yeah okay, modern doctor who didn't actually start the whole "angsty guilt-filled occasionally self-loathing doctor" thing, the new adventures novels did. it actually makes perfect sense considering that a lot of the people who wrote these work on the new series now. they're not nearly as popular though presumably because seven is not pretty and angsty, and doesn't let his issues show to nearly the same degree, and probably also because people don't want to bother with books. they're not even very big ones, they only take me a bit over two hours each to get through! seriously, the only thing that helps against reading taking you too long is more reading.
also i am now confident that seven is INTJ. what with all these mentions patterns, of viewing things in context, of basically everything implying everything else if you just trace the implications far enough. pure introverted intuition right there. and along with that goes the theme that what feels right has nothing to do with what is right, that sometimes doing good things feels downright miserable, which is a very typical (and familiar) extroverted thinking outweighing introverted feeling thing. (i am going to keep pointing out that four's "have i got the right" bit in genesis of the daleks looks like basically the opposite of this to me, introverted feeling outweighing extroverted thinking. i mean, he clearly does know that killing the daleks off before they ever truly existed would be the choice with - as far as he can tell at the time - more objectively positive consequences, but he still can't do it, because he simply can't get over the conviction that killing defenseless life that at the time merely has the potential for evil is wrong. that's the way i read it.)
to me, personally, this is also a nice example of what kind of difference enneagram can make to people of the same type - i'd call seven a 1, probably 1w9, and while the aforementioned thinking/processing patterns are very familiar to me, the motivations he applies them towards aren't at all. i mean, take the repeated talk of good and evil and one prevailing against the other as though they were actual concrete meaningful things. very typical 1 thing, i mean the whole type is about the abstract idea of being a good person, of doing the right thing, and it also completely fails to make sense to me. type 5 only cares, if anything, about what is true. it just desperately wants more information on basically everything ever, because basically, i once read a description claiming that 6s felt like they had never received the manual to life and so had no idea how to work it and that made it threatening and prone to exploding if you pushed the wrong button, and while i don't think that fits 6, it does fit 5 brilliantly well. (though when confronted with actual manuals i ignore them and push everything and only resort to them if i absolutely can't figure out things on my own, ahaha. probably because i know for a fact that electronic devices will not explode when you push the wrong button, or do anything that can't be fixed by pulling the plug. unless you're meddling with fireworks controllers or something like that, i guess.)
(interestingly enough i think eight is also a 1! 1w2, in this case. or at least the version of him portrayed in the big finish audios is. the novel one might tend more towards 2w1. and in this case a huge difference within the similar enneagram comes with the fact that he's decidedly not INTJ. i'd guess something along the lines of ENFJ. god, i really don't get how anyone can seriously insist that the doctor never changes type...)
almost completely unrelatedly, about that crossover, the "incompetent meddlish british assholes" are UNIT. not torchwood because who gives a fuck about torchwood. the list of people who don't includes me, myself and also i. it can go die in a fire as far as i'm concerned. except it already has, hasn't it, ahaha. i dunno, i obviously don't care about the series and hence have only the most basic secondhand ideas about it, but i will never tire of opportunities for poor jokes. honestly i just like the idea of ca. 1970s MIB and UNIT being very annoyed with each other in a variety of ways, and the former not being able to afford doing anything against the latter because they're the only ones the doctor is really willing to help out in any useful way.
i don't even know which doctor i'm talking about. multiple ones, possibly. eleven ends up deciding that "sunglasses are cool" and his companion just facepalms. whereas the "they have a far better idea what they're doing than you are" line from the last post sounds like nine to me. really the whole story would probably basically be five times the doctor ruined the MIB's day and one time he didn't. i imagine the TARDIS materialising somewhere near where jay and kay happen to be at the time and jay being all "you are not going anywhere near that damn thing" and the whole scene making it very clear that he's convinced that letting the doctor get involved will just cause far more new problems than resolved ones. which i guess implies that he did help out at some point, just in a way that was also unhelpful. solved the problem, the disappeared and left the MIB to clear up the mess. and there'd also be a sort of "'the doctor'? that's not a real name" - "if you say so, agent kay" exchange somewhere in there. that one is with ten, probably, if you care.
i am still not writing the story though! that's just far more effort than it's worth. get your own.
(damn, typing out "kay" as the name of anyone other than myself is confusing as hell.)