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Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Mon May 09, 2022 at 09:23:11 pm GMT (Viewed 40 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Mon May 09, 2022 at 05:04:33 pm GMT (Viewed 41 times)

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Yeah, I agree with that viewpoint too! I am giving this guy my support as I think he will/could be rather a fine actor and surprise all - by coincidence I watched Captain America:Civil War which was showing on one of the channels here in Britain and was impressed by how good Chadwick Boseman was, despite not actually having much to do in terms of acting he really made that character his own here and did an awful lot with what was actually very little... that's the sort of prescence this new guy may well have.

But at the same time... it's all about 'the message', you can't avoid that truth. Russell Davies was damned whoever he went with - a white man, a black man, a woman, an american... he couldn't win whichever he went for. And that is all down to the way Doctor Who has sunk into the arms of the online and media progressives who just want to 'tick the boxes' and feel good about doing so.
At this point Doctor Who has just had the first woman in the role, box ticked, but it was something close to a disaster by any rational measurement. What astonishes me is that Russell Davies went for an unknown black actor, someone with a name that is baffling to most people and who few or none have ever heard of, and that is a VERY hard quantity to market for a television show such as this. How do you sell this unknown to the mass audience? In particular a mass audience who have just seen the woman Doctor and delivered a verdict by walking away from the show? And next up - the black Doctor. More of the same kind of pandering? Is this what 'Doctor Who' is now...?

Is Russell Davies aware of this reality - This real very real danger that the audience has already decided on Doctor Who, and just aren't willing to indulge it anymore?

Yes, people will come in for the first episode and the next, but what then if they evaporate, as they did with Jodie Whittaker?

I had thought this was going to be a determined rescue operation from Davies, that he would cast a name, someone marketable and known to the public, and we would see the show being revived and aimed at the mainstream audience once again. But he cast a complete unknown. He is banking the career and ability of this unknown to be able to take on something as major as Doctor Who, and be able to sell it. And I don't think that's fair of him at all given the state of the television series and the utter apathy of the public towards it today.

I do believe this guy is a good actor. But he is coming in at the wrong time in this shows life...



[I also now question the assumption that Bad Wolf has millions to invest in this series - if this actor is as high as they are aiming for then the money really can't be there for this series. This is no way to revive an ailing franchise like Doctor Who - it NEEDS a bankable name right now.]


I agree that a more well known name would be better for marketing.

But Tennent and Smith and Capaldi have moved on, and Eccleston doesn't really want to return for assorted reasons.

I still would like to see Sean Pertwee take up the role of the Doctor but he doesn't want to be in his father's shadow and I respect that.

But the name Pertwee I would think would draw some fans back.

Or the son or grandson of a previous Doctor like Troughton or Baker.

But the BBC clearly wants to check the boxes as you say.

Now that being said, this new Doctor could be the diamond in the garbage that the franchise now is and revitalize it. Depends on the writing though.

Perhaps they should kick off the new series with a multi-Doctor story and have 14 team with 10 and 11. A brief return of Tennant and Smith could get things moving then see if 14 can fly solo.


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