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Ancient One 

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Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Sat May 14, 2022 at 11:56:28 pm GMT (Viewed 25 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Wed May 11, 2022 at 09:11:55 pm GMT (Viewed 44 times)



      Or perhaps it should be "He was the best actor for the role that also ticked the box that the BBC is looking to be ticked"

    How about:

    On the 'D list' tier of actors, in the subset that ticked the right boxes, and the subset of that subset who were willing to take the risk of accepting the lead role in a series so damaged by mismanagement it's suffered an unprecedented ratings collapse...He was the best we could find.

Is he? I take RTD's word that he is a great actor who won him over on the first audition, just as Matt Smith swept Steven Moffatt away. However...

Your point does dovetail with what I was saying above about him being unknown.

Going hand in hand with that the other nagging doubt no one seems to have flagged is that in casting such an unknown it doesn't really support the assumed idea that Bad Wolf have Sony money & ambitions and there are millions available in the new Budget for the show. If you had money, and ambition to go with it, you would be surely out there looking for an actor who is a known quantity and therefore marketable. Someone who engages the interest of both the (disillusioned) public, and media alike.

I am probobly repeating myself with all this, apologies if so, but Tom Baker and Matt Smith were unknown when they came to the series, but both came onto a very healthy show that was riding high, and all they had to do was take over and keep the momentum going.
With Ncuti though you have a situation more similar to Sylvester McCoy's and season 24 - a guy coming in on a show that needs a major injection of both star-power, and some enthusiasm from the not-yet-watching public....
I do like the energy RTD and Ncuti bring already. The enthusiasm is everything I had hoped for from the two. But what I feel isn't necessarily what the Public at large feel - they have already judged the Whittaker series and walked away. Casting this guy - black, Immigrant, and gay - might be seen by the masses as a continuation of the ideology of the Whittaker era. A lot will depend on how RTD markets it in the coming year, and whether his story content avoids the huge errors Chibnall repeatedly made in looking down on the audience, and offering lectures rather than escapist stories.

I do wonder a this stage whether Davies fully realises just what bad shape the show, and the publics attitude to it, is actually in. I hope he cast Ncuti for the right reasons, and not just because he ticked the boxes and he personally fancied him...

I have faith. And yet the times we are in do suggest there might be some legitimate worries ahead. I don't know if we could get a showrunner today who focuses on story over agenda...

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