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Ancient One 

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Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2022 at 12:31:09 am GMT (Viewed 26 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Meet the New Doctor.
Posted: Sun May 15, 2022 at 11:37:32 am GMT (Viewed 29 times)

    The more I think about Gatwa's casting, the more I come to realise what a stroke of sheer genius it is.

    I said a few years ago that the BBC had put themselves between a rock and a hard place with the failure of the Chibnall era, in particular the casting of the first female Doctor. Her successor couldn't be another white male in an attempt to turn the ship around. The feminists would have kicked up a fuss and generated more negative publicity. And another female? Well, why take the risk?

    But casting a black, gay immigrant? Genius. No one dares say anything negative about him because he ticks so many boxes there are a multitude of '-ists' and -'phobes' the detractors can be called. And of course, it's great publicity.

    The downside is of course that the majority of the public DO see his casting as being for little more than diversity and representation reasons. Many of the people I've talked to about it (Both fans and non fans) greeted it with an eye roll and a shake of the head.

It is a bizarre 'coincidence' isn't it. Immigrant, black, and gay... Maybe he really was the best actor who auditioned, maybe. But it doesn't change the fact that he has no currency with the mass public - I am not remotely impressed with his 2 million followers on Instagram as social media is not the real world. Like Onision the man on the street has almost certainly never head of this man, he is a legend only on his social media accounts....

But he might be a terrific actor I confess. A good Doctor. It's just that at the moment the show needs a lot more than an unknown actor to sell it convincingly. Davies should know this - he cast the formidable Chris Eccleston, then rising star David Tennant. He isn't a fool, or at least he wasn't a fool back then...

The commercial realities with Doctor Who today mean it has to be sold not just to the British public, but the American audience. To catch the maximum amount of publicity and attention you really need a bankable name, someone with some respectable pedigree behind them. And even if Davies thinks Ncuti is a good actor, a potential good Doctor, would Lorraine Heggessey and Jane Tranter agree? Would they really sanction this choice if there was a seriously big budget and expectations on the table to get this show back on the rails and back on the road to punching the sort of big mainstream appeal that Ecceleston, Tennant, Smith, all had across the board? Women were attracted to these pseudo-romantic figures, boys wanted to be like him, and virtually everyone wanted to maybe be in the Tardis with them....

Ncuti Gatwa...? I worry. Nobody wanted to be Jodie Whittaker's Doctor. No one fancied her, No one wanted to be in the Tardis with her...

She's the precedent. Is Ncuti the sequel?

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