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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.



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.
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.
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
I rarely watch confidentials but have watched all the dalek ones. Ever since I heard of that time they overdid the explosives on special effects in early eighties Ive been determined to catch them all.

Apparently the emergency services got called out thinking it was a IRA bomb and as the police and ambulances pulled up, rolling out the smoke came the daleks. The poor folk must have had at least a second or two of total "Oh Shit!" before reality kicked back in :D
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
Hahaha, yeah, I've heard that story.
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the first time I heard that story it was not quite that dramatic. :)
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Heh, it's not just me, then? His snug factor was about tolerable for the first couple of Eccleston episodes, but after that...

I did find it ironic tonight that if said something about the Doctor always being the centre of the programme, when in his time he's seemed to view the companions and their family lives as central.
Jan. 4th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
Ha, true! Ooh, it will be interesting to see what Moffat makes of it all. So many things he could do differently. I think he'll be a less interfering script editor, so that could make a difference, too.


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