Favorite Doctor | Ten (David Tennant)
“Oh. Lived too long.”
There aren’t words. Accept no substitutes. I feel no actor has ever put his own soul into a part in the history of this series as much as David Tennant. This was the role he was born to do; as if he had a fob watch of his own, and flicked it open and this star-filled god had been raging inside of him all along. It’s a performance that is completely other-worldly and has no human constraints - except for love. Through Tennant, we see the Doctor’s limitless intellect, his terror, his loneliness, his age, his battle scars. What a horrible shame that, as the writing dragged towards the end of his tenure, the character became somewhat of a parody of himself (I swear, if I heard “allons-y” one more fucking time I would have set fire to my face), but with “Waters of Mars” came a glittering, bloodthirsty depth that had never been seen before. It was such a beautiful and refreshing and frightening moment. I won’t ever quite feel the same way about this show after he left. I am an avid fan of the Classic series as well, so there’s no harm in regeneration, but with Ten gone, it’s a change that’s been hard to grapple with. I suppose it was the first time we got a real sense of the Doctor being an individual man in this life, along with the common string of similarities and morals inherent in all the Doctors. And with Ten’s final words, “I don’t want to go,” for the first time that it really was the death of a single man, rather than the same old Doctor shedding his skin. And then there’s the delight, the sheer giddiness and exuberance at being alive and finding wonder in little things that Ten was so known for in the earlier days of the series, and that he still held out ‘til practically toward the end. He’s still the only Doctor I’ve seen that managed to find something wonderful in anybody, to unlock people’s ferocity and beauty and courage. I miss him.
Hey! Everyone! Look at this incredibly well thought-out, beautifully reasoned opinion on why Ten is their favorite Doctor. Doesn’t even descend into the obsessive fangirling we hear so much associated with Ten, and is quite a pretty little piece of writing.