i think i’m a whovian.
A small guide for people who are #newtowho.
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There might be a few mistakes in the grammar as English isn’t my native language and I deeply apologize for that, but I think that everything is understandable. There might be mistakes in the syllabification (is that the correct word) too, because Adobe Indesign did that automatically and I forgot to change it.
I am now part of the Doctor Who fandom…
Well, as I’ve stated before, Nine was my first Doctor, so the tears were plentiful when he regenerate. But Ten proved to be quite amazing in his own right, and the same feeling happened again with Eleven, and then going in to Twelve.
My advice: Remember that no matter what, he is still The Doctor. No matter the face, parts of him will always come out. He has One’s crankiness at times, Two’s silliness, Three’s daring, Four’s madness, Five’s compassion, Six’s snark, Seven’s cunning, Eight’s charm, The War Doctor’s determination, Nine’s strength, Ten’s wonder, and Eleven’s imagination. The traits will be more or less prominent with time, but they’re all there, and they have always been inside of one solitary Timelord.
So, don’t panic. Yes, there will be tears, and there will be fond memories, but make room for more. Accept that this is a new aspect of the same character you have loved since the first time he whispered, ‘Run’.
I started watching Doctor Who when Matt Smith came on (i.e., “The Eleventh Hour”), so I’d never seen a regeneration before.So one day my dad decided to show me some of the episodes with David Tennant, and long story short, I ended up watching Ten’s regeneration into Eleven. It was weird (mostly because I was watching the series out of order), but I cried. Ten is my second favorite (after Eleven because I love the utter dorks.)Eleven-year-old me was very upset because I couldn’t have both of them at once, but since I was already used to Eleven, it made things easier. (Also, watching him act like the sweet dork he is helped.)My advice? Don’t watch it out of order, it just makes things harder. Do whatever you do when you’re upset (cry, eat ice cream, etc.) Just remember that you will get used to the new Doctor. And then the process will happen all over again.
The Ninth Doctor was my first Doctor and it was painful to watch him regenerate. I had heard all about how great David Tennant was as the Tenth Doctor but at the time I didn’t care. I just wanted more time with Christopher Eccleston. Eventually I came to love the Tenth Doctor almost as much as the Ninth but I’ll still never be over losing my Doctor. Yes, they are all the Doctor but everyone has their favorite. The only advice I can give to new Whovians is to love your Doctor as long as possible because in the end, he’ll break your heart.
The first Doctor I ever saw in anything was Ten due to a fanvid on YouTube, but the Doctor I saw actual episodes of was Eleven.
And the first episode I saw with Ten was The End of Time. So I guess both Ten and Eleven were my first second-Doctors at the same time—if this makes any sense at all.
But at the time, watching Ten’s regeneration episode was more like, “Okay, so that’s how he turned into that younger-looking guy.” Rewatching The End of Time now… I am never prepared for it. Ever.
10 was the first regeneration that I saw after I was a Whovian. I had known about him regenerating before the series came back and had seen a few scenes of the early transformations. but this was the first time that I had a connection to the previous Doctor.
When I listened to my parents tell stories of this Doctor and the Tardis, I had thought that the idea of regeneration was awesome. a story could continue on without there having to be any hand-waving a change of actors away(like in soap operas). and when I had seen some of the episodes where they changed, I thought, ‘wow!!! so cool’. but when I started watching the show on a regular basis, and found out that they were going to have a new Doctor so soon, I panicked. I was like ‘but..but..you can’t…it’s too soon!’. when I found out who the actor was, I was a bit skeptical. but I went with the flow and found myself liking him right away.
that feeling of ‘are they going to do well? will I like them? will I be the only one that likes them?’ doesn’t go away no matter how many regenerations there are. the only way to tell is to just jump right into the next adventure with the Doctor.
The first regeneration I saw was in the TV movie - Seventh to Eighth. Considering that movie scarred me because I was 5 at the time, I did not welcome the Doctor. I wanted to flee the room - that is a terrifying regeneration! D:
Once I got back into Doctor Who, the next one I saw was Nine to Ten. I cried. It took me a bit to get used to Ten, but I really started to like him as his first episode rolled on.
To new Whovians - never judge a Doctor on his first episode. Often times, the Doctor is experiencing post-regeneration loopiness and it may take some time for his full personality to come through. Keep watching and I’m sure, in time, you’ll find something you love about the next Doctor.
My first doctor was the 9th doctor. I cried when it came time for him to regenerate, and I hated most of the first episode with 10.
Maybe it was just because he wasn’t doing anything and I had to watch Rose freak out, or because Jackie never let him get a word in when he was awake the first time. Whatever the reason I was not happy to have the switch at first.
10 grew on me after that, he was brilliant and definitely my second favorite doctor.
If we really wanna get technical, my first doctor was Matt. However, since I only watched one of his episodes at that time (oh gods, that was about a year ago. On a side note I’ve been a Whovian for about a year now! Hooray!), so I went back and watched all of Eccleston’s episodes first. At first, although you may not have guessed it, I didn’t really like David Tennant. However, it wasn’t difficult to warm up to him. Pretty much by the end of the Christmas Invasion I was in love with his Doctor. I’ve seen him regenerate six times now, and I just can’t wait to fall in love with Capaldi’s Doctor~
My advice to any new Whovians is to give your new Doctor a chance! Sure it may not be who you watched and loved for the past season or so, but the Doctor is still the Doctor, no matter who plays him. And every one of those boys plays him spectacularly.
The Doctor’s had many faces, and if you’ve been a fan of the show for a while you’ve definitely seen at least two or three (or four, or five!) of them. Today we’re going to celebrate The Doctor’s many regenerations in preparation for his most recent one into the Twelfth Doctor, by talking about the first time we watched a regeneration on Doctor Who.
Who was your first second-Doctor, and did you welcome him with open arms or did he take some getting used to? What’s your advice to Whovians who have just experienced a regeneration for the first time?
Post your answer in the form of a text post/image/audio/fanart/fanfiction/anything! using the hashtag #Regeneration Tuesday and we’ll reblog our favorites throughout the day.
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I have no idea why it took so long, but I’m in love!
Translated by Geekpondering (@geekpondering)