serious.

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