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Farewell David!

October 29th, 2008 (10:53 pm)

Typical! I'm out of internet contact for a few hours, and this happens.

"WHO will he be next?" as the Brigadier said on the blurb of Doctor Who and the Planet of the Spiders...

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Posted by: CS2 (cs2)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)

Nooooooooo!!!

I'd just started to like him!

Alas!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
regeneration

Just watching David's farwell statement on BBC News - his name caption reads "DAVID TENNANT/Soon to be former Dr Who". The BBC aren't making that much of it at the moment - they have other fish to fry (though one of the fish has immolated himself voluntarily).

Posted by: calliope85 (calliope85)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
8th doctor

I'm praying for Paterson Joseph, and have been for several months ^_^ Sadly, I want it to happen so much that it's clear it won't :(

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)

But Joseph's name has been top of the list on the eleventh Doctor forum frequented by the Upper Boat leakers in the last few weeks, so you never know...

Posted by: tigerfort (tigerfort)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)

There's also an interview with David Tennant about it here (video and transcript).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

It's a well-prepared exit announcement, isn't it? Better than last time; and better to make the news official under the cover of the Brand/Ross crisis than have the departure take more attention than is wanted. Casting is probably under way for the eleventh Doctor, and secrecy was going to be difficult to maintain, though they'll probably try to keep it secret until the new Doctor is ready to record the regeneration in the spring.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 29th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)

I wasn't all that surprised, and while I had been leaning towards him doing the 2010 series, the likelihood that he'd do a New York run of Hamlet in the spring made it less and less likely that he'd go back to do the 2010 series (and I didn't expect him to do another after that). Even so, doing 2010 would have been an odd career step in a way the specials aren't.

Tennant's used the estuary chappie manner in other things - Casanova for one; but I didn't know about his appearance in Foyle's War. (Eccleston's persona as the Doctor owed a lot to The Second Coming, it appeared to me.)

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)

Sigh. Though I still wish he'd done it in his own accent,rather than the faux estuary voice (yes, I'm bitter, and no, I probably won't ever get over it entirely...)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)

Isn't a few minutes of Tooth and Claw enough for you? Dear me, they'll want him to wear tartan and eat shortbread next... ;)

Seriously, there are lots of problems with the tenth Doctor, great though Tennant's performance has often been, which relate to that false accent. Another time, however...

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)

Posted by: azdak (azdak)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Sir Rosealot (sir_rosealot)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
dance

*small voice* yay!

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
stoat

*BIG VOICE* yay!!!

Why is there no DW in 2009, though?

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Sir Rosealot (sir_rosealot)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)

Posted by: helflaed (helflaed)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)

My son's been saying this for ages- he's been getting the info from his eight year old friend. I thought he might do the next full series, but I'm not entirely surprised he's going.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

Same here, really - perhaps a David Tennant working with Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger for a year would have been a ghost at the feast (and going back, Tom Baker was never entirely happy working with Graham Williams, having worked out his Doctor with Philip Hinchcliffe...)

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
Autumn

So who would you like it to be next?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Hartnell words

I don't have any thoughts on the matter, really; and at once I find two questions intermingled. Steven Moffat has stated that he thinks that the Doctor now will "always be around forty", and so there is the actor I'd cast with that in mind; but at the same time in an ideal world I wouldn't force the Doctor into that age bracket, and would be happier to look at older or younger actors.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
I'vegotasportscar

I liked Paterson Joseph in Neverwhere all those years ago, and he's funny in Peep Show. But isn't he going to be in the Survivors remake? It would be odd to cast him as the Doctor if he was already in a new SF series.

I don't know David Morrisey at all. James Nesbitt might work (as long as he kept his Ulster accent). I'd prefer it not to be John Simm, just to avoid the plot device that would be necessary to turn the Doctor into a replica of the Master.

I presume that Joseph and Nesbitt are frequently mentioned names because they worked with Steven Moffatt on Jekyll. If you're going to do that, then why not Coupling? You could certainly imagine Jack Davenport as the Doctor, and maybe Ben Miles or even Richard Coyle.

If they wanted a south-east England accent, didn't Phil Daniels say he wanted the part? If that happens, I guarantee that someone will post on Youtube a video of scenes from Doctor Who set to the song 'Parklife'.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Tardis

Ooh, Nesbitt could be interesting (I still want Bill Nighy, but it's clearly not going to happen)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who

A few thoughts:

1) I believe Russell Brand is looking for a new job (joke!).

2) I'm more impatient to find out the reason for the title The Next Doctor, which I had assumed was a typical Russell T Davies bluff.

3) I suppose an older, calmer Doctor is out of the question?

4) The timing is excellent - just when I'm about to start watching all three Tennant seasons. Perhaps a chance for me to reassess my least favourite Doctor.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 30th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)

1) It had better be a joke...

2) This could be taken literally - the next being to take on the by-name 'the Doctor', rather than the next incarnation. But you never know...

3) The next Doctor might be 38 and not 37. That's older for you... (also a joke)

4) I look forward to the reviews!

Posted by: romancinger (romancinger)
Posted at: October 31st, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 31st, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)