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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: What would the Doctor have on his iPod?

My friend Brenda submitted this as a potential Question of the Day, but I think it works better here. Brenda writes:

Now after seeing that map marker on genesis of the daleks, I keep returning to iPods. What do you think the Doctor would have on his? Of course it would be lots of 70s stuff, since that seemed to be his favorite decade… And earlier, I’m sure.

What about for each regeneration?
They were such different personalities…

I’d just like to hear your regulars riff on this -I just love reading their stuff!

There you go, regular readers: You have been put on the spot. What kind of music would different Doctors listen to? We did note in “Tooth and Claw” that the Tenth Doctor, at least, seems to be a fan “late ’70s, north-of-England, punk-flavored music,” as I wrote in regards to that episode. (And I wondered then, too, about “what else is on his iPod.”)
Re “Genesis of the Daleks,” Brenda is referring to a photo I posted in my blogging on that episode, in which it looks like there’s an old-style iPod on the table onto which the Doctor is turning out his pockets; Brenda commented on it at the time. (As I noted then, it’s not something from his pockets, but instead a marker for the Kaleds’ battle map.)

Anyway, one song that has always made me think of the Doctor is Supertramp’s “Logical Song.” Have a “listen” to these lyrics:

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
acceptable, respecable, presentable, a vegtable!

At night, when all the world’s asleep,
the questions run so deep
for such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.

I do imagine that on Gallifrey, they’re horrified by the Doctor, and call him a radical, liberal, fanatical, criminal. And I suspect they would see him as mentally ill. And that fascinates me, the notion that ideas about criminality and even mental illness could be dependent on culture, that there isn’t one hard-and-fast way to determine who is a criminal, who is sick.

So I like to think that the Doctor — any Doctor — would find that song appealing.

What do you think about the Doctor’s taste in music?

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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