Earlier this week, Airdrie library held a “geek night” mini-convention with guest speaker Terrance Dicks. Dicks was the script editor on Who from 1968 to 1974 before scripting several of Tom Baker’s stories and the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors alongside his own mini-library of Doctor Who novelisations.
He is one of the creative minds who shaped the show in its early to mid Classic era and a lot of him has gone into Doctor Who over the years. At the geek night he was asked about his favourite Doctor and it turns out that Terrance-the-Legend-Dicks has very nice things to say about Tenth Doctor David Tennant. He was reported to say that,
“he loved all the doctor’s [sic] but felt the one who best summed up the spirit was DT.”
He also described our David as “the quintessential Doctor”. That’s praise indeed given how much Dicks has influenced the show over the years.
Personally I’d agree that the character of the Tenth Doctor reflects the spirit of the show perhaps better than most incarnations – energetic, fun, excited by discovery and a righteous anger directed at the bullies of the universe. But I’m not sure about the second part. People love Doctor Who for different reasons and there’s something of a spectrum of flavours in terms of the lead character from the past 50 years. For me Tennant was a great Doctor, but not quite alien and eccentric enough to be the quintessential Oncoming Storm. More of a very clever, cheery bloke. With a TARDIS. Of the New Series Doctors, Matt Smith has been closer to the alien adventurer I picture from growing up on a thoroughly unbalanced diet of Classic DVDs (and *cough* VHS).
Who do you think is the quintessential Doctor? Does Tennant do it for you or is it Hartnell all the way? Does it make sense to say one Doctor is more Doctory than the others given that they are ALL an aspect of our trans-temporal hero? Or is the quintessence of the character on his way to our screens this Summer?…
(Via David Tennant News.)