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The Seventh Doctor by frasierdalek The Seventh Doctor by frasierdalek
-Doctor Who in Sculpture: 1963 to 2013-


Seventh month. Seventh Doctor.

The Sixth Doctor was bold and brash, arrogant and swaggering, the Seventh Doctor was a different kettle of fish.
This Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy, was a manipulative and secretive figure who would play games with his enemies, setting up cosmic challenges to chess with his foes as pawns in a game of their own destruction.
He would frequently settle old scores and clean up mistakes he had previously left behind.

These darker traits aside, the Seventh Doctor had both dark mercurial and cheerful and fun-loving sides to his personality.

During the early part of his time, the Seventh Doctor played an almost buffoonish clown persona, not dissimilar to the Second Doctor. And like the Second Doctor, this clownishness would hide a fierce intelligence and a razor sharp mind.
A love of playing the spoons and spoonerisms alike, the early period of this Doctor’s time was full of garish locations and larger than life villains, none odder than the shrieking and nightmarish Kandyman. A walking-talking embodiment of the darker side of sweets and confectionary who will make you think twice about Bertie Bassett.

The latter part of the Seventh Doctor’s life however showed a shift in his personality, a move towards the manipulative and dark figure that I have tried to reflect in my picture above.
This Doctor, although still a cheerful clownish figure at heart, had now become a monolithic, almost mystical figure. A man steeped in blood and shady deals long before the time that we have known him.
During this time there was a heavy implication through out his adventures that the Doctor (as a complete character) was far more important and symbolic than we previously thought, hinting that he was a mystical figure from Timelord history called “The Other" who was the third of a trilogy of historical personalities of Gallifreyan folklore including Rassilon and Omega who oversaw the establishing of Timelord society and helped create the time travel technology they would become known for.

This ultimately was never conclusively addressed, confirmed or denied during this Doctor’s life, so who knows, perhaps there’s more to him than meets the eye.

A fascinating character who brought the mystery back to the show and gave it a new breath of life, sadly too late as it was cancelled soon after the darker shades of the Doctor’s personality began to shine through.

He fought against classic foes such as the Daleks and the Cybermen, destroying them both seemingly for good.
He also battled alternative Universe/futuristic medieval Arthurian knights, horrendous cracked blue skinned vampiric Haemovores during the Second World War, the Gods of Ragnarok and an all-powerful entity known simply as Light trying to catalog all existing life.

His companions were feisty and modern. First the flame-haired and loud-mouthed (but joyous nonetheless) Melanie Bush, who then handed over to the confident but damaged Ace, fresh from the streets of 1980s Perivale (albeit via Iceworld). Ace came with a complex history of a troubled childhood of living on an estate and a fear of haunted houses which the Doctor would exploit in exercises to teach and test his new companion.
Their relationship was closer and more affectionate than previous Doctor-Companion friendships. Not verging on actual romantic love, but a strong platonic bond akin to two very very best friends who would do anything for the other.

Ace also in many ways offered a prototype for the Rose Tylers of the series to come, a thoroughly modern and fresh paradigm for the Companion character to follow.

The Seventh Doctor’s tenure lasted from 1987 to 1989, and then again in 1996 when the show would return in a new form.
He would return to hand the torch to the next Doctor.

The Eighth Doctor played by Paul McGann. Foppish and romantic.

But that’s for next month.

See you then…
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Police-Box-Traveler Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Very nice, James!
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greendalek Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Outstanding piece. You definitely captured the darkness that is Time's Champion.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Oh great photo. And you did a great job on the moodiness. I really liked this regeneration. I think he's my favorite of the old doctors. There was so much depth in both of the characters when they cancelled it :p
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sleepyhead12567 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Love how you captured the sculpture (which is also fantastic!) And I don't know that much about the older Doctors, so thank you for the lovely description. :)
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for capturing this enigmatic side of the Doctor....I love it......and I am sure you will recognize my signature.......
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Langue-Skulptur Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
The seventh Doctor is my favorite incarnation.
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Lenka-Slukova Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice sculpture and photo. It captures the him very well. :thumbsup:
I watched the last seasons of the original series just recently for the first time. It's a pity that the show got cancelled. I really liked the Doctor's seventh regeneration - and Ace too.
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frasierdalek Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why thank you. (I cheated a little, this is an old photo of a sculpt I did a couple years ago, but I thought it captured him so well I'd reuse it)
His last seasons are brilliant, he really really grows into the character and Ace is superb too.
It is a terrible shame that it got cancelled when it did, fortunately the final scenes of the last story are touching and moving enough to end on a high note
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