Baby loves I’m trying to talk to you… There’s a boy and I don’t quite know what to do. Good things come to those who wait but patience ain’t my thing. The way he holds me, shows me he’s the one… for sure the one… I think I’d rather wait for him forever instead of having him just for now. At night, when I looked up at the moon, I wonder if he’s looking at it too and I don’t know what to do.
Since I’m so critical of this series, and I’m about to be more critical, I think it’s important that I talk about WHY I watch it. I don’t love hating on things.
RTD’s Doctor Who set the bar really damn high, admittedly. Maybe it just hit me at a certain time when I needed to see it, but that show changed my life. When Rose says “The Doctor showed me a better way to live” in the first series finale, I realized that was the message for all of us. That we love inspirational fiction, we watch uplifting movie after uplifting movie, yet somehow we’re never truly uplifted, the stories fail because they don’t stay with us, they don’t really change us, we turn the TV off and we go back to exactly who we were. We watch the underdog triumph again and again, we love that narrative, yet those of us who are really underdogs never think we can do it in real life, we never apply it. As Rose realized her potential, and went from an apathetic sales clerk drifting through life without purpose to someone courageous and driven who didn’t give up even when it was hopeless, I found strength too.
And I came to not only fiercely love the Doctor, but even identify with him. In The Impossible Planet, when Ten is stranded, seemingly having lost the TARDIS forever, his utter lack of ability to cope with the things that are expected of a person, like getting a mortgage or something, rang very true to me. And I felt that I, like the Doctor, was someone who wasn’t very good at “normal” things, and it was easy to believe that because of that, I was worthless, but that that was overlooking qualities I have that aren’t as valued by society but could make me valuable in my own, different kind of way. I’d spent so much time thinking “good at mortgages” was the only way to be a good adult, a good human, and from Doctor Who I realized I could be good with bravery, a spirit of adventure, and of course amazing friends.
As a writer, I’ve loved the arcs of RTD’s companions. I realized that each one was special, and not because of something that happened to them, or even something the Doctor gave them, but because each and every person is born full of amazing potential and possibility, each and every person is their own fantastic universe. And little by little, somehow, that’s obscured. Every time we’re talked over or told we’re not interesting, every time we’re told to “be realistic,” every time we’re rammed into gender roles, every little insult, each minor wound, tarnishes us until we don’t even know who we were. And the Doctor’s magic isn’t that he makes people extraordinary, but that he sees through the gunk of insignificance we’ve picked up in our travels, he knows who we really are, and he helps us see it, too. The moments Rose, Martha, and Donna were really allowed to shine, it was with the brilliance they’d had in there all along, and you could see the Doctor’s joy in witnessing them discovering it. Having watched a bunch of the classics too, I know that was most often the Doctor’s role—as a mentor, a stepping stone to greatness. I believe he really tried to leave each companion better than he found them, and was utterly crushed in situations when he failed to do so. Companions don’t stay with him forever because that isn’t their role, or his. He lifts them up, and he lets them go. That’s the Doctor.
And I fell so profoundly in love with this character, this universe, this sense of wonder and discovery. I started watching the classic episodes purely out of love for the world RTD showed me, and I think that’s what he most hoped to accomplish, because this was a world he fell in love with too.
And that, that is why I’m still watching. Not because I’m a hater, not because I love to be cynical and prove I’m so much more progressive and socially aware than you. Did RTD make mistakes? Hell yeah. But my metric for enjoyment isn’t whether the show was completely socially just, because then I’d never get to enjoy anything, and I like enjoyment. I can let a certain amount of bullshit go if you move me, if the story is GOOD and I love watching the characters interact. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth calling out bullshit in good stories, it’s more of at the end of the day, did I enjoy it enough that it was worth it anyway?
I don’t watch Doctor Who for the amazing, tightly-woven plots, or the special effects, or the scientific realism, or any of the many things you could probably get better somewhere else. I watch it for the Doctor, and the close, often intense relationships he has with his companions, the love and the growth and the way they somehow make each other more themselves, the way true friends do.
Doctor Who is without a doubt one of the most amazing and addictive television shows ever created (and this is coming from a professed fangirl of more than a decade of watching and obsessing over a variety of show/books/movies etc.)
The Doctor is a Time Lord, an alien from the planet Gallifrey with a TARDIS (the blue Police Box phone booth) which is a machine that can travel anywhere in SPACE or TIME. I particularly like the way Donna Noble put it when she tried to explain what the Doctor does: “He saves planets, rescues civilizations, defeats terrible creatures, and runs a lot…
“ or as the Doctor himself put it, “I’m a madman with a box!”
His race has the ability to regenerate, meaning that when he dies (by age, harm, etc) his entire body gets remade into a new form–this affects his personality and of course his looks, but it’s still the same Doctor and he has all of the same memories. Because of this he is currently more than 2000 years old (though his age is very wibbly wobbly, a side affect of being a time traveler and constantly changing forms), is on his 13th form played by Peter Capaldi and which the fandom calls the 12th Doctor, and he carries a lot of baggage from all of his different forms:
(The quote over each silhouette is one most often attributed to that version of the Doctor, but since they are all the same man, sometimes they get referenced in other forms.)
It’s a show from BBC and therefore most of the characters are played by British actors–but the show has been going on for a very long time. It’s split into two parts: Classic Who and New Who. New Who is what is currently playing now, thanks to the BBC bringing the show back from a ridiculous hiatus in 2005 where it has increased in popularity like never before. The 2005 series starts with the 9th Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston (last silhouette on the right in the second row of the picture above) having survived the Time War, a terrible event that ended with the death of every other Time Lord. The Doctor, who refuses to tell anyone a name other than the Doctor (hence the title Doctor Who) is running from his memories in the war and the grief of the loss of his people. He does so by trying to help out where he can when he finds people in trouble, and by taking on companions:
These are special people who he chooses to bring with him in the TARDIS on his adventures–they help to keep him moral when he starts to loose track of how he should behave or whether or not he should care, they help the audience connect with him, and they keep bringing him back to Earth so that we recognize the setting for at least ¾ths of the episodes as on our planet (even if most of those are during a different time).
No matter which version of the Doctor you are watching at the time you can always count on him being a brilliant mind, a fabulous comedian, and a flawed character–the Doctor is not perfect. This show has it’s share of feels when it comes the time for a Doctor to regenerate or for a companion to leave (all things must end afterall), but it also has truly inspiring messages, hilarious comedy, fantastic character development, terrific monsters, and plot twists that will surprise even the most astute fangirl–the type who has seen/read so much that she can always predict the ending.
I think that’s the best intro to Doctor Who I’ve ever done, and I hope it brings you into the fandom. Series (the BBC version of a season) 1-8 is currently on Netflix so I sincerely hope you go and start watching. Please be patient if you don’t like it at first….most whovians have to watch a few episoded before they really get sucked in, and if you allow yourself to fall in love with The Doctor, the TARDIS, and all of his companions, this show will take you on a journey that you will never forget and never regret. :)
…Just for laughs, here’s another post I made about how hard it is to explain Doctor Who, though don’t expect it to make sense until after you’ve actually watched the show. Let me know how it goes!!
okay so this may be a silly question but like i'm new to bts and i'm confused aha so jungkooks name is jungkook obviously but why do some people spell it jungguk ? like is it just nickname and is it still said the same way ? sorry for the silly question, i love your blog !!
hiiii it’s not a dumb question dw ❗️here’s intro 2 hangul + romanization 🙇🏻♀️📝
so jungkook’s name is jeongguk. like that’s probably how it’s spelled on his passport n other official documents that require his name to be printed in ~english/romanization. 정국 romanized is jeongguk. to break it down fully ㅈ j ㅓeo ㅇ ng ㄱ g ㅜ u ㄱ k !!!!!
ummmm okay the jeo 저 in guk’s surname (jeon) is u know…… the same as the jeo 저 in the first syllable of his given name (jeong) so it’s written out the same way
(((see we don’t spell jeon as jun because then it would read as joon. ㅜ/u is pronounced oo)))
lots of companies n ppl in general kind of modify the like National Official Romanization™ to make it easier for foreigners to read / pronounce !!!! which I guess is effective bc like i’m sure jungkook is easier 4 u to understand than jeongguk !
the pronunciation of jeongguk / jungkook is hmmmm i guess similar as long as ur NOT pronouncing kook like cook / cookie !
the oo in jungkOOk is the same oo / pronounced like the oo in namjOOn and yOOngi !!!!!
i’m on mobile so i can’t condense the link but here’s namjoon pronouncing guk’s name kinda slowly / clearly (since they usually say it pretty fast):