Favorite Moments in Time and Space: Part 4

As much as I loved David Tennant as Ten, I adore Matt Smith as Eleven for totally different reasons. Where Ten was more smoldering and sexy, Eleven is more goofy and nerdy. We see early on, as he meets the young Amelia Pond and tries to figure out how his tastes changed during regeneration:

We also find that like all the other Doctors, he is kind. The episode Vincent and the Doctor shows that, in the very sweet ending scene where he brings a depressed and self-doubting Vincent Van Gogh to a modern day art gallery, and leaves us with the amazing words: “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”

He shows us the sad side of the doctor in the episode The Doctor’s Wife where he meets the human incarnation of The TARDIS and then has to say goodbye while saying hello. All these hundreds of years of traveling time and space with the TARDIS only to meet her and immediately lose her.

We also see that for all the nerdy, goofy, sweetness … there is also that kick ass Doctor who takes no shit. One thing Smith can do is deliver an epic speech:

And a not so epic speech:

I’m going to need a SWAT Team ready to mobilize, street level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve Jammie Dodgers, and a Fez.  ~ The Doctor

But one of my favorite Smith episodes is also potentially my favorite Who episode ever. The Day of The Doctor. There are way too many awesome scenes to link all the videos here, so I’ll share one video of my most favorite scene, where Eleven meets Ten.

Another super effective scene in Day of the Doctor was the teaser for Twelve … the infamous Angry Eyebrows of Peter Capaldi

I’m stopping here …. Capaldi hasn’t had a complete series yet and since our cable company pulled BBC America I haven’t been able to catch up on all of his stuff yet. I don’t dislike him though .. not at all! He’s a different Doctor than Tennant or Smith were and that’s a good thing. I like him in his own way and I look forward to meeting his new companion and seeing where this adventure through time and space goes next.

Thanks for indulging me this retrospective. It went a lot longer than I anticipated when I started. Once I got going I realized that I had way too many favorite moments to just including them in one post. If you aren’t a Who fan, I apologize. If you are a Who fan, I hope you enjoyed it.

Favorite Moments in Time and Space: Part 3

In this edition, I close out the Tennant years with more tears and gush over Matt Smith. But first ….

I can’t continue on to the Eleventh Doctor without mentioning one of my favorite Who characters of all time: Captain Jack Harkness. Oh Captain Jack. He’s a swashbuckling, ornery, adorable hero who flirts like it’s his job. He has a lot of wonderful moments but I think I’ll just stick this compilation here because it kind of encapsulates his character perfectly. Captain Jack loved …. well everybody.

*when he grabs the robot’s boobs though*

As we end the time of Tennant … we see him at his most raw and vulnerable. Tennant does an amazing job of showing us all of the heartache and pain and fear and love that the Doctor feels for all of humanity. And, in the end, as he always does, he sacrifices himself for one he loves, with honor.

And in the end, with one last heartbreaking look, he tells us goodbye. *cue tears*

 

We didn’t want you to go either!!  But … as we said goodbye to Ten we get to say hello to Eleven. The totally adorkable Matt Smith (who is still not a ginger). And while he comes across all Great Dane puppy like with flailing limbs and floppy hair … this scene from his first episode shows that no matter how goofy he comes across … he is still The Doctor.

We also get to meet the amazingly wonderful Amy and Rory. The first Couple Companions. From her realization that he is more than a friend, to him waiting thousands of years for her, to the birth of their daughter (spoilers!), to jumping off a building together. They were a love story for the ages. Together. Or not at all.

Did you love Amy and Rory as much as I did? Did you like Tennant or Smith better? Let me know and come back soon. Next I’ll share some of my favorite Matt Smith moments, including the AMAZING Day of the Doctor episode where my two faves are together for some serious shenanigans.

Until then …. Geronimo!!

Favorite Moments in Time and Space: Part 2

I continue on with my undying love of David Tennant and will now show you the first Who episode that made me cry like a baby. I’m talking about an ugly, nose running, sobbing uncontrollably kind of cry. This episode completely did me in. We only had Eccleston for one Series (the Brits don’t call them Seasons – deal with it), so after three Series with Tennant, I had become quite attached. As did Rose. And as did The Doctor to Rose. Clearly. Now, this wasn’t when we were all going to have to say goodbye to The Doctor, but it was the episode where Rose did. She had only spent one series with the new face, but she had become accustomed to it (sorry, not sorry) and accustomed to life with The Doctor. The clip below is from the second of a two-parter and in this two-part Series Finale we got to see Daleks and Cybermen together for the first time ever. We got to see how important the Companion is to The Doctor. And we get to see Rose, in a final act of bravery, save the World, save her Doctor and end up in the parallel universe forever.

And with the bridge closed and the wall between them forever, the sadness in his face killed me.

However, he is a Time Lord and in a grand and romantic gesture, while “burning up a sun just to say goodbye,” he visits Rose one last time.

It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful.

Now let’s move along to something more lighthearted. Donna Noble. Catherine Tate is a fantastic British comedienne and her dynamic with The Doctor was a nice break from the Romeo & Juliet – ness of the Ten and Rose. These two had some hysterical moments together for sure, as demonstrated in her horrible charade skills:

She also became the most important woman in the universe, when we became the Doctor Donna, half human / half Time Lord, and defeated the Daleks:

But in the end being half human and half Time Lord proved to be too much for her and we have another heartbreaking goodbye to an awesome companion, when The Doctor wipes her mind and returns her home to be the Best Temp in Cheswick.

Thank you Donna Noble … for bringing so much humor and humanity to Doctor Who. One of the best companions ever, for sure.

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That’s it for this time. Next time we say goodbye to Tennant and hello to Smith. My two favorite doctors for sure, for very different reasons.

Thanks again!! Allons-Y!!

Favorite Moments in Time and Space – Part 1

This past week us Whovians celebreated the anniversary of the television show Doctor Who. Doctor Who is one of those 88611b40c6ab3c97dc1f1356dba6db23shows that people seem to either love or be totally indifferent to. This is my Doctor Who journey and some of my favorite quotes and clips, in honor of The Day of the Doctor.

I watched my first episodes back in the 70’s when Tom Baker was the doctor (The Fourth Doctor) so …. technically he is my first Doctor. But I was a kid and only found the show by accident and watching a handful of episodes doesn’t really count as far as I’m concerned. My son re-introduced me to Doctor Who after the “modern era” when it was brought back. At that point the show was well into the Tenth Doctor, but Jamison had me start from the beginning of “New Who” with Doctor Number Nine: Christopher Eccleston, so I consider him my first doctor. He was a very unusual doctor, dark and lonely but in a diferent way than Ten was lonely. Many people didn’t like his Ninth Doctor – but I loved him. We had some great moments with him, he was the Oncoming Storm and reminded us we are all important. He gave me my first Who episode where I cried, when he regenerated into Ten. He was the first to tell us we were all important. He was Fantastic.

As Nine regenerated into Ten we were introduced to David Tennant’s doctor. Possibly the most popuar of the modern doctors. And as much as Nine was my first, Ten was my first love. Goodness I adored this Doctor. One of my favorite episodes of his era actually doesn’t feature him much, but it does introduce one of the most terrifying monsters in the Who universe. The Weeping Angel. From his message to Sally when he tells us that time is Wibbly Wobbly and whatever you do … don’t blink …

to when we see the Tardis escape the Angels. These monsters are terrifying, one of those things that exists all over our real world and every time I walk past an angel statue, I keep a very close eye.

In the episode “Silence in the Library” we are introduced to another terrifying monster, the Vashta Nerada. Tiny, microscopic creatures that eat human flesh. We are also introduced to the incredible River Song.

We hear the phrases “Hello Sweetie” and “Spoilers” for the first time, but not the last by a long shot. We meet “Other Dave” and “Proper Dave.” We also get the fantastic quote: “I’m a time traveler, I point and laugh at archeologists.” And another of my favorite Who quotes, regarding the importance of books. We also meet another terrifying monster books-as-weaponsand with the final line in the clip above, we are giving a whole new reason to be afraid of what is always in the dark. This clip also shows, very briefly, some of the humor that I love about the era of the Tenth Doctor. There are some seriously funny moments to be found within the interactions of both The Doctor and Donna Noble and The Doctor and River Song. One of the many reasons Ten might be my favorite doctor.

Another great Ten episode is his first one: “A Christmas Invasion.” The first episode after a regeneration is always interesting. We get to see how the companion has to deal with the new face of the doctor and all of the confusion and loss that goes along with it. And we get to see just what kind of doctor this new guy is gonna be. In Tennant’s first episode … he spends much of it alseep, but when he finally emerges in the dramatic moment, with that eyebrow and that hair, and those simple words, right when the Earth needs saving … totally worth it.

Next time, I’ll continue with my love fest for Ten and talk about the episodes that made me cry like a freaking baby. I could fill a million posts with clips from this show that I love, there are far too many to include all of them, so for now enjoy the few I shared here. If you are a Whovian, what are your favorite moments from the Nine and Ten years? Were you a fan of the Eccleston Doctor, or not? Did you fall for the wit and charm of the Tennant Doctor like I did? I’d love to know if any of my readers are also Whovians!

Stay tuned for more, I intened this to be one big post about my love of all things Who but … there is just too much!

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