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Count to Ten

Let me begin by saying that I loved Nine. I loved his goofy grin, and his leather jacket. I loved his compassion. I loved his dark side, I loved his sadness, and his silliness, his jealousy and his superiority, his honest belief in his own impressiveness. I loved his impatience and enthusiasm, his seriousness and his curious nature, and most of all, his unending propensity for love and frienship, pure and simple.

I loved his aversion to domesticity, and his bafflement at and admiration for the human race, his sense of duty and his commitment to the principles of time and space and truth and right and his tireless efforts to keep the world, the earth, the universe and every living thing in it (or every living thing that wasn't a Dalek), alive.

I loved Nine, and I loved the portrayal of him by Christopher Eccleston. A finer actor never breathed life into this Time Lord of ours.

I cried when he gave his life to save Rose's, and even though I hated him for leaving us, I loved him for the nobility of his action; for the unselfish, unending love it expressed. But when the regeneration came to a close and Ten emerged, flashing a huge smile at Rose and saying "Where was I?", I took an instant dislike to him.

For weeks, I couldn't believe that I would ever truly forgive Ten for taking over from Nine. I swore that Nine would be my Doctor forever and ever. I could see myself accepting Ten only because I knew we would never again see Nine return, and I've come to be of the opinion that any Doctor is better than no Doctor at all.

Then there was the 2 minute Glastonbury interview with geek!David, and the first chink started to appear in my armour. Recently, there have been the publicity shots and press releases focusing on the new Doctor's wardrobe...which I didn't really care for in the beginning as it seemed to me to be regressing a bit to the silly suited Doctors of the 80s and 90s (Five, Six, Seven and Eight -- I never saw One, Two or Three in action; and Four I loved because he was the Doctor I grew up with, and loving Four meant loving his attire, too). But I've since had a closer look and it's not that bad, really...

But it wasn't until I saw the pictures taken at yesterday's Christmas Invasion shoot in Camberwell that I finally thawed towards Ten. Look! him and Rose -- they're holding hands...awww. How cute, heart-warming, and uplifting is that? He may just prove to be a worthy successor to Nine, after all.

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whimsicalnotion
Jul. 28th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful tribute to Nine and Christopher Eccleston. You made me cry far more than the season finale because then I was simply too numb to react, but you've reminded me just how much I loved Dr Who being on TV again and how much I will miss him.

I'm very sad that CE felt he could only stay for one season, but it was a great fun to have him whilst he wanted to stay. And I agree with you about what he did with the character; he's knocked John Pertwee off the top for me and I don't think anyone could replace him now.

Yet I do understand the reason these pics started your thaw around Ten; I'm not dreading it nearly so much now I've seen these. Thanks so much for sharing.

*hugs you tight*

gamiila
Jul. 28th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
You made me cry far more than the season finale

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make you cry! It's just that I felt that I couldn't really move forward to the next series until I'd said a proper, fond farewell to Nine. And I couldn't do it before.

whimsicalnotion
Jul. 28th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
Please don't apologise, I was just letting you know how much your post moved me. And it was a relief to finally say a proper farewell to Nine.
gamiila
Jul. 29th, 2005 07:55 am (UTC)
If my post, in some small manner, helped you get to terms with Nine's demise, it's worth the tears! Thank you for commenting.
gwynnega
Jul. 28th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
A lovely post...

I didn't take an instant dislike to Ten, but I was too grief-stricken at first to form an opinion on him. Then I liked the new pics of his outfit on Monday. But, like you, it was the Christmas Invasion pictures that really melted my heart. It's still the Doctor! The Doctor and Rose! :-)
gamiila
Jul. 28th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
It's still the Doctor! The Doctor and Rose! :-)

Yes, it is! And that makes all the difference.

Though I did have to swallow a few times when I saw the pics of Ten in Nine's clobber...that was just too raw.
pepperlandgirl4
Jul. 28th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm squeeing on the inside.
gamiila
Jul. 28th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Me, too -- it's a very quiet little squee at the moment, but who knows what will happen after Christmas?
bogwitch
Jul. 28th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
I didnt like CE's gurning.
sanda56
Jul. 28th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh you did watch it once, by mistake, like? :P
bogwitch
Jul. 28th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe once or four
sanda56
Jul. 28th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
*groans* So you just didn't like it? :(
bogwitch
Jul. 28th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
It's okay, I suppose. Never have liked it much. Never worked out why. Good theme tune though.
sanda56
Jul. 28th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
Funny how some things *click* and others don't, isn't it?

Oh well! :)
gamiila
Jul. 29th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
Gurning? CE has a wonderfully expressive face, but I wouldn't call it gurning...Good actors do not gurn.
bogwitch
Jul. 29th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
:)
gamiila
Jul. 29th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
:-D
diachrony
Jul. 28th, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
After the_royal_anna's gorgeous Dr. Who post recently and now yours, I just have to say ...

I HATE YOU ALL!!!

We don't have the 9th Doctor Who in the States; I went searching at amazon.com and no joy. And I can't download because, being deaf, I *have* to have captions or subtitles, and there is no guarantee that if/when the shows are available here on DVD, they'll actually be captioned or subtitled.

*sobs and wails and rends garments*
gamiila
Jul. 29th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, Dio...

If only there were a way of adding captions or subtitles, I'd send or upload you the eps, but as it is...I wonder if the DVDs out now have them? I'm holding out for the box set the Queen's apparently already got, but which won't be available to us mere mortals for another 3 months yet. I fully expect that to have subtitles...but then it'll probably be the wrong region to be of any use to you, will it?

Cheer up, though: there's no guarantee you'll even like our Doctor -- look at bogwitch's messages in the thread above. ;-)
diachrony
Jul. 29th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh ptooie. I'm sure I'd like him. It's Chris Eccleston after all. And the show sounds charming.

I'll just have to wait and see, I suppose ... there are some DVDs of previous Doctors available here, but I'm really interested in Nine.

Off to read the other messages you mentioned ...
diachrony
Jul. 29th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, forgot to thank you! You're very sweet, but it's true there doesn't seem to be a way to get captioning or subtitles on downloads.

And DVDs or tapes, of course, *do* have that region problem... but I'll just maintain a positive outlook and stop tearing my clothes. ;)
grapefruitzzz
Jul. 30th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
I can video the repeats with subtitles and then convert them when I get a capture card. It's not a perfect system because the first two episodes have gone, I won't even have a card for a few weeks and my vcr sucks, but it's certainly worth a try!
gamiila
Jul. 30th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's a fantastic offer! Looks like you may get to see our Doctor yet, Dio -- and fall victim to his charm like the rest of us. ;-)
diachrony
Jul. 30th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
That's an extremely generous offer, thank you! But I wouldn't want anyone to have to go to so much trouble just because I got all whiny and self-pitying for a moment. (Shame on me.) I'm over it now, no more wailing.

I really appreciate your offer, even though I'm not taking advantage of it. That was a very kind thought. :)
grapefruitzzz
Jul. 30th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I can understand that. Probably the easiest thing to do would be to look at multi-region DVD players. The Region 1 DVD will definitely have subtitles.
redqueen6238
Jul. 29th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
Awww. I came around much quicker than I thought I would, too. He's just too adorable. And I know it's still the Doctor which means I have no choice but to love him.

Hand holding! Hee.
gamiila
Jul. 29th, 2005 06:47 am (UTC)
Hand holding! Hee.

To me, that makes all the difference. I think that what I loved most about the new Who, was the dynamic between the Doctor and Rose (and somewhat later, the Doctor and Jack as well); the emphasis that was placed on their relationship, their closeness.

And if Rose can bring herself to hold hands with Ten like she did with Nine, then I for one am willing to follow her lead and put my trust in this Doctor as well. ;-)
the_royal_anna
Jul. 29th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
What a wonderful summary of Nine! Thank you. ::tears up again::

And oh, these pictures have given me a little spark of hope. There's a lovely extension of the Rose/Nine chemistry in the way they're stood together, and suddenly it feels like watching Rose and the Doctor find their connection over again may be rather wonderful.

Hee, that's the first time I've ever been able to refer to Ten as "the Doctor", so that's definitely a start. :)
gamiila
Jul. 29th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
There's a lovely extension of the Rose/Nine chemistry in the way they're stood together

It's early days yet, and who knows what RTD has planned for them, but yes, it does seem that in the Christmas Invasion at least they do still have that loving trust and affection they shared in the first series. Whether they'll have the same easy banter and sparkling chemistry remains to be seen, but after having seen these pictures, I'm suddenly a lot more confident that I can persist in my Dr. Who-fandom a while longer.

watching Rose and the Doctor find their connection over again

I'm looking forward to that, too. A little angst goes a long way, and I'd hate it if they just ignored the whole regeneration and carried on as before. I trust RTD wouldn't do that to us, though.
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