Saturday, April 26, 2014

Doctor Who Weekend: Hello!

Earlier this week, the image below began popping up on Twitter:  

We have the 10th Doctor (David Tennant), the War Doctor (John Hurt) and the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) posing in front of a green screen. Given the positioning, I would hazard this is when the 3 Doctors appear in the Gallifrey Falls painting during The Day of the Doctor

Of course, as a guy, I can't have three other guys standing around without....

...well, without channeling The Three Stooges

Sorry about that. 

Anyway, notice how the character of each of the three Doctors is conveyed in their perspective stances.  

The 10th Doctor holds his screw driver straight out, his feet planted firmly. On the other end, the 11th Doctor affects a more dramatic posture, aiming the screwdriver slightly higher and his legs further apart. Both are standing sideways to whatever they're aiming their screwdrivers at. Even in the midst of serious business, the 10th and the 11th Doctors can't help but channel a bit of theater in their approach.  

In the middle, the War Doctor has a more relaxed pose of the two; he's holding his sonic screwdriver less like it's "a water pistol" and more like "a scientific instrument". And notice he's standing directly facing his target. This is a Doctor worn down by war and less inclined to such dramatic license as his future selves. 

The 10th Doctor, "the one who regrets", is removed from his time as the War Doctor by few years and engages a bit more in establishing a striking persona. The 11 Doctor, existing centuries after the Time War, is "the one who forgets" and more fully embraces the theater of being The Doctor.  

These stages of self-presentation are reflected in their choice of attire. The utilitarian gear of the War Doctor, the practical suit of the 10th Doctor and the more eccentric garb of the 11th Doctor. 

A great example of a single picture being worth a thousand words.  

See you all back here next week for Doctor Who Weekend. Until then, be good to one another. 

I'm So Glad My Suffering Amuses You  

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