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Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Mon May 09, 2022 at 12:44:18 am GMT (Viewed 49 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Sun May 08, 2022 at 10:52:55 pm GMT (Viewed 67 times)

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

I gather he was cast back around February, and while I have become more excited and supportive by his casting having given it time to sink in, I can also see and appreciate the other side of the fence that says he is not established enough - I do suspect that the watching Russell Davies must have looked on at the reception of Jodie Whittaker's last few episodes and gulped at the audience reception, especially Legend of the Sea Devils, because if he is here to turn this ship around his mission became positively herculean in scale.

I don't think it fair to put this responsibility on such an unknown actor. Indeed if the intention is to sell the show to the mass audience again this guy isn't going to be able to sell anything, as he is a nobody to the mass public. So this show that the public have now cold-shouldered and dismissed now has to somehow convince that apathetic public to give it another chance... and no, Tom Baker didn't have to do this as he came on the back of Jon Pertwee's huge success in the role. The series was already riding high when Baker took over....

If it was any other time I wouldn't be worried. I think this guy is a good actor, I do think he will be okay (probobly!), but he is still a nobody. Landing the role at probobly the lowest point in its life bar the mid 1980s.

I just wish RTD had aimed higher, found a named actor people were familiar with, could get excited and intrigued by right away, and thereby help significantly to build up anticipation for a relaunch that promised a return to greatness was on the way.

But we get this guy, whoever he is... \(fear\)

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