“His name… is the Doctor.”
The Doctor. A wonderful, hilarious, tragic man with a fetish for traveling and a saving-people thing. He’s a 900-year-old time-traveling alien in possession of a space ship/time machine masquerading as a police box that is, in fact, bigger on the inside. He is brave, he is kind, he is brilliant, and–most of all–he is imperfect.
I love the Doctor for so many reasons. He makes me laugh (“Hermits United. We meet up every ten years and swap stories about caves. It’s good fun. For a hermit.”), he’s ridiculously geeky (“Don’t they teach recreational Mathematics anymore?”), and he’s so wonderfully compassionate (“I’m sorry.. So, so sorry” appears at least once each episode).
He’s also not afraid to have fun, as a scene from “Waters of Mars” shows:
Adelaid: State your name, rank, and intention.
Doctor: Doctor… Doctor… and fun!
But while the Doctor is a cheerful and enigmatic character, he is also imperfect–and that’s where his humanity comes in. Since he is an alien, it could be hard for us humans to relate to him, but he looks just like us and acts just like us. That includes his imperfections.
The most notable of his mistakes is featured in the episode “The Waters of Mars.” He saves three people destined to die in a tragic accident, even though he knows they should have died. When the group reaches earth, the Doctor watches, horrified, as his memory of the original history changes before his very eyes. Two of the survivors go on to live their lives, scarred by the events on Mars. The other woman dares to stand up to the Doctor and his vagrant manipulation of Time.
“It could change the history of the entire human race. No one should have that much power!”
The Doctor goes on to say,
“For a long time, I thought I was just a survivor. But now I’m a winner. Time Lord victorious.”
His mistakes cost him the life of someone he meant to save, because she was too noble to take what was unlawfully given to her. That brings forward to me the reality of his humanity–he can mess up just the same as I can, only on a much larger scale.
Along with all his quirky personality traits and relateable humanity, the Doctor also has an awful sense of fashion (when have tweed, bowties, and fezzes ever been in vogue?). He’s such a bubbly and bouncy character who’s easy to love and understand. And since he regenerates every time he does, the Doctor will be around for many years to come.