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Who?!?!

Bidding for the first reaction post here. (Yes, yes, I'm cheating, started writing this at half three. Very, very occasionally my job is good for something - I found out at about 1pm.)



So, Matt Smith, huh? (IMDB and wiki). I'm not particularly happy about the news, but mainly because he's not Paterson Joseph, rather than because I have anything against Matt - the only thing that bothers me about him is his age. I have actually seen him before; I watched the series Party Animals, and he was good playing a naive young parliamentary researcher. Whether that means he can play the Doctor, who knows?

He's VERY young - he's 26, and looks younger, I think. I'm worried that this means even more "romance" plots - because the chances of the new companion being a female Londoner between 18 and 25 again seem high - and less chance of the proper "alien" feeling. It certainly means that there'll be a new generation of teenage Who fans in it because they fancy the Doctor, and while that's not necessarily a bad thing, I've had enough run-ins with Ten/Rose batshippers (and the people claiming that nobody could ever possibly hope to be as good as Tennant ever ever ever so we should just give up now) that the thought of more of them doesn't thrill me.

My major question is about where all the Paterson Joseph rumours did come from. I hope, in a way, that he was offered the role and turned it down, because I'm worried that they've given in to the "it's totally unrealistic to have a black Doctor, and they'll just have politically correct anti-racism stories all the time!!!" idiots.

What could they do with such a young Doctor? Well, if they had an older companion - especially, perhaps, an older male companion - there could be a very interesting dynamic. (Bring back Mr Copper? Or Wilf! Wilf!) Otherwise, I don't suppose it matters much, as long as he can provide the necessary gravitas when it's needed. If they have a younger companion again then it'll be a very young show - just have to hope it doesn't turn into Hollyoaks In Space. Urgh.

From what Smith said in the programme, it sounds like he hasn't watched much Who - certainly not Old Who - but is planning to catch up, so I suppose that's good. It was nice having a fan as the Doctor, but I liked Eccleston more than Tennant and I never heard anyone suggest Eccles was a big fan, so clearly it's not necessary. He sounds intelligent, which is a plus! I don't think he said much else of interest.

Conclusion: not who I was hoping for, but not someone who fills me with utter dread, either. I'll leave off mournfully posting vids of the Marquis de Carabas until it all goes horribly wrong.

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laserboy
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of McGann potention, but I worry that they're going for the same kind of incarnation they had with Tennant. It's generally the same personality through 9/10 and now 11.

Hmmm.
pickwick
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the things they were saying he's good at is...being Tennant, essentially!
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catofsteel
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
An older Doctor would have been a better contrast - but then I was irrationally hoping for Derek Jacobi - but then people complained Peter Davison was far too young, so I'm sure he'll be fine.

But you *know* he's going to be known as "BabyDoc"...
pickwick
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
I find Tennant and Paterson, among others, to be kind of ageless - if I was asked to guess their age I'd probably give you a 10-year bracket and still not be that confident. Which I think I like, for the Doctor.

I'm totally going to call him BabyDoc, though ;)
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pickwick
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm hoping that Moffat won't be as interventionist as Davies was. And he hasn't done that much in the way of stay-at-home stories before, so maybe he'll still avoid that.
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tanngrisnir
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
I am optimistic. For one thing, I got a good feel about the guy. For another, Moffett's in charge and if's a decent writer. I'm hopeful that his youth might make them avoid romance as too obvious a route.

It is a little weird to know he is going to be the Doctor more than a year before his debut.
pickwick
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
I get quite a good vibe off the guy too. And he looks good in the Photoshopped promo pic.
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laerad
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
It was mentioned in a confidential that ecclestone had never heard a dalek ever before. When the guy who showed up to the script reading with his machine, apparently chris was in shock when he heard the voice for the first time ever.
pickwick
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ha, awesome! I haven't seen that many of the Confidentials because RTD drives me to frothing fury. Might be able to watch more once Moffat takes over.
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zagreb2
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm going to keep an open mind and wait and see how he performs. I've no doubt the BBC chose him largely because they were aiming for a young Doctor to continue to "squeeing" that the Tennant years created. We shall see. If he wears a waistcoat and a hat I shall be happy, anyway. I miss the dandy Doctors.

And good luck to him, he's got a really, really hard act to follow.
pickwick
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ooh, he'd look good as a dandy, yeah. For some reason I'm visualising him in a cravat.
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dakegra
Jan. 3rd, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
ooh, I think I was just channelling you on Twitter. Hollyoaks in Space! Wilf!

disappointed it's not Paterson, but heck, best give the new guy a chance.
pickwick
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Great minds, etc! And yeah...can we start a "Paterson for 12" campaign yet?
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marrog
Jan. 3rd, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sceptical but will give him a chance.

Surely there's going to have to be more romance in the specials, though, just because of the River Song Affair. The sort of state that that's perhaps likely to leave 10 in might make for an interesting mental state for the new BabyDoc.
momentsmusicaux
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
He's going to be a bit young for River Song!
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san_valentine
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
I was thinking it would be good to have an older, but still active Doctor - like Denis lawson. However, I don't think there's a hope for anyone with grey hairs to be the Doctor in the future.

Matt Smith does seem terribly young, though they could make something interesting of an old mind in a young body. And at least his face has character- he's not a pretty-boy young, because that just wouldn't work.
momentsmusicaux
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
His face looks like it's been squashed in slightly...
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momentsmusicaux
Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I said 'Who?' too, but then saw the clips, and I remember him as being quite good in Ruby in the Smoke.
Bit young though, yeah!
pickwick
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
I've decided I quite like that he's not that well-known, though. And the age isn't a problem if he's got the acting chops, and if the writers don't match him up with a 22-year-old girl and make it all teen drama!
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poliphilo
Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
He's got an interesting face and a impressive CV (for someone so young) and I'm glad they've cast an actor who doesn't come with a whole lot of baggage.
pickwick
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
Yes! I don't know why people are complaining that he's unknown - I wouldn't have liked the part to go to a household name, I don't think. Eccleston and Tennant were both a little better-known, maybe, among people who watch good telly, but they weren't exactly world-famous.
zagreb2
Jan. 3rd, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
My major question is about where all the Paterson Joseph rumours did come from. I hope, in a way, that he was offered the role and turned it down, because I'm worried that they've given in to the "it's totally unrealistic to have a black Doctor, and they'll just have politically correct anti-racism stories all the time!!!" idiots.

I think PJ was genuinely seriously considered for the role and he certainly seems to have been interested. It's very likely that he was one of those asked to audition although it might be that he had a change of heart and decided against it (lest we forget playing the Doctor is very high-profile but also a very punishing schedule).

As for the whole black Doctor thing: as far as the series mythology is concerned there doesn't seem to be anything to prevent it. As the Ninth Doctor suggested, the Doctor's transformation can be pretty "random" as to what he looks like. Thing is, I worry that the BBC might one day give the role to a black actor for reasons of a sort of "quota-filling" mentality which is completely wrong. Whoever becomes the Doctor must be right for the role first and foremost which is why I worry that PJ might be too old by the time they cast a new Doctor. He's one of the few black actors I can imagine playing the Doctor; another is Don Warrington who's also a bit old for all that running around lark that the role requires these days (ideally, he'd have been cast as the Doctor back in the '80s but I think back then the viewing audience really weren't ready for it - a shame as he'd have been ace). Still, we might well yet have PJ as the 12th Doctor. We shall see...
pickwick
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, if they cast a black actor it's got to be because he's the best person for the job. But at the same time, if he IS, cast him, and don't worry about what people might say. Same with a woman. (I'm less enamoured of the idea of a woman, but it doesn't actually make any less sense, I don't think, so I could deal with it.)

The other black actor I've seen people championing for the role is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who I've only seen as the Operative in Serenity, but I think he'd have been good.

PJ for 12!
starprincess035
Jan. 4th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure about Tennant when he first arrived. I liked
Eccleston and didn't want him to go. But after a while I
adored Tennant. But I don't know about this new guy...
I don't want another change so soon. It feels too soon. *pout*
And I don't really like the look of the new guy. :(
pickwick
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Change is hard ;) I think the average amount of time an actor stays in the role is about 3 seasons, and Tennant will have done 3.5 by the time he leaves. Apparently it's a really nasty schedule, and you have to move to Cardiff, and so on, so it totally disrupts your life. (I've never quite figured out how doing 13 eps of a UK programme can be THAT challenging when American actors are doing 22-24 eps of their shows - maybe just the American crew and special effects people are quicker and better at things because they've had more practise!)
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confusiontempst
Jan. 4th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
thank god I'm not the only person alive who preferred Eccleston to Tennant
pickwick
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Odd as it seems now, I started watching Doctor Who purely because Eccleston was the Doctor! I was distinctly not a fan of what Old Who I'd seen (random out-of-context Tom Baker eps, I think) but I'd adored Eccleston since Shallow Grave and Jude.

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