Back in June 2013 I published a post called 3 of the Worst vs 3 of the Best Actors who have played The Doctor. These posts are a recognition of the best and worst examples of any category and I’ve done many of them. This article is particularly controversial because I have quite a unique opinion. I don’t like Tom Baker as Doctor Who.
Tom Baker is seen as the epitome of The Doctor. He played the role the longest, made it iconic and became the actor who people (even the creators of The Simpsons) use to represent the character. I don’t like his portrayal though. I explain why in the original article but to summarise, I think it is silly, “cuddly” and everything I don’t associate with The Doctor.
To make matters worse, one of my favourites is a version of the character people hate; Colin Baker. My reasoning is explained but quickly, he is the darker, harder, more aloof version of The Doctor that current incumbent Peter Capaldi is perfecting.
I knew these opinions would be controversial. I was expecting people to disagree. I didn’t expect what came next and what still happens today – people telling me I’m ignorant, wrong and attention-seeking!
Here are two examples I have received on the post. The first is from a commentator known simply as “James;”
“Erm Colin Baker best? Get real! Awful review, you obviously have no Doctor Who knowledge.”
Here is another I received only a week ago from a person called SS;
“Ben – you’re list shows you really don’t know anything about Doctor who in the vein of those who pick Roger Moore or Daniel Craig as their favorite bond. I’m not gonna argue it here because I suspect your choice of Baker as worse and (Colin) Baker as among the best is just an attempt to get a rise out true fans and promote your page…”
I love getting comments on my posts. It is the reason I started the site in the first place: to build a community feel and give people an outlet in which they could discuss my view of movies with me. I also have comments on this particular post which are well-thought, well-argued and tell me why they disagree with my opinion.
What they don’t say is “you’re wrong.” That is the issue I have here. The way someone plays a role or embodies a character is not an objective, black and white topic. It is subjective, open for interpretation and consequently will create varied degrees of opinion. What it isn’t is “wrong.”
I don’t mind people disagreeing with me. In fact, I openly welcome it but only if people are willing to offer a thought of their own, supported with reasons why. A good example would be a recent post about the “haters” of Ghostbusters. I have had people disagree on my views but with good, well-natured arguments that spark debate.
What James and SS and many other internet commentators fail to understand is a difference in opinion does not mean it is more or less valid than anyone else’s. To tell me I “know nothing” or “am seeking attention” demonstrates an ignorance to what good argument and debate can really be.
I’m not saying that everyone is entitled an opinion and that automatically means they can not be wrong. I do believe that everyone is entitled to an informed opinion, something I ensure I have before I write anything on here for the internet community to consume.
Most visitors to the site are great and offer comments I love responding too. I ensure I respond to every comment on my site, even the ones I have cited above, and will engage anyone in debate but if you do comment, ensure that is to tell me your opinion, not to tell me mine is just plain “wrong.”
Overall, I welcome any and all contributors and comments on any and everything I publish. Most people are well-reasoned and make-up a great blogging and movie/TV-loving community. This post is dedicated to those that are ignorant of others views and hopefully makes people think twice about how they construct their differing opinion.