Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons to Love Doctor Who

I am a massive Whovian and I have been for most of my life. I’ve always loved the stories that come out of and it appeals to my imagination on so, so, so many levels. I’m not the biggest TV show watcher in the world (I get so ridiculously distracted by books, you see) but the world STOPS when Doctor Who is on. For Doctor Who is life.

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This week’s theme is:

Ten Reasons I Love Doctor Who

This week’s prompt let us choose what we love and I’ve decided to choose Doctor Who. Why? Because THERE ARE BOOKS. A-ha! You weren’t expecting that were you? Oh, you were? Well, shush, eat your popcorn. When I first discovered that there were Doctor Who Novels I freaked out and bought many. But I think a lot of people aren’t sure how the whole shabam works. SO:

  1. There are the episodes from the Doctor Who TV series. These are written by a director/script writer and there are about 13 episodes per series, give or take. We also get one Christmas Special per year. Unfortunately, there is not Doctor Who this year (2016) for various reasons, but it’s fine, it’s fine (it’s not).
  2. There are comics. I don’t really read these (the shame) but they do exist.
  3. But mostly importantly, there are books. The books are written by a variety of authors and they are NOT the episodes in novel form. There are whole brand spanking new stories and are in cannon with the TV show (although they are never referenced in the TV show, it’s a one way thing). So if you love Doctor Who and aren’t reading these then WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Although if I’m being honest this post is mostly going to be about the show and not the books. I apologise (not really) – so quick, go grab your TARDIS mug, pull up your TARDIS socks, stash your sonic screws driver in your pocket (just in case) and nibble on a jammy dodger. IT’S DOCTOR WHO TIME.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over @ The Broke and the Bookish and each week there’s a different theme that we get to make a list about featuring ten related books. It’s so much fun and the topics are always great! It’s also a fabulous way to learn more about people’s reading adventures and I recommend heading over to the official page to do some exploring through the link up.


#1

It’s Science Fiction

Tardis in Space

And sci-fi is FUN. That is the first rule of this genre: funness. Anything can happen, and everything does. We’ve had some amazing episodes and this is just sci-fi done right. I’ve enjoyed all the stories that I’ve read in the Doctor Who books as well – being such an old series means that the rules and whatnot are pretty set so now it’s just down to wreaking havoc!


#2

 The Books Avoid You Being Stuck in a Doctor Who-less Pit of Sadness

Doctor Who Books

This is obviously a bonus. It means that during years like this year when there are no episodes whatsoever we can survive by binging on the books. And, I mean, when there are only 13 episodes or so per series it’s always nice to have an abundance of books to choose from.


#3

 David Tennant

David Tennant, Hello
So the absolute best part of the this series is David Tennant. If you are unaware of the existence of this human being then WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE. I absolutely adore Tennant. He is my favourite being in the whole wide world. In the whole wide universe, dangit! He’s amazing. And he’s SO funny in the show – like, argh. I can’t. I just can’t.

Of course, there are many other brilliant actors in the series and they always bring in AMAZING guest actors, such as Michael Gambon, but it’s Doctor Who and it can do what it wants.


#4

It’s Funny. Like, Really Funny

Doctor Who Knock Knock

Aside from Tennant’s general hilarity, the show is super humourous. Okay, so there’s the occasional sad bit but mostly it just a bucket of fun. The actors have a rollicking time (I’ve been dying to use that word) and the plots allow for much needed comedy relief. Such as David Tennant holding kittens. Oh, what was that? You need proof? . . . . . .

David Tennant and Kitten

You’re welcome.


#5

The Quotes are Unbelievable

Don’t worry, this one’s just a picture, your nternet isn’t slow.

Doctor Who has a ridiculous number of quotable quotes. I actually have a poster up in my room of all the beautiful quotes from one of the season, such as:

“I am making sense. You just aren’t keeping up.”

And,

“Biting it excellent. It’s like kissing, only there’s a winner.”

But there are of course wonderful, meaningful quotes that’ll make you cry like a baby as well. So there’s always those to look forward to.


#6

Peter Capaldi’s Eyebrows

Peter Capaldi's Eyebrows

Okay this is really just a silly point but LOOK at them. They are fearsome.


#7

The Feels Are Too Real

Matt Smith Crying
To Whovians: I’M SORRY FOR INFLICTING PAIN HERE

If you want to have something to turn to when you want to be SOUL DESTROYED and UTTERLY DEVASTATED then Doctor Who is for you. But seriously, you will never get more attached to a character than your Doctor. You won’t. And you will cry muchly so. All the good sign of something done right, yes? Yes.


#8

It’s Never-Ending. Literally.

Matt Smith Regeneration

This has to be the best thing about Doctor Who: it doesn’t have to end. I’m sure at some point it will hit a road block, but for now it’s smooth sailing and there are giant gusts of wind in our sails. It did actually start in the 1960s and go off air for a bit but the revamped Doctor Who is doing mighty fine. And we’re getting a new director next year! And a new companion! And . . . probably a new Doctor not long after that *cries*

If you don’t know how it works: The Doctor is a Timelord and Timelords can regenerate 12 times. So, they die, they regenerate, and their bodies change. The only way to kill them is to kill them again before the regeneration process is complete. It’s very emotional and very spectacular – and the director did some super cool thing to enable The Doctor to have a whole new set of lives. ENDLESS DOCTOR WHO FOR EVERYONE *throws celebratory broccoli*.


#9

 The Episodes Do Fun Things

Agatha Christie

This gif here has to be from one of my most favourite episodes for how much fun it was. The Doctor and Donna (companion) travelled back in time and met Agatha Christie. Of course, true to Doctor Who style they get caught up in a murder mystery not unlike the ones she writes and it’s magnificent. There are so many gems of an episode like this one where the show plays around with history – Shakespeare being one of my favourite ones. Oh, it is magnificent, this show.


#10

 There’s a Huge Fandom and a Doctor Who Experience

My Fandom Needs Me

What better than something with oodles of fans! That has to be one of the greatest things, when you finish watching an episode and can promptly flee to the internet to discuss everything that went down. And then there’s the matter of the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. Mamma mia, what fun. I’m really hoping that I can go and see that at some point because I think I’d have a whale of a time. Fandoms really do make everything so much better – and I mean, if it weren’t for the fandom, there’d be no Doctor Who books, and that’d be a disaster.


#11

The Monsters

Monsters

Well how could I write this post without mentioning these? The monsters and bad guys in Doctor Who are AMAZING. They’re both terrifying and magnificent all wrapped up in one. The Weeping Angels will forever scare me (imagine having to put them away at the end of each day in a dark store room *shudders*) and The Silence make me very nervous. Personally, I find the Daleks quite funny (unless they kill one of my favourite characters, that, is clearly not okay) because they’re all metal and squably and they have a plunger *delighted cackles*.


 Do you watch Doctor Who?

Trust Me I'm The Doctor

 LET’S FLAIL TOGETHER.

Seriously though, bookworms, check out the Doctor Who novels. They’re fabulous and marvellous and ARGH. I shall one day do a Doctor Who book reference post so prepare your chocolate sundaes for that ball of fun!


End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~

 

30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons to Love Doctor Who

  1. Which novels have you read? I’ve read a few things from the Eleventh Doctor era, because it’s practically a second home to me, but unfortunately the most notable stories (at least as far as fandom is concerned) is out of print. Those would be the Seventh and Eighth Doctor ones from when the show was off the air in the 90s and early 00s…apparently some were very inventive! (At least they made “Human Nature” into a TV episode.) Like you mentioned, my favorite thing about Doctor Who is that it’s endless, and it can span so many genres and get so creative and meta.

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    1. I’ve read just a handful, mostly of the reboot Doctor’s – my favourite is The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner which is David Tennant & Rose – I’d love to see that one made into an episode!! And it’s definitely a shame about some of the novels going out of print 😞

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  2. Ahh this post made me so happy and want to go home and watch Dr Who 😄 I love David Tennet but Matt Smith has my heart (it’s the bow tie) hahaha. I haven’t read any of the books but I’ll definitely pick them up one day they sound super fun and a great way to cure my need of more Doctor Who 🙂

    I lovvveed this post best Top Ten 😀

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  3. I’m privileged to live in the UK where Doctor Who is a massive thing and although I dropped off at Matt Smith I’ve still gone back and always watched the Christmas special with my family because when I was younger we would to watch every episode as a family and my dad and I are massive si-fi nerds and was one of the few things we could relate to with each other.

    David Tennant is amazing and I love him and he’s great. I pretty much just love Scottish people in general.

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    1. Aww you lucky duck! And yess I love watching the Christmas special with the family – not even in my house watches but they do watch that one!! And omg, Scottish people really are hilarious.

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  4. I used to be a huge fan of Doctor Who, but I don’t really like Peter Capaldi *dodges flying objects* Okay, so I like him as an actor but I don’t like where they went with him as the Doctor? David was my first Doctor, so I’ll always love him more than anything. Re-watching his seasons does make me really, really happy.

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    1. I’m glad you dodge those objects I just threw at you 😉 ah well we can’t all love him! I’m glad they went for an older actor this time – it was becoming too much of a pretty boy thing (not that I’m complaining really) but Capaldi is just so mad and funny! I literally have a Tshirt with David Tenannt’s picture on it haha

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  5. I am a MASSIVE Doctor Who fan (though I am really behind in the TV series, like, really really behind!) I started watching from the very first episode of the new series, with Christopher Eccleston, and haven’t stopped since!
    And yes it can be painful at times, but it can also be hilarious and I love the fact that, like you said, it’s probably never gonna end 😀
    Also that episode where they meet Agatha Christie is my favourite as well (I loved the whole of Donna’s season honestly). That part where the Doctor has been poisoned and they’re doing the charades to find out how to cure him had me in tears 😄

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    1. YAY Doctor Who fans unite! 💪🏻 And omg Donna was the perfect comic relief at that point in the series, I loved her so much! (Especially her reunion with the doctor through the windows haha). But yes that poisoned seen was positively hilarious

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  6. I haven’t seen a single episode of Doctor Who but LOVE David Tennant (especially in Jessica Jones, because creeeepy). But I have heard loads and loads about Doctor Who and enjoy all the gifs that have resulted from it. The fact that it doesn’t have to end is of course great, but like you I worry that it’ll hit a road block and go downhill… kind of like HIMYM.

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    1. Ahhh I say PFFFT to it going downhill. We shalt not thinketh of the future! Hear hear! But it really is magnificent so I urge you to watch the series – you won’t regret it 😉

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  7. Hahaha! I love that David Tennant is on this list because he is seriously what got me hooked on Doctor Who! I enjoyed 9, but 10 was what hooked me! I haven’t watched the Capaldi episodes just because the first two didn’t really impress me, but I might finish it soon!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Haha yes you said that perfectly! Aw I would totally recommend just chipping away at it. Start from Christopher Eccelston though – not from all the way back in the ’60s! You’ve got a whole year until the next season 😉

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  8. I don’t have a TV but now that I’m blogging and creating a New Audiobook Releases post each week, I ‘ve started noticing Dr. Who audiobooks. I will have to give one a try. Do you have a favorite doctor whose novels I should start with?

    My TTT list

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  9. Ok so I know you stopped by my WoW but when I saw your TTT about one of my top obsessions^^ I HAD to stop by this post. I ADORE Doctor Who!! ♥ Hopelessly addicted right here! My favorite Doctor is Tennant (of course) but I adore the Ninth Doctor too! The feels for this series are NO JOKE! I think I’ve rewatched the entire series like 5 times and I’m planning to start all over again soon LOL! Awesome post^^ Clearly, I’m now following your blog 😀

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    1. YAY – there is never enough Doctor Who in life 😍 I’m rewatching it slowly with a friend who’s never seen it (I KNOW) and it’s brilliant seeing her reactions. I’m going to a geeky convention soon, sort of like Comic Con, and I’m planning on buying ALL the DW merch I can 😝😝

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