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Character Review: Doctor Who

Hello GIO members, GIO lurkers, and other denizens of GIO. I've decided to start a new series of blogs that analyses and reviews the characters from popular television shows, video games, and movies. I'm kicking this series off with one of my more recent addictions, Doctor Who.

 

The characters in Doctor Who are some of the most defined and fleshed out of any television show I've ever seen. Then again, I don't watch a lot of TV, so take that how you will.

And as a side note, I only started watching the show with the 2005 reboot, so I don't know much about the older series. I'm only going to review the characters from the Ninth Doctor and onward. There will also be minor spoilers for each of the characters' respectable seasons, so read at your own risk.

The Doctors

Nine (Christopher Eccleston):

When I watched the first episode of Doctor Who, I didn't know what to expect. I knew nearly nothing about the show, other than the fact that it was science-fiction. When the Doctor first came into the story, I was wondering just who he was. He seemingly came out of nowhere, and had absolutely no plan to explain himself. He was there to save the world, then leave.

Nine seemed incredibly enigmatic, like he had all the answers, but didn't want to give them away. He never seemed to be too surprised by what was going on at the moment, and always had a scheme to get out of any predicament.

He was also very intense; if you made him mad, you made him mad. There were certain parts that had me cringing just because he seemed so angry, especially around the end of the season.

While Nine is my least favorite Doctor of the new series, in no way does that mean he did a bad job. The other actors who took over as the Doctor simply outdid Eccleston in terms of acting. However, I still think Eccleston did a fantastic job as the Ninth Doctor, and it's a shame we only got to see him for one season. It would have been interesting to see what other ways Nine could overcome his problems.

But then again, we wouldn't have gotten my personal favorite Doctor as soon as we did.

Ten (David Tennant):

This guy. While I was still watching the first season, I was told by some friends of mine that David Tennant, who came into the picture at season 2, was the best Doctor. Those friends were one-hundred percent right.

Unlike Eccleston, Tennant's Doctor was far more relaxed, and at least ten times funnier and funner to watch. While he was still enigmatic and still seemed to know the answer to everything, he didn't have the same attitude of "I'm better than you" that Nine had. Tennant's Doctor had a love for life, and he showed it in most of his actions.

Ten is my favorite Doctor because he was funny, fun to watch, and just an overall great character. He was hilarious, but he was also serious when the story called for it.

My biggest complaint is Ten's regeneration, just because it seems slightly out of place, and it just an obvious fan shout-out. While it does tug at your heart strings, it also makes you wonder just why the Doctor would do that. (I'm being as vague as I possibly can here. If you've seen Ten's regeneration scene, you know what I'm talking about.)

And with the regeneration of the Tenth Doctor, we move on to...

Eleven (Matt Smith):

Eleven is hands down, the most goofiest Doctor I've seen. He's almost childlike, in all honesty. Of course, and perhaps ironically, he's also much more intense and angry than Ten was. While not as visibly angry as Eccleston's Doctor, you can tell that Smith has much more anger and rage built up due to the circumstances he's been thrust into.

I really can't say too much about Eleven without giving away major spoilers, which is one of my biggest issues with the Matt Smith seasons as a whole. They're convoluted and confusing, and while that does make for an interesting story, it's also not as easy to watch when everything overly complicated.

And with that, I move on to the side characters, also known as the companions.

The Companions

Rose Tyler (Billie Piper):

I'll go ahead and say it now, Rose is my favorite companion. Perhaps it's just because she was first, but I absolutely adore her. She may be a bit dim, but what she lacks in brain power she makes up for in spunk and overall likeability.

When Rose left, I was genuinely sad about it. She was a fantastic companion to the Doctor, and it was extremely difficult to see her go. We'll miss ya, Rose.

Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke):

This is Rose's boyfriend. I'll be honest, at first, I hated Mickey. In the first season, he was whiny, selfish, and just plain annoying. I understand that he wanted to keep his girlfriend safe, but... man, he was doing it in the most jerkish way possible.

I didn't start liking Mickey until the alternate universe episode, and it carried on from there. From then on, he was a likable character with an actual personality, instead of an overprotective d-bag who you want to punch in the face. While he's not one of my favorite characters of the show, he's still a good character once he's given a little more personality.

Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman):

I love this guy, and by that, I mean I hate this guy. He's smug, arrogant, and a total jerk, and yet he's insanely likable because of it. He thinks he's the coolest thing alive, and debatably, he is. But that doesn't mean he has to rub it in everyone's face!

With that said, he does become a little less smug towards the end of season 1, and you eventually just get used to him. Captain Jack is also the polar opposite of the Doctor, and that's what makes their interactions so great. I would definitely not be opposed to a buddy-cop spin-off starring Jack and the Doctor.

Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman):

Martha is my third favorite companion, easily. She's smart, witty, and selfless. If she was a male, a Timelord, and about 800 years older, she could be a nice substitute for the Doctor himself. But then again, unlike the Doctor, she doesn't have many character flaws, and that makes her kind of an uninteresting character.

She's cool while she's with the Doctor, don't get me wrong, but I'm not as interested to see her backstory (or where she goes after she leaves the Doctor) as I am with, say, Captain Jack or Rose. While she is in fact a good character, I never catch myself wondering what happened to her when she wasn't with the Doctor. That, in my opinion, is the biggest flaw with her character. Kind of ironic, don't you think?

Donna Noble (Catherine Tate):

Like with Mickey, I absolutely depised Donna at first. Unlike with Mickey, I'm still not a big fan of Donna. While she's certainly not as bad in season 4 as she is in the season 2 Christmas special (her introduction episode), she's still not that likeable of a character.

She's a stingy loudmouth who constantly gets in the Doctor's way, and it gets annoying after awhile. While she does have her good moments, it's not until the latter half of season 4 until she becomes somewhat likeable, and it's only the season finale that redeemed her for me. While I still don't think she's that great of a character, she's definitely quite brilliant in the finale.

Jenny (Georgia Moffett):

Alright, this technically doesn't count since she was only in one episode, but... I love this character. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but she's an awesome character who would be a fantastic companion for the Doctor.

However, I can't say much without outright spoiling the entire episode. All I can say is that I'm really hoping she makes a comeback sometime soon.

Rory (Arthur Darvill):

Rory is my second favorite companion. Rory is the nerd that nearly everyone watching can can relate to. He's a wimp, and yet he's a complete bad***. He punches Hitler.

There's really not much to say about Rory though. He's just a likeable doof, and you can only feel sorry for him while cheering him on. And then there's his wife...

Amy Pond (Karen Gillan):

Amy, being my fourth favorite companion, is certainly a deep character. Without going too far into spoiler territory, she basically waits for the Doctor for years, and it leaves a mental wound. Once the Doctor returns, she becomes incredibly cross at him, to the point where she doesn't even know if she can trust him or not.

She also thinks he's an imaginary friend, but that's a different story. Eventually, Amy comes around and begins to trust the Doctor, and then starts riding in the TARDIS.

Overall, Amy is a good character. And, in all honesty, I really don't have much else to say about her. I like her, yes, but there's really not much to talk about that isn't just stating story facts, which makes the character just a little bit boring.

PHEW!

And that's all. I was planning on getting into the villains of the series, but that was before I knew how long this blog was going to be. If you liked it, or want to discuss some of the characters, post in the comments below! If you know me well enough, you can probably already guess what the next blogs in the series are going to be. Hope you like sci-fi and musicals!

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