After the Seventh Doctor's final episode in 1989, the show was off the air for a while. It would be 16 years before it came back as a regular series. However, midway through that hiatus, in 1996, there was a TV movie that introduced us to the Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann. He appeared on-screen for that one adventure, then did a bunch of audio dramas for BBC radio, and then appeared again earlier this year in a 10-minute web short that closed the book on his story.
I should probably try to watch the 1996 movie, but the snippets that make up this 3-minute super-cut don't exactly convey confidence that the producers really got the concept too well. Still, the Eighth Doctor kept on chugging through the audio plays, novels, and comic books, and actually racked up far more adventures than any of his predecessors.
"I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there."
The Eighth Doctor is a PISCES. According to an authoritative source, this Doctor "...showed a romantic and sensitive side not displayed by previous Doctors." That seems pretty on-target for a Pisces, whose traits include compassion, kindness, forgiveness, and dreaminess. Even many of the negative traits listed for this sign don't seem so bad to me -- escapist, overly idealistic, secretive, and vague. Those last two may be on target for the Eighth Doctor, but only inadvertently. The writers of the TV movie slipped in some things that were a bit out of continuity for the Doctor -- psychic powers? a human mother? -- which, if we're being charitable, can be written off as the kind of playful misdirection that other incarnations sometimes employed.
So what does the overly galvanic Pisces need to work on as a New Year's Resolution? The suggestion from my source is to create boundaries. I'm not a Pisces, but I definitely need to learn more about how to say "no" to things that will otherwise pull me in too many different directions.
[See the introduction for more about sources and motivations for this series of posts.]