On March 26th, 2005 the Doctor Who reboot was launched with the episode “Rose”. Starring Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor and Billie Piper as his companion, Rose. These two and this episode is what started it all. This episode was written by Russell T Davies who would later write some of the best and some of the most heartbreaking episodes of Doctor Who.
After these two we were introduced to Rose’s mum Jackie and her boyfriend Mickey, we even got to meet her dad Pete when going back in time. Then we met Captain Jack Harkness. The Doctor, Rose, Mickey, and Jack. The original companions of The Doctor and his TARDIS.
Yes the 9th Doctor’s season is a bit cheesy but you have to remember that this was the beginning. This was the reboot and the budget was small and technology was still young back in 2005. But that cheeseball goodness is what catapulted this show into the phenomenon that it is. Nine was sarcastic and sassy but he was also angry and sad. Now, some people say to skip Nine and others say you can’t skip Nine. Personally, I think you should watch Nine despite the cheese because that’s what started it all.
The 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant, is probably the most popular Doctor. With his charming personality, good looks, and four seasons to boot it’s not hard to see why. The 10th Doctor cycled through several companions including Rose, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble. Though there were several side companions would stick around for a few episodes then moved on their way: Mickey, Captain Jack Harkness, Sarah Jane Smith, and K-9. We also made some new friends, and enemies, who found a special place in our hearts: Face of Boe (who we met briefly with Nine), Wilfred (Donna’s grandfather), and The Master.
The 10th Doctor was happier than the 9th one was and he even seemed a bit more optimistic. But he had a hidden grief he kept in himself and guilt about the loss of Galifrey. There was also rage and the quiet anger that we saw in Daleks in Manhattan, The Family of Blood, and The Waters of Mars. The 10th Doctor had touched all of our hearts and gave us some of the best laughs and some of the most tears.
The 11th Doctor, played by Matt Smith, is the youngest to play the Doctor at the age of 26. He was joined by Karren Gillan who played his companion, Amy Pond. This Doctor was a silly, socially awkward, lovable idiot who wormed his way into many hearts. Personally, he’s my favorite Doctor. Matt Smith’s episodes The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone were the first two episodes I ever saw of Doctor Who and he is what got me into the show. So he was always be my Doctor. But anyways, underneath the awkward giraffe that he is there is a deep sadness. He’s lonely and has suffered so much loss. We see this in Vincent and The Doctor, The God Complex, The Angels Take Manhattan, The Snowmen. His anger is a dangerous one, it’s the kind that slowly creeps up on you until it’s too late. The Doctor’s Wife, A Good Man Goes to War, and A Town Called Mercy.
Now, this Doctor’s had an interesting set of companions. We have Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, and Clara Oswin Oswald. Now, Amy, Rory, and River come as a package of sorts. River comes and goes as she pleases but she’s also more than just a companions. Spoilers for those of you haven’t seen it yet but she’s his wife and Amy and Rory’s daughter. This makes Rory and Amy the Doctor’s in-laws. Clara, would be the best friend who is there for him when he needs her. She’ll be the one to hold his hand when he needs it and she’ll do what she has to do.
The 11th Doctor gave us many memorable episodes both magical and sad. It also gave us an array of monsters and new friends such as Craig, Vastra, Strax, and Jenny. Steven Moffat took over directing and writing for after Davies left with Tennant. The 11th Doctor had a run of 3 seasons and the 50th anniversary special (including David Tennant and Billie Piper).
The 12th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi is the newest and current Doctor. His companion, Clara Oswin Oswald with recurring appearances by her boyfriend Danny Pink. This Doctor currently has one season but is scheduled for another one later this year.
The 12th Doctor is much older than all three of his previous counterparts, not including the War Doctor played by John Hurt in the 50th Anniversary episode. He doesn’t really care what others think of him or try to fit in per say. He’s fiercer, far more mad than his previous forms, and can be a bit rude. He’s definitely got the old man thing going. He’s got a deadly wit and his Scottish side is prominent.
We meet new characters and old like Robin Hood, Osgood, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. And battle mumies and the monster under the bed. Now, I haven’t gotten terribly far into the show but I did just enough research to get a grasp on things. A lot happens in this season. Good, bad, and the unbelievable. We meet new people, see old friends, and old foes return.
This Doctor has a lot going for him, he’s accomplished a lot already and has a long way to go in his legacy. Clara will be returning as his companion in the ninth season with the first episode,The Magician’s Apprentice. Also, Jemma Redgrave will make a reappearance as Kate Lethbridge-Stewart.
Doctor Who is almost 52 years old now spanning over 12 Doctors, a War Doctor, 13 actors, a multitude of companions, 813 episodes, 253 stories, and 4 charity specials. This show is a staple in the geek world and in Television in general. Created in 1963 it is the longest running science fiction television show. There is an animated series and two spin off shows: The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood.
“In 26 years, its original 1963–1989 run won only two awards, a RTS Television Award and a Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award. However, the revived series has received recognition from critics and the public, winning many awards.
It has been nominated for a variety of different awards including 18 BAFTA TV Awards (five wins for the series), 26 Hugo Awards (6 wins), 7 Saturn Awards (a single win), 24 National Television Awards (16 wins), 5 Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Awards (two wins), and a total of 23 awards from BBC itself (14 wins). Amongst the wins for the series are a BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series, the only Saturn Award for Best International Series, and five Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. The series have received a record of 26 nominations in this last category in nine years only, making it the second television series in history after Star Trek to have more than two episodes nominated for a Hugo Award in a single year. Star Trek, the second most nominated series, only received 8 nominations overall.” (Wiki)
All in all I’d say that Doctor Who can be called an Emperor in the Geek world. Happy 10th Anniversary New Who. And thank you Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, and Russell T. Davies for starting it all.