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The Tenth Doctor: Kooky, Clever, And Just A Little Bit Foxy

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Updated 11/10/2013 12:23pm
The Tenth Doctor: Kooky, Clever, And Just A Little Bit Foxy
Media Courtesy of BBC

Melissa LoParco

Managing Editor

Our Who journey continues with the “brilliant” Tenth Doctor – allons-y! After Christopher Eccleston’s departure as the Doctor in 2005, David Tennant slipped into his raggedy converse and brown coat, and charmed the pants off of Whovians around the world over the next three seasons. The Tenth Doctor can arguably be considered one of the best, most loved Doctors by fans; in fact, 2006 he was voted by The Doctor Who Magazine to be the “Best Doctor” taking over top spot from the much loved Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. Tennant’s Ten was highly influenced by Peter Davidson’s Fifth Doctor as he was Tennant’s favourite Doctor as a child. In 2007, for a Children in Need special – “Time Crash” – Ten and Five meet in a paradox where Ten points out all their similarities then affectionately tells Five: “You were my Doctor.” [youtube=http://youtu.be/X7boeBf5pbQ] Ten was a very goofy, fun-loving, chatty, “foxy” doctor who didn’t like to pass up a good pop-culture reference, but the influence of Nine’s dark side was still very much present. In episodes like “The Christmas Invasion” and “The Runaway Bride” we see the Doctor take no pity on his enemies, sending them to their death. It is events like this that lead to the brilliant Donna Noble  telling the Doctor he needs someone there to tell him to stop. From 2006-2008 Ten had three different main companions – Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble – and had Mickey, Captain Jack Harkness, and everyone’s favourite Sarah Jane Smith travelling with him at different points throughout his three seasons. Rose Tyler and Mickey were carried over from Nine’s run. Already with an established relationship with her first Doctor, Rose didn’t exactly accept Ten as her Doctor right away – until, you know, he went all “Doctor-y” and saved her life in “The Christmas Invasion.” Rose and Ten had a very close relationship that could have been taken as romantic, or on the cusp of romance. In Rose’s last episode in season two we get her admitting her love for him, but unfortunately Ten is cut off before he can say anything. One can argue that he was going to reciprocate the three little words, but the audience will never know. In the end, Rose does end up getting her Doctor, but the human Doctor that is born of Ten’s hand that was cut off during regeneration in Ten's first episode. The Rose era also brought back a former companion in Sarah Jane Smith. Her and K-9 make an appearance in "School Reunion," where Sarah Jane was already looking into the school the Doctor and Rose were investigating. I think the presence of a member of the Classic Who regime was a great way to get new Whovians interested in learning more about the old series. It definitely worked, because anyone will tell you how bad-ass Sarah Jane Smith is. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAszjUxMZkE] Season 3 brought along Martha Jones. Poor Martha also fell for Ten’s charm, but he was too hung up on losing Rose to notice or care. One of my favourite episodes of Doctor Who came from the Martha era – “Blink.” I think some of Ten’s best, most recognizable moments come from “Blink,” and he is hardly in the episode! It’s a lot of “wibbly-woobly timey-wimey stuff.” Ten's goofy persona made him so lovable. The way he would blabber on with his science-talk and his overall general cheekiness is one of the reasons I think he was as successful as he was. The Ten era also gave me my two favourite "brotp's:" Ten and Captain Jack, and Ten and Donna. Their chemistry was just perfect, the friendships so believable and, for me, nothing could go wrong when either of the duo's were on screen. I think reading this it is clear, like so many others, that Ten was my Doctor; from the moment he quoted the Lion King in 'The Christmas Invasion' to the completely heartbreaking "I don't want to go" in 'The End of Time,' Ten captured my heart and pulled and tugged on it all through his tenure. I think the obvious passion that Tennant held for Doctor Who throughout his time as the Doctor really allowed him to live the role, and entrance a following of dedicated fans along the way. It was obvious that he was never 'working,' but having the time of his life on the set. The last five words uttered by Ten are still applicable today: we didn't want you to go either. Luckily for us Ten fans he will be making his triumphant return in 'The Day of the Doctor' alongside Rose Tyler and Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. Stay tuned for our last Doctor post tomorrow and enjoy the extended 50th anniversary trailer below in the meantime. As Ten would say: it's "brilliant!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z6FMCqYrBo http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped https://pop-wrapped.tumblr.com http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped https://pop-wrapped.wordpress.com http://www.PopWrapped.com
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