Happy Christmas Eve Eve, everyone! In preparation for my 12 Days of Christmas posts to start on Wednesday, I'm setting out the format here for what I'll be doing.
(Caption for the above picture: "Put your hand in the hand of the man from Gallifrey")
Each post will start with a brief intro to one of the Doctor's incarnations, with a special picture made with a nice TARDIS template/outline that I found here. That will be followed up by a favorite quotation or two from the Doctor du jour, which I found from the extensive collection at Wikiquote. My original intent for the quotes was to show how each incarnation was uniquely different from the others, but I think they'll more show what's stayed the same over the last 50 years.
Then comes the interesting bit: Last year, a writer named Dawn Ellis posted a fascinating idea that suggests there is a link between the personalities of each Doctor and the progression of the Sun through the Zodiac. It's all tongue-in-cheek, of course, but it's amazing how many aspects line up. I'll give a quick summary of how well each incarnation compares with the typical characteristics that astrologers propose for each sign.
(I should reiterate that I definitely don't believe in the usual literal interpretation of astrology! I just don't see any way that the positions of the planets in our solar system could have the proposed effects on a person being born at a particular time. Nevertheless, astrology provides a very cool and complete "map" of personality archetypes, and it uses colorful, poetic symbols that seem fine-tuned to dovetail with the the quirks of the human subconscious.)
Anyway, since the New Year is also upon us, I will follow up these Doctor/Zodiac musings with a selection from a list of Sun-Sign themed New Year's Resolutions that were posted about a year ago by someone named Sherene Schostak.
Should I call them New Year's Regenerations? Originally, the idea that the Doctor "regenerates" into another face and body -- when on the brink of death -- was a simple explanation for a new actor taking on the role. (Does that mean Darrin Stephens is a Time Lord, too?) However, it's also a wonderful metaphor for how we essentially morph into different people as we age and experience more of life. The New Year's Resolutions that are right for us in our 30s may not be the ones that are right for us in our 40s. So, you, good readers, can choose from a baker's dozen of options over the next few weeks, depending on Who you happen to be right now -- and Who you want to become in the new year.