My first memories of Dr. Who are seeing some episodes on PBS on a weekend afternoon. It involved a guy dressed really funny (to me) who spoke in an accent I had a bit of trouble understanding and when my mom said to turn the TV off and go outside I wasn’t that bothered.
Fast forward a few years and I’m watching BBC America and this show comes on with Chris Eccelston and a companion called Rose. She’s clearly in love with him and he’s a hard man–who has lost everything and lives by his own code. I am instantly hooked. He’s the kind of hero I love and I like the romance between him and Rose. And I watch like three episodes when all of a sudden he’s dying…what?!
He regenerates, which is totally cool and really builds that romantic conflict for Rose because the man she loves now has a different face, a different personality and though he remembers her he’s not in love with her yet. I was a little reluctant to accept David Tennant as the Doctor but he won me over and that love story continued to grow until Rose was the one who left. There were new adventures and new companions and I enjoyed them all watching the tortured hero until once again he regenerated into a new face and a new person I was sure I wouldn’t like but eventually did. Now he’s regenerating again and there will be another new Doctor who I’m not sure I’ll like…but I see the pattern and know I will eventually love him.
It’s been 50 years since the Doctor first made his appearance and he’s changed and grown over that time. Have you been a long time Dr Who fan? Who’s your favorite Doctor?