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Actor Matt Smith Will Be 11th Doctor Who

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the inheritor-of-the-scarf dept.

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Jerry Smith was among a large number of readers letting us know that the 11th Doctor Who has been named. It's Matt Smith, 26, who will be the youngest actor to play the time-traveling Doctor. The head of drama at BBC Wales said this about Smith's audition: "It was abundantly clear that he had that 'Doctor-ness' about him. You are either the Doctor or you are not."

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Waiting (5, Insightful)

lostinbrave (1183917) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315001)

I heard about this earlier I am waiting out to see his performance as the doctor, before I start judging.

Re:Waiting (1)

grantek (979387) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315033)

I like how the Doctor's been getting younger and younger, but Matt is another large step again. It'll be interesting to see how the writing / style of the show changes to fit the new cast :)

Re:Waiting (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315055)

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Re:Waiting (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315077)

Be honest... Doctor Who has been moving towards being a lame version of Buffy the vampire slayer. This is just one more step: Doctor Who The Teenage Years (yeah he's 26... so are most "teen" US TV actors).

Boston Legal had it right - no-one over the age of 50 is allowed on TV these days. The Doctor Who writers haven't got a fucking clue... just like every other TV hack, they assume that children will only watch other children or young adults.

Re:Waiting (2, Funny)

gustar (125316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315091)

Maybe this explains why they put wrestling on SciFi.

*shudder*

So what are the adults supposed to watch?

Re:Waiting (4, Insightful)

grantek (979387) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315185)

You've got a point, having such a young Doctor will throw a new light on the Doctor-companion dynamic - Matt's younger than Freema Agyeman (Martha), and is the same age as Billie Piper (Rose), although he will be starting the show 5 years after she did. The relationship always had a "fatherly" element that stopped it going too far and getting in the way of the show.

Re:Waiting (5, Insightful)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315653)

"The relationship always had a "fatherly" element that stopped it going too far and getting in the way of the show."

Getting in the way of the show ? Have you actually bothered to LOOK at Rose ? IMO the show is getting in the way of the porn.

Re:Waiting (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315707)

Getting in the way of the show ? Have you actually bothered to LOOK at Rose ? IMO the show is getting in the way of the porn.

YES!!!

Re:Waiting (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315733)

Actor and age when they started Doctor Who:

William Hartnell - 56
Patrick Troughton - 46
Jon Pertwee - 51 (He will always be Worzel Gummidge to me)
Tom Baker - 40
Peter Davidson - 29
Colin Baker - 40
Sylvester McCoy - 44
Paul McGann - 37
Christopher Eccleston - 41
David Tennant - 34
Matt Smith - 27 (when he starts playing the part in 2010 not now)

So only 2 of the Doctors were over 50 when he started. Yeah it is some ageist conspiracy alright. The BBC have cast 2 people under 40 in a row as the Doctor! OMGWTFBBQ! I think people's nostalgia tinted glasses are getting the better of them. You need to take them off and get over yourself. The doctor's age has clearly fluctuated a lot over the years. But Davidson to McCoy really ruins the age downward trend conspiracy. Seeing as Matt Smith is only 2 year shy of Peter Davidson's age I fail to see the problem really. Plus I'm 32 and the guy looks older than me.

I'm not gonna be a precious fanboy and will wait to see how his Doctor turns out. Like Tennant if he is good then he is good. And by the way anyone considering they have cast a pretty boy might want to take a look at the guy. My mom said politely when she said his face has "character". Me I think he looks like the guy in the film "Mask".

Re:Waiting (4, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315267)

I like how the Doctor's been getting younger and younger

One bit of Time Lord psychology that isn't so different from human. When he was young, he wanted to appear old and wise, now he's old, he wants to appear young for as long as possible.

Re:Waiting (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315297)

At this rate, the 12th Doctor will be sperm.

Still... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315603)

I think Seth Rogen [imdb.com] should be The Doctor. He'd be awesome in that role.

Matt Smith (3, Insightful)

robvangelder (472838) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315043)

Who?

Re:Matt Smith (2, Informative)

slugtastic (1437569) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315075)

I found his page [wikipedia.org] on Wikipedia. Not much info on him.

Re:Matt Smith (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315163)

he's gay - the first bent doctor. the first doctor with a vibrating sonic-screwdriver "plug".

Re:Matt Smith (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315309)

he's gay - the first bent doctor. the first doctor with a vibrating sonic-screwdriver "plug".

Then I guess he doesn't like this joke very much:


Q: What's your favorite thing in a woman?

A: Mah Dick!

Re:Matt Smith (2, Informative)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315475)

You might try his imdb [imdb.com] page instead. Most of the wikipedia article is stolen from there anyway (like almost all film / tv / actor bios on wikipedia) But at least all the info on imdb is verified -- unlike wikipedia.

Re:Matt Smith (1)

shogun (657) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315731)

And at least its up to date on Wikipedia, unlike IMDB.

The verified bit for the IMDB does (mostly) apply though.

11th or 10th? (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315053)

Did the the 10th Doctor's regeneration count since he never changed ?

btw, get the 1st (new) season on DVD - there's episodes Sci-Fi never chose to air for some reason... and they're awesome.

Re:11th or 10th? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315189)

Really?

Thanks very much!

Re:11th or 10th? (4, Interesting)

jd (1658) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315915)

I'm not sure if the tenth regeneration could count either. Ohhhhh! In THAT sense! Ok. It's unclear. Time Lords may be able to change their appearance without actually using up a regeneration (Romana was way too bright to have wasted an entire life after a mere 150 years), so it would seem to follow that "partial" regeneration is possible without using up an actual regeneration in the process.

Although this is the 11th Doctor, it is also questionable as to whether each life has used up a regeneration. The Second Doctor to the Third may or may not have been a regeneration but it was under the control and supervision of Time Lord technology. The life-energy (or whatever) that is involved in the process could therefore have been external. If so, it would not have used up that amount of energy internally. The same could be argued for the Fourth to Fifth, as the Watcher was an external source of regenerative energy. (The Third to the Fourth was started externally but the energy was internal.)

If you want to take this line of reasoning further, you may also wish to consider Mawdryn Undead. In that, The Doctor was due to have all his remaining regenerations drained to kill off Mawdryn and his associates. The Brigadier intervened, saving him. But is that all he did? Action and reaction are equal and opposite, and the circuit was still complete. If the machine could take regenerations away, a reverse surge should logically add them. This should give The Doctor potentially another six lives.

Also consider Brain of Morbius. We don't know what effect the elixier had on The Doctor. It is supposed to aid in failed regenerations, so presumably provides an external energy source in addition to any other curative properties. Those who drank it did, after all, become immortal for the duration of drinking it, which suggests that it had that kind of restorative power. This potentially gives The Doctor another additional life, as he didn't require a regeneration to heal.

Finally, if you subscribe to the notion that Russel T Davis is, in fact, a Dalek Agent hell-bent on destroying The Doctor's reputation, you can disregard as much of DW:TNG as you like.

Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limit (4, Interesting)

gustar (125316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315059)

Seems like they have been burning through regenerations in the latter Dr. Who series. What are they gonna do when they hit twelve? No more Dr. Who?

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (2, Insightful)

Deltaspectre (796409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315137)

The same thing as when they were faced with parallel universes that under any circumstances can never be crossed, because it's utterly impossible and ooh let's have Rose appear in another episode and Mickey cross over.... whoops

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (2, Interesting)

Angostura (703910) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315377)

Not to mention the little fact that Gallifrey is no more. Who knows what changes the Time Wars(tm) unleashed.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (1)

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315795)

> If anyone knows why my comments recently started appearing with score 1, despite "Excellent" karma, I'd love to hear.

You should call your mother.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315141)

Seems like they have been burning through regenerations in the latter Dr. Who series. What are they gonna do when they hit twelve? No more Dr. Who?

Yeah for a near immortal race they sure don't live long. One regeneration barely lasted a season and the last one only lasted a few years.

12 Regenerations? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315193)

It wont matter, they will just 'reset' it somehow.

It is TV remember, not reality.

Re:12 Regenerations? (1)

gustar (125316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315221)

Yes I know its fiction/TV but there should still be some pressure to keep consistent within whatever rules supposedly govern the fictional universe.

As other have pointed out though, the latter Dr. who serious have not been very good at do this.

Re:12 Regenerations? (5, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315337)

The Master was given an extra set of regenerations by the Time Lords for... something. The Sisterhood of Karn had the secret to true immortality, but the Time Lords rejected it because they realised that immortality lead to a static society. Without the Time Lord rules against it being enforced, there's nothing stopping The Doctor from regenerating more than 12 times. There is a lot of evidence in the series that the limit of 12 was artificial - to encourage Time Lords to savour their lives and then move on to make way for a new generations.

Allowing infinite regenerations could easily be done without breaking continuity, but it would destroy the show by making the Doctor's death totally meaningless. There are lots of ways of extending the number of regenerations too. It is implied several times that regeneration is something that only happens to Time Lords who are joined with time capsules. The TARDIS is presumably not connected to the Eye of Harmony (the black hole contained on Galifrey) anymore, so the amount of energy it can provide for regeneration might be more or less than normal.

Deus Ex Machina (2, Funny)

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315833)

> here are lots of ways of extending the number of regenerations too ... implied ... regeneration ... Time Lords who are joined with time capsules ... connected to the Eye of Harmony ... the black hole ... so the amount of energy

Here's an idea. We have a special-combo episode where the TARDIS meets The Enterprise whose crew beam aboard with Chief Scientific Officer Deus Ex Machina who adlibs technobabble, not just giving the doctor as many regens as the BBC needs but tying up all the plot holes since the series began. Everyone knows Tie ins help ratings and since Dr Who is increasingly a "Beautiful People" show, what about one with Bay Watch too?

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (2, Informative)

larryau (983008) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315293)

If I remember that question was asked a long time ago. If I remember correctly the producers answered by reminding people about the "Keepers of Traken" story. It was with the introduction of Nysaa's character. I think it was episode 18. The story had the "Master" returning and he had used up all of his 12 regeneration but found a way to extend his regenerations. So I think the good Dr. has a way.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (1)

Steve001 (955086) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315445)

larryau wrote:

If I remember that question was asked a long time ago. If I remember correctly the producers answered by reminding people about the "Keepers of Traken" story. It was with the introduction of Nysaa's character. I think it was episode 18. The story had the "Master" returning and he had used up all of his 12 regeneration but found a way to extend his regenerations. So I think the good Dr. has a way.

The way the Master extended his life (his decayed appearance in the first series before his apparent regeneration was because [1] he was at the end of his last life or [2] a half-failed attempt at a 13th regeneration) was due to him taking over the body of another (much like he did in the Fox Dr. Who movie), so it wasn't a true regeneration although it does give him a way to extend his life indefinitely.

One thing that has cut the Doctor's life short is that he has been using up his regenerations much more rapidly than a typical timelord (since the First Doctor was 650 years old when he first appeared, he could have lived least 8,450 years). The story "Silver Nemesis" (the 25th anniversary story) indicated that there is far more to The Doctor than we know, so it is likely that this will give the writers a way to give him a new set of regenerations.

One thing I'm looking forward to is the future appearance of The Valyard.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (3, Funny)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315305)

You have to remember there used to be more Time Lords in the universe. Now with fewer Time Lords, in order for the number of regenerations to remain constant, The Dr must regenerate more often. Otherwise, we could see a localized destabilization with the accumulated regeneration energies normally expended.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (5, Interesting)

BikeHelmet (1437881) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315379)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regeneration_(Doctor_Who)#In_the_series [wikipedia.org]

The BBC's Series 4 FAQ suggests that now the Time Lord social order has been destroyed, the Doctor may be able to circumvent the limit on regenerations; it says: "Now that his people are gone, who knows? Time Lords used to have 13 lives.

In "The Sound of Drums" (2007) the Master is revealed to have been granted a new body by the Time Lords during the Time War with at least one new regeneration. Non-Gallifreyans are also seen to regenerate in Underworld (1978) and Mawdryn Undead (1983), but with adverse side effects.

Sounds to me like regeneration is a socially-imposed limit to keep them from living forever. ;)

But they aren't immortal... found this interesting tidbit:

In The Mind of Evil the Master points a conventional firearm at the Doctor and threatens to "put a bullet through both your hearts", while in "Forest of the Dead", Professor Song warns that an impending electrocution would stop both the Time Lord's hearts, killing him. From these, it is apparent that a Time Lord can die if both his hearts stop.

This quote also further supports it:

The TARDIS appears to assist in the regenerative process. In addition to the second Doctor's explicit statement to this effect shortly after regenerating from the first, regenerating outside the TARDIS has never been shown to go particularly well. Of the four occasions on which this has happened, one is forced on him by the Time Lords (The War Games), one requires a Time Lord to give the Doctor's cells a "little push" to start the process (Planet of the Spiders), one needs the TARDIS's "Zero Room", a chamber sealed from all outside forces, to help him recover (Castrovalva) and the last occurs a few hours after he has actually "died" (The 1996 television movie). That last regeneration remains the only one that takes place significantly far away from the TARDIS, without any obvious interaction from other Time Lords, though it may be noted that in The Doctor's Daughter, Jenny - a woman created from the Tenth Doctor's DNA - dies and later reanimates in a process that has some apparent similarities to a regeneration, some time after the TARDIS leaves her planet.

All these + more indicate that the limit may not be a physical one.

Another:

In "Last of the Time Lords", the Master and the Doctor demonstrate that regeneration is not an automatic process (or the process is automatic but the Time Lord undergoing it can halt the regeneration at will) as, despite the Doctor's pleas for him to regenerate, the Master instead chooses to die after being shot by Lucy Saxon

It's quite possible that it's a socially imposed limit - that is, multiple timelords can collectively decide whether you get to regenerate or not.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (1)

westlake (615356) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315847)

in The Doctor's Daughter, Jenny - a woman created from the Tenth Doctor's DNA - dies and later reanimates in a process that has some apparent similarities to a regeneration

Why not continue the series with Jenny as the Doctor?

Inexperienced. Unpredictable.

Determined to find her own way. But perhaps less content to see the Time Lords simply disappear from all of history.

In her first (or second) incarnation and not certain she'll be granted another. It opens up the story in new and interesting ways.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (4, Interesting)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315403)

Seems like they have been burning through regenerations in the latter Dr. Who series. What are they gonna do when they hit twelve? No more Dr. Who?

Twelve regenerations was never a biological limit; it was something imposed by the Gallifreyan leadership. ISTR that once they offered the Master an extra set of regenerations, in exchange for doing some of their dirty work. Now that the other Time Lords have been exterminated, who's to say there can't be a Fourteenth Doctor?

As for the regeneration rate, the Ninth was short-lived, but the Tenth has had a good long innings. He first appeared in 2005 in the final episode of the first new series, and is scheduled to regenerate in early 2010. So... four or five years. That's quite long for a Doctor. The First did three years, so did the Second and the Fifth. The Third did four, the Sixth two, the Seventh two (well, nine, but he was off the air for most of that), the Eighth and Ninth one each (again, the Eighth technically nine years, same objection).

It's only really Tom Baker who's outdone Tennant in terms of years in the TARDIS. And since he has an enormous TV fanbase from Blackpool, Casanova and Doctor Who, and has lately proved himself to considerable acclaim on the legitimate stage as Hamlet, I imagine he thinks it's about time to move on to some extremely lucrative roles.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (1)

gustar (125316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315417)

Wow, I bow my head in respect to all those who's mastery of Whovian lore far exceeds mine!

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (2, Funny)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315473)

Lore? Join the 21st century. Nobody memorises things these days. I looked up the dates on Wikipedia :-)

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (2, Funny)

gustar (125316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315519)

I am boycotting the 21st century. Maybe if it gets better I'll participate but until then I'm sticking with my tomes, and abacus.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315613)

Now that the other Time Lords have been exterminated, who's to say there can't be a Fourteenth Doctor?

Which brings me to something that has puzzled me throughout the "new" Doctor Who. Just when is this "now" when the other Time Lords have been exterminated? Isn't there something about being a Time Lord that means they can move through time? And haven't the times in the new series overlapped the times in the old series when the other Time Lords had not been wiped out?

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (2, Informative)

Galrion (990969) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315849)

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear non-subjective view point, it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey...stuff." -- The Tenth Doctor.

Re:Hmmm getting close to the 12 regenerations limi (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315527)

What are they gonna do when they hit twelve? No more Dr. Who?

Captain Kirk will be brought in. Someone that can be trusted to get the job done once and for all.

Well... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315067)

Since he's not a nigger, does that mean the new Doctor is going to be a faggot [goatse.fr]?

Re:Well... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315115)

What do you have against wood [wikipedia.org]?

interesting choice (2, Interesting)

thermian (1267986) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315087)

I hope its not just so doctor who can become yet another 'only beautiful people allowed' show.

Mind you, the BBC are pretty careful about casting for their prime real estate, so he may just be the best choice.

For me though, although I liked Eccleston and Tennant, I've always considered Tom Baker to be the definitive Doctor. When will they bring back the mad scarfs?

Re:interesting choice (2)

gustar (125316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315129)

Exactly, Tom Baker (and maybe Pertwee) will always be the quintessential Dr. Who! I found everything after Peter Davidson pretty much unwatchable.

Re:interesting choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315217)

Conversely, I had zero interest in it until Eccleston and Tennant. My main problem with Eccleston, however, was that I can't see him as anything other than Raymond Coletri, and I don't even like that movie. I just always think of him as a raging asshole, though, so I was always waiting for his unbridled goofy eared supergrin to turn into him crushing someone in a car in a junkyard.

Re:interesting choice (2, Interesting)

Galrion (990969) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315911)

When I first saw Eccleston in Dr. Who I was amused and entertained. He was a pretty good Doctor I thought (because I didn't remember seeing the older seasons).

Then when we got David Tennant in the series and watched him grow into the role more and more, he puts Eccleston to shame. After seeing Tenant and his jovial performance as the Doctor, going back to watch Eccleston's season just lets me see him as an angry pent-up Doctor.

At the end of the season finale when Rose goes back to the alternative universe and takes the human doctor with her, the real doctor says to her that the human one was born out of destruction and filled with rage, just like he was when he first met Rose. In that case, Eccleston did a wonderful job portraying the rage.

Re:interesting choice (5, Insightful)

dbIII (701233) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315407)

John Pertwee was the best Doctor - now get off my lawn!

I think it really depends on when you first started watching it.

Re:interesting choice (1)

Steve001 (955086) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315529)

For me, Colin Baker was the best Doctor. His quirkiness and harsh attitude was a refreshing change from Davison's Doctor, and he brought forth the entertaining aspects of his previous personas. Sadly, his Doctor wasn't given adequate time to develop.

Re:interesting choice (1)

thermian (1267986) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315589)

John Pertwee was the best Doctor - now get off my lawn!

I think it really depends on when you first started watching it.

This is quite probably very true.
I started watching just before Pertwee stopped being the doctor.

Re:interesting choice (1)

schon (31600) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315749)

I think it really depends on when you first started watching it.

Dunno about that.. I started with Pertwee, and I think that Tom Baker was the best doctor, followed by Tennant, with Pertwee a close third.

Re:interesting choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315233)

I disliked the Tennant series because it is unreasonable to expect a 900 year old Time Lord to have a romantic relationship with a naive 18 year old human (Rose). Within the context of that universe it's not believable.

Re:interesting choice (3, Informative)

Myrddin Wyllt (1188671) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315269)

I hope its not just so doctor who can become yet another 'only beautiful people allowed' show.

I'm guessing you haven't seen a photo of him - striking features, perhaps even with a touch of 'alien', but definitely not 'beautiful people' material

I will be sorry to see Tennant go, but then I thought Eccleston would be hard to follow. The only thing I've seen Matt Smith in is the BBC adaption of Philip Pullman's 'Ruby in the Smoke' - Nothing in that performance looked very 'Doctory', but neither did Tennant in Casanova, so we'll just have to wait and see...

Re:interesting choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315561)

c'mon he looks like one of the emo kids from south park.

he's too bloody young. this needs an actor with gravitas.

LOL - captcha was "children". very apt!

Re:interesting choice (1)

blhack (921171) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315773)

I'm guessing you haven't seen a photo of him

I'm guessing that you haven't talked to a girl aged 12-25 lately.

Re:interesting choice (3, Insightful)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315581)

I think they did the pretty boy with Peter Davidson. The companions, fortunately, have been more focused on interesting features rather than just pretty, though for the girls there is often a focus on cleavage and legs. Ah, recall Sladen in the gratuitous swimming costume on one of her early episodes. I think Baker was only definitive because she was by his side.

In terms of doctors, look at some of the original William Hartnell stuff. It was a different show, more classically inspired, more logical, less magical thinking and gadgets. It was interesting. The show changes as new people get involves, not only actors by also writers. For instance, the decision to destroy K-9 and get back to more thinking show, what if this happened, who would we react?

Clearly in the new incarnation, Dr. Who is falling dangerous close to the romantic dramedy formula. For some reason we are now given a tortured Doctor. Not sure why. But this casting may indicate that we may be in for even more teen and young adult angst, something that was previously reserved for the companions, and even then it did not work out wonderfully. How man of us loved Turlough? Or it may just be that they want someone who will stay awhile, and not be so expensive. The danger is he may not be any good, and may never want to leave. As wonderful as Tom Baker was, I think he stayed too long, and damaged the ability of the show to rejuvenate when another doctor replaced him.

Re:interesting choice (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315677)

Clearly in the new incarnation, Dr. Who is falling dangerous close to the romantic dramedy formula. For some reason we are now given a tortured Doctor. Not sure why.

Steven Moffat, who was responsible for writing the best Doctor Who episodes of the new series (The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead) is taking over the show starting with the 2010 season, and thus the 11th Doctor.

Re:interesting choice (2, Insightful)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315641)

Did you look at the new Doctor? He doesn't look like a "beautiful" person; he looks like a bit like a child molester. That hair is really creepy.

Re:interesting choice (1)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315713)

Baker is awesome, of course, but personally I think Eccleston was hands-down the best doctor of anything I've seen. He gave the character an edge that they went for with Sylvester McCoy, but didn't quite reach in the same way. Good stuff, I thought.

Re:interesting choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315953)

"Beautiful people"?

Seriously?

This one isn't beautiful, and I am in love with James May (Top Gear).

IMDB link (4, Informative)

Gothic_Walrus (692125) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315125)

Since it wasn't included in the summary and searching for "Matt Smith" brings up page after page of listings on IMDB, here's the profile of the actor in question [imdb.com].

It looks like he hasn't done much in his career so far, and (other than one episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl) I don't see anything that American audiences would be familiar with there.

Re:IMDB link (3, Funny)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315335)

It looks like he hasn't done much in his career so far,

Sorry, but you're mixing up your spacetime continuum. Let me fix it:

It looks like his agent doesn't like to book him a lot of pre-2009 gigs.

Re:IMDB link (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315389)

Not a lot that UK audiences are familiar with, either. The BBC news today was describing him as "relatively unknown". Still, I suppose that means we don't have any preconceived ideas about ho well he'll do. I can't help worrying, though -- particularly with RTD jumping ship, putting a young unknown in the Doctor role looks disturbingly like a cost-cutting move.

Re:IMDB link (2, Interesting)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315661)

Moffat is replacing RTD though, and Moffat is a MUCH better writer. Repeatedly nominated for Hugo Awards for his Doctor Who episodes kind of better. So RTD going will probably be a good thing overall.

As for the actor though...his hair really worries me. There shall be no emo in my doctor. Period.

Re:IMDB link (1)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315825)

I really have to agree with you that Moffat's episodes were generally better (Blink was easily my favorite episode since the series reboot.). The only thing that worries me is that Moffat generally did filler episodes, while Davies handled the overall story arcs for each season and always did a fairly good job of tying everything together. Moffat's singular efforts were significantly better, but I don't know if he'll be able to tie things together as well as Davies did.

I'd say you're pretty spot-on with your other assessment as well, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt first. Just because he has an emo look now, doens't necessarily mean he'll keep it for his role as the doctor. Either way, I think Tennant will be a hard act to follow.

Sonic pacifier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315951)

Couldn't agree more, as much as RTD should be praised for resurrecting doctor who in the first place he has been responsible for some of the most hammy and poorly scripted episodes.
I know we shouldn't hold the new doctor's age against him but, if they keep up the trend, our twelfth doctor will be as many years old.

K-9 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315139)

More importantly, when are they bringing back K-9?

Re:K-9 (2, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315363)

Some 'physics experiment in Swizerland' created a Black Hole. K-9 is in a safe in Sarah Jane Smith's house, with the black hole, attempting to stabilise it. He occasionally orbits near the door, but he is rather occupied for a while. The one Romana took with her to Gallifrey presumably died in the great time war.

Re:K-9 (1)

Ubergrendle (531719) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315799)

I think bringing Lala Ward back as some jaded, vicious, maniacal time lord bitter at having been jilted by the Doctor would be an AWESOME plot arc. Not sure if she'd play the part again, but it would bring some gravitas to the pantheon of villans for the Doctor.

Re:K-9 (1)

tuffy (10202) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315821)

Erm, Leela kept K-9 mark 1 when she stayed on Gallifrey and presumably died there. Romana kept K-9 mark 2 when she stayed in E-space.

Just a minor quibble.

Time For A Woman? (1)

notseamus (1295248) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315219)

Apart from that, he was good in The Ruby In The Smoke (and it was a more faithful adaptation than The Golden Compass =X)

Although, would her memories of "romance" with women be erased or carried through?

Found some pics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315241)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7808697.stm [bbc.co.uk]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7807996.stm [bbc.co.uk]

At the very least they'd better cut his hair,

emo doc can gtfo

Try the youtube video instead.. (2, Informative)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315865)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhmWRjo7gKI [youtube.com]
It comes with sound of voice, facial gestures, gesticulation etc.

 
Hair is still annoying though, head still looks way too big for the body, and he appears way too young for the role.
It somehow just ain't right for the Docta to be younger than yours truly.
Now I know how Frank Miller felt when he realized that he was older than Batman.

But at least the guy still has his own nose.
If he was an Hollywood actor, half of it would be gone by now, and he would look even less like someone who treats bodies like I do jackets.

Last regeneration = Baby Jesus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315259)

He's getting younger and younger every time.

Watched the interview on youtube and.... (1)

Danathar (267989) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315285)

I like how changing actors re-ignites the show every so often. Kinda like Batman but in with an explanation that fits. :)

His personality during the interview strikes me as VERY compelling. Hope he can pull it off.

Strange thing is, seems more people in the U.S. seem to know about Torchwood than Doctor Who. My mother loves Torchwood.

Damn... (1)

bradgoodman (964302) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315347)

I never watched the show before Tennant - but I really like him. He has this fabulous quirky quality about him.

I never heard about this whole "regeneration" thing before. I am not exactly an expert on the show - I never watched it before 6 months ago - and have just been watching reruns out-of-order, but am completely hooked.

Anyway - I think it will be hard for someone else to measure up to Tennant!

Re:Damn... (1)

gustar (125316) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315429)

Ha, if you think Tennant is good, check the older incarnations of Dr. Who such as Tom Baker!

Re:Damn... (1)

Mistshadow2k4 (748958) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315435)

I'm with you there. I'd heard of Dr. Who before Tennant but had barely seen anything of it. His wacky-but-wise take on the Doctor was part of what got me into it. Now I've watched quite a bit of the older series too. Tennant would undoubtedly say that it was how good the whole series is that won me over, but if he hadn't been such a great Doctor the show wouldn't have held my interest long enough so that I would want to watch any of the older stuff.

And it just seems WEIRD for the next Doctor to be played by an actor who is 11 years younger than me! Like another poster said, it's appears to be getting dangerously close to being one of those "only the young and beautiful allowed" Hollywood-style shows.'Course, Tennant is considered to be hot as hell too, almost like Johnny Depp over here. Let's hope it doesn't devolve into that.

Re:Damn... (1)

MrBandersnatch (544818) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315453)

Anyway - I think it will be hard for someone else to measure up to Tennant!

They say this every regeneration. I remember when they were saying no-one would be able to measure upto Tom Baker; then Peter Davidson; then....oh yeah :(

Audience age? (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315623)

How old are all you /.ers saying you love Dr Who? Hardly anyone I know that's over 25 watches it, unless they watch it with their children.

I find it dull -- it's random running around shouting and special effects without any depth to the plot.

Re:Audience age? (2, Insightful)

Borg453b (746808) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315743)

I've watched fair share of scifi, being 31 and while I've known of doctor Who before i was a teenager, I never got around to watch it. I recently picked up the relaunch with the 9th doctor, and having my watched my way in to "new" season 4, I have to say that I'm fairly hooked. To me, the series is a sort of mix between douglas adams and startrek. It's quirky and playful; but the universe has depth and play's with interesting themes; and I find the general writing very good.

You have to accept the humerous take on aliens and the countless "impending" dooms - that's part and parcel of the show; and there's a lot of humerous meta-references involved.

You wouldnt believe how many characters croak; and while it's done tough-in-cheek, it also manages to be full of suspense. I dont recall seeing this kind of "body count" in any other series.

Watch the episode "Blink" - though somewhat different from your "average" episode - I found it more exciting than most sci-fi movies that I have seen recently.

Re:Damn... (1)

ricebowl (999467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315739)

Do you have a geek card? Is it still probationary? I don't know how old you are, obviously, but I find it hard to believe that people on /. aren't familiar with the old, 'classic,' series. Mind you, I just hit thirty so this might be a case of 'get off my lawn!'

If it is, you have my sincere apologies.

For my part no one's ever lived up to Troughton (second Doctor), Davison (fifth Doctor) or Baker (Tom, fourth Doctor).

Eccleston was great, and he made it work again on BBC primetime after a hiatus of decades, but he still didn't have the joie de Vivre I associate with the Doctor as well as the melancholy.

I hope that Smith makes it work, or makes the role memorably his, but...I'm not yet convinced it's going to go well...But, as I said, it's possibly just a 'get off my lawn!'....sorry...

He may be untried, but have hope (1)

GMFTatsujin (239569) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315411)

Matt Smith's resume is admittedly short, giving some people pause as to whether he's got the acting chops to sustain the role of Doctor Who.

However, it should be pointed out that this one goes to 11.

emo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315449)

The new doc looks like an emo. Disturbing.

Doctor-ness (0, Troll)

hwyhobo (1420503) | more than 5 years ago | (#26315627)

It was abundantly clear that he had that 'Doctor-ness' about him

He certainly does look weird [thesun.co.uk], in a sickly, pervy way. Perhaps that will translate into an intriguing character, if they intend to write some episodes involving sex with corpses.

What ??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26315715)

Will be 11th Doctor Who... WHAT ???

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