Portrayed by: David Tennant
Number of episode as the Doctor: 47
Catchphrase(s): "Allons-y!", "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry."
Appearance: Either a blue or brown suit, tan trench coat, red or light brown converse tennis shoes and sometimes glasses.
I was instantly drawn to the 10th Doctor's fast talking and his interest in discovering himself all over again. Learning what type of man he had transformed into was something that interested us all. He reminded me a lot of the angry version of the 9th. He was wrathful and unforgiving when he was portrayed. It made me nervous for a few minutes until he changed into his standard brown suit and joined Rose and her family for Christmas dinner, something the old Doctor would never do. That's when I realized that we are going to get this unique blend of badass and superbly kind that is going to keep me guessing to the very end and she so did.
We get to see this fun side almost instantly in Rose and the Doctor's next few adventures together. He takes her to New York very far in the future. There we see that not only is the Doctor fun but he really does have the memories of the previous incarnation (and all the ones before them) when we meet an old foe. Cassandra from season 1 shows up and abducts Rose's body. Not only does the Doctor catch on very quickly that he is not dealign with Rose anymore, he refuses to help either of them until Cassandra takes over his body instead just so Rose remains safe. We get to see how very much he cares for her in this episode which put to rest my worries of whether these two actors would have the same chemistry.
This playfulness carries over into the next episode entitled "Tooth and Claw" when they traipse around with Queen Elizabeth and happen upon a real live werewolf. Instead of taking the life threatening situation seriously, they sort of rely on each other to figure things out and get away safely. They laugh the whole time and freak out about what they are seeing. The Queen finds this very distasteful and banishes them, setting up Torchwood to keep Britain safe. Because of their wreckless behavior, the institution that eventually parts them is set into motion.
Rose and the Doctor
Martha posed an interesting engima because she represented the things the Doctor didn't want. She probably made the most sense for him as far as a romantic relationship was concerned. She was the smartest (as far as actual book smart) companion and had all of the traits the Doctor liked about Rose. Martha was also adventurous and fun and funny and very clever but he was still grieving over Rose and Martha was never going to measure up.
I think of the Doctor's days with Martha as his darkest with the exception of the ending 5 episodes when he traveled alone. During his time with Martha, he kisses her when he first meets her and though he makes it clear it was only for a distraction, he can never really get her to believe that. I think this subconciously makes him angry with Martha. He still fights to save her and loves her but only in a friendly way. In a lot of ways, he takes advantage of Martha's love, relying on her to keep him safe in "Human Nature" while he forgets his Time Lord self and falls in love with a nurse, relying on her to support them in "Blink" when they get stuck in the '60's without the Tardis and again in the two parter "The Sound of Drums" and "Last of the Time Lords" when the Doctor sends her out alone to spread the word about him. I talk about this in Martha's post but she is the only companion that constantly has to make her way in the world without the Doctor even though she is on the Doctor's missions. I really feel that the Doctor relies to heavily on Martha's feelings for him in these episodes (though he probably doesn't know he is) and treats her unfairly. He knows how she feels, is furious that he can't make her see that it should be different and relies heavily on her love.
Though they have fun in their adeventures, I don't like to think about the Doctor during this time too much because I can't help but feel like he was a little selfish. I think it is important that he constantly spurned her advances because we as an audience needed time to mourn for Rose with him but it does leave him a bit cold. I also think that like me, the Doctor never truly notices Martha's strength until she tells him she isn't going with him again at the end of "Last of the Time Lords". This decision allows Martha the time she needs to get over her love for him and they can finally become friends.
The Doctor's final companion is the one he really needed. Donna might be the one he's needed all along. If Rose gave him his kindness, Donna reminded him it's still there. Though she didn't do it as gently as Rose, Donna always made sure her Doctor knew when he was crossing the line. Things that Martha may have tried to tell him and he ignored, Donna made sure he heard. For example, in "The Fires of Pompeii" the Doctor was willing to leave the family that helped them to burn because it was a fixed point in time and he refused to listen. Donna begs him to save the family, forcing him to listen to her reason. It is because of her mercy that the family are allowed to live and it forces the Doctor to reconsider his behavior before then.
This mercy is shown to have a quick effect. In the next episode "Planet of the Ood", both the Doctor and Donna fight to free the Ood from their captives. Donna forces the Doctor to regain his compassion which makes him a better man. What he gets from Donna is a true and honest friend who is just as likely to hug him as yell at him depending on her mood and the situation. There is no sexual tension between them because neither of them are attracted to each other in that way. The Doctor begins to rely on Donna and think of her as a true friend.
It's why her parting pretty much breaks him. After just giving up Rose to the Metacrisis Doctor in "The Journey's End" and saying goodbye to the rest of his companions, the Doctor knows he must now give up his current companion. During the creation of the Metacrisis Doctor, some of the Doctor's Time Lord DNA was placed in Donna's mind giving her the knowledge of all space and time. They figure out at the same time that she can't keep all this knowledge and not burn up from the inside so even though she begs him not to, he is forced to erase every bit of himself and the Tardis from her mind.
The Final Days
Faced with the prophecy of his own death and still grieving for losing Donna, the Doctor sets out on his own. His slipping mind isn't truly revealed until "The Waters of Mars". With his death weighing heavily on his mind, he wanders onto a space station in Mars in the future. He realizes as he talks to the crew that this is the day the space station blows up, killing the entire crew. He knows this is a set point in time, much like his death, and he tells himself that he must walk away and let their deaths happen even though he is sure he could probably prevent some of them.
But (in my opinion) because he is so worried about dying himself, he decides to screw his rules and helps save some of the crew anyway. He reasons that he is the last of the Time Lords and that there is no reason he should have to play by their rules anymore. But he's already told the captain that she is supposed to die that day and inspire her grand daughter to go into space. That same grand daughter will be the first person to make contact with other alien races. The captain is so upset that the Doctor defies history that she tells him he was completely wrong for altering it before marching inside her home and killing herself.
The Doctor is devastasted by this act and her words. So instead of running, he goes to confront the Ood about their prophecy which leads him back to earth in "The End of Time: Part 1" and "The End of Time: Part 2". Though he is still afraid, he fights to win earth back and wins but gives up his life to save Donna' grandfather who decided to go on that adventure with him. Dying, the Doctor visits all his companions one last time, saving his first companion for last. After telling Rose she is about to have a wonderful year (since it is the year they first meet) he stumbles back into his Tardis and precedes to regenerate. Right before the yellow light takes over, he says "I don't want to go".
It's hard to put into words why I love this incarnation of the Doctor so very much. It's a combination of the depth of his emotions--how he can feel the saddest sads and the most joyous joys (and act these out brilliantly) and still go on. It's in his maniac ramblings and the way he wields his sonic screwdriver like a sword and his iconic blue or brown suit and trench coat and converse shoes. It's in the way he loved each of his companions differently and how he struggled with each and every decision he makes. Every episode with the 10th Doctor is surprising and it made me love him in a new surprising way. It is because he stumbles that made him all the more appealing. And it is because he loved that makes him unforgetable.
What did you think of the 10th Doctor?Great 10th Doctor Episodes:
- New Earth
- The Girl in the Fireplace
- The Idiot's Lantern
- Fear Her
- Army of Ghosts/Doomsday
- Voyage of the Damned
- Partners in Crime
- Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead
- The Stolen Earth/The Journey's End
- The Waters of Mars
- The End of Time: Part 1/The End of Time: Part 2