Those who know me already know the answer to this particular meme. My favorite Doctor remains, after nearly 30 years….
I’m pretty sure I saw “Black Orchid” first, because it was early in the day at Sweatcon, and more people wanted to see “Earthshock” on the itty bitty tv monitors, and I think (but couldn’t swear) that one was limited to like one session a day in the video room. I didn’t think much of Cybermen and didn’t want to see Adric die, and I really wanted to see the new Doctor. I knew he existed, of course, and had just about memorized Doctor Who Monthly‘s coverage of the 19th season. But. I. HADTOSEE ’cause I was intrigued and had only seen the 4th Doctor until then, and couldn’t stay late night at Sweatcon to see some Pertwee stories. So I squeezed into the room, and huddled with my fellow initiates in front of that 19″ tv, and had my mind blown.
Oh, Kroll, what a pretty, pretty boy/man! (Hey, I was 18, I was still very much thinking with raging hormones! And, yes, girls’ hormones rage, too, otherwise how the hell do you explain Justin Bieber’s popularity?) So different from the previous Doctor– quietly forceful, not at all shouty, sometimes out of his league, sometimes mistaken for ineffectual, and… OMG that killer smile!
Needless to say, I was immediately hooked. And my love for the Fifth Doctor grew with every episode I saw, both of his and of his predecessors. Once Doctor Who entered its 15 year Hiatus Hut, I rewatched the Fifth Doctor’s stories when I chose to rewatch the show. What I saw, had me love that Doctor (and Peter Davison) more. Unlike other incarnations, the Fifth Doctor isn’t talky… with his voice. Watch his expressions! Unlike other incarnations, the Fifth Doctor’s thoughts are plainly visible.
(Of course, my favorite all-time expression of his is his eye-roll when Nyssa demands of him, “Say you’re glad to see [Tegan], Doctor” in “Arc of Infinity. Second fave is the look of pure relief on his face as he hugs Nyssa after she’s rescued in “Black Orchid.”)
I was so excited when Big Finish began doing past Doctor stories, because that meant I would get more of Peter Davison being MY Doctor. Once I got used to the change in his vocal qualities (he’s not nearly as breathy or squeaky as he was), I so enjoyed having more Fifth Doctor realness to listen to. And then, OMG, “Time Crash”! My fave Doctor meeting my second fave Doctor– and written by Moffatt! It did not disappoint, not at all, especially not when Ten said,
You know, I loved being you. Back when I first started, at the very beginning, I was always trying to be old and grumpy and important, like you do when you’re young. And then I was you, and it was all dashing about and playing cricket and my voice going all squeaky when I shout. I still do that, the voice thing, I got that from you! Oh, and the trainers, and [puts on his glasses] snap. ‘Cos you know what, Doctor? You were my Doctor.
So, yeah, Fifth Doctor for the win, and I really, really need to work on my endings for these meme bits…..