I know, I know, I’ve told each one of the three previous Charmings that they were the best and no one is loved more than they are, but I swear, they’re not listening right now. They have no clue that the Doctor takes the cake. (Or jelly babies. Or jammie dodgers. Or custard.)
It’s for posterity, you see. They’d all be terribly jealous.
Series/Book/Movie: Doctor Who
Who He Loved: Oh, you know, everybody. But most especially, Rose Tyler.
We’re going to put our focus today on my doctor, Ten. But first, I must start with my Doctor Who conversion story. See, my husband and I started watching Doctor Who on a whim. And that whim was called “Meli thinks Matt Smith is awful cute, so hey! Let’s see what this is all about!” We started at the beginning of the reboot. I thought it was cool and all, absolutely. But Eccleston is too good at playing the wounded hero and my heart just hurt when I watched him. We didn’t mesh well. Then suddenly he regenerated and from that first episode on, this brilliant chemistry rushed in out of nowhere. The Rose/Ten connection made me into the whovian that I am today.
The thing about Ten, or any of the regenerations actually, is that he’s the one meant to save the entire galaxy. He’s not meant to save the girl, and none of his companions really need rescuing. When one has to worry about daleks, cybermen, animus, weeping angels, the Silence, zygons, autons, and more, one doesn’t really have time to worry about What’s Her Face’s broken fingernail. He needs side kicks. Co-Charmings, if you will. Like, ah…
So what makes the Doctor the perfect Prince Charming? Dedication, skill, smarts, killer good looks, awesome hair (really, though), and a devotion to fighting the good fight that goes above and beyond comprehension. Is he flawed? Oh, you know it. The decisions he has made in the past weigh him down, each and every one of them. He is, regardless of Gallifrey’s state, the man who regrets and the man who wishes he could honestly forget. But he soldiers on because it’s his job. It’s his duty.
Because he’s the Doctor, and that’s like a promise he made.
xo – Meli