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Old May 16 2010, 07:35 PM   #1
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Geronimo?

Considering "GERONIMO!" is the Doctor's catchphrase...he sure doesn't say it. At all.

Not counting "The End Of Time, Part II", the Doctor has only said "GERONIMO!" twice: in "The Eleventh Hour" when he jumps down into the sideways TARDIS, and in "The Beast Below" when they get thrown up.

Why has this catchphrase been used so little, do you think?

*Was there a backlash between "The End Of Time" and "The Eleventh Hour" that caused them to rethink the catchphrase and possibly even edit out a few instances of the Doctor using it?

*Is it not his catchphrase, but a misunderstanding on our part?

*Is the fact that you are only supposed to shout "GERONIMO!" while jumping too limited for him to use often, if really ever?

Do you expect any other catchphrases, or even want them? Catchphrases can be kind of dumb and the sign of cheap writing, but they can also be very endearing and wonderful at the same time.

Thoughts? Insights? Ger-on-i-mo-no-no?
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Old May 16 2010, 07:38 PM   #2
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Re: Geronimo?

Is it not his catchphrase, but a misunderstanding on our part?
I think it's a misunderstanding on our part - I remember an article with PM where he notes that it's used maybe three times in the whole series. So we have already had them.

Also bear in mind, the viewing order of the shows is not the filming order, last night's episode was the last one filmed.
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Old May 16 2010, 07:49 PM   #3
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Why should the Doctor need a catchphrase? I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, but it cheapens the drama. Whenever Tennant used to trot one out for not much reason, I used to think don't do that; no really, don't.

That said, we still hear "wibbbly-wobbly, timey-wimey" far more often than I like. It's rubbish. It worked when Tennant said it on the Blink tape, but now it stands for not taking the SF elements seriously. And we can't have any discussion here about continuity without someone saying only that as if it makes them look clever.
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Old May 16 2010, 08:28 PM   #4
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Re: Geronimo?

I finally watched 'The Eleventh Hour' the other night, and, personally, I kind of wish, "Who da man?" were his catchphrase instead of "Geronimo!"

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Old May 16 2010, 09:26 PM   #5
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Re: Geronimo?

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Why should the Doctor need a catchphrase?
I don't know. Ask Troughton about his Giddy Aunt. Or Pertwee about reversing the polarity of the neutron flow. Ask Tom why he keeps offering Jelly Babies the same way over and over? Blame Tegan's cowardly heart for Peter's. Also, check with Chris to see why things are so Fantastic.

Why should The Doctor need a catchphrase? He has plenty already...
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Old May 16 2010, 09:39 PM   #6
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Re: Geronimo?

It can still be his catchphrase even though he doesn't use it all the time.

I mean how often did Five say Brave Heart Tegan?

Geronimo is also kinda specific in that it only really works when he's gonna jump/fall/leap etc. Harder to work into a script than say 'Fantastic' but at lease less annoying than 'I'm sorry,so sorry.'
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Old May 16 2010, 10:01 PM   #7
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Why should the Doctor need a catchphrase?
I don't know. Ask Troughton about his Giddy Aunt. Or Pertwee about reversing the polarity of the neutron flow. Ask Tom why he keeps offering Jelly Babies the same way over and over? Blame Tegan's cowardly heart for Peter's. Also, check with Chris to see why things are so Fantastic.

Why should The Doctor need a catchphrase? He has plenty already...
Urban myth (started by Pertwee after he finished the show).
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Old May 16 2010, 10:33 PM   #8
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Why should the Doctor need a catchphrase?
Or Pertwee about reversing the polarity of the neutron flow.

Why should The Doctor need a catchphrase? He has plenty already...
Urban myth (started by Pertwee after he finished the show).
This is true. Although he did 'Reverse Polarity' a few times. The only time he actually said the whole line was in The Five Doctors.
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Old May 16 2010, 11:02 PM   #9
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The Doctor can have a catchphrase, I'm just glad that he stopped saying Geronimo.

Or rather than a catchphrase, maybe just fallback words. We all have our own (whether we know it or not), and we're not madcap time traveling aliens!
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Old May 16 2010, 11:20 PM   #10
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We all have our own (whether we know it or not), and we're not madcap time traveling aliens!
Speak for yourself.
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Old May 17 2010, 01:28 AM   #11
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I'm quite fond of "Oh, this is Christmas" as being an often-used 11 catch phrase.
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Old May 17 2010, 02:11 AM   #12
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Personally, I'm thankful that it hasn't been overused.

And I agree with those who say he shouldn't even need one in the first place!
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Old May 17 2010, 05:16 AM   #13
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I'm quite fond of "Oh, this is Christmas" as being an often-used 11 catch phrase.
Where else has he said it besides "Vampires Of Venice"?
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Old May 17 2010, 05:48 AM   #14
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I'm quite fond of "Oh, this is Christmas" as being an often-used 11 catch phrase.
Where else has he said it besides "Vampires Of Venice"?
That's it. But I like the phrase so much that I wouldn't mind it being an often-used 11 catch phrase.
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Old May 17 2010, 07:41 AM   #15
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Didn't 10 use allons-y a couple of times?
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