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Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Sun May 08, 2022 at 10:52:55 pm GMT (Viewed 85 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Sun May 08, 2022 at 01:42:56 pm GMT (Viewed 92 times)
Quote:Like the vast majority of people I have never heard of him, can barely pronounce his name, and am in urgent need of having my interest and faith in modern Doctor Who restored.
Quote:Does this do it? No, not quite. If Davies had decided on a black Doctor, and gone for someone with form (Paterson Joseph for instance), then yes. That is an actor with a pedigree and experience. This guy... is a void.
I'm fine with that. After all, the most popular and recognisable Doctor of all - Tom Baker - was a relative unknown too, before taking on the role.
My concern is pretty much the same one I had with Whitaker. I've watched a handful of clips of Gatwa on YouTube since today's announcement, and from what I've seen he suffers from the same lack of screen presence and gravitas as his predecessor.
Quote:All I can say is that Davies will have to be delivering some good innovative material, and not bail out after one season as some speculation suggests.
To be honest, I think a one-and-done return for Davies would be a good thing. This casting is, I think, a portent of things to come.
I'd like to see a new showrunner who is NOT a Doctor Who fan. Specifically, someone who DIDN'T prop up the bar at the Fitzroy Tavern back in the 1990's (Davies, Moffatt and Chibnall are all part of that elite).
I'd like to see someone who's just a professional, jobbing producer in charge. Someone who's only goal is serving up good Doctor Who, rather than 'making their mark' on the show.
Quote:This casting choice doesn't strike me as a commercial one, more an artistic one... which is what worries me the most.
I think this casting was driven by neither commercial nor artistic sensibilities. Once again we have a Doctor cast to satisfy BBC internal politics.
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