Doctor Who got a new start in the 21st century, and the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston in 2005, ushered in "New Who" for a new generation. I haven't yet seen any of his episodes, but that will change as soon as we're done with Space: Above and Beyond -- my family got the Eccleston DVDs for Christmas.
The Ninth Doctor was with us for only one season's worth of episodes, but he kicked off a renaissance for the franchise that's still going strong. Writer and show-runner Russell Davies held the reigns for all of the Ninth and Tenth, and he transformed the show from a cliffhanger-based action adventure to a much more character-driven mix of tragedy and comedy.
Coming right from the devastation of the Time War, it's been said that Eccleston played this Doctor with a definite subtext of post-traumatic stress disorder. He was definitely hard-edged and intense, and he dropped the borderline-foppish eccentricities of nearly all prior incarnations. Still, he retained the quick wit, charm, and dynamism that's always been a hallmark of the Doctor. He formed a rapid and deep bond with his primary human companion, Rose Tyler. This series also introduced the first pansexual companion, the unkillable Captain Jack Harkness.
"Your wish is my command. But be careful what you wish for."
The Ninth Doctor is an ARIES. The first sign in the Zodiac seems appropriate for this new start for the show. Again, the characteristics seem to just line up as if this was all part of the plan: adventurous, courageous, assertive, and confident (on the plus side); impulsive, foolhardy, and hot-tempered (on the minus). The leather jacket and northern accent probably make him look like he's about to bash some skulls for the glory of Manchester United or something, but his sense of personal honor and optimism round out his embodiment of this cardinal sign.
The New Year's Resolution for the dynamic Aries is to be patient. According to my source for these resolutions, "You love to burn through things as fast as possible but the good things take time. Commit to cultivating more patience and interest with the slower parts of the process and you can totally change your life."
[See the introduction for more about sources and motivations for this series of posts.]