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Older companion time...

February 18th, 2009 (01:01 pm)

All those Doctor Who fans who wanted an older companion can look forward to Lindsay Duncan joining the cast in the Christmas special, the Daily Record reveals.


Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Pertwee bike

> the Doctor's cleverest and most strong-minded companion yet.

*cough* Romana *cough*? Or does only post-2005 Who count these days?

Ooh! though!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)

Put it down to PR hype; we can assess the claim when the episode goes out!

Posted by: Alice Dryden (huskyteer)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)

I can't wait!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)

There has been no official announcement yet, but the Record's piece looks like BBC Press Office copy; I presume that they have broken an embargo. The read-through of the Christmas special was this week, I think, with recording starting next week. There's a rumour about Albert Finney being in the episode as well, playing Churchill.

Posted by: calliope85 (calliope85)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)


You have *no idea* how much I hope this is true :D :D :D

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)

I think this could work very well indeed. I first saw Duncan in Alan Bleasdale's series about political corruption on Merseyside, G.B.H., in the early 1990s - remembered by some as the series where Robert Lindsay's character finds himself terrorized by costumed Doctor Who fans when he inadvertently finds himself at a convention - and thought she was spellbinding then, despite some appalling expositionary dialogue at some points. David Tennant's Doctor has been shown to work best when there is a stronger, older female character around to give him a lead, I think...

Posted by: serriadh (serriadh)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)

*butts in*

I think DT's Doctor gets very easily sucked into the OMIGOD!YOUFF!LET'SBELOUDANDCRAZYTOGETHERALLTHETIME! (possibly because DT is so adorably but ridiculously overexcited that he's actually the Doctor) that an older, calmer character (he was great with Wilf, as well, though of course we're not allowed male-male partnerships in the Tardis, more's the pity) sobers him down.

In a way it's a shame that DT, who can be a superb actor, hasn't done his best stuff on Doctor Who.

I'm very much looking forward to Lindsay Duncan!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)

I think you are right - I am so used to thinking of the Doctor as someone who primarily relates to women that I hadn't acknowledged Wilf; and we must not forget Jamie, the second Doctor's novice and foil.

David Tennant plays the Doctor with all his acting blazing away with the interminable rat-tat-tat of a machine gun with an inexhausible supply of bullets. With Billie Piper out of the way, he's very very good (and that's all down to the cul-de-sac into which the relationship of the Doctor and Rose was written); but it does get very exhausting and it's rare that any subtlety is extracted.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 18th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)

I found him much more nuanced in Love's Labours Lost, varying his technique more than is common in Doctor Who. Definitely the same method, though.

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