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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

female gazing at: Peter Davison

Oh, I do love the pretty blond boys. All Creatures Great and Small was one of my first forays into British drama on PBS when I was probably 12. And I instantly fell in love with Tristan, and with Peter Davison:

My crush was sealed for life with Doctor Who:

(I love the fancy sideburns. David Tennant’s Doctor didn’t introduce hints of vanity into the Doctor’s appearance: Peter Davison did.)

From the extras on the Last Detective box set:

The beard was because he was playing King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the West End:

I cannot express how much more it makes me love him to know that he is a Monty Python fan (which we know not just because of this one role but because he has said as much in interviews).

I’m posting pictures like these every weekday, of a man who is attractive and desirable, because I like to look, dammit — and because the female gaze doesn’t have to be such serious business.

(If you have a suggestion for someone we should female-gaze at, feel free to email me with a name or a link to a particular photo.)

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  • spaghetteve

    Oh, yes. The “Black Orchid” episodes of Who, in which PD spends a lot of time padding around in a silk bathrobe, had much to do with my sexual awakening. Also there was very sexy cricket-playing. Doctor athleticism!

  • My memory fails me, as usual, but I’m fairly certain that he was my first Doctor. Not to make you feel old or anything :) but I was born when he held the TARDIS keys, and I remember seeing him here and there and, most notably, in the Five Doctors episode we had on VHS. So, out of the classic Doctors, he’s probably the closest to being my original one. He’s quite a good entry point too, as far as classic Who is concerned. Not too weird, but not too bland, either.

    Also, whenever I start to feel like the new series is trying too hard to appeal to ladies’ and gay men’s sex drives, I just have to look at Peter to remind myself that Tennant wasn’t the first “pretty boy” Doctor.

  • Ide Cyan

    What, no screencaps from his appearance on The Tomorrow People, wearing a pink wig and tight blue shorts?


    He’s such an affable fellow and I hate to embarass him, but one simply can’t overlook these in a post about men’s looks.

  • Teeny Gozer

    Yes, I remember it really took the curse off of losing my beloved Tom Baker because it was Tristan Farnon taking over the role of Dr. Who. Boo! to losing Baker, but YAY!!! to gaining Davison. As a friend of mine said, “You didn’t tell me Dr. Who was a *fox*!”

  • Tammy

    Absolutely my favorite debauched choir boy of all time. :-D

  • History of Bubbles

    Why, MaryAnn, how did you know I’ve just been introducing myself to the Davison episodes of Doctor Who—and that I’m a sucker for blonds? Hiding those flaxen locks under a bushel, as in your first image, should be a crime. (He also looks curiously Clark Kent-ish there! Not necessarily a bad thing.) Acerbic guys are another of my weaknesses, and Davison’s Doctor is so gloriously pissy; I love it.

    Never seen him in All Creatures Great and Small, but I do remember enjoying the book, so with that and Davison to recommend it I might just slap it on the ol’ Instant Queue.

  • Emmyn2

    deffo fit!! i fancied him as Dr who.. and i was only about 3?!!!!

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