This is a difficult rant to write but the necessity has become alarming.
My Whovian affinity began with me accidentally watching part of an episode at a friends’ house. Tennant was the Doctor. I admit, I remember it as a bit embarrassing.
However, one thing was clear.
The Doctor might be in almost every scene but the show is not about him.
Awkward, there was still something there. Enough for me to want to check out more.
I wanted to part-take. I liked the whole space and time concept, although wibbly wobbly timey wimey.
Before I jumped on the new series bandwagon, I decided to watch the old stuff first.
It took me a year to go through it all.
From 1963 up until 89, including the movie from 1996.
I was hooked.
Early on, my theory about the Doctor was confirmed.
His part in the story became clearer through each regeneration. The Doctor is as much a character as the Tardis is. The story was not about him.
The new instalment changed this.
Doctor Who needed to follow the New Golden Era Formula for TV series. Which means an emphasis on character driven plots (hooks) at the expense of story driven ones.
He became the main character.
He became a man.
He is not.
He is an alien.
We needed him to fulfill the (epic) hero role. Complete with romance and everything. With the ugly and embarrassing affair of Rose and the 10th Doctor as the result.
The Doctor is not supposed to be a romantic hero.
He is a tool. A device.
I do not want to figure him out, or know more about him because there is no unresolved mystery there.
He is simply the Doctor.