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The Ninth Doctor: Reborn, Sassy, And Damaged To Bring A Whole New Era Of Who

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11/09/2013 2:35 pm
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The Ninth Doctor: Reborn, Sassy, And Damaged To Bring A Whole New Era Of Who
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Shelby Arnold

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The Ninth Doctor. Some New Whovians will look at you and wonder who the Ninth Doctor is. He was the leather-clad alien from the North (or so he says) who saved Rose Tyler by grabbing her hand and whispering “Run”. He was damaged and drifting. The last of his kind. He ushered in a new generation of Doctor Who with a man who was different from his previous incarnations. Quick to judge and quick tell you what he really thought about you, the Ninth Doctor was all about new beginnings, second chances, and the re-imagining of a classic piece of science fiction history. Nine, as he's affectionately called, was portrayed by Christopher Eccleston and his on-screen stories were written by new show-runner, Russell T. Davis. Davis chose to ground the Doctor in a way no one else did. Nine was a battered, war-torn, Time Lord who committed genocide on his own people to prevent the universe from being destroyed in the 'Last Great Time War'. He was a lot more violent than previous incarnations. He was prone to curse and call humans 'stupid apes'. While the other Doctors were quirky and had lavish costumes and a lot more hair, Nine was muted and fresh from battle and had next to no hair. He chose a battered, black leather coat and dark jumpers over colour and flash. The twinkle in his eye was gone. In 2005, when the series first aired, we see a Doctor who doesn't actively seek out a companion. It's almost impossible to speak about Nine and not touch on Rose Tyler and some of their struggles and adventures. Rose shaped the Doctor into what he is now. She was persistent and bubbly. A decidedly bright place in the Doctor's bleak outlook on life. Rose Tyler had saved him from the Nestene Conscious (Rose) and held his hand when the gaseous Gelth threatened to destroy them (The Unquiet Dead). When he was faced with the last remaining Dalek in a bunker in Utah (Dalek), he was violent and unmerciful and he tortured the creature without remorse. When the Dalek's DNA has been rewritten by the touch of Rose's hand and her own DNA, the perky blonde companion (played by Billie Piper) asks the Doctor “What are you turning into?” The Time Lord was dead set on killing the creature until she pointed out that if he killed the Dalek, he'd be no better than it was. It was this type of give and take interaction that made Rose and Nine's relationship symbiotic in a way. This was different from other companions. They weren't without their struggles and ups and downs, though. With Nine as dark and brooding as he was, they had spats. In Father's Day, the Doctor blatantly believed that Rose only traveled with him to save her father. He even threatened to leave her in the past as a result. But, the truly brilliant Doctor we all came to love was when he faced a gas-mask mummy in WWII London. The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances remains a favourite of Nine's era of television. Not only was it creepy and truly memorable (along with the introduction of Captain Jack Harkness).  The episode witnesses a truly excited Doctor exclaiming, for presumably the first time since the Time War, "Just this once -everybody lives!!". Spanning thirteen episodes, Eccleston's portrayal of the Doctor is the most underrated of the three performances since the revival of the series. His was also the shortest era in Doctor Who history. In March of 2005, citing an uncomfortable work environment, Eccleston chose not to reprise his role. Rumours swirled that the actor was scared of being typecast but all those rumours were retracted. Later, he stated that “the most important thing is that I did it, not that I left. I really feel that, because it kind of broke the mould and it helped to reinvent it. I'm very proud of it." As a viewer who chose to watch Nine's bundle of episodes, I'm glad he chose to do it. On June 28th of 2005, the Ninth Doctor went out with a bang. In the truly “fantastic” finale, The Parting of Ways, the Doctor faced the Daleks once again on Satellite Five, a television station previously visited in the episode The Long Game. The Doctor's range on this story is truly heartbreaking. He thinks he witnesses the death of Rose and many other good men die to protect the station and thus, the world. But, Rose is not dead, and in a bid to save her, he sends her back home. While he has resigned himself to die, the perky blonde won't give up and she looks into the heart of the TARDIS and returns to him and kills her own set of Daleks when she becomes the Bad Wolf. The time energy is too strong and in a move that solidifies his ever changing character arc, he kisses her and extracts the time energy from her. The move destroys his cellular structure and brings a satisfying end to the big eared, leather-clad Ninth Doctor. The man, who was fresh from war and who didn't necessarily desire a companion, grew by leaps and bounds. He solidified himself as the bringer of a new era and a new Doctor Who. [youtube=]


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