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David Tennant Stands Down From "Doctor Who" 245

Posted by timothy
from the no-really-who dept.
Dave Knott writes "After winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the British National Television Awards, David Tennant announced that he will be quitting the iconic role of The Doctor. Quoting Tennant: 'When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won't be with me. Now don't make me cry. I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don't take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you'll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair.' Tennant will appear in a Christmas special, titled The Next Doctor, before filming four more specials in January. After that, the search will be on for the actor to play the 11th incarnation of The Doctor."
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David Tennant Stands Down From "Doctor Who"

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  • We have a problem (Score:4, Informative)

    by Selfbain (624722) on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:00PM (#25577505)
    In the old Tom Baker episodes, the 11th doctor shows up and tries to steal the lives of his former self.

    Although, this could add a new twist to the show.
    • Re:We have a problem (Score:4, Informative)

      by TheRaven64 (641858) on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:16PM (#25577657) Journal
      The Valeyard was created between the Doctor's 12th and final regenerations. It was not the 11th Doctor.
    • by nine-times (778537) <nine.times@gmail.com> on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:55PM (#25577983) Homepage
      I'd say that the bigger problem is that David Tennant has been a good Doctor. I hope they can find an equally good replacement, but fear they won't.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Falconhell (1289630)

        Hugh Laurie would be a pretty good option I reckon.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Askmum (1038780)
        Sure they will. It's about time John Cleese becomes the Doctor.
      • by AmiMoJo (196126)

        While Tennant had his moments, the fact that he basically seems to play himself most of the time prevented him from really making something of the role.

    • Colin Baker != Tom Baker.

    • Re:We have a problem (Score:5, Informative)

      by Caduceus1 (178942) on Thursday October 30, 2008 @09:03PM (#25578055) Homepage

      It was the Colin Baker (6th) Doctor, not Tom, and the Valeyard wasn't the 11th Doctor. The wording was strange, but it was implied that it was his last, or 13th, incarnation. And since this is Doctor Who anyways, it is possible that particular incarnation will never come to be. Plus, if the ratings are there, the Doctor will obtain or be granted additional regenerations somehow, which has already been established as possible.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by sesshomaru (173381)

        He could just do what the Master did on Trakken. I loved it when, in the 5 Doctors, John Pertwee's Doctor said, "Another regeneration?" and the Master said, "Not exactly."

        Some people will say, "But the Doctor isn't that Evil," and I'll reply, "Now who's being naive?"

      • by Fluffeh (1273756)
        With money to be made still, this will not stop :)

        There will be a way to bring the doctor back. The budgets say so.
    • The Valeyard (from [i]Colin[/i] Baker's final season) could easily be explained away in a number of ways (eg: a regeneration of the parallel-doctor who regains a timelord essence and goes insane with jealousy because he's not the "real doctor"). It could even be one of those little things tossed in that never gets explained - left dangling for our imaginations.

      As for the regeneration limit, not only has the master persisted beyond his limit by nefarious means, but in the Five Doctors, the time lords outrig

    • It was a Colin Baker episode not a Tom Baker one.
    • by VShael (62735)

      In the old Tom Baker episodes, the 11th doctor shows up and tries to steal the lives of his former self.

      Actually, it was Colin Baker. (Trial of Time Lord)
      How did this possibly get marked informative? :)

  • Incredibly old? As in grandfather status in human terms, white hair and beard?
  • Patrick Stewart (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fangorious (1024903) on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:03PM (#25577523)
    I know he was slated to play the Meddling Monk, but maybe he can take over as the Dr himself instead.
    • I dunno, the doctor is sorta jovial and flippant, while Patrick Stewart plays more serious parts.

      Think of it this way, Patrick Stewart can play the doctor about as well as he could play James Bond. I didn't like the Roger Moore humor too much

    • by DragonTHC (208439)

      I thought he was going to play the doctor?

  • by BorgAssimilator (1167391) on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:09PM (#25577587)
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7698200.stm [bbc.co.uk]

    It's an interview with David Tennant about his thoughts of the show and him leaving. The best thing I saw in this article was the fact that Davies was leaving, hopefully paving the way for better episodes..... (but that's just my opinion).
    • by sunami (751539) on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:14PM (#25577641)

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7698200.stm [bbc.co.uk]

      It's an interview with David Tennant about his thoughts of the show and him leaving. The best thing I saw in this article was the fact that Davies was leaving, hopefully paving the way for better episodes..... (but that's just my opinion).

      And Steve Moffat is picking up the reigns of main writer, the man who, in my opinion, has made the best episodes of the revived series.

      • That's by far the best news I read in the sad last couple of mounthes.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by TheRaven64 (641858)

      The best thing I saw in this article was the fact that Davies was leaving, hopefully paving the way for better episodes

      Not so much that Davies is leaving as that Moffat is taking over. He's the author of pretty much all of the best episodes since it came back.

      • Davies leaving is an awesome thing. The man has written ONE decent script for the new show. ("Midnight").

        I will never forgive him for his meddling with the "Gay Daleks on Broadway" one from season 3, and the fucking farting Slitheen.

    • Agreed. I'm a fan of Davies other work but I don't like what he's done with Dr Who. The endless soppy moments and the fixation on present day earth are the reasons that I stopped watching.
  • New direction (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:13PM (#25577617)

    I love Tennant but this could be a good thing - current show runner Russell T Davies is leaving at exactly the same time, so not only will there but a new Doctor, but also a new guiding hand on the show.

    It would be nice if we could have the Doctor actually leaving Earth for more than 1-2 episodes a season again. Less soppy romance with companions swooning over him couldn't hurt, either.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:31PM (#25577785)

    The old doctor who was all about a kindly gradfather/father figure giving wise advice to his young companions. Now we have a doctor who is obviously young, being disrespected by an obnoxious older companion. And nowadays the sum of his intellect is contained in his hacking his way, mcgyver-style, out of every situation.

    TOM BAKER AND JON PERTWEE RULE!

  • by TornCityVenz (1123185) on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:37PM (#25577835) Homepage Journal
    Where does one go to try out for the part?
    • I just went to Facebook to copy/paste this news to a friend of mine who is a dedicated Wholigan.
      And one of those annoying ads tried to inform me about "Work in Britain - Find well paid work in the UK using the largest job search engine." etc. etc.

  • Life on marzzzzzz (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Shanoyu (975) on Thursday October 30, 2008 @08:59PM (#25578009)

    That last master (Sims) would make a great doctor. Plus there's history of time lords regenerating into people they've seen before. At least Romana did.

  • It probably won't happen, but I'd love Hugh Laurie to play the new doctor.

  • by nordaim (162919) <nordaimNO@SPAMyahoo.com> on Thursday October 30, 2008 @09:56PM (#25578445)

    Time Lords were limited, I believe by Rassilon, to 12 regeneration cycles, allowing for a possible total of 13 Doctors. However, in one of the early seasons, this limit is removed from the Doctor and it is not clear whether or not it was ever reapplied.

    But, with characters such as Captain Jack or Jenny (the Doctor's clone-daughter), it would be easy enough to write it out so the show can go on forever.

    I am still hoping the 13th doctor is evil.

    • by VShael (62735)

      However, in one of the early seasons, this limit is removed from the Doctor and it is not clear whether or not it was ever reapplied.

      In the best wikipedia tradition.... citation?

  • I'm curious what they will do then. Would be messed up to have to end there.
    • By this point, the Time Lords will have returned (through some highly confusing and mildly self-contradictory explanation of Time-Locks), and they'll grant the Doctor more regenerations.
  • I think he mentioned in one of his stage appearances (jokingly) that they'd replace him with Daniel Radcliffe (famous for playing Harry Potter). Ever since then I've been taunting my brother with the idea, and he will be very pissed off if Daniel Radcliffe is the next doctor. I'm actually still on the fence on that, though. I think he wouldn't make a bad doctor, but he is still a little young for the role. With the right acting, though, youth can just vanish. If he does it right, his age wouldn't be a

  • No, wait, Scott Bakula!

    No! Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course!

    Oh, oh, how about a CGI Doctor provided by Lucasfilm!

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by LMacG (118321)

      > Oh, oh, how about a CGI Doctor provided by Lucasfilm!

      Meesa no think that's a good idea.

  • would make a great doctor, as anyone who has seen Rome would attest. And it would be great to have a doctor who wasn't as physical deficient as many of doctors

  • Why?! Why do you leave us, David Tennant?! He was my favorite... Oh well! I'd love to see Simon Pegg but he was already an antagonist in another Doctor Who episode. Which isn't necessarily stopping anything...

  • I know this will be one of a million posts where people post their dream Doctor, but what the hell.

    I would be more than overjoyed if Philip Glenister was the next Docotor. He won't be familiar to most of us outside of the UK but he should be. For those who are interested, he is best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars. I think he is perfect for a lot of reasons. First, he is physically very different than any recent doctor. Older, larger frame, physicly more imposing. Second, he has the ball

  • I hear Jonathan Ross is out of work [bbc.co.uk] for a while.. he would be a good doctor and Russell Brand could be his trusty 'female' sidekick.. they can travel through space and time making obscene calls to old Davros [wikipedia.org].

    Or they could go back in time and not get themselves fired, thereby sparing us (and davros) the pain of doctor woss.

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