Published on January 10th, 2014 | by James Lomond
An Underground Tribute at Tufnell Park!
Never let it be said that Doctor Who fans don’t know how to show love for their show! Urban commuter paper, Metro, has picked up a delightful tribute by a fan on the London Underground spotted by two twitter users, @asifandwhen and @RoxaneGrantArt…
In a radical departure from train delays and cancellations, someone has cheekily rendered a very recognisable silhouette on one of the Service Information whiteboards. It’s accompanied by an image of the TARDIS and a quote from Series 3’s The Family of Blood – specifically young Tim Latimer’s description of who the Doctor is, having looked into the fob watch/ chameleon arch and into his memories and biological essence (or something gold and glowy along those lines):
“He’s the fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever. He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the Universe… And he’s wonderful.”
A poetic description of who the Doctor is. Thank you, anonymous underground-artist, for *posting* a bit of Who-Love in the real world, in the middle of an otherwise uneventful daily commute.
This comes soon after some Web of Fear fans scrawled a Great Intelligence-related message at a tube station to wish the good Doctor a very happy birthday.
On the last day of the 50th Anniversary Celebration event in London, Steven Moffat gave an equally, if not more, touching description of what makes the Doctor special for him in one of the discussion panels. Paraphrasing from memory, Moff roughly said:
“When they made this particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun; they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter; they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray; they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts. And that’s an extraordinary thing: there will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor.”
That for me is the perfect explanation for why the Doctor is the best literary character out there and why I love the show. But what would you have chosen, Kasterborite, if you indulged in a little guerrilla street Who-art? What quote or passage sums up the Doctor for you? And why?