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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.


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 ...


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*
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. ;-)
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 ...
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. ;)
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!
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. ;-)
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. :)
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.