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January 3rd, 2009


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06:25 pm - 11th Doctor

Haven't heard of Matt Smith.

Good thought - they picked him despite his youth and emo hair because he's really talented, with masses of potential. Worrying contrary thought - they think young people won't watch a programme unless it stars a Young Person, and Matt Smith is the male Billy Piper.

I think making him young makes all relationships and romances much more problematic. It makes his interactions with older characters potentially - well, strange. Yes, I am thinking about The Master of course.

But perhaps Matt Smith can act as if he were both old and young. But again with the worrying contrary thought - perhaps it will become more squarely a kids' show.

No, surely not. I need to trust the process. Convince me you know best thou spirit of telly.

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From:altariel
Date:January 3rd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm not worried about his relative youth. He'll be 27 by the time he's on screen - not that much younger than Peter Davison (29 when he became the Doctor). I liked him a great deal in The Ruby in the Smoke, and he looks great next to the TARDIS in the picture on the BBC website. Goth!Doctor!
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From:communicator
Date:January 3rd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
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I am open-minded, really. I mean, they already done good twice in a row, and Tennant was fairly unknown too.
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From:happytune
Date:January 3rd, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
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This is what I'm thinking. I loved Eccleston (well, he was my generational doctor since I didn't have it growing up in SA), and watching Tennant was always a wonderful pleasure. Perhaps it is kind of nice that they're bringing in a relative unknown.
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From:communicator
Date:January 3rd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Yes, they have done best with those I think
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From:katlinel
Date:January 3rd, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
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I've seen Matt Smith in adaptations of Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North in which I remember him as being ok, and also in the 2005 tour of The History Boys, although I don't remember him in it, which at least means he didn't stand out as being bad. :-)

I will hope that they've picked him because he's really talented, but I have similar worrying contrary thoughts to yours.

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From:communicator
Date:January 3rd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Got to trust the process (and then complain bitterly for years)
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From:dfordoom
Date:January 3rd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
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No, surely not. I need to trust the process.

I already had a bad feeling about Moffat taking over, after viewing the train wreck that was Jekyll. Now I have a really bad feeling.
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From:communicator
Date:January 3rd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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I can't feel as negative as you about old Moffat
From:jthijsen
Date:January 3rd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
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He doesn't really do it for me, if the interview is anything to go on. I still think they should have asked Paterson Joseph.
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From:communicator
Date:January 3rd, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
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*sigh* - that's numberwang
From:jthijsen
Date:January 3rd, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
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What can I say, he's the only actor I know of who's at least as good as my favorite doctors so far. Also, isn't it past bloody time that the next doctor is something other than white and male?
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From:vilakins
Date:January 3rd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Seconded.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:January 5th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
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What is "numberwang"?
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From:altariel
Date:January 5th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
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"Numberwang" is the name of a mock gameshow on the comedy programme The Mitchell and Webb Show. Paterson Joseph is one of the regular competitors. "That's Numberwang!" is what the host of the show shouts after a series of incomprehensible moves have taken place. (Lots of clips on YouTube.)
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From:communicator
Date:January 5th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
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And you a Paterson Joseph fan! see here and search Youtube with 'Numberwang' for more Patterson goodness.

ETA - pipped by altariel

Edited at 2009-01-05 11:30 am (UTC)
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From:kalypso_v
Date:January 5th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but remember that I think of him as "that stage actor I keep seeing in Ibsen, and oh yes, sometimes he's on telly".
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From:i_smell_shite
Date:January 3rd, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
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He looks like he's got something about the Amy Winehouse about him! He reminds me of some one who is going to end tragically as he is so talented and young like Syd Barrett. I might be completely wrong and he might turn out to be Sir Ian McKellen a British great.


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From:communicator
Date:January 4th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Some people are worried he's a posho, but he was in Leicester City youth team, so he must be a bit rough
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From:sallymn
Date:January 3rd, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Actually, he looks incredibly colourless - which - believe it or not - I think could be a very good thing in an alien. Yeah, he could work :)

As I didn't like Tennant, I'm happy to reserve judgement (I'd've liked a middle-aged Doctor myself, so I knew they weren't going to go my way anyway :)
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From:communicator
Date:January 4th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
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I wanted an oldster too - but I am determinedly open-minded, he's a tabula rasa.
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From:getawaywithit
Date:January 3rd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I think the issue for me is that I've seen both the Sally Lockhart adaptations and while he's not a bad actor, there was nothing there that made me think 'yes, he's going to be a big star' - he doesn't seem to have that x factor that someone like Ben Whishaw has. Hopefully I'll feel differently when I get to see him playing the role, but for now I'm rather underwhelmed.
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From:communicator
Date:January 4th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
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At least they are committing themselves to making it work via stories and ideas, not as a vehicle for somebody's pre-existing charisma.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:January 7th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
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Oooh, thanks! Now I know. Boy, have I been out of touch.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, probably a lot, but I love the way British television does its casting. It's like--miracle--they look for a certain kind of talent first, and then make the actor's appearance work.

The new kid looks (and sounds) very promising! I'm excited.
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From:communicator
Date:January 7th, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
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The whole incident has also revealed another aspect of English culture - unremitting pessimism and complaining :-)
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From:iainjclark
Date:January 7th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
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I can only imagine what it would have been like had the internet been around for the casting of classic Doctors. Think of the wingeing! :-)

I mean, Tom Baker looked nothing like any prior Doctor, was incredibly young for the part, and had hardly done anything except playing a hammy Sinbad villain.

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