Published on October 4th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
The Speech That Wasn’t
If you head over to the SFX website, you’ll have the opportunity to read the “acceptance speech that never was” if Doctor Who had been voted top of the pile for the Top 100 Sci-Fi Icons of the 21st Century, a poll that the sci-fi magazine recently ran.
And it’s one hell of an enduring piece that could possibly bring a tear to the eye.
Talking with current show runner Steven Moffat with a drizzling of comments from previous show runner Russell T Davies, the short but sweet dedication looks at what makes the Doctor the Time Lord that he is and why he is loved by so many.
An interesting point raised is that he’s not necessarily a man on a mission like so many action heroes but more of a mass improviser, a blagger if you will, that puts together the pieces of the intricate puzzle as he stumbles along. As Moffat points out:
“He’s not James Bond. He doesn’t have a mission and his superpower is just that he’s a really good improviser. I don’t think the Doctor sees himself as a hero. He’s always on the way to do something else and he just gets caught up in these adventures.”
Also, as with any character real or imaginary, there’s a huge mystery to him that still to this day has not been answered. For nearly fifty years, people all over the world have wondered about the Doctor and his mysterious past that somehow always stays in the shadows. Russell T Davies commented:
“He’s a mystery. Nearly 50 years on, we don’t even know his name.”
But when it comes down to it, it’s because he’s the Doctor that he’s so popular. No other being in the whole of creation could do what he does and still have a smile on his face at the end of the day.