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To me the character of Doctor Who always comes across as a somewhat unbalanced, and rightly so given his history. Unbalanced is good, it adds edge and depth to a character. If you look back over history all of our most endeared and well remembered characters, real or fictional have that eccentricity bordering on madness.
I think science fiction in general attracts those eccentrics amongst us. I mean let’s be honest you have to have a brain wired in a certain way to accept without question time travel, monsters that are shaped like pepper pots, creatures made from human fat, a blue box that is bigger on the inside, a sonic screwdriver, regeneration, living plastic, talking nurse cats, a giant head in a jar..this list is endless but we fans of science fiction never ever think ‘ohhhhh come on, that’s ridiculous’ we simply are drawn into that world without question and let the story telling wash over us like a mothers embrace.
I for one am grateful that The Doctor is on the edge, it’s a place a lot of us walk daily, most of my friends are unbalanced in varying degrees and I wouldn’t have them any other way.