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A Tribute To The Fifth Doctor

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« on: November 22, 2010, 08:52:07 pm »


Tenure: 1981-1984
Stories: 20
Episodes: 69
Companions: Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, Kamelion, Peri


The Fifth Doctor was far more vulnerable, sensitive, and reserved than his previous incarnations, and often reacted to situations rather than initiating them. Frequently, he made decisions by flipping a coin. Unlike his more authoritative predecessors, he treated his young companions as parts of a team, and often willingly participated in situations under the leadership of someone else who had the strong command presence that he apparently lacked. However, the Fifth Doctor's boyish appearance, nervous energy, and charm all hid the fact that he was a Time Lord of great age, compassion, and experience.

This Doctor greatly abhorred violence and often hesitated about taking matters into his own hands. For the first time, indecision weighed seriously on the character, and it had its consequences - yet this Doctor was also one of the most courageous of his incarnations. He was willing to take chances with companions like Turlough and Kamelion, who were originally threats, even as he pretended to be unaware of it at first in order to grant his companion the opportunity to do the right thing. He was also willing to make enormous personal sacrifices (Mawdryn Undead) simply to keep his word and liberate others from suffering. It was perhaps the awful realisation that his very existence begat violence and the weight of companion Adric's death on his conscience, and perhaps Tegan's near emotional breakdown as well, that led him to sacrifice his own existence to save his last companion, Peri. In an episode of Doctor Who Confidential, Steven Moffat said that "this Doctor takes the emphasis off the eccentricities and turns it into a pained heroism of a man who is so much better than the universe he is trying to save but cannot bear to let it stand."

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 10:30:53 pm »

My favourite Doctor of them all. A brilliant selection of clips ad a great description of him too. He is the main reason I want a multi Doctor story again though I'm probably being greedy after already getting Time Crash
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 05:30:09 pm »

I'm the Doctor... or will be, if this regeneration works out.

Do I even need to say it?

I second Double P - more please.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 06:23:47 pm »

I thought Five was great, and all the more admirable because of the giant task of filling Tom Bakers shoes. Nobody thought he could do it and he proved everyone wrong. Some of his stories are the very best and easily a top 5 Doctor for me
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 09:01:31 pm »

My cousin about a month ago convinced me to watch Caves and I fell in love with it and Five. Such a great Doctor that I will eventually get around to watching more of I hope.
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2010, 10:15:33 am »

You really should. Five, particularly in his last season, had some absolutely brilliant stories and was a fantastic Doctor. He will always be my favourite
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2010, 02:20:52 pm »

The 5th was the last doctor of the classic series I got to watch in 'real time' due to a move abroad. I have to admit I was pretty much sold on Peter Davison before he took on the role as a result of 'All Creatures' so the transition from TB was pretty effortless.

A re- run of his tenure always goes well in this household and after 10..3 and 2 he is one of my more favoured incarnations. Cool
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2011, 10:48:23 pm »

I loved him!!!! He was amazing in all creatures and he was also amazing as the doctor!!!! I mean he went around wearing a piece of celery what more can I say?Huh? Haha
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2012, 05:45:43 am »

A great Doctor, especially in making his incarnation so drastically different from the fourth. The fifth is really the ultimate gentleman, and his exasperation at lots of things seemed to be his most Doctor-ly tendency besides the more obvious cricket balling and coin flipping. I definitely liked the more radical out-there stories of his run, forget what they say about production values.
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