Doctor Who Wednesdays #25

Ood Sigma: We will sing to you, Doctor. The universe will sing you to your sleep. This song is ending. But the story never ends.

The Doctor: I don’t want to go.

— Tenth Doctor, The End of Time (Part Two)

And now we have reached the end of our month with the Tenth Doctor, and we stop here on his final episode. And even though I mentioned a few weeks ago that The Waters on Mars episode prepared me for accepting Ten’s last episode, it was still sad. Because the lead up to Regeneration redeemed him a bit. And even though it was time for him to go, his last line was so sad. And at the end of the day, ready or not, I didn’t want him to go either.

You might be wondering why I also posted the Ood’s line, because strictly speaking, it’s not necessary to explain Ten’s final words. I left it in because I loved the way it described the coming regeneration. Ten’s song was ending, his chapter was coming to a close. But the story wasn’t ending…nah… the story would continue with the next Doctor.

As will we, as next week sees our first installment of July with the Eleventh Doctor.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #24

**Spoilers**

Heads up lovely readers, this is a long quote (well, technically it’s two quotes), but I have a good reason for picking it, I promise. 

The Doctor: Yes, because there are laws. There are laws of time. And once upon a time there were people in charge of those rules. But they died. They all died. So you know who that leaves? Me! It’s taken me all these years to realize, the laws of time are mine! And they will obey me!

The Doctor: Nah! … Different details but the story’s the same.

Brooke: But you can’t know that! And if my family changes the whole of history could change. The future of the human race. No one should have that much power.

The Doctor: Tough.

Brooke: You should have left us there.

The Doctor: Adelaide I’ve done this sort of thing before. In small ways, saved some little people. But never someone as important as you. Oh, I’m good.

Brooke: Little people?! What, like Mia and Yuri? Who decides they’re so unimportant? You?

The Doctor: For a long time I thought I was just a survivor, but I’m not. I’m the winner. That’s who I am. The Time Lord Victorious.

Brooke: And there’s no one to stop you.

The Doctor: No.

Brooke: This is wrong, Doctor. I don’t care who you are. The Time Lord Victorious is wrong.

The Doctor: That’s for me to decide. Now you better get home. Aw! It’s all locked up. You’ve been away. Still, that’s easy. All yours.

Brooke: Is there nothing you can’t do?
The Doctor: Not anymore.

— Tenth Doctor, The Waters of Mars

Remember how I said last week that it wasn’t good for the Doctor to travel alone for too long? Well, this is one of the reasons why. This is one of the times he got carried away. Like Donna said in her first adventure with the Doctor, “I think sometimes you need someone to stop you.” But after Donna left, he travelled alone for too long and he didn’t have someone with him to stop him when he really needed it. Because as Brooke stated – “Time Lord Victorious is wrong.” And in some ways this episode, with the Doctor behaving in this way, made it easier to say goodbye to this Doctor, something that happened just a few short episodes later.

I mean, it was still really sad to say goodbye to Ten, because he was such an amazing Doctor. But after this episode, it was clear that he needed to regenerate. He needed something of a fresh start. Because he had gone too far. Because “Time Lord Victorious” is contrary to what it means to be “The Doctor.” And “Time Lord Victorious” has lost site of his belief that everyone is important.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #23

Jackson Lake: Tell me one thing. All those facts and figures I saw of the Doctor’s life, you were never alone. All those bright and shining companions. But not anymore?

The Doctor: No.

Jackson Lake: Might I ask why not?

The Doctor: They leave. Because they should. Or they find someone else. And some of them— some of them forget me. I suppose in the end… they break my heart.

— Tenth Doctor, The Next Doctor

This is such a sad quote (especially if you know the story behind “the one who forgot”), but I love what it explains about the Doctor’s life and the problems that come with living a long life. It also explains why he sometimes decides that he should travel alone, which is never actually a good decision. When you lead the type of life the Doctor lives, and you live it for as long as he does, you inevitably lose people. And this Doctor, who is funny and clever, and has more adventures than you can count, also gets his heart broken time and time again. But ultimately he always finds someone new to travel with. Because he has to. Because it’s not good, especially for him, to travel alone for any great length of time. He loses perspective, and sometimes he gets carried away. Sometimes The Doctor needs friends to remind him of what kind of man he is.

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Doctor Who Wednesdays #22

Sycorax Leader: Who exactly are you?

The Doctor: Well, that’s the question.

Sycorax Leader: I demand to know who you are!

The Doctor: I don’t know! See that’s the thing. I’m the Doctor. But beyond that I just don’t know. I literally do not know who I am. It’s all untested. Am I funny? Am I sarcastic? Sexy? Right old misery? Life and soul? Right-handed, left-handed? A gambler, a fighter, a coward, a traitor, a liar, a nervous wreck? I mean judging by the evidence I’ve certainly got a gob. notices the glowing orb. And how am I going to react when I see this? A great big threatening button. A great big threatening button which must not be pressed under any circumstances, am I right? Let me guess. It’s some sort of control matrix, hm? Hold on, what’s feeding it? And what have we got here? Blood? tastes it. Yep, definitely blood. Human blood. A positive. With just a dash of iron. But that means… blood control! Blood control! Aw! I haven’t seen blood control for years! You’re controlling all the A positives. Which leaves us with a great big stinking problem. Because I really don’t know who I am. I don’t know when to stop. So if I see a great big threatening button which should never ever ever be pressed, I just want to do this— pushes button

— Tenth Doctor, The Christmas Invasion

Hello Lovely Readers! Can you believe it’s already June? I definitely can’t… where have the months gone? As you have no doubt already noticed, another month brings us up to another Doctor. Strangely enough I have been having a difficult time finding quotes for the Tenth Doctor, mostly because I didn’t plan very well at the start of the year and have already used some of my favourites in earlier months. But I am confident I will succeed, because I know there were many quotes I loved from Ten.

This week I decided to go with another quote from Ten’s first episode. This is also a quote that I think does a good job of describing the change in the Doctor. It was very important that the writers get this regeneration right, as it was the first regeneration of the new series, and by extension, the first regeneration new viewers had witnessed. I thought this quote, in typical Ten humourous fashion, did a great job of reminding everyone that he was still The Doctor, still essentially the same man, while also being different due to the change in face. And this Doctor is going to be one who just can’t resist a Big Red Button.

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Megra12