I don't count the Doctor's daughter as she is essentially a clone altered to be female.
If you didn't read my SPOILER section then you don't know, but I know who that is. Looking forward to that but not till May 8th for here. ::sigh::
I've seen the trailer for Episode 4, Trys, and we will be meeting some old aquaintances.
Matt Smith is the 11th Doctor.. so ten regenerations after the first. I don't count the Donna Noble partial Timelord, or even perhaps the Rose looking into the heart of the Tardis in the last episode for the Ninth Doctor.
An interesting comment in Paul Parsons' rather good book called "The Science of Doctor Who" was that although there is a fixed number of regenerations (12 I think), the Master was on his last regeneration when first introduced and he has been regenerated a few times since then.
I've enjoyed the new Doctor so far, although he does take some getting used to.
I admit I was a bit uncertain about someone playing the Doctor who is younger than me -- but I thought he did pretty well in the first episode.
Having not watched Doctor Who until Christopher Eccleston, can someone tell me if the Doctor is intended to get younger every time -- or does it just seem that way?
Jana (poking her head in after a long absence)
You can see images of all 11 Doctors on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Versions_of_the_Doctor.jpg). As you can see, the ages of the doctors has varied over time (!).
From the one episode with the Matt Smith I was reminded a little of the Tom Baker style eccentricity which is always a good thing.
Hi Jana, nice to hear from you again. How are the books going?
No, the Doctors don't necessarily get younger every time, it's pretty random. Go for Hunter's link.
Hey, Hunter, do you really think Matt's Doctor is like Tom Baker's? That's so interesting. Everyone has such a diferent view. Matt Smith kind of reminds me of what I've seen of Patrick Troughton; very English, very proper, very off the wall at times.
Still early days... Lots yet to see!
HJ - the attributes that make me feel like this is his calm in the middle of the storm, basically standing still to assess and review the situation in his own good time, completely oblivious to any danger nearby. For Tom Baker's Doctor Who, there was no vulnerability and problem solving was a bit of a lark.. which I see in the attitude of Matt Smith's doctor - at least based on one episode. David Tennant's Doctor had URST to deal with as well as being physically in danger and running about.
Thanks Hunter - I should have done that. (chuckle)...interesting to see the different folks though.
HJ - Yes, I was sick in January/February - so I've been sadly remiss in getting back to posting. I've missed checking in regularly.
Fortunately, I finished the first draft of Summer of Flight (the YA novel I got the grant for) while I was off in the fall. Amazing what three months off can do for productivity.
I started editing the book in March, and am currently about half-way through Draft 3. So it's really coming along. Thanks for asking!
Saw Episode 2 of Doctor Who on the weekend ... liked it a lot. One of these days I'll need to buy DVDs of some of the other Doctors, so I can see them in action.
I also saw episode two.
One thing I noticed about this incarnation is that the mannerisms are very much different. In some ways they are like how old men are often depicted... a little bit jerky and angular (there was one 'pose' that the Doctor struck that I found to be very insect like... almost praying mantis ready to strike).
I found a couple of things in this episode a wee bit jarring. The Doctor's attitude once he had decided his course of action... the course that would have been quite wrong. He was adamantly anti-human at that point. The other thing was the fact that Amy resolved the situation very much independently of the Doctor (that is she saw the solution and took action without the Doctor having any say). I can't say I remember either of these things having occurred before.
The "no human has anything to say to me.." bit also didn't seem to fit too well. OTOH, this could be a reaction to humanity pushing him into a particularly untennable choice and his reaction to that. Or it could simply be the Doctor still trying to fit into his new body and persona.
Rose always seemed to resolve stuff indepedent of the Doctor.. the final episode of the Ninth doctor where Rose looked into the heart of the Tardis is an example of a Companion acting indepedently and resolving the situation.
I also like the Doctor Who Confidential episodes where you are taken behind the scenes. The making of Doctor Who episodes seems a lot of fun..
I don't view Rose wielding the power of the heart of the Tardis as being of the same kind of 'choice' as Amy's. To my mind, Amy observed what was happening and 'jumped' to a Doctor like conclusion and then did something about it. I'm not saying I disliked it, just that it seemed odd.
We don't get the Confidential eps here in the States. What we get are short (15-30 secs maybe) sections 'during the commercial break' that gives insight into 'behind the scenes'. But we get maybe two of these per episodes. I understand it's the production of the Confidential eps that delays the release of the eps outside of Britain.