Hall of Shame Nominee: Doctor Who

(By: Dara Antonelli and Erika Bell)

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Element 1: Nobility and Virtue

The doctor is noble and admirable because he exhibits kindness and selflessness. His main goal in life is to help people in any way possible. He would give up anything and everything just to help others.
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Element 2: The Character is Relatable

The doctor exhibits a quirky sense of humor, as well as the fact that he isn't always right. Some of his choices in attempt to fix other problems and conflicts wind up creating other, more severe problems. Also, he guesses a lot on solutions. He doesn't always know what to do in a dangerous situation and makes split-second decisions, which reveals that he can’t possibly know how to fix everything. He also loses his temper at times which makes situations more difficult and he unknowingly sometimes hurts the other characters (not physically and not on purpose). These little imperfections are what people relate to the most because we see ourselves reflected in how others handle situations. The doctor’s easy-going attitude also makes him both likable and relatable.
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Element 3: The Character is Flawed, and their Flaw is their Downfall

The doctors main flaw is that he blames himself for things that are out of his control. He believes it's his job to fix everything, even when some things can't be helped or fixed.


His downfall would most likely be when he killed the rest of his race during the last great time war between the time lords and the daleks. However, at the time, he felt his actions were ethically just because while he may have been killing the last of his race, he was also killing the daleks and ending the war. (Later on it reveals more about how he may have saved the time lords rather than killed them, but that's all wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff)


"If I could go back and save Gallifrey, then I would, but I couldn't. I could never go back"

-The 10th Doctor, Fires of Pompeii

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Element 4: The Punishment Exceeds the Crime

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The Doctor made a fatal mistake and has spent the past 925 years trying to compensate for it. Although he has done significantly more good than bad, he continues to punish himself. Throughout time and over the several hundred years all of his other mistakes have added onto what he feels he must punish himself for.

Element 5: The Character Has a Discovery

Originally because of The Doctor's guilt for being unable to save his own race, he expected himself to be able to find a way to fix everything. Over time and through both failure and accidental success, he discovers that some things cannot be changed. Though he discovers this, throughout the series he struggles to accept it.
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Element 6: Doesn't Leave the Audience Depressed

Although The Doctor frequently faces difficult decisions that often have dire consequences in an attempt to save the lives of other, he never gives up hope. Several of his companions have died while trying to aid him, and he blames himself for it. Despite this, no matter how bad things got he chose to keep going. Had he have let some of his failures dictate his judgement, he wouldn't have continued trying to save and protect people. The fact that he actually has hope for the future keeps the audience expecting something positive to sprout from terribly negative points.
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