Hardcore Doctor Who fans refuse to call the Doctor a superhero, but it's obvious... I always think of him as essentially the British Superman, and considering what they did in the new series (destroying his home planet), he's becoming even more like superman...
Is the Doctor a superhero?
His healing abilities are part of his regeneration ability so how is that any different from what Xerox said?. These so-called ''super powers'' you guys attribute to him is normal for his species which beats the purpose of it being super. This is the same reason why I refuse to say that Superman has Super powers because he isn't a human and every Kryptonian exposed to the yellow sun could get those powers.
" @xerox-kitty: Actually he has superhuman healing abilities besides his ability to regenerate. Also, is wearing tights somehow required to be a superhero? And so what if he relies on gadgets, so does batman... "
Yeah, he's more of an adventurer. That's the key difference I think; his main objective in life is to pretty much travel the cosmos. If he finds evil there, he deals with it because it's the right thing to do. Superman on the other hand, and Batman, have made their main objectives to fight crime/evil/be lights for the human race. They set out to be heroes fighting for what's right, the Doctor just does that on the side.
" @Kamen Rider Kajiki: by that logic superman wouldn't be a super hero given that all his abilities are natural to all kryptonians under a yellow sun "If you consider Batman a Superhero and not just a vigilant, you could still consider Superman a Superhero too. Since he has a secret Identity and a costume.
Really what's the definition of a superhero anyway.... IMO, there's only 2...
You have to be SUPER... either have superhuman abilities or have access to tech or magic that gives you those abilities...
You have to be a HERO... being actively involved in helping/saving innocent people...
The Doctor definitely qualifies in my book. Just because he's a traveler doesn't make a difference. He's probably saved the universe, the earth, and countless other planets more then Superman did.
Wait. The Doctor has superhuman abilities, yes? Or at least tech that gives him those abilities? Could you please detail exactly what abilities you're thinking of, and as a matter of personal interest how exposed are you to the Doctor Who universe?
Also, a Google search offers these definitions:
A superhero is a type of stock character possessing "extraordinary or superhuman powers" and dedicated to protecting the public.
Any kind of fantasy fiction crime-fighting character, often with supernatural powers or equipment
The rest were for rock bands and movies and stuff.
Do you really want me to list all of the Doctor's abilities? I've seen every episode since 1963 btw so my exposure to the universe is pretty darn good.... lets see...
Ability to cheat death by regenerating body into a different form
rapid healing ability
ability to go long periods without breathing
mastery of all aspects of time and temporal mechanics
mind control powers
and thats just his innate abilities... his sonic screwdriver can:
open any lock except wooden or deadlocked
remotely control or disrupt nearly any mechanical or electronic device
can be used as a sensor to pretty much detect anything
The TARDIS can:
Travel to any point in space and time
Tow whole planets across the universe
Travel to parallel universes
Nearly indestructible shielding
and countless other abilities as the plot requires..
The Doctor is actually more like a god then anything else... but regardless hes definitely a super hero
Ability to cheat death; granted.
Rapid healing ability; is that really so much an ability or more a part of his biology? Same with the breathing thing. Superman's powers are ability's because he's able to do them under the yellow sun, therefore he is able to perform them. These seem more like how blood coagulates for humans; a normal process that just happens.
Uh, I'd probably put that down more to good IQ + coming from a highly advanced civilisation.
I wouldn't really say that, I'd say he's just got a good grasp of it.
Where did you get that? He's used hypnosis on occasion, which is something humans do, and he has limited telepathy but nothing beyond that.
His sonic screwdriver does do that. My torch turns on and off. Does that make me a superhero; I can see in the dark?
The TARDIS is a ship. A Time-Space ship that I presume would be capable of limited manipulation of the time and space around it (allowing it to enter and leave the Time Vortex), but a ship nonetheless.
My verdict is that he's as much a superhero as Sherlock Holmes or Spock (however my exposure to Star Trek is far more limited than my exposure to Doctor Who).
Sources: Almost all extant Doctor Who episodes from 1963-2010, plus photonovel recreations of some lost Hartnell+Troughton episodes. Research into the history of the Doctor Who series both on screen and behind as well.
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