Thanks!! The world always needs more Eighth Doctor love.
The movie is a prerequisite to all his other stories. So, watch that first.
The next step is probably the audioplays and what I consider to definitely be the best Eight experience (tbh imo the BF audios are much better than the current seasons). If you can afford to download directly from Big Finish, do so because they need money to keep making the audios. Here is a list of the audios in listening order, sorted by companion, and their prices.
If you can’t pay for any of the audios right now, here is a masterlist of Eight. Really useful especially if you want to read his books. I’m not sure how/if the audio downloads work on that because I haven’t tried.
Don’t forget to watch The Night of the Doctor (ok I don’t actually like the plot of this minisode but it’s a good feel for Eight’s character. Plus, Paul is always wonderful.)
Seven braiding Ace’s hair is something I need a fanart of stat. Eight playing with people’s hair seems pretty natural to me tbh. Like, he’s already very affectionate, so it seems very reasonable.
HP is a cure-all. Damn, I wish I had the opportunity to write a uni essay on Harry Potter.
I made one on 8tracks but it’s changed on my personal iTunes since then and I like this one better. Also, I’m weird and I make very specific playlists sometimes, so this one is the Marauders, but like between 1975 and 1977 when they run around the Hogwarts grounds with Remus under the full moon.
C, always C.
slkdfjsadlkjf thank you so much! not weird at all, very kind :]
Thanks, dear! -hugs-
Ooh wow that’s so old, I haven’t read it in ages!
But yes, totally agree 100% with your comments. I think Christopher Eccleston said that the Doctor and Rose are equals in every aspect except for his scientific genius. Rose, like you say, is definitely intelligent in terms of adaptation and picking up skills quickly though.
I haven’t seen JE for a while, but if I remember correctly, TenToo has all and I mean all of the Doctor’s memories prior to his “birth” from the hand. So, he remembers everything from s4 and before, all through his previous lives. If you’re interested, I wrote a thing about TenToo/Rose here, though it’s old as well so I’m not sure how it stands.
I haven’t yet! But yes, I most definitely plan on it. I actually still have to finish Charley’s run with Eight (mostly because I don’t want her to leave and I’m going to be upset).
Honestly, give me all of the Charley things. She’s actually come to be my second favorite companion. I’m probably just going cry like a baby at The Girl Who Never Was.
Ok. That’s your opinion and that’s fine. But I disagree. Yes, genocide is incredibly terrible and I am in no way condoning it. Given the context the audience was given in s1-s4 we were meant to understand that the Doctor made a horrible but necessary choice. That’s not my opinion. That’s within the framework of RTD’s era. We are not meant to view the Doctor as “monstrous” even when he can be cruel; we are meant to see him as a good man who has done bad things. If you watched s1-s4 and believed the Doctor was monstrous, we simply have a fundamentally different viewing experience.
'Cause this is my life, Jackie - it’s not fun,it’s not smart, it’s just standing up and making a decision because nobody else will.
Plus, given the history of a number of atrocities committed by the Time Lords when they weren’t even in war, you can imagine how cruel and senseless they became during the war. If the Doctor had not intervened, the Time Lords and the Daleks were going to literally rip the universe apart and take hundreds if not thousands of other planets and species with them.
The Doctor can be hypocritical, I suppose. But he has flaws, as he should. Anyways, I don’t think that was him necessarily being hypocritical. His character arc and journey through RTD’s era was about learning to overcome violence, as exemplified in Dalek, The Parting of the Ways, and The Doctor’s Daughter, among others.
And it’s not as if the Doctor still isn’t “hypocritical” if that’s how you view him if you take away the Time War genocide, because he has still committed a number of genocides and has killed before and after the War. Look at The Vampires of Venice, or when he tricked the human race into murdering the Silence.
As I’ve mentioned before, my main issue is not with the Doctor’s characterization (though it is problematic imo) but how I will now respond to RTD’s episodes with mild sympathy instead of intense empathy, which makes me less invested as a viewer.
Mmm yeah. Honestly, I’m not nearly as upset by the fact that the Doctor feels guilt for something he didn’t actually do (though that is pretty sad and imo makes him less interesting as a character), but I’m more upset about my experience rewatching old episodes.
I’m not going to feel empathy for the Doctor in Gridlock when he sits down and tells Martha about Gallifrey’s silver leaves and red hills. The sadness in his eyes won’t feel genuine to me any more. I’m not going to flinch at phrases like “killer of his own kind” when I know he isn’t. It’s not going to make me think “wow he is a man I love and care about—but remember what he’s capable of!” And “Everybody lives!” isn’t going to be nearly as cathartic to me as a viewer anymore because it isn’t “just this once.” The Fires of Pompeii won’t hold as much resonance with themes of “necessary evils” and “the greater good.” Donna putting her hands over the Doctors to make that difficult choice won’t seem as potent because I know it doesn’t actually mirror the Doctor’s experience in the Time War.
And I know the Doctor has committed genocide before, that he’s still capable of making difficult choices but as a young person who was introduced to DW through the 2005 reboot, I’m not familiar with Classic Who nearly as much, so I don’t have that to fall back on. I rely almost entirely on New Who (save for the Eighth Doctor), so I had to take all of my cues to the Doctor’s character/personality from the first season and on. Now I just won’t feel the emotional pull when I go back and watch 9 and 10 anymore, which is a shame.
Aw omg this is so sweet. Thank you, dear! :]
Aw, that’s so sweet. And yeah, it’s very lovely :]