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Defending the Doctor

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“I don’t want to go.”

For a while, I’ve seen people have so much trouble accepting this as the 10th doctor’s final words before his regeneration. thatguywiththeglasses.com has quite a few reviewers who are huge fans of the series, both old and new and I’m trying to wrap my brain around the whole negative feedback this has received.

First of all, it looks more like it’s singling out one specific doctor, when one really has to look at the whole character in general.

The Doctor, wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey et al, has shown various sides of his personality and different preferences/interests after each regeneration, the main one being choice of clothing (though I am glad he finally abandoned the ?? motif from the last 3 doctor forms he’s taken from the classic series (seriously, I never quite got the ? pattern).

You have to look at his character as a whole, not just one specific doctor, or be all nitpicky about why such and such actor didn’t do such a good job of playing the doctor. All actors brought their own uniqueness to the doctor that each version slightly differs from the previous, but at the core of it all, you have similar traits:

– He’s very intelligent
– He’s able to always be one step ahead of everyone else
– He values life as much as he values time itself
– He’s a bit narcissistic
– He can “McGuyver” his way through anything (though later using his sonic screwdriver)

If you’ve been paying very close attention to the last 3 doctors (9, 10, 11), each doctor has a subtle theme associated with his pending regeneration that when it culminates itself, the torch gets passed on.

Doctor 9 was Bad Wolf, and Doctor 11 looks to be the Silence, but has since thwarted their attempts to kill him twice.

When it came to Doctor 10, the subtle theme was the absolute concept of death, a death where no time lord can regenerate from, no death that he can escape from. It’s a death that is final and absolute that the Doctor himself cannot bring himself to understand nor accept.

When Doctor 2 was forced to regenerate into Doctor 3, he didn’t take it like a man, he whined and begged for mercy from the other time lords. The same could be said of Doctor 10, he couldn’t accept that this prophecy that he will die and not regenerate is the scariest thing he’s ever had to deal with. A time lord has always accepted death knowing that he’ll regenerate into a new form, but when faced with a death without regeneration, what does that make of him? Taking away the one true thing that gives him purpose and meaning as a time lord, immortal to live and watch over all of existence for eternity. And that was going to be robbed from him.

Saying that he doesn’t want to go means that he doesn’t want to die, and when he sees his hand spout the energy, he shows confusion and concern, unsure whether this means he will regenerate, or he’ll “explode” into energy that will disperse throughout the universe. The TARDIS itself breaking apart was also symbolic of the potential for being an absolute death.

When the Doctor finally does regenerate, he’s overwhelmed with happiness and child-like wonder that he has a much better understanding of life and death than he ever has. Each regeneration brings with him a new understanding and wisdom which he uses to its peak. It is this understanding that allows him to accept his absolute death when it comes, yet still somehow manage to cheat it through different means.

That’s my take on the 10th Doctor’s regeneration, as I saw it as another variable in his character progression since the first doctor.

Also take note that each doctor looks younger than the previous version, which I believe will have Doctor 12 have an actor younger than Matt Smith (as far as I know).

Also, I have a theory that the 12th Doctor will be the final one (think numbers on a clock 1 to 12 ;)).

Cheers.

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Saturday blog #2: October 1st, 2011

Well now, I saw a pic on my facebook page saying that it might actually snow tomorrow.

Huh, didn’t expect snow that early, but I guess that means goodbye walking shorts and hello smexy jeans :).

I don’t mind though, I rather welcome colder weather, so long as I can dress appropriately for it and it doesn’t get too windy.  It’s the windy kind of cold that bugs me the most about the cold days, otherwise bring on the snow.

But that’s not the main focus of what I want to blog today.

Gingers.

Ginger isn’t just something you grate in soups to add flavour to it, it’s something a lot more than just that.  People with red hair, pale skin, sometimes freckles, sometimes not, and also people who get a bad rep almost every day.

W.T.F. people?  I really don’t understand this whole fascination/obsession with wanting to hurt people because of the colour of their hair, it’s no different than people of a different skin colour, sexual orientation, belief system, even gender.  This isn’t needed, and I frown upon it every time.

I may not hold religion in the highest regard, but I don’t go out making an ass out of myself to insult someone’s religion to their face.  I don’t agree with their position, but I at least have the decency and respect to leave them to their beliefs.  Same goes with people of different colour, coloured hair, etc.

I know you speak a language I don’t understand, and can sometimes find very annoying, but I won’t tell you to shut up (despite how tempting it might get sometimes).  You’re just carrying out a normal conversation.  I’m pretty sure that if it were translated, it’d just be as normal a conversation as anyone else’s is.  I simply have a pet peeve against talkative people and I wish people wouldn’t talk so much unless it’s really necessary.  Save the heavy talking for the politicians and the speech makers.

But getting back to the topic at hand, there was an article in the Ottawa Citizen that spoke of a group of kids kicking and hitting a 14 year old girl with red hair because it was “kick a ginger day”.  This got inspired by an episode of South Park of the same topic.  I never saw the episode, but when the quote “life imitates art” gets grossly misused, I have an issue with that.  I’m not blaming Trey and Matt for creating a show that influences the behaviour of the people who watch it, I blame the idiots who decided on the immature behaviour of copying what they see on television.  They’re old enough to have the reasoning ability to know that copying things off what they see in tv, music videos, games, etc.

If I wanted to create a show where one episode had the cast torture teenagers because they were acting immaturely, and viewers decided to copy that, teens everywhere wouldn’t like that.  Even so, other teens who are seeing this level of blatant bullying should make an effort to stop this.  If you see something that’s wrong and you don’t like it, you have to do something about it and put a stop to it.  Simply suspending these kids from their football game isn’t enough, bullying anywhere in school is unacceptable.  I went through it, and I hate seeing people go through that as well.

What is it about gingers that gets everyone’s panties in a bunch?  Seriously, is it their looks?  Is it an aesthetic issue that borders on jealousy?  Is it pop culture that identifies red-haired people in a more favourable light?  Is the colour red symbolic of anger that seeing red hair provokes a negative reaction?

An individual should not be hated based on what they were born with.

 

Keep it real, keep it METAL \m/ \m/