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Ancient One 

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Location: Lancashire
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 at 02:27:47 am GMT (Viewed 43 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Mon May 09, 2022 at 12:44:18 am GMT (Viewed 50 times)

    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....

Oh for sure Gatwa has a much bigger mountain to climb than Tom did. But it didn't matter that Tom was unknown, the name and the legacy of Doctor Who sold season 12. In Tom we got a charismatic actor who was perfect for the role, and that was the icing on the cake. It doesn't matter if Gatwa is an unknown (But see below). IF he's a strong enough actor, IF RTD can deliver the goods and doesn't do anything stupid, and IF enough viewers are intrigued enough to give the show another chance, they may be able to right the ship.

Call me cynical, but I think Gatwa has already achieved his mission: Publicity.

If they'd cast another white male or female, who cares, but the first black Doctor? That's made headlines. And they desperately need people talking about the show right now.

Remember, it's not Gatwa who's been hired to save the show. It's RTD.

    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've been checking out his CV, and it seems he's far from a nobody.

He's a major player in Sex Education, a Netflix show with over 40 million streams to it's credit for the first series alone.

He's a three time BAFTA nominee for best male comedy performance. WINNER of BAFTA Scotland for Best Actor on Television. WINNER of the Rose d'Or for Performance of the Year 2020. WINNER of the National Comedy Awards for Best Supporting Role. And several other awards and nominations to his credit.

It is interesting though, that neither you nor I had heard of him prior to Doctor Who. Perhaps there isn't too much audience crossover between Who and Sex Education.

I text a few of my friends about him, and they knew who he was. They've all seen Sex Education. But none of them watch Who. And my Who watching friends...No one knew him but then, they've never seen SE.

That's a potential worry. Can he cross over successfully?

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