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Old 06-02-2013, 04:55 AM   #1
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The Doctor is Out

Well: had to happen sooner or later, and I think most fans kind of expected sooner. Matt Smith has announced the end of his tenure as the Doctor: we have the big anniversary special (concluding the story from the series finale) and then the Christmas day episode, in which the Doctor will regenerate.

I'm sad about it, natch, I always am. But also kind of ready. I'd love one more series from him, but that's the best way to leave, with the audience wanting more. They've taken Smith's Doctor though so many different stories and the emotional journey he's had seems kind of complete. Not to say they couldn't find more to do if he'd wanted to stay, but it seems to me they've run the gamut, as they had with Tennant by the end. Time to shake off some of the baggage that's gathered over the last few years and start again with a fresh perspective.

I'm sad and also a little excited to see who will take it on next. Oh, and also slightly nervous too. Always am. Alays slightly nervous they'll make a dud choice and the next one just won't match up...

Cue months of press speculation in the UK, with made-up news stories of people who are definitely, no really, honestly, being considered. And articles asking whether now is the time for a woman Doctor (answer: no, it really isn't) or a black Doctor (no objections here), or an older Doctor (again no objections), and claims of leaks in the Sun naming the new Doctor as Joanna Lumley.

Me, I'm going to enjoy the various anniversary goodies that are floating about, and look forward to the conclusion of the current Doctor's story...and try not to get caught up in the surrounding 'new Doctor' noise.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:58 AM   #2
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hahahahahaha. Just after I pressed send, the radio were reading out headlines and comments and the words: 'The next Doctor may be a woman' just floated out the speakers. 'Unnamed sources at the BBC...' blah blah. Followed by the inevitable comment from one of the female presenters that: 'of course it's time' and 'that would be great for our daughters'.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:09 AM   #3
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:45 AM   #4
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Tennant made himself my Doctor, but I will miss Matt Smith.
He was a good Doctor.
Sigh.

I don't want a female Doctor. And I can't really say why. A ginger Doctor would be fantastic though.

It will be someone out of nowhere, like the last three were.
A new Doctor will be along soon and I'm bound to like him anyway.
I'd say Doctors are like buses, but that might be confused with real GPs.
Who are nothing like buses. Even with the parlous state of public transport in this country, I've never heard of anyone waiting over two weeks for a bus (private grumble, very unhappy at present with my GP practice)
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Old 06-02-2013, 02:39 PM   #5
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Matt Smith has announced the end of his tenure as the Doctor...
Good. Sorry, I never got into Matt Smith. He's like the Windows Vista of Doctors, let's hope the next Doctor is a Win7--not an 8.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:43 PM   #6
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You know you could always go for an American Doctor. The U.S. is a huge market and a non-British Doctor would be an exotic choice in Europe.

You want a combination of quirky, intense, humorous, and tragic. My picks would be (in order of preference):

Gary Busey
Nicholas Cage
Steve Buscemi
Johnny Depp

Has there ever been an Aussie Doctor? Geoffrey Rush would have been great for it about 10 years ago.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:17 PM   #7
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This is the one thing we have that is British and still cool. It has to be a Brit. Superman does not have a Home Counties accent. The Doctor has to be a Brit.

Dear God, we're still arguing about whether or not he has to be basically English (Syl McCoy had a Scottish burr, but Tennant, a Scot, had an English accent as the Doctor).
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:44 PM   #8
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But outsourcing is all the rage, Dana, I think they call it globalization or some such.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:08 PM   #9
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No.


British, male, white. Just this one case.

You can have a purple hermaphrodite Chinchilla for PM for all I care, but don't mess with The Doctor.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #10
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hahahahahaha. Just after I pressed send, the radio were reading out headlines and comments and the words: 'The next Doctor may be a woman' just floated out the speakers. 'Unnamed sources at the BBC...' blah blah. Followed by the inevitable comment from one of the female presenters that: 'of course it's time' and 'that would be great for our daughters'.
Now, keep in mind that I am speaking out of my ass, and may have already been proven wrong because the American broadcasts are several episodes behind the British, and I don't do spoilers.

But there is a woman who is an obvious choice. She's already proven herself to be an impossible girl who exists in multiple timelines and doesn't seem to die. I had been guessing she would eventually be revealed to be a daughter of River and the Doctor, but now, with this news, I'm thinking she's being set up for grander things than that...
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:14 AM   #11
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... I'm sad and also a little excited to see who will take it on next. Oh, and also slightly nervous too. ...
An appropriate range of emotion for contemplating the oldest question in the universe.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:46 AM   #12
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You want a combination of quirky, intense, humorous, and tragic. My picks would be (in order of preference):

Nicholas Cage
squared?!

Is this because the Cage made such a good job in the re-imagining of The Wicker Man? Not the Bees!!!!
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:00 AM   #13
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Momentarily stepping aside from my absolute and ever-lasting opposition to an American Doctor...

Brent Spiner could pull it off. William Macy, maybe.

Back to Brits: Not gonna happen, but I'd love to see what Tom Hardy would make of it. Guy has serious range.

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Old 06-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #14
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Ginger, I tell you. The way forward.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:07 AM   #15
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Oh God yes! he would be an awesome Doctor. He's got the eyes. You could believe him to be a thousand years old.
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