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Doctor Who: A Man of Many Fashions

Although the Doctor is the same man at heart, over the years, each Doctor has had his own signature style to go with his eccentric personality.

The first Doctor sported Edwardian suits along with a wooden cane with a long, twisted handle. He is the only Doctor to be seen smoking, which happened on one occasion when he took puffs from a large, bent tobacco pipe. The second Doctor appeared in more rumpled, clown-like attire that is considered reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin. This shifted as he reincarnated into the third Doctor who donned more ornate clothing than his predecessors with dandy-esque fills and velvet. This again changed dramatically, as the fourth Doctor took a more bohemian approach to his appearance and wore a long frock coat with loose fitting trousers, and occasionally a wide-brimmed hat. This Doctor, portrayed by Tom Baker, is also known for his impractically long, multicolored scarf. The fifth Doctor, instead of suits, sported an Edwardian cricketeer’s outfit to match his youthful, yet aristocratic personality and demonstrate his love of the sport. In addition to this, he added an eccentric flair to his wardrobe by keeping a stick of celery in the lapel of his jacket. During the 1980’s, the Doctor reflected the period’s fashion trends with a multicolored jacket and cat-shaped lapel pins.  The seventh Doctor, in contrast, dressed himself with a straw hat, and not one, but two scarves. He also wore a tie, checkered trousers, and brogues/wingtips. This was more suggestive of a showman, which illustrated the Doctor’s zest for life. However, as time goes on, his attire darkened as his personality grew more mysterious. The eight Doctor appeared clad in a frock coat and a shirt that was based around a Wild Bill Hickok costume emphasizing his more Romantic personality.

The ninth Doctor began the first season of the newly revived series of Doctor Who. He dressed in a simple outfit including a worn black leather jacket, V-neck shirt, and dark trousers. This was because Christopher Eccleston, the actor portraying the ninth Doctor, felt that the Doctor’s eccentricities should be demonstrated more by his actions than by his clothing. The tenth Doctor sported either a brown or blue pinstripe suit with ties, an ankle-length tan coat, and Converse trainers (which were specially chosen by David Tennant). Occasionally, he also put on black, thick-rimmed glasses, though he dis not actually need them to see but rather wore them to “look a bit clever”. The most recent Doctor, the eleventh Doctor, has been described as that of an Oxford professor. His outfit includes a tweed jacket with a red or blue striped shirt, a red or blue bow tie, red or blue suspenders, and black or grey trousers. He is also noted for having a fancy for unusual hats like a fez, a pirate hat, and a Stetson.

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Doctor Who Series 7 Updates

After much anticipation, details have finally been revealed about the new season of Doctor Who set to air this fall. The first portion of series 7 will include 5 episodes and the usual Christmas special finale while part two, airing in the beginning of 2013, will have 8 episodes. The series begins with the return of Amy and Rory for their final adventure with the Doctor. After the Ponds departure, which will more than likely be heartbreaking knowing Moffat, the series will lead into the sequence of events that unites the Doctor with a new, unexpected friend.

“The Doctor is going to meet someone very new in the very last place he could ever have expected…” – Steven Moffat

Matt Smith will once again portray the eleventh Doctor with Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan appearing as Amy and Rory for the first five episodes of the newest series. The Doctor’s new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, will make her entrance in the Christmas special ending part 1. Alex Kingston is also planned to return to the set as River Song. There is also a list of other actors rumored to make a reappearance including James Corden (Craig Owens), John Simm (The Master), and even John Barrowmen (Captain Jack Harkness).

As far as the Doctor’s foes are concerned, some classics from the older version of Doctor Who in the 60’s and 70’s will return, but according to producer Marcus Wilson, will be “moved on a bit”. Two opponents that will certainly be involved in series 7 are the Daleks appearing in the opener and the Weeping Angels in the fifth episode (which is coincidentally the last episode with Rory and Amy). The Doctor will face these creatures along with new monsters in a series of exploits building towards Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year.

This new series is still a long way off and even more information will probably be revealed before it airs in the fall. To gather this information visit for more updates.

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When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it’ll never end. But however hard you try you can’t run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever, for one moment, accepts it… Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, Every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives.
– River Song (Doctor Who)

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The Ever-Confusing Timeline of River Song

CAUTION: “Spoilers” ;)

As everyone familiar with Doctor Who knows, one of the most confusing parts about the new series is the timeline of River Song, a woman who genuinely encompasses the idea of time being “a great big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey stuff”. I’m going to do my best to recap her chronology, basing my information off of the Alex Kingston narration from the most recent Doctor Who Confidential.

River song was born during the battle at Demon’s Run to Amy Pond and Rory Williams, but was taken by a servant of the Silence, Kovarian, to an Earth orphanage. Her name was originally Melody Pond (River Song. Melody Pond. See the resemblance?). The members of the Silence raised her to perform one specific duty: kill the Doctor. At this time in her childhood she traveled around in a spacesuit, but she managed to escape it and wandered the streets alone and dying until she finally regenerated. It was also during this time that the Doctor and the future River Song were investigating a mysterious astronaut, which was in fact, River Song from the past. Another thing to clarify is that River Song was born a time lord due to the fact that Amy and Rory conceived her while traveling in the Tardis.

After regenerating, River became Mel, who was young Amy and Rory’s best friend. She grew up with her parents and waited for the eventual arrival of the Doctor. It was when he finally showed up that she regenerated once more, only this time into the woman who would become River Song. She was not aware of this at the time.

Because she was raised to kill the Doctor, she quickly accomplished her goal by kissing him with lipstick poisoned by the Judas tree. It wasn’t long after though that she was enlightened to her future relationship with the Doctor and how much she would truly love him. Knowing who she would become and what the Doctor would mean to her, she decided to give her remaining lives to restore him. In return, he gave her the notebook that would chronicle their lives together.

However, she still had to kill the Doctor eventually. This was not an option. The Silence forced her to shoot him at Lake Silencio (again she was wearing a spacesuit), but she fought against it. Time collapsed and the Doctor managed to put it back together and still escape his own death, though it meant the imprisonment of River Song.

From that point on, River Song and the Doctor were living their lives in the improper order.  During all of their future meetings, she would know him more and he would know her less. This continues until one day, the Doctor invites her back to Lake Silencio with Amy and Rory, this time to watch his death rather than perform it. She also witnesses her own escape while they investigated the mysterious astronaut at the beach, as I mentioned previously.

Ultimately, the day arrives where River meets the Doctor for the last time and he meets her for the first. She had found that the man she loved so dearly did not even recognize her. This encounter happened during Season 4, whereas all the previous information occurred during Season 6 (with a few scattered appearances from River in between). The Doctor was going to sacrifice himself to save everyone trapped in the library, but River knew she had to take his place. In the end though, the Doctor managed to still rescue her, saving her onto a computer with all of her memories of the Doctor still alive.

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Doctor Who Story Arcs

One of the most notable aspects of the newer Doctor Who series is the story arc that encompasses each of the seasons. During the first four seasons, Russell T. Davies utilized the repetition of words and phrases that revolved around this arc, which went unnoticed by the characters until they were explained in the finale. In contrast, Steven Moffat’s story arcs were woven into each of the episode’s plots with characters gaining more and more information about it throughout the season.

During Series 1 (2005), the story arc revolved around the phrase “Bad Wolf”. These words appeared in each episode of the season as either parts of minor characters’ dialogue or writing seen in the background. In the season finale, it was revealed that the “Bad Wolf” was actually Rose Tyler after she gained omnipotent time warping abilities from looking directly into the heart of the TARDIS. After destroying the Daleks and reviving Captain Jack Harkness, Rose took the words “Bad Wolf” from a sign in Satellite 5 and scattered them throughout space and time as clues to remind her past self to return to Satellite 5 and save the Doctor.

“I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words. I scatter them … in time, and space. A message to lead myself here.“

                                      – Rose Tyler, “The Parting of the Ways”

Series 2 (2006) featured the word “Torchwood”. After being introduced once in series 1, the word appeared throughout the second series in a similar way to the previous story arc word/phrase. In the finale “Doomsday”, The Doctor discovers that Torchwood is an organization that has been monitoring him (as his tenth incarnation) since his encounter with Queen Victoria. The story arc concluded with the destruction of the Torchwood Institute’s London branch. This story arc word also served as a means to introduce the basis for the BBC spin-off series Torchwood about a modern organization that investigates alien activity.

Series 3 (2007) focuses on the campaign of Harold Saxon, or “Mr. Saxon”. There are a number of references to this politician throughout the season as well as “Vote Saxon” posters that can be seen in the background of some episodes. The arc is explained in “The Sound of Drums”, which connected this mysterious official to the Doctor’s old enemy, the Master. During series 3, The Master left subliminal messages (in the form of a drum beat he always hears in his head) to get the British population to trust and elect him. He also set up traps specifically guided towards the Doctor’s companion, Martha, which fuels the plot of numerous episodes.

Season 4 had references to many story arcs, which would take too long to discuss, so I’ll move on to series 5.  In this season, Steven Moffat developed the story arc and introduced new information to the characters as time went on. The series began with the Doctor stumbling upon the house of Amelia Pond (Amy Pond), who shows him a crack in her bedroom wall. The Doctor identifies this crack as a tear in space in time, or two parts of time that never should have met. This crack appears in future episodes and eventually begins to consume people, erasing them from existence.  The plot leads the Doctor to the Pandorica, which was a trap made by all of the Doctor’s foes and developed from elements of Amy’s childhood imagination. They feel that this will prevent damage to the universe, but the Doctor knows that this damage will be the result of the TARDIS exploding.  The Doctor later uses remaining atoms from the original universe inside the Pandorica to restore the universe to normal, much like cloning from a single cell. This then closes the cracks, however, it is never revealed why the TARDIS exploded in the first place.

The most recent series (series 6) explores the phrase “silence will fall”, which was introduced during season 5, and also focuses on the death of the Doctor, which Amy, Rory, and River witness during the first episode.  The phrase “silence will fall” refers to a religious order’s attempt to prevent the Doctor from answering the oldest question in the universe (“Doctor Who?”) by training someone to kill the Doctor. In order to avoid any “spoilers”, I won’t go into much detail about these story arcs because they are too heavily involved in the plot development and finale.

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