Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?

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Best "Doc":

Who
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39%
Brown
2
9%
Ock
0
No votes
Evil
1
4%
Jones
8
35%
Other
3
13%
 
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Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:53 am
  • Best "Doc" from speculative fiction, in your opinion: Who, Brown, Ock, Evil, or Jones? Or am I missing some?
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:58 am
  • Dr. Who hands down.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:00 am
  • Who and it shouldn't be close.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:19 am
  • Pretty broad category, "speculative fiction", lol.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:54 am
  • Depends who is playing Dr. Who, some of them are just too... "british" for me, or too dorky. I voted for Dr. Jones. Indiana I presume? If not, I revoke my vote lol
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:10 pm
  • Dr. Jones? Dr. Henry Jones Jr?
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:33 pm
  • I voted for *Asian accent* "Doctah Jones!"
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:46 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:I voted for *Asian accent* "Doctah Jones!"


    "You call him docta jones doll!!"

    Clearly Indy's the best. By far. I can't vote for Who because What's on second and I Don't Know's on third.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:10 pm
  • Yes, "Doctor Jones" is Doctor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr.

    Figured it'd be a close one between Indy and Doctor Who.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:00 pm
  • I went with Who, but McCoy would be my "other" pick. He was such a pain, fit right in with the crew.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:33 pm
  • drdiags wrote:I went with Who, but McCoy would be my "other" pick. He was such a pain, fit right in with the crew.


    I thought about those doctors, but didn't add them because they were supposed to be bona fide doctors. None of my options were medical professionals. Good call on McCoy, though.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:53 am
  • How about the Bombastic Beast, Dr. Henry McCoy?
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:14 pm
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:28 pm
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:33 pm
  • I voted Dr. Jones, but Dr. House would be my #2.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:45 pm
  • Dr. No, Doc Savage, and Dr. Jekyll could be added. Regardless, my vote is for Doctah Jones! Doctah Jones!
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:48 pm
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:10 pm
  • taz291819 wrote:I voted Dr. Jones, but Dr. House would be my #2.


    Agreed. Love House.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:51 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    taz291819 wrote:I voted Dr. Jones, but Dr. House would be my #2.


    Agreed. Love House.


    Me too. But House ain't exactly speculative fiction. Well, I suppose it is from the viewpoint of those in the medical professions.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:33 am
  • Seahawk Sailor wrote:Me too. But House ain't exactly speculative fiction.


    Yet Dr. Jones is speculative? I'd argue that if Jones makes the list, so does House.
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:33 pm
  • RolandDeschain wrote:
    Seahawk Sailor wrote:Me too. But House ain't exactly speculative fiction.


    Yet Dr. Jones is speculative? I'd argue that if Jones makes the list, so does House.


    "Speculative fiction is an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts."

    I'd say Indiana Jones, with elements of the supernatural and alternate history fit perfectly into this description. All of the movies contain tropes vital to speculative fiction - the Ark of the Covenant, evil magic, the Holy Grail, alien skulls, etc, all with special magical/spiritual powers. All are pointedly much more than just artifacts.

    Doctor House, while a great show, contains only questionable medicine practices and sketchy hypothetical diagnoses, and even if they're fantastical in a sense, the show's premise is completely grounded in the reality we know.
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Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:45 pm
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:56 pm
  • I think you're splitting hairs a bit there, Sailor, but I'll grant you the point. Not necessarily agreeing with it, but I get where you're coming from. While much of the fantastical in Indiana Jones qualifies it, frankly, those points were very minor in the films themselves. They were all about Indy kicking Nazi arse on big adventures. :)
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:26 pm
  • Sure, but the best speculative fiction has speculative elements only to advance the plot forward. See Firefly, for example. The starships and terraformed planets were just scenery to a bunch of misfits trying to make due in a world that didn't agree with their sense of morality. And the ultimate goal of each of Indy's adventures was to "recover a magical artifact of rare value."

    Ooo, and speaking of which, I forgot Doctor Simon Tam!
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Wed Mar 20, 2013 4:48 pm
  • Way to project your excessive simplification onto my minor one. :)
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Re: Speculative fiction's best "Doctor"?
Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:38 pm
  • Dr. Jones would be my pick, but I'm a horror film fan, too, so I'd throw Dr. Hannibal Lector's name into the pot.

    And in far less fiction, yet made famous by Hollywood, I'd add Doc Holliday, Tombstone-style.
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