Sunday, December 29, 2013

The 5th Regeneration of Christmas

The Fifth Doctor was portrayed by Peter Davison from 1981 to 1984.  After the longevity and popularity of the prior incarnation, the writers were going for a big contrast.  This Doctor was less brash, more vulnerable, and more comfortable with letting randomness pull him along (rather than having to put his finger in every pie, as it were).  And, to paraphrase one of his later incarnations, for some reason he liked to wear a decorative vegetable...


Despite the Fifth Doctor's casual nature and whimsical attire, the plots of his time grew a bit more serious.  One human companion was killed in action, and another proved to be a secret agent with murderous intent.  The end of the Fifth Doctor's reign came when he sacrificed himself to save still another companion.  I haven't watched any of this Doctor's episodes, but I did see him come back through time to meet the Tenth in a special short made for charity.

Quotations:

"There's always something to look at if you open your eyes!"

"You may disguise your features but you can never disguise your intent."


The Fifth Doctor is a SAGITTARIUS.  I'm sure I must be making the shoe fit somehow, but the list of characteristics seems to match up yet again... "optimistic, jovial, honest, but also a bit tactless, blindly optimistic, and reckless."  The Fifth Doctor seemed to try first to turn enemies into friends, and only fight them as a last resort.  His idealistic emphasis on making the world a better place also seems to mesh with the Sagittarius penchant for pondering the meaning of life and valuing freedom and truth.

The New Year's Resolution for the sometimes flighty Sagittarius is to think about cooling your jets once in a while.  Instead of looking ahead to the next, greener pasture, have a look at what's around you right now.  As with some of the other signs, such a remedy can also feed into the other aspects of this personality type, such as philosophical contemplation.

[See the introduction for more about sources and motivations for this series of posts.]

6 comments:

  1. True confessions: I'm a little bit in love with this Doctor. (New fave.)

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    1. The more I look around, the more fans of this one I find. I went looking on youtube for some representative clip of him doing his thing, but I stopped at this one because I kind of fell in love with the song that plays over of the montage.

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  2. I only know about Peter Davison from later associations...I never got to see him on TV as a child. Tom Baker, yes! But then we moved, and moved, and moved (the life of an Army brat), and the TV was never so readily available again. :(

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    1. Also, I'm not so sure that the 5th and 6th Doctor's adventures were so widely syndicated (outside the UK) as the 4th.

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  3. You failed to mention one of the weirdest twists in Whodom.

    Davison's daughter, Georgia, became an actress and played the role of "The Doctor's Daughter" in the episode of the same name. She then went on to marry the actor who played her father, David Tennant.

    I can only assume this was some of the inspiration for the whole (Spoilers Dear) River Song...extravaganza.

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    1. Wow -- I didn't know any of this! Quite wibbly-wobbly. I'd always hoped they would bring back Jenny some time. At least they know where to find her if they want her. :-)

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