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Doctor Who

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Renee Gonzalez-Aguilar

on 16 April 2013

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By Renee Gonzalez-Aguilar Doctor Who: A look into immortality and fear Doctor Who is a British television show about a man called the doctor, who travels through time and space in a 1960's phone box called the TARDIS.
During his travels he meets a lot of very interesting individuals, as well as saving many people and planets from disasters. One of his favorite planets is ours, the planet Earth, hence his second most famous title, "Defender of Earth".
The show is currently in its 50th year, holding the record for the longest running television show by the Guinness World Records. About the Show Doctor Who? Ok, so his name is not Who, and as seen in the show he is not a "real" doctor, so where does the name come from?
There are many ideas as to where the name "Doctor Who" came from, some indicate actor's not knowing the character's name, others talking about how in cultures a doctor is known as a healer or even a warrior. There are also times when he uses an alias, the most recent being John Smith.
However, as a fan, I always look forward to seeing a new character or companion say those two words when they first meet him, or when he gets questioned about his name which usually goes a little something like this...... The many faces of the Doctor He has had 11 regenerations thus far... William Hartnell
'63-'66 Patrick Troughton
'66-'69 Jon Pertwee
'70-'74 Tom Baker
'74-'81 Peter Davison
'82-'84 Colin Baker
'84-'86 Sylvester McCoy
'87-'89. 1996 Paul McGann
1996 Christopher
2005 David Tennant
'05-'10 Matt Smith
'10-Present The T.A.R.D.I.S. *You only need to watch until about 1:13 The great thing about having The Doctor change is that each regeneration comes with its own unique personality, not knowing how the new doctor will be is immensely exciting and nerve wrecking. Sometimes it takes a couple episodes to truly get used to the new Doctor, and to not compare him to the previous one.
Viewers will often lean towards one Doctor more than another. Much like in the new series (starting in 2005) there has been a big buzz on the internet about how some viewers have skipped the Ninth Doctor or how others dislike the Eleventh Doctor, but that is expected since Eleven is an entirely different character than what Ten and Nine were. He tends to have a more childish and fun character compared to the previous two, but at the same time the dark, scarred side of his personality comes through once in a while serving as a reminder of the previous personalities seen in Ecclestein and Tennant's characters.
Fans, or "Whovians", will often say that Nine introduced them to the series, Ten was the one they fell in love with, and Eleven became their best friend, which shows how the three different personalities resonate with the audience all while being completely different. I will mainly focus on the last three Doctors
for the remainder of the presentation So you say he travels through space and time? How? Short for Time And Relative Dimension In Space, the TARDIS is the Doctor's most loyal companion. She sometimes takes him where he wants to go, although she has a personality of her own and will take him where he needs to go - or somewhere near by.
The TARDIS, much like the Doctor's personality, changes with an incoming Doctor and at times changes several times throughout the season. The current Doctor, played by Smith, has recently changed the inside look of the TARDIS . Up next is a scene from the last episode, aired Dec. 2012, in which he reveals to Clara - his new companion - and to the viewer the new TARDIS... So why a 1960's Police Box? The TARDIS has a feature called the Chameleon Circuit that allows it to blend into the environment around it. However, the Doctor stole the TARDIS from a repair shop in his home planet Gallifrey, therefore the chameleon circuit did not work and when he landed in Britain in 1963 it stayed as a police box. This iconic blue box is very much a trademark of the show and it can be seen anywhere from stickers to cosplays, keychains, and small replicas. I personally own a TARDIS cookie jar that makes its iconic sound when you open it. What's that sound?? The sound of the TARDIS is a very unique sound, and as pointed out in a recent episode by Dr. River Song - a companion - the sound comes from the Doctor leaving the parking breaks on! Since he stole the TARDIS he did not know how to drive her. The TARDIS was originally supposed to be driven by six Time Lords, which explains why the Doctor is seen running around pulling and pushing levers and buttons throughout the console every time he drives her. What's that? A manual you say? Well yes, of course it had a manual, but in a state of anger and frustration the Eleventh Doctor admits to throwing it into a supernova. Here is a what she sounds like. Not a very pleasing sound at times... There is also his very famous Sonic Screwdriver It's Sonic! This screwdriver does more than your usual screwdriver, it can do medical scans, pick locks, break into computer systems, you name it! Well, except for it can't break into a sealed door or wood - nothing wood. Much like everything else, the sonic screwdriver's look changes with the doctors. This too has a unique sound, but not as quaint as the TARDIS This is Ten using his version of the sonic screwdriver Companions Without them the Doctor struggles. He is a very lonely man, which we will later discuss, but companions keep him excited and entertained. Here is a video of all of the companions - and friends - he has had since 1963. Now let's travel into some philosophy of Doctor Who Immortality Fear As a Time Lord, the Doctor can regenerate instead of dying, making him immortal. The difference from one Doctor to the next is the personality change and a different body. The Doctor has always wanted to be a ginger but it hasn't happened just yet. Regeneration This is the transformation of Ten, played by Tennant, into the eleventh incarnation of the doctor As you can see in the video Ten is very upset that he is changing, the episode prior to this is when he realizes that he is going to have to change very soon, and on this last episode when it finally begins to happen he fights it off and tries to keep from regenerating as much as possible. Before changing he also takes one last trip in the TARDIS and checks in on some of his companions, not always interacting with them but reminiscing from afar. Ten also had a long run in the show, from 2005-2010, so he was able to connect more to the audience which made his transformation hard for fans as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7li5eZ3JZbA Lastly, as I mentioned earlier in the presentation this is the 50th Anniversary of the series and BBC created this amazing video to sum up the show If you have not yet seen the show, I highly recommend it. There is nothing else like it out there today. It is a thrilling-emotional-brilliant-romantic-happy-nerdy-scifi-awesomeness that cannot be beat... (Plus it's on Netflix!) Is there a limit to his regenerations? Well, it depends on who you ask. When the series first started one of the Doctors said that they could only regenerate twelve times, therefore making Matt Smith's Doctor the second to last. However, the blogsphere has been buzzing for a while about how in the show "The Sarah Jane Adventures", a spin-off of Doctor Who, Eleven makes an appearance and when asked how many regenerations he can have he says they are unlimited. The most likely explanation for this is the increased popularity of the show since 2005, and BBC and the producers/writers probably decided that it is best if the series continues. As we discussed in class this makes a huge difference in the aspect of immortality. Does the Doctor only have one more regeneration to go? Or does he have as long as he wants? His decisions, I hope, would certainly be different than those he would make if he was truly immortal. In a recent episode he uses some of his regeneration powers on River Song and she gets very upset and says that he shouldn't waste his regeneration particles on her. Does this hint at him not having more thank twelve incarnations? I guess only time will tell. In the book "Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the inside", the authors discuss the aspect of personal identity in relation to the Doctor's regeneration. They suggest that maybe each of the Doctor's regenerations should be treated as a new person and the regeneration is in a sense a death. However, the Time Lords see a difference in regeneration and death, as seen in the 2007 episode with The Master ("Last of the Time Lords") who chooses to die instead of regenerating. There is also Locke's argument that states "a person could have several successive thinking substances and still be the same person" much like the Doctor has had throughout time. It is true however that the Doctor doesn't always like who he was in the past, like the example given in the book of an ex-addict looking back at the person they used to be. One of the main reasons the Doctor and his previous incarnations are for sure one person is because they each remember what the others have done and they acknowledge that they have occurred. "He is like fire and ice and rage. He is like the night and the storm in the heart of the Sun." The Doctor is a very interesting character because he is so kind and caring, he is the "defender of earth" after all, but when faced with an enemy like the Daleks all the rage that was tucked away comes out. The Daleks are interesting because they are the Doctor's number one enemy. The Doctor wasn't always the only Time Lord in existence, there plenty and they lived in the planet of Gallifrey. (The circles I have been using to insert pictures and text are actually Gallifreyan words and together they make a phrase, of which I have not learned to read.) However the Daleks and the Time Lords entered into a war, The Last Great Time War, in which the Daleks would destroy all Time Lords and become rulers of the universe. The Doctor was faced with a terrible decision - end the war and kill both Daleks & Time Lords or let the Daleks succeed. The Doctor decided that in order to save the universe the Daleks needed to die, even if it meant killing off his people as well. He had not originally planned on surviving the war and being the only living Time Lords in existence, but it happened. He is reminded constantly and has to endure the pain of living the rest of his life knowing that he killed all the Time Lords, including his family and friends. When enemies confront him about it you can see the fury in his eyes, the eyes of a man that has seen it all and yet is burdened with the loneliness of being the only Time Lord alive. The Doctor has his ups and downs they are reflected in the fans. His broad range of emotions is seen in the fans throughout the internet, most recently I came across a posting of a fan that describe Doctor Who beyond the typical "alien that travels through space and time" definition and it read like this.... "IT'S ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND BRAVERY AND LOVE AND LOSS, AND LIFE AND DEATH AND FORGIVENESS AND GUILT, AND BEING HUMAN AND BEING LESS HUMAN AND SOMETIMES A BIT MORE THAN HUMAN, SKILL AND INTELLECT AND SOMETIMES A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, FINDING THE EXTRAORDINARY IN THE SEEMINGLY ORDINARY, LOOKING UP AT THE NIGHT SKY AND REALIZING YOU'RE PART OF AN IMPOSSIBLY BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE AND THAT YOU DON'T KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS NO MATTER HOW CLEVER YOU ARE, IT'S ABOUT LOOKING INSIDE YOURSELF AND REALIZING YOU'RE FAR GREATER THAN THE EXTERNAL CONDITIONS OF YOUR LIFE: YOU'RE NOT A SHOP GIRL, YOU'RE NOT A SUCCESSFUL MEDICAL DOCTOR, YOU'RE NOT A TEMP, YOU'RE NOT A LITTLE GIRL WHO NEEDS TO GROW UP OR A BOY THAT THINKS THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE COULD HAVE DONE BETTER. YOU'RE THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN CREATION AND AT THE SAME TIME YOU'RE THE MOST INSIGNIFICANT THING IN THE WORLD, AND HAVING THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE TWO AT ANY GIVEN TIME IS FANTASTIC. IT'S ABOUT EMBRACING YOUR INNER DARKNESS SO THAT YOU CAN STAND IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR TRUTH. IT'S ABOUT HAVING THE GUTS TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT EVEN WHEN EVERYONE ELSE JUST RUNS AWAY. Another aspect of the series that is highly reflected on the fans is the many "monsters" that are portrayed in the series. I will discuss two of the monsters, both of which are creations of an evil genius Steven Moffat. Steven Moffaat is a current writer for the series and he has created some of the most terrifyingly creative episodes that linger in the viewers mind. This new type of horror has been referred to as "art-horror" which is not necessarily gory or scary in a Friday the 13th sense but in a way even more petrifying because it's more realistic. The Weeping Angels are aliens that take form in statues. When you first look at them they appear to be weeping, but as soon as you turn around or BLINK they move closer to you., this until they touch you, sending you back in time somewhere. They only way to get safely away from an Angel is by having someone constantly look at it, even if its one of its own. What's so terrifying about this? Well aside from the fact that there are a ton of statues everywhere and the possibility of them being an Angel is incredible, they also take you away from the life that you once had. All the memories that you made, all the people that you have met and loved, gone in a blink. Whenever I asked my fellow Whovians what the most terrifying thing about the Weeping Angels was, they always told me that it was the uncertainty of it all and that it can be done in such a quick time, a blink is all it takes after all.
This is much related to death. Most people are afraid of death because they don't want to lose the life they had, similarly to what the Weeping Angel does. Death can also be sudden and uncertain, after all we don't know how or when we will die, just like how we don't know if that statue is an Angel or just a statue. Another of Moffat's monsters is The Silence. The Silence are mind controlling aliens that are always around except when you see them they have full control of all of your emotions and ideas and as soon as you look away from them you forget that they even existed.
What is more scary than being scared without even knowing it??
The same Whovians that I asked about the Weeping Angels said that the silence is scary because they are always around but we don't know it. They are in our kitchens, work, bathrooms, you name it. They also said it scares them because they don't know that they are there and if they make a mistake or get the Silence mad then they could be killed without realizing how or why it happened.
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