The ‘Doctor Who’ 50th is fast approaching, and I think it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who’s excited. You may have picked up that we’re all fans here at Pop Culture-y (check out our Doctor Who Competition); for me, my introduction came from my grandpa, who showed me this odd little program about a crotchety old man who traveled through time in a police public call box with his granddaughter and her startled teachers (William Hartnell).Over the years, the Doctor has had many faces, the BBC stumbling onto one of the greatest ideas for ensuring longevity ever; “Let us establish,” they thought, “that the Doctor doesn’t die, but instead transforms into another actor!” They’ve even managed to squirrel their way around their own rule of how many times he can do it (see John Hurt in the aforementioned special).
‘Doctor Who’ means a lot of things to different people, and there’s always been fierce contention among the fans over the issue of their favorite Doctor. Well, it’s time to put that debate to bed. The best Doctor is the Fifth, played by Peter Davison.
New fans might recognise him from his appearance in the ’07 mini-episode “Time Crash”, where the Doctor (at the time David Tennant) gives him he only praise you need to hear;
“You know, I loved being you. Back when I first started, at the very beginning, I was always trying to be old and grumpy and important—like you do, when you’re young. And then I was you, and it was all dashing about and playing cricket and my voice going all squeaky when I shouted. I still do that, the voice thing, I got that from you. Oh, and the trainers. And… [putting his glasses on] snap! ‘Cos you know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor.”
It’s the cricket whites. It’s the hat. It’s the celery. The indecisiveness, the abhorrence of violence, the courage that hides beneath it all. Steven Moffat said of him, “this Doctor takes the emphasis off the eccentricities and turns it into a pained heroism of a man who is so much better than the universe he is trying to save but cannot bear to let it stand.” (and while there are a lot of things on which Mr. Moffat and I do not see eye-to-eye, I cannot fault him on that).
Peter Davison; my Doctor.