30 Days of TV – Day 14

Day 14 – Favorite male character

The Doctor from, obviously, Doctor Who.

A cheat, I know: one character portrayed by eleven (and counting) actors. And because the show is the longest-running science-fiction TV show, with (currently) 777 episodes, a bunch of specials, and a pair of feature-length movies. Also because I haven’t seen all of the Doctors, mostly the first one (the gruff old sod, back when the show was just campy BBC television and not yet Doctor Frakking Who, media phenomenon and British cultural icon), and the last three Doctors, thanks to PBS and BBC America.

I never got a good enough feel of Christopher Eccleston’s portrayal to really like his Doctor; oddly jovial and witty, while also melancholy at the same time. Like the majority of fans, David Tennant is my top-pick for Doctor. His Shakespearian pedigree gives him a leg to stand on in the acting department, and his fast-talking, light-hearted Doctor with a propensity for babbling is rounded and endearing.

Needless to say, his replacement as the Eleventh Doctor needed to fill big shoes, and I think Matt Smith’s done a damn good job of doing so. He’s similar to the first two, on paper—fast-talking, witty, manic at points—yet it’s all done in his own unique way, a childlike wonder to every situation he’s throw in. He’s also on top of the game, and highly logical—his manic pontificating is his way of working out a solution—and he’s got some great signature phrases (“Come along, Pond!” and “[blank]s are cool” come to mind). Give it another few years and Smith could easily surpass Tennant as best Doctor; I rank him pretty high already.

Day 01 – A show that should have never been canceled – Jericho
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching – Fringe
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV-season) – Game of Thrones
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever – Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Day 05 – A show you hate – various micro-rants
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – The Oath/Blood on the Scales
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – Black Market
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch – Better Off Ted
Day 09 – Best scene/episode ever – Out of Gas
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving – NCIS
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you – Heroes
Day 12 – A TV show you’ve watched more than 4 times – Robotech
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show – Talespin
Day 14 – Favorite male character – The Doctor
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 – Favorite mini series
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite relationship
Day 22 – Best pilot episode
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Favorite series finale
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death

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