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Here's a "must read" article from the Chronicle of Higher Education (available to non-subscribers for five days): "Professors from the Working Class Credit Their Rise to Rock — and Agent Scully." Synopsis: Music, television, and comic-book characters, and other elements of popular culture, inspired faculty members to strive when they were young.

In other news, I'm thoroughly enjoying the latest Doctor Who. Which leads me to a question for my friends...

Doctors Pictures, Images and Photos

Poll #1557393 Who is your favorite Doctor from Doctor Who? (You may choose more than one.)

Who is your favorite Doctor?

1 - William Hartnell
2 - Patrick Troughton
3 - Jon Pertwee
4 - Tom Baker
5 - Peter Davison
6 - Colin Baker
7 - Sylvester McCoy
8 - Paul McGann
9 - Christopher Eccleston
10 - David Tennant
11 - Matt Smith
films - Peter Cushing
Doctor Who who?
TARDIS stands for Tickyboxes Are Really Delightful in Spring

"I'm the Doctor; I'm worse than everyone's aunt."
- Doctor Who, "The Eleventh Hour"



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Apr. 28th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
The new Doctor has got me watching seriously again for the first time for years.
May. 3rd, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yay! :) I quite like him.
Apr. 28th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Although Pertwee was my first Doctor (Terror of the Autons when I was 5 and terrified by those daffodils), Baker is my favourite. I thought Ecclestone did a great job with the relaunch but I prefer Smith to Tennant.
May. 3rd, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Baker was my first, but I've managed to go back and pick up some Pertwee (and I need to watch more). I also liked McCoy quite a bit. I'm a big fan of Eccleston's Doctor, but I'm really enjoying Smith, too.
Apr. 28th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
This is the first article that I posted to my LJ and sent to my colleagues at work (for me LJ world and academic world are intentionally discreetly discrete)!

Also, the second part of your post has given me the courage to admit that I am actually enjoying the new Doctor Who more than numbers 9 and 10!
May. 3rd, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Three cheers for crossover articles! Our worlds (academia and SF) are colliding. :)

I'm really loving Smith, too. I adored Eccleston's Doctor, but Smith is very compelling.
(no subject) - internet_sampo - May. 3rd, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - May. 3rd, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm a little sad that I can't vote for Sylvester McCoy more than once, actually.
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Seven is wonderful, I wish he'd had better writers and more episodes... at least he has the audios!
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(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - May. 3rd, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Apr. 28th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the academic working class study. I was one of the respondents.

And no, it wasn't me who cited X-Files :) I don't even think Imentioned MFU.

I was wondering what happened to the study. Now, I think I'll email her for a copy of the results.
May. 3rd, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! It sounds like a fascinating study, and I was really surprised to read that more hasn't been done about this. (My husband fits in the category, as well.) It must've been very interesting to participate in as a respondent.

I'd be fascinated to know more of the results.
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'm a solid Three fangirl but I really enjoy Doctors 1, 2 & 7 as well, they're forever reshuffling which order they're in for faves.

I dropped in a vote for Tom Baker's Four as well, because he was so entertaining. :-) Smith is doing a fine job, but he hasn't earned a ticky-box from me yet, I'm waiting to see what sort of Doctor he is over more episodes.
May. 3rd, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Excellent choices, all! Tom Baker was my first Doctor, but I have special soft spots for 3 and 7, as well. I think 9 may be my all-time favorite interpretation of the Doctor, all things considered, but I agree with you - Smith is doing very, very well as 11. I'm really enjoying watching him. (And I love the elbow patches on the tweed blazer! LOL!)

Edited at 2010-05-03 02:38 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Regarding the quote, does that include Agatha Gregson?
May. 3rd, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
LOL! That may have been an oversight, come to think of it... ;)
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should have ticked Tennant as well... but I didn't because the thing is, it wasn't 10 so much as Tennant himself I was a fan of. It was such fun to have a FANBOY in the part! If you strip that away though, 10 doesn't make the favorite list for me.
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Definitely agree. It was fun watching "David Tennant have a blast being The Doctor" more than it was fun simply watching The Doctor.
(no subject) - eldritchhobbit - May. 3rd, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 28th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
John Pertwee and Chris Eccleston.

I think David Tennant is in a class by himself. Not necessarily better, but more tremendous. Somehow, it doesn't feel fair to pick him. He's very much his own Doctor.

And I agree about liking the new series. Matt Smith is delightful, in my opinion, and will probably join Three and Nine to make a proper trio when all is said and done. He fits well with those two.

Fun poll! And great article as well! Thank you for sharing, dear. :)
May. 3rd, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything you said about the Doctors. And I love your point about 3, 9, and 11 forming a proper trio - you're so right!

Now if I could just find a way to work Qui-Gon in there somewhere... ;) Because, all these years later, it's still all about Qui-Gon. Ha!

I'm so glad the article was of interest, too. I thought it was fascinating. *hugs*
Apr. 28th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Ten is and always will be my favourite. Smith is growing on me with every episode though.

I'm very much a New Who fan though since I wasn't exposed to Old Who at all, which is unfortunate. I wish I could have seen them. *sigh*
May. 3rd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
Smith is growing on me, too!

Tom Baker was my first Doctor, but my exposure to Old Who was spotty, so I know about some of them and I'm still ignorant of the others. Fortunately for us, they seem to be increasingly available for DVD rental. I need to catch up! Thus far, my favorite "retro" Doctors are Three (Pertwee) and Seven (McCoy).

I became a full-fledged fan with Eccleston, though, and he's still my favorite. :)

Edited at 2010-05-03 02:38 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
While I do enjoy William Hartnell (recently got the first ever episodes on DVD) and Patrick Troughton was always entertaining... it was more Patrick's animosity to Jon Pertwee during the multi-Doctor specials that I saw and I felt Pertwee came out ahead. Plus he had Venusian Akido :P Tom Baker is likely the one I have seen the most of when he was broadcast on the local public television. Caught very little unfortunately of the others (though I liked Peter Davison's look best). I haven't seen Matt Smith yet so the jury is absent for him. Chris and David have been great to watch!!!

Side interesting notes: Jenny is actually the daughter of a Doctor... though Peter Davison rather than David Tennant :P And Professor Hobbs (Midnight) as well as some other characters from the Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee years is the son of Patrick Troughton.
May. 3rd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I have got to get those early episodes on DVD! My knowledge of/experience with Hartnell and Troughton is limited. Tom Baker was my first Doctor (like you, I watched on PSB), but I've gone back and picked up some Pertwee, and I quite like him. Of the later "old" Whos, I really liked McCoy.

Plus he had Venusian Akido :P

LOL! Seriously!

Eccleston, I think, is my absolute favorite thus far. Tennant was great to watch, and Smith is just as good (in a very different way), if not better (or, at least, different in a way I enjoy even more). I hope you like him, too!

I'd heard that about Jenny (I can see the resemblance), but I had no idea about Hobbs/Midnight. How fascinating! It's a small Who world, isn't it?

Happy Who-ing!

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Apr. 28th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
I've only seen bits and pieces of Classic Who so I don't really any of them are my favorites yet. I loved Christopher Eccleston and enjoyed a fair amount of David Tennant. Matt Smith's series is promising to be very enjoyable indeed!
May. 3rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
First of all, your icon totally made my day. <3

As for the new Who, I agree completely with what you said above.
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Apr. 28th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Interesting article!
May. 3rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you found it of interest. I thought it was fascinating, too.
Apr. 28th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
I really like the last three, but hard to pick a favorite, but I really like how Smith is portraying the character, a lot. He might just become my favorite Doctor.
May. 3rd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Isn't he great? I'm loving watching what he does with the character.
Apr. 28th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Loved David Tennant and already really enjoying Matt Smith!
May. 3rd, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Yay! Me, too. I'm a huge Eccleston fan, as well.
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