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Crush of the Week

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He was in the running before but came second and now its his time to shine… especially as now The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out… so welcome this week’s Crush…

             LIAM HEMSWORTH

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Born January 13th 1990 in Melbourne Australia. Born to his English teacher mother and social services councillor father, he’s the youngest of two brothers (Chris and Luke).
  When Liam was in year 8 the family relocated to Philip Island and spent most of his time.surfing with his brothers. In 2009 he moved to the US with brother Chris to peruse his acting career. Before becoming an actor Liam laid floors for 6 months (god imagine him coming round to your house to lay floors…)

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Liam had his first audition at 16 and in 2007 he started his career by having guest spots in Home and Away and McLeod’s Daughter.
  He’s first starring role was in Neighbours as Josh Taylor who was an athletic paraplegic who supported and then eventually began a relationship with character Bridget Parker after she was paralysed down one side of her body.
  In 2008 he starred in the children’s TV show The Elephant Princess as Marcus.
  Liam did lose out to brother Chris as Thor.
  In 2010 it was revealed that he was to play the lead in The Last Song, a movie based on the book by Nicholas Sparks, with Miley Cyrus as the lead female. Bearing in mind he’d been in LA for 3 weeks and had not yet found an agent when last for the role (he has one now… Obvs!)
  4th April 2011 he was cast as the Lead, Gale Hawthorne, in The Hunger Games and then revised the role in 2013 in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
 

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Liam began a relationship with co star Miley Cyrus in June 2009. In June 2012 it was revealed they were engaged. It didn’t last however as in September 2013 the ended their 4 year relationship.
  Liam is also the Ambassador for the Australian Childhood Foundation.
http://www.childhood.org.au/

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See a full list of Liam’s acting credentials here:
http://m.imdb.com/name/nm2955013/filmotype/actor

Awards and Nominations

Liam has been nominated for 11 awards and has won four awards:

*2010- The Last Song- Young Hollywood Breakthrough of the Year
*2010- The Last Song- Nickelodeon Australian Kids Choice Awards Favourite Kiss
*2010- The Last Song- Teen Choice Awards Lip Lock with Miley Cyrus.
*2012- The Hunger Games- Peoples Choice Awards for Chemistry shared with Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.

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So why is he Crush of the Week?

One… are you blind? Have you seen the Australian hunk? Liam is gorgeous… like really really gorgeous. He’s tall (6ft 3), dark and so so so handsome. He has perfect kissable lips and have I mentioned he’s gorgeous?
  He’s just… god! He’s beautiful. And his eyes… god those blue eyes… mmmmmm.
  You could just look and stare at him for ages (just don’t do that id you actually get to meet him!) And he always gets along with his co stars which shows he’s down to earth and easy to get along with.
  He’s a brilliant actor too and he’s exactly how I imagined Gale to be. I can’t wait to see him in Catching Fire (I haven’t seen it yet) and all the other roles he has coming up 🙂

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Disclosure of the Heart Book Tour

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                      Blurb

Sixteen years is a long time to wait
for your true love to reappear, and, anyway, Nicki Johnson couldn’t wait for the impossible to happen. Hard life lessons have taught her that fairy tales are children’s stories, and fate is cruel. Burying her hopes, she’s spent the last sixteen years focused and driven toward her career, and it’s landed her with a job at the White
House with a gem of a boyfriend. But when her high school love, Adam Kincaid, walks into the White House as a BBC reporter, Nicki’s world is thrown into turmoil as she relives their past. Adam has come back for her, but has he arrived too late?

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                   Excerpt

As I admired the aged cover, Adam walked in. “Hello,” he said, walking slowly toward me. He looked and smelled fresh, making me smile. 
“Hi. Sylvia is in the shower.”
I held up the book, running my hand along the leather binding. “This is beautiful. It looks very old.”
“It was my grandfather’s,” he said as he came to my side.
“Really? That’s wonderful.” I remembered how much he’d loved his grandfather. I opened up the book and saw there was something in it.
“What do you keep in here?”
He didn’t answer, but he didn’t need to. I had already lifted out the photograph of me taken almost sixteen years before. I looked so young, sitting on
the beach with the Gulf of Mexico behind me. I glanced down at the
open page just to see if there was any significance to where he’d
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whispered, “‘Splendor in the grass.’”
It could’ve been corny, but it wasn’t. That poem was depressing; our history was too sad for it to be sentimental. 
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“What though the radiance which was once so bright 
Be now forever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the
hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; 
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.”
The moment was significant, but I wasn’t quite sure why. Was it because he’d kept that photo for all these years? Or because he still felt the same way today? 
I simply said,“Yeah,I know it.I was an English major.”
He nodded, and I looked back down at the photo.
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“Not so long ago.” 
I lifted my eyes to see him staring me down. After a few seconds that felt like an eternity, I had no sooner placed the book back on the shelf when he grabbed me in his arms, and our mouths opened up to one another. It was a good thing he kissed me, because I couldn’t have stood to look at him any longer. My emotions were helter-skelter, and kissing him gave me something to do and a way to convey them. As he moved his lips over mine with abandon, however, I felt like something had
snapped for him, but what? 
After a moment, I gasped out the same question I’d asked him months ago on the dance floor:“Adam, what are you doing?”
Through a rush of kisses, he murmured, “I’m falling in love with you again.”

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Introducing the 11th Doctor

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Today’s the Day people and of course the end of Doctor Who week 😦 (although I’ll post something tomorrow… probably just pictures and videos)

So today its the 11th Doctors turn 🙂

        THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR
                  Matt Smith
            1st January 2010
      

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First Appearance: The End of Time
Last Appearance: He’s leaving this Christmas so the title has yet to been confirmed.
Series: 4
Appearances: 37 stories (42 episodes)
Companions: Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, Craig Owens Clara Oswald

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The 11th Doctor is a brash and lively man but often shows that he is also lonely.
He is aware of his reputation as a fierce enemy to his adversaries. (In the Pandorica Opens he is seen talking to his enemies in the skies above and you can tell that his reputation stalls them… “One who has the Pandorica? Me. Two. Whose coming to take it from me?”)
He has a great deal of affection for his companions especially to Rory and Amy who are his closest friends in the universe.
  The 11th Doctor is often childlike and acts childish at times but there are those moments when he acts his age. (He retired to Victorian London and became grumpy and solitary master he lost Amy and Rory)
  He’s ignorant of human popular culture and does many embarrassing attempts at trying to be cool. (The wedding dance… Hilarious!)
  He is also ignorant of adult activities, especially when he provided bunk beds when the newly married Amy and Rory instead of one big bed. He also takes a sip of wine when he becomes Craig’s new roommate and spits it back into his glass as he doesn’t like the taste.
  His inept at responding to romantic advances, acting really awkwardly when River and Amy try and seduce him, although he does become a bit more mature to the advances, often seen flirting with River Song and later in the series he marries her!
He’s very manipulative and secretive. In “Rebel Flesh” he reveals that he’s known for quite some time that Amy is a flesh avatar when he gets her down in front of Rory. And in “The Girl Who Waited” he is seen manipulating an older version of Amy in order to save the real Amy and locks older Amy out of the TARDIS.
  Although he puts on a show of cheerful arrogance he does secretly believe himself to be a bad person and often displays motions of self loathing for the things he’s had to do in his past.

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Matt is the youngest person to play the Doctor (he was 26 when cast) with Peter Davison being the second youngest Doctor (he was 29 when cast)

This Doctors clothes are the best! In his first proper episode, The Eleventh Hour, he is seen in the tattered remnants of 10’s clothes (which is what prompted Amy to call him “The Raggedy Doctor” as a young girl.) His first outfit was chosen from an array of clothes found in a hospital changing room and consisted of a shirt, brown tweed jacket with elbow patches, bow tie, braces, black trousers and short ankle boots.

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He does briefly don a fez stating; “I wear a fez now… Fezzes are cool”
And briefly in America he dons a Stetson (which River shoots of his head!) Also stating “I wear a Stetson now… Stetson’s are cool”
  In “The Snowmen” when he’s in Victorian London he is seen in a new outfit consisting of a purple-brown cashmere frock coat and a variety of waistcoats, shirt and bow tie (because “Bow ties are cool”)
He also briefly wears Amy’s glasses

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Okay so I really really really really really really really really really really LOVE Matt Smith. I honestly do. He’s a brilliant Doctor and shows so many versatile sides to his character. I like how his darker side comes through in the series and his relationships with his companions are one of total love. I honestly don’t want Matt to leave at Christmas, he is by far my favourite Doctor (Tennant a very close second) and it really hasn’t sunk in that he’s leaving. I Love everything about this Doctor.
  But of course everything comes to an end and its Matt’s time to go (PLEASE DON’T GO!)
  With the 50th special being shown tonight we will see his dark secret come to life and I am so so so excited for this episode!!

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And of course I can’t forget…
Tonight we find out all about the other doctor… the one that he’s tried so very hard to forget….

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And of course Christmas time we will see the new 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi take over from Matt

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Introducing the 10th Doctor

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Eeeeek 1 day left to go! And today its the 10th Doctors turn 🙂

            THE TENTH DOCTOR
               David Tennant
              18th June 2005
            17th January 2010

First Appearance: The Parting of the Ways
Last Appearance: The End of Time
Series: 3 + specials including the 50th anniversary The Day of the Doctor
Appearance: 36 stories (47 episodes)
Companions: Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Martha Jones, Jack Harkness, Donna Noble, Astrid Perth, Sarah Jane Smith, Jackson Lake, Rosita Farisi, Christina de Souza, Adelaide Brooke, Wilfred Mott.

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The 10th incarnation of the Doctor was light hearted, talkative, easy going, witty and a definite cheeks manner but apart from all that he also demonstrated a vengeful and unforgiving streak. In his first episode after he regenerated he was seen fighting the leader of the Sycorax, when he turned around the leader tried to attack him from behind, the Doctor pushed a button and the Sycorax leader fell to his death. The Doctor commented that with him “There are no second chances”
  He also showed a strong personal sense of justice which in turn made him quick to anger when he felt the justice had been violated.
  Examples:
  In the Runaway Bride the Doctor drowns the Empress of Racnoss’ children and stoically watches on. He tells Donna that he needs “someone to stop him”
  Also in the Family of Blood the Doctor gives each family member an individual and eternal punishment for their actions.
  All of his actions were also coupled with a deep sense of regret.
 

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This Doctor had a tendency to babble mixing apparent nonsense with vital information. He also used technobabble to describe scientific stuff (“space… its a big ball of timey wimey stuff.”)
  He also rapidly switches moods; one minute he can be manic then angry then nonchalant etc.
  This Doctor was also intensely lonely, describing the ability to live a long life as a curse and he also tells Rose and Donna that they cab spend their whole lives with him, but can’t spend his while life with them because they’ll eventually grow old and die 😥 😥

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Catchphrases: “Allons-y”, “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry”, “Brilliant”, “Oh Yes” and an elongated “Well..”

Appearance
The 10th Doctor wore either a dark brown four buttoned suit with blue pinstripes or a blue four buttoned suit with rust red pinstripes, shirt and tie, light brown faux suede overcoat. He always wore different coloured converses, depending on his suit and was probe to wearing tortoise shell glasses.

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David Tennant was a brilliant, amazing and fantastic doctor. He could make you laugh, make you cry, he could get you angry and he could get you happy and geeky. He was a doctor that you took to heart and every episode was different than the last. And his relationship with Rose… well he clearly loved her and the scene where she gets trapped in a parallel world and you see the sadness in his face… you can’t help but cry. And when he regenerated… god… his last words “But I don’t wanna go” OH MY GOD I CRIED BUCKETS!!
  This is what made him brilliant… you went through all the emotions he went through and when he left I thought no one could replace him but well 11 cane along and….. (okay so that’s for tomorrow!)
  But honestly David was a brilliant Doctor and I can’t wait to see him back in the 50th!

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Introducing the 9th Doctor

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This Blog is dedicated to the 9th Doctor! (Two more days til the 50th! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!!!)

            THE NINTH DOCTOR
          Christopher Eccleston
             26th March 2005
              18th June 2005

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First Appearance: Rose
Last Appearance: The Parting of the Ways
Series: 1
Appearances: 10 stories (13 episodes)
Companions: Rose Tyler, Adam Mitchell, Jack Harkness

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Christopher Eccleston revived the hit TV show in 2005.
  This doctor was a little bit different to the other doctor’s incarnations as he wasn’t as ‘eccentric’ as the others.
  Christopher wanted to play the role differently choosing to be a stripped down version of the previous doctors. He showed a slightly more darker side to the character and his rough and ready attitude was not to be messed with. He did also show a lighter side especially when joking around with companion Rose.

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The 9th Doctor avoided thinking about his past, focusing solely on the present as his past was painful to think about at times.
  The 9th Doctor could be brutal and confrontational at times. He showed his darker, brutal nature in an episode with a Dalek. Chained and the last of his race the Dalek angered the 9th Doctor so much that we saw a glimpse into his past, showing that he hurt and his past was traumatic.

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But apart from his dark nature this Doctor was brave, wise, brilliant and down to earth. He clearly loves his companion Rose who, on some levels, is a female version of himself (independent, courageous and down to earth)
  Even though Rose was only 19 in some ways she seemed older than her years, showing a mature side at times. The 9th Doctor and Rose made a brilliant team.

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It was however to be short lived as the BBC revealed that Eccleston would not be staying on as the Doctor and so the team had to find someone quick. (You’ll see who it is tomorrow!)
 
2005 was when I started watching Doctor Who and not knowing much about the show I was fascinated by the character and was hooked from the first episodes. He modernized the Doctor, bringing him smack bang into the 21st Century. Even his outfit was trendy and up to date, showing that the Doctor didn’t need to be flamboyant in his clothes to do his duty. (Chris wore Black trousers, black boots with a black leather jacket) Christopher was an amazing Doctor and frankly I wish he’d have stayed on a little longer because I’d like to see how he would have developed the character further.
  I liked his fun sides just as much as his darker side. Showing that the past can still effect people, even when you are a 900 year old Time Lord.

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Introducing the 6th, 7th and 8th Doctor

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Yep its time for the 6th, 7th and 8th Doctor 🙂

             THE SIXTH DOCTOR
                    Colin Baker
              16th March 1984
            6th December 1986

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First Appearance: The Caves of Androzani
Last Appearance: The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe
Series: 2
Appearances: 8 stories (31 episodes)
Companions: Peri Brown and Mel

The sixth Doctor was unpredictable and a petulant egoist who wore garish multicoloured attire which was reflected in his volatile personality.
  His unpredictability was made even wilder by his mood swings, manic behaviour, his bombastic outbursts and unflappable wit.
  The sixth Doctor was supremely confident on his abilities and did not suffer fools gladly.
  His melodramatic wit however eventually subsided as it hid the fact that this incarnation retains the the song moral senses and empathy. (In the Revelation of the Daleks he showed great empathy for a dying mutant)
Underneath his blustering exterior he was actually more determined than ever in his universal battles against evil.
  His use of violence against his foes and his abrasive relationship with his companion Peri were both criticised by fans. The violence however was largely in self defense and his relationship with Peri followed significantly when the TV programme returned from hiatus for Series 23 The Trial of a Time Lord.
  This Doctor was well known for his love of cats and he always wore a number of cat shaped pins.

This Doctor wore a multiple of colours. A red frock coat with green patchwork. Yellow and pink lapels. A white shirt with question marks on each collar. He wore many different variations of waistcoats and cravats. His most famous was a knitted brown waistcoat with a turquoise polka dot cravat.

        THE SEVENTH DOCTOR
              Sylvester McCoy
            7th September 1987
            6th December 1989

First Appearance: Time and the Rani
Last Appearance: Survival
Series: 3
Appearances: 12 stories (42 episodes)
Companions: Mel and Ace

The seventh doctor displayed an affable, curious, knowledgeable, easy going, excitable and charming air.
  As he began to choose his battles and keep a tighter grip on his secrets he also presented a more serious, wistful and a manipulative side to his character. He was prepared to play the fool in order to trick his foes, just like the second Doctor. He was also an adept physical performer and deployed a repertoire of magic tricks.
  His more whimsical tendencies however disappeared over time but he still maintained his fondness for idiosyncratic speeches.
  The seventh doctor was opposed to violence and always managed to talk his enemies into submission.
 
With his off white safari style jacket, red paisley scarf, matching handkerchief, plain white shirt, red paisley tie, yellow fair isle inspired pullover with red question marks, tweed sand coloured plaid trousers, white/brown brogued shoes, panama hat and umbrella with a res question mark handle he was still as “stylish” as the other doctors. Although not quite as colourful as the sixth!

        THE EIGHTH DOCTOR
                Paul McGann
              27th May 1996

First Appearance: Doctor Who
Last Appearance: The Night of the Doctor
Appearance: 2 stories (2 episodes)
Companions: Grace Holloway

The Eight Doctor encouraged those around him to seize life instead of withdrawing from it.
His youthful, wide eyed enthusiasm hid a very old soul with a darker side.
  The eighth doctor starred in the TV movie version of the series and attracted controversy by breaking the long standing taboo against romantic involvement with his companions by kissing Grace Holloway.
  The movie however failed to spark a new TV series of the show but he did continue the eighth doctors adventures in various spin off medias. Although he was the shortest Doctor in terms of the others he was also the longest due to the other medias he was in.

Overview of the movie:

Transporting the remains of his long serving nemesis, the Master, the 7th Doctor is caught in crossfire by gang war fare. He was taken to hospital and efforts to revive him manages to “kill” the Doctor. He’s taken to the morgue where, after several hours, he regenerates into the 8th incarnation.
The Master has cheated death and his spirit takes over the body of a paramedic called Bruce. The Master attempts to steal the Doctor’s remaining lives by opening the Eye of Harmony inside the TARDIS, nearly destroying the earth in the process.
The Doctor and his companion, Grace Holloway, are able to prevent the earths destruction and the Master is sucked into the Eye of Harmony

The Sixth Doctor:

The Seventh Doctor:

The Eighth Doctor:

Introducing the 4th and 5th Doctor

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Carrying on from yesterday’s post today’s is all about the 4th and 5th Doctors!

          THE FOURTH DOCTOR
                  Tom Baker
               8th June 1974
             21st March 1981

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First Appearance: Planet of the Spiders
Last Appearance: Logopolis
Number of Series: 7
Appearances: 41 stories (172 episodes)
Companions: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Leela, K-9, Romana, Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka

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This new incarnation of the Doctor is eager to leave Earth in favour of exploration thus drawing back from continuous involvement with UNIT.
  The fourth doctor had grown tired of working for the Time Lords.
  Despite attempts to avoid them, they continued to send him on occasional missions, including an attempt to prevent the creation of the Daleks, during which he met his new adversary Davros.
  The fourth doctor was most unpredictable in terms of his emotional depth, he was slightly more distant and alien than his previous incarnations.
  The fourth doctor had whimsical charm, off beat humour and a manic grin. He was more aloof and somber than the others. He could also be intensely brooding, series and even callous.
  He had a strong moral code when he faces the dilemma of whether to destroy the Daleks.
  Like the other Doctors he chooses brain over brawn, although he was a strong swordsman and fighter when the needs dictate.
  His most significant relationship is with Sarah Jane and its implied that their relationship is deeper than the other relationships he shared. When Sarah Jane comes back to the series years later the 10th Doctor admits to loving her.

He also like Jelly Babies.

Tom Baker was the longest running on screen Doctor of the series.

Appearance:
Imposingly tall, eyes that boggled, mass of curls and prominently displayed teeth.
He wore a shirt, waistcoat, cravat, trousers, a frock coat (with pockets), wide brimmed hat and most famously his impractically long multi-coloured scarf which was apparently knitted for him by Madame Nostradamus, in which he calls a “witty little knitter”.
  He was the first doctor to refer to his companions as his best friends.

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             THE FIFTH DOCTOR
                Peter Davison
               21st March 1981
              16th March 1984

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First Appearance: Logopolis
Last Appearance: The Caves of Androzani
Number of series: 3
Appearances: 20 stories (69 episodes)
Companions: Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, Kamelion, Peri Brown

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This Doctor was more vulnerable, sensitive and reserved than his previous incarnations and often reacted to situations rather than initiating them and he often made decisions by flipping a coin.
  He treated his young companions as part of a team and often participated in situations under the leadership of someone else.
  The 5th Doctors boyish appearance, nervous energy and charm all hid the fact the he was a Time Lord of great age, compassion and experience.
  He could decipher ingredients of a drink by smell alone and rosemary made him sneeze.
  He greatly abhorred violence and often hesitated about taking matters into his own hands.
  Indecision weighed seriously on this Doctor and it did have its consequences. Yet this Doctor was also one of the most courageous of his incarnations.

Appearance
He had a variation of an Edwardian Cricketers kit and was seen carrying a cricket ball in one of his pockets.
He wore a cream coloured frock coat, striped trousers, plimsoll shoes, occasionally a pair of spectacles and frequently wore an optimo style panama hat.
On his left lapel he wore a celery stalk in which he claimed in The Caves of Androzani that the celery would turn purple in the presence of certain gases on the “Praxis” range to which he was allergic.

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THE FOURTH DOCTOR:

THE FIFTH DOCTOR: