September 29, 2015

Who is this Who?

To say that I'm not very conversant with "Dr. Who" canon is an understatement. The only Doctor I ever watched was #3 #4 (Tom Baker), and that was back in the 1970's.

However, the Doctor is a special guest star in the second and third parts of "Ensign Sue Must Die". A running joke in the third part ("Crisis of Infinite Sues") is that the Doctor keeps getting killed, and regenerates in another of his forms. Sometimes they don't last long.

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This one, for instance, only lasted one frame.

The final form, at the end of the series, is the one I'm confused by:

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Um... when was the Doctor a hot blonde? Is this canon?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 03:58 PM | Comments (12) | Add Comment
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 Um... when was the Doctor a hot blonde? Is this canon?

The Doctor was portrayed by Joanna Lumley in a charity special (he was also  portrayed in that by Rowan Atkisson and Rob Lowe...he had a bad day in that story). It's almost certainly not canon*, however the Mistress (Who came about when the Doctor's old nemesis, The Master regenerated as a woman) said in the last episode that the doctor had been a cute girl. Note that there is a 66.67% probability that this is a lie.

There has also been a bit of fanwank regarding the doctor regenerating as a woman, and that may be what this is referencing. 
* I say almost because, well, it's time travel so....

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at September 29, 2015 05:00 PM (LImEF)

2 Aside from the usual calls for the good Doctor to be played by a woman whenever it comes time for the BBC to cast a new actor into the role, and unless Romana (Who is actually more talented and skilled than the Doctor.) is experimenting with her regenerations to get a generation even hotter than the late Mary Tamm or Lalla Ward - I would guess that the good Doctor is in his/her 'Curse of the Fatal Death' (A charity special.) Joanna Lumley generation.  Or maybe it is Iris Wildthyme pretending to be the Doctor

Posted by: cxt217 at September 29, 2015 05:06 PM (tG7TW)

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he was also  portrayed in that by Rowan Atkisson and Rob Lowe...he had a bad day in that story

Do you mean Hugh Grant?  At least, when Grant is not being arrested for soliciting a lady of the night?

Posted by: cxt217 at September 29, 2015 05:09 PM (tG7TW)

4 Being a Joanna Lumley fan, though not a Dr. fan, I can still say that is almost definitely the Joanna Lumley Dr. Who.  Steven; if you do a Google search for 'Joanna Lumley dr. who' and check the images.  Same outfit, hairstyle, etc.

Posted by: Ben at September 29, 2015 05:38 PM (DRaH+)

5 Yeah, I think it was Hugh Grant....I haven't seen Curse of Fatal Death in, like, 15 years.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at September 29, 2015 05:42 PM (LImEF)

6 I much prefer the concept of a Rob Lowe-based Doctor over a Hugh Grant-based Doctor.

Come to think of it, how about a Jeremy Clarkson-based Doctor?

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 29, 2015 07:16 PM (a12rG)

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Come to think of it, how about a Jeremy Clarkson-based Doctor?

So he can attack his own companions?

No.

Posted by: cxt217 at September 29, 2015 07:24 PM (tG7TW)

8 So he can attack his own companions? You mean like Colin Baker's first action upon standing up was?

Posted by: RickC at September 30, 2015 09:33 AM (FvJAK)

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Which is why the Sixth Doctor was not my favorite Doctor (Rather regrettable, since Colin Baker is a fine actor, was a Doctor Who fan before he was cast, and clearly deserved a better role than he got.).

Posted by: cxt217 at September 30, 2015 12:41 PM (y6GqJ)

10 As seen at the end of "Day of the Doctor", under the current canon none of the Doctor's regenerations have been women.  Even if you count the "Doctor Donna", I don't think "hot blonde" enters into it.

Posted by: Siergen at September 30, 2015 02:12 PM (De/yN)

11 The Big Finish series goes a long way to redeeming the 6th Doctor.  The 8th Doctor is also great.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 01, 2015 04:56 PM (PiXy!)

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I really need to get back into Big Finish.  I had been collecting quite a few from a few years ago, and they were a treat - especially for those Companions that tended to be unused, either in general or with a particular Doctor.  Fifth Doctor and Nyssa, and Fifth Doctor and Peri, were my personal favorites.

It does sadden me a great deal at the companions that have passed away over the last few years.  Nicholas Courtney was, to me, arguably a greater shock than when Elisabeth Sladen died.

Posted by: cxt217 at October 01, 2015 05:18 PM (y6GqJ)

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