The following was recently posted on the newsgroup rec.arts.drwho. It appears here by kind permission of the author, Ian Moore.
It doesn’t bother me that some people might not like ‘Rose’. It might
not be to everybody’s taste, and that’s fair enough. I am, however, a
bit taken aback by some of the criticism thrown at it.
Criticism based on what I can only describe as ‘stunning stupidity’.
we have a Doctor who manages to combine the mischievous enthusiasm of
Troughton with the alien aloofness of Tom Baker, thus managing to
somehow combine the two most popular, and arguably the best, previous
Doctors. A Doctor who is fun to be with, which is like a breath of
fresh air after the shoddy way the seventh and eighth Doctors have
sometimes been portrayed in the books over the past fifteen years or
so. A Doctor who is portrayed by one of the most gifted actors of his
what do I hear people complaining about? The fact that he doesn’t wear
a scarf and a stupid coat, but a sensible leather jacket. As if the
important thing about the Doctor isn’t that he fights evil, or helps
out the little guys. No, the important thing about the Doctor is how
his clothes look. Really, what sort of person could have seen the
original show and come away with that idea?
What else? That the
Doctor is too young. Despite the fact Eccleston is roughly the same age
as Tom and Colin Baker were when they became the Doctor, is older
than Peter Davison and Paul McGann were, and isn’t much younger than
Patrick Troughton was. The facts speak for themself!
that the Doctor sounds too ‘working class’. Again, what sort of person
could have watched an episode of the original series, and come away
with the idea that what’s important isn’t that the Doctor has
adventures in time and space, or is brave and never cruel or cowardly
etc, but that the Doctor speaks in a certain tone of voice. You don’t
judge somebody by how they speak, but by what they are saying. That’s
an important lesson in life, as well as in Doctor Who.
only assume that these people are acting on some prior prejudice or
agenda, or are just a bit dim, so my response to them can best be
summed up by the phrase ‘piss off’.
Okay, rant over.
thought Rose was magical. I thought both Eccleston and Billie were a
revelation. It was a lot more lighthearted than I expected, and the
visual effects were, to be honest, shit, but it was Doctor Who in all
the ways that mattered. There were more than enough moments when I knew
I was watching the greatest show in the world again. From what I’ve
seen of the rest of the series, it’s only going to get better!