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New Who?

We went to bed early last night, and incredibly were not awakened by the collective sound of fandom exploding after the news broke. Well, I'm not surprised that Tennant is leaving. He will have played the part for longer than anyone except Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, unless one allows McGann and (more justifiably) McCoy the time of the interregnums. He has been good; I wasn't totally convinced by either The Christmas Invasion or New Earth, but since then he has pretty much got it. (My favourite Doctors are still Four, Nine and One, in that order, but it is an increasingly tough call.)

Things have changed since the days of Old Who, when the handover would be fixed up and completed in weeks or at most a few months; now we have over a year to go before we see the last of Ten.

I'm not going to get into the guessing game of who Eleven will be. Speculation at this stage is rather premature. Anyway there is the old saying that he who goes into the conclave as the next pope comes out of it just another cardinal. (Though the old saying is sometimes wrong.) I imagine the Moff will have someone in mind, and probably it will be someone he has worked with before; one could easily draw up a likely shortlist after a brief session with IMDB, but I'm not going to bother.

Instead I will note that some of the greatest Old Who stories emerged from the creative tension of the great changeover of 1974, when producer, script editor and Doctor all changed roughly simultaneously, and most particularly when the new script editor had been responsible for some of the better stories of recent years at the time. So I have high hopes for 2010.


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Oct. 30th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
Same thing happened in 1970 as well - change of Doctor, supporting cast, script editor, producer, and basic format almost all at the same time.
Oct. 30th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
What I find kind of funny is my grim certainty that I will not like the new Doctor *nearly* as much, which is precisely what I thought when the 9/10 switch happened, and now I can't tell which of them I like better. So probably Eleven will be just fine. Although he can't possibly be as *cute* as Tennant. *tud* :)
Oct. 30th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Surely we were all expecting this? I don't pay any attention to rumour or gossip, and I don't read tabloids, fanzines, or fan sites. But somehow or other I picked up the notion months ago that Tennant would be leaving in 2009.
Oct. 30th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)

The longevity of Doctors in terms of number of stories televised has been shrunken for every one of them since Tom Baker -- associating with Earth has been downright deadly for the character. Fairly soon there's going to have to be some serious thought as to how to extend the number of regenerations he's allowed to have (a dozen must have seemed enormous even in the T. Baker or Davison eras) or just end the franchise.

I'm less curious as to which actor will take the role next than I am as to whether the console room will mutate. Will the next Doctor decide to change the "desktop theme", and if so, to what?

Oct. 30th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Association with Earth seemed to work well for Jon Pertwee, because he had Unit working around him. For the Doctor to be predominantly Earth-based but without that support network doesn't feel workable to me in the longer term (and we saw what a mess RTD could do WITH a support network in the finale of S4, which I really didn't like at all). So I hope Moffatt will move the Doctor significantly away from Earth.

As for who will play the next Doctor... I think it's time for a real major change. I'd really like to see a female Asian Doctor, or something along those lines. Doubt it'll happen, though.

Thinking to people who've worked with Moffatt makes me gravitate towards "Coupling" - Richard Coyle could make a wonderful Doctor. So could Sarah Alexander...
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