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Matt Smith Leaving Doctor Who Already? 423

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-that's-not-so-great dept.
bowman9991 sent in a disappointing rumor saying "Ironically Matt Smith, the youngest Doctor Who ever, apparently wants to retire early. An unconfirmed report suggests Smith would like to try his hand at Hollywood films after the end of his second season as the Doctor. Smith is currently filming this year's Doctor Who Christmas special with Karen Gillan, who plays his companion Amy Pond, and opera star Katherine Jenkins. After the Christmas special he goes straight into production on a new Doctor Who series set to air next year." I've tremendously enjoyed the Smith/Gillan combo, personally.
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Matt Smith Leaving Doctor Who Already?

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  • by Zeros (1016135) on Monday July 19, 2010 @11:14AM (#32951318)
    I feel Tennant was a god among the doctors, this kid is second.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 19, 2010 @11:15AM (#32951324)

    Doctor Who has had Christmas special every year since it came back

  • But Wait! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by RivenAleem (1590553) on Monday July 19, 2010 @11:24AM (#32951470)

    Does this mean there'll be no Fez? Fez + Bow-tie combo was going to be so badass

  • I disagree (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Picass0 (147474) on Monday July 19, 2010 @11:25AM (#32951490) Homepage Journal

    You're is a small minority if you're a Who fan and not enjoying the new series. The new show has made efforts to honor the older shows and maintain a reasonable continuity. The storytelling has been solid, a good run of actors... I'm a fan of the older shows too but I don't see any reason to dislike the newer episodes.

    And I hope they can keep Smith on for 3 or 4 seasons. That's the average run for most of the Doctors.

    They're going to need to write around that 13th regeneration limit before long...

  • Re:I disagree (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Improv (2467) <pgunn@dachte.org> on Monday July 19, 2010 @11:28AM (#32951534) Homepage Journal

    The new series is a remake in the same way the recent Battlestar Galactica is. There may be nods all around, but it doesn't go much beyond that.

  • by lseltzer (311306) on Monday July 19, 2010 @11:33AM (#32951594)

    Of course the Doctor will remain a British alien, but there's no reason he has to be white. How about a Indian? Are there any such actors who would do well in this role?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 19, 2010 @11:45AM (#32951756)

    Actually Eccleston didn't get along with some of the rest of the staff.

    http://scifimafia.com/2010/06/the-real-reason-why-christopher-eccleston-quit-doctor-who/

    “I was open-minded but I decided after my experience on the first series that I didn’t want to do any more I didn’t enjoy the environment and the culture that we, the cast and crew, had to work in.”

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Picass0 (147474) on Monday July 19, 2010 @11:50AM (#32951808) Homepage Journal

    ... was rumored to be on the short list of candidates to follow Tennant. Ejiofor was great in Serenity and Children of Men. He would have been a really great Doctor.

  • by Kjella (173770) on Monday July 19, 2010 @12:05PM (#32952014) Homepage

    Doctor Who isn't sci-fi. It's a sci-fantasy show for children.

    You're looking for the Sarah Jane Adventures [wikipedia.org]. Doctor Who is more sci-comedy, at least some of the episodes like "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" or "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone" are far too dark for a children's show. But it has a lot more in common with 3rd Rock from the Sun [wikipedia.org] which is a sitcom with aliens than it has to do with hard science fiction. The "rules" of travelling in space and time and between universes have been set and broken so many times over by now they can just make anything up. But the only ones who can't get a good laugh out of it are sci-fi snobs who calls everything else children's shows.

  • by h4rm0ny (722443) on Monday July 19, 2010 @12:11PM (#32952084) Journal

    at least some of the episodes like "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" or "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone" are far too dark for a children's show.

    Bah! Maybe American children. Hiding behind the sofa from the Doctor Who aliens is a right of passage for British children. Did you see the "Pandorica Opens" episode, where the severed cyberman helment pops open and the desicated skull pops out? The general reaction over here was: "my seven year old ran out of the room in fear - good episode!"

  • Re:Thank god (Score:3, Interesting)

    by h4rm0ny (722443) on Monday July 19, 2010 @12:29PM (#32952338) Journal

    This series very blatantly sets out to get away from that. Even from the very first episode where he has to save the Earth without any of his usual toys - or in his own words: "No TARDIS. No Sonic Screwdriver. Two minutes to spare!". And then at other points in the series, it's re-emphasised. E.g. the line in 'Vincent and the Doctor': "That does it! From now on, I'm only using this thing to screw in screws". The device has mainly just been used in this series as a short-hand for things. Similar goes for all the maudln Rose/Martha/Kylie pining love story stuff. If you haven't seen the episode in question yet, I'll avoid saying what happens, but we get a very clear (and funny) distancing from romantic entanglements with the new Doctor. And the one character that may or may not be a romantic entanglement (Doctor River Song), we have only deep suspicions as to what might happen between her and the Doctor. Originally, we assumed she was the Doctor's wife. Now... maybe yes, maybe something more sinister. We've been promised some answers next series, but it's definitely a deliberate stepping away from all the "Roooooose!" unstated love stuff.
  • Have a watch of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do-wDPoC6GM [youtube.com]

    If you can sit through this without laughing, you should seek professional help.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 19, 2010 @12:37PM (#32952486)
    So many Xmas specials that they couldn't help going meta about it. David Tennant Dr. Who shows up in London on Xmas, and there's almost no one in the streets. When he manages to locate someone and asks why, the guy says there's been so many batshit crazy things happening on Xmas lately people have decided to spend it at home with the doors locked, better safe than sorry.
  • by raddan (519638) * on Monday July 19, 2010 @12:53PM (#32952710)
    Huh, well, I've been in mourning since the Tom Baker era. He was uniquely quirky. The Doctor who followed him was terrible.

    That said, I haven't really given any of the more modern Doctors a fair shake, so they may be great. I watched one episode that featured an angry Tennant basically just running from zombies. Kind of boring. I should probably watch from the beginning.
  • by gfreeman (456642) on Monday July 19, 2010 @01:36PM (#32953250)

    Shatner managed it with Denny Crane.

  • by Picass0 (147474) on Monday July 19, 2010 @02:35PM (#32953908) Homepage Journal

    Matt Smith has been very good, and if they could get Tom Baker back for a story nobody would be happier than me. Baker's not likely to return to the show full time but a story or two would kick ass. He's aged a lot since Logopolis, so they'd need to explain that. Baker suggested a few years ago he'd be interested in playing the Master, and that would be extremely cool.

    >>"The magical way they brought back The Master for the end of season 4 was just stupid."

    I watched "End of Time" 1 and 2 in one sitting, so I was a lot happier with it than other people. the way the brought back the Master was goofy, but hardly the worst plot device in Who history. The scene where the Doctor asks the Master to travel the universe with him was great, there was a moment where the Master actually considered it. But mostly John Simm is awesome so any chance for him to return to the show...

    >>"At least with a form of history reset they can ignore a lot of previous shows"

    They gave themselves a big broom to sweep up mistakes with the time crack last season. I doubt they'd completely reset the Who universe, Mofit is such a fan of the older show.

    >>"Its getting too melodramatic and mushy on these story ark endings as well"

    Hey, my wife cried at the end of "Vincent". Some of the shows cater to the female Who fans.

    >>"...WW2 planes in space... the UK on an endangered space whale ..."

      I was more sorry to see them scrap the cool Dalek props they've used for the last four years for the iPod version.

    >>"...it would be nice if the UK was not the center of the universe"

    But that's part of Doctor Who! They're doing new Torchwood episodes and filming much if not all of the season here in the US, and and they did the '96 Who movie here in the US. It doesn't feel right. That's why you can't have a yank play the Doctor, even Johnny Depp. Doctor Who is uniquely British and should always be that way.

  • by Blakey Rat (99501) on Monday July 19, 2010 @04:09PM (#32955456)

    What the hell is wrong with British people? It's just a TV show.

  • by cgenman (325138) on Monday July 19, 2010 @04:21PM (#32955628) Homepage

    The writing Tennant had to work with was also much sharper. Comparing the two lines above. Tennant had 4 sentences to work with. Matt had make it work in 8. Tennant's lines implied so much. Matt had to physically say everything, and even has a redundancy to get around. In short, Tennant was working with better material, while Matt's writers are just getting a sense for the new feel of the updated series.

    As another comparison, Tennant had a climactic battle against the nightmare scenario of Daleks and Cybermen converging on the earth. Matt's single season finale is framed by Daleks, Cyberzombies, Atraxi, Silurian, Jadoons, and bunches of other alien races that just serve to dilute, rather than reinforce, the strength of the episode. In Tennant's episode, you really see the interplay between the two nightmare species. In Matt's, the wad of aliens are just serving as a big nebulous blob of boogymen.

    I had some hesitation about Matt as a doctor, but I really feel like he has found the character's groove, insomuch as the writing will allow. But the writing has been thick and kludgy, better suited to The Sarah Jane Adventures than Doctor Who.

  • by RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) <taiki@cUMLAUTox.net minus punct> on Monday July 19, 2010 @07:19PM (#32958004)

    Steven Moffat is a great writer.

    I am an adult, atheist skeptic and I'm largely unphased by spooks, ghouls, ghosts, and other nonsense. *I* was hiding behind the fucking couch. He found that little fear of creepy shit button in my brain and kept pressing it.

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