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Doctor Whoniverse: Getting to Know…The Fourth Doctor

Hello, fellow fans (and maybe some curious guests)! It has been several weeks since I did my post and poll about your favorite Doctor, so I decided it was high time to introduce you to my 2nd favorite Doctor, according to my personal order of viewing preference! Introducing… *pause for effect*…

The Fourth Doctor!

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Probably the most well-known Doctor in the Classic era, the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) had the longest stint of the earlier Doctors: seven years! From Season 12 to Season 18, the happy-go-lucky, “all teeth and curls” Fourth Doctor graced the world of Doctor Who, making him one of the most memorable Doctors of the fandom.

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Known for being laid back and rather lackadaisical, the Fourth Doctor was known for being friendly to all he met, whether human or alien, often offering them a jelly-baby in a gesture of friendship. He wasn’t very technically minded as his predecessor, the Third Doctor, and his TARDIS was constantly going off course and landing in places light-years away from their original destination.

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His 12-foot long scarf and wild curly mane were his signature features, belaying his sense of patchworked, hodgepodge charm. He was often underestimated by his enemies, but underneath his somewhat awkward (and sometimes foolish) exterior, he always had a plan. The Fourth Doctor encountered numerous alien enemies, including the Daleks, the Zygons, Sontarans, and even other Time Lords (among them, the Master in his second incarnation).

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He always had a bit of sarcasm and snark up his sleeve, and he used it quite regularly, resulting in some of the most memorable quotes from his era, as you can see in the above picture. Yet, the Fourth Doctor was willing to help those in need, a trait that has been true of each of the Doctors.

Overall, I find his serials both amusing and engaging, except for some of his later seasons, which had thin plots and were poorly written. I enjoy him with some of his companions, and not with others. I’ll do companion pieces for each of the Doctors, so have no fear; we’ll get to the companions eventually! The next Doctor in my viewing order may come as a surprise, so watch out…

Have you seen any Fourth Doctor serials? If so, do you like him, or do you find him unwatchable? Let me know in the comments below!

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Doctor Whoniverse: Who’s Your Favorite Doctor?

I started hearing about Doctor Who back in 2011, and I finally got so tired of hearing about it and seeing references to it that I settled down and found the first episode of the new series: Rose. It starred the wonderful Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Since 2011, I’ve watched all of the episodes except for maybe a handful from the new Doctor Who series, and am now in the process of watching all the available serials from the original classic Who series.

In future posts, I will include a full serial/episode list from each Doctor’s era, so you can keep track of episodes you’ve seen and have yet to see. However, this post is about your favorite Doctor, or more simply, the Doctor you most prefer to watch. I love all the Doctors, except for McGann and Capaldi, and only because I haven’t had the pleasure to watch them yet. Each Doctor has certain qualities that I enjoy, but if I had to choose, it would be… without a doubt… the… *pause for effect*

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Yes, friends and fellow fans, the suave, sophisticated, cape-wearing, James-Bondesque, earth-bound Third Doctor is my favorite Doctor of them all. He was exiled to Earth by the Time Lords, where he lost all memory of the TARDIS’ dematerialisation codes and therefore, could not fly the TARDIS by himself.

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He helped out the “top-secret” organization of UNIT, and had several adventures involving Autons, Daleks, and even his two previous selves! A bit bitter at being exiled to Earth, he later came to enjoy his time there, returning again and again to his “home” even after his exile was lifted.

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He loved working with gadgets, and he was always tinkering with one thing or another. I have seen all of the serials from his era, 1970-1974, and some of my favorite serials come from his era. I recommend him to those wanting to start in Classic Who.

I’ve decided my next series of Doctor Who posts will be all about the Doctors, and I will post each Doctor (excluding the two I haven’t seen) in the order of my personal watching preference. I hope y’all will come along with me in this journey through all of time and space.

Have you seen any serials from the Third Doctor’s era? Do you like him, or do you avoid him at all costs? Tell me about it!