No Right ExplanationDr. Who Will Be Performing Your Surgery Today
Last week, Chris and Dan debated who the best non-medical in sci-fi culture was, Drs. Who or Zoidberg. Now they get a chance to explain themselves:
Chris: I suspect that I may be a bad geek. All of this comes down to my relationship with Doctor Who, which I've mentioned before on Media Sandwich is a casual acquaintance at best. I've never particularly enjoyed the notion that there are certain things I must indefinably love or hate, seen in examples like Mass Effect 3's ending (I loved it) or Fallout 3 in general (I hated it). So when we initially did our "Best TV Doctor" episode a while back and everyone slammed us for not including The Doctor as the only choice, my hackles were raised and this whole business with timely-wimely ... stuff became a very strained relationship.
I started watching Doctor Who only recently, as in sometime last year after the aforementioned episode where people informed me I was undereducated (my Bachelor's in English would suggest that I'm not educated whatsoever). I sat through Eccleston's run out of courtesy because I had heard David Tennant's run was amazing, and now that I've finished "Blink," the episode many argue is the series' best and which I'd agree, I have zero interest to watch any more. Not because it's a bad show mind you. It's just because it's not my show.
My show is Futurama, another geek mainstay that others may look at in the same obligating way that I look at Doctor Who. Within that show, I find it really hard to pick my favorite character between Fry, Bender, and Zoidberg, but I keep coming back to the loveable Decapodian, not because he's a champion but because he's full of flaws that are instantly relatable. He wants friends but is shunned. He's constantly alone despite being in the same room as those he cares for. He thinks with his stomach but also his hearts.
Then we jump over to The Doctor, a very charismatic and good-looking character played with a cocky, Han Solo-type attitude and a superiority complex. I just can't relate there. Sure, his backstory has him as the last Timelord, making him "lonely" and all. But then again he always has a companion or two riding along with him and is generally welcomed in at least half of the random times and places he appears in, even being friends with Winston Churchill. I just don't get the lonely vibe except when he stops and points out, "By the way, I'm the last Timelord and therefore am lonely." I don't feel that whatsoever.
This relates back to my similar disinterest in Superman. Oh sure, I've read some truly inspiring Superman stories such as Red Son and Secret Identity, but for the most part he's a character that's simply not someone I can relate to. I don't have god-like powers. I don't have a secret identity. I don't come from a world where I'm the last survivor. He has very little weakness and it's only in stories where he's looked at from another angle where we get something great. Some of my favorite Doctor Who episodes are the ones where The Doctor isn't in the spotlight but rather other characters searching for him as if he's a mythical hero of legend, which he essentially is (A good example of this is "Love & Monsters").
As to what Dan should have said in favor of The Doctor, I don't really think he left anything out. He covered the important details and covered why he's just a cooler character than Zoidberg. He also did a fine job of tearing my choice down just enough without sending me from the room in tears, which is a gentlemanly thing of him to do. If anything, I'd say this is a great microcosm of No Right Answer to look at our one-year anniversary since it mixes the way we started (utterly outlandish debates with outlandish choices) with the way we are currently (much more traditional Best and Worst debates). Some days I miss the old ways, but as some smart comments pointed out, I still have Zoidberg.
You all still have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)