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A Regeneration Is Pending [Jan. 31st, 2017|02:00 pm]
Tony Grist
The Smith era tried my patience and the Capaldi era broke it. My quarrel wasn't with either actor, of course, but with the head writer/showrunner. What finally killed my loyalty was the episode where the Doctor spent several billion years knocking down a wall of some substance harder than diamond with his bare knuckles in order to secure a few more years of human existence for Clara Oswald. At that point I felt cleverness was not only winning out over intelligence but positively stamping on its head.

But the news that we're going to be getting a new Doctor to go with the new showrunner revives my interest. Chibnall has already written for the series- and not very well- but Broadchurch was excellent and I'm willing to give him my attention- at least to begin with. The hoo-ha surrounding the appointment of a new Doctor is always fun- and- as with Prime Ministers- you can be pretty sure the front runner isn't going to get it. David Tennant- the definitive modern Doctor- was on Radio 4 at lunchtime and gave his vote to Olivia Colman. Oh, how I wish...
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2017-01-31 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, the wall-punching thing annoyed me too. Apart from anything else, why not kick it? He's wearing Doc Martens!

(Ace would've made short work of it.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-31 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, the Doc Martens might have knocked a few million years off the total.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-01-31 02:34 pm (UTC)
Ace would have blown a hole in the wall. Even Cpt. Jack Harness Olivia Colman would have been a perfect choice alas.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-31 04:19 pm (UTC)
Could be Olivia's turn this time round.
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2017-01-31 03:12 pm (UTC)
I made this 2 or so years ago:



I don't make any claims to be prescience, or having a Tarids.

My wife and I will always think of Olivia Colman as Pam Bachelor.



Edited at 2017-01-31 03:13 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-31 04:23 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose she'll get it, not now Tennant has made her the front runner. Unless of course he has inside information.

Edited at 2017-01-31 04:24 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-01-31 03:36 pm (UTC)
Le sigh. I thought the trilogy of the last three episodes of Series 9 (Face the Raven / Heaven Sent / Hell Bent) were a fabulous cohesive unit, with the subsequent Christmas special a poignant lagniappe. I'm going to miss Peter Capaldi. Kicking that wall with his Doc Martens wouldn't have had the same impact, figuratively or literally. And to blow a hole in the wall a la Ace, he would have had to have had Ace's backpack now, wouldn't he?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-31 04:30 pm (UTC)
Ah well...

I didn't help that the characterisation of Clara was all over the place. She wasn't a person, more a bundle of desirable attributes- and I just couldn't see why the Doctor was so smitten with her.
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[User Picture]From: luckweaver
2017-01-31 05:55 pm (UTC)
Saw your thread on the homepage of LJ.

I'm with you about the writer ruining the show. I've held onto it - mostly by repeatedly rewatching older Who and Torchwood, reminding myself why Doctor Who means so much to me - but I disagree about Capaldi leaving the show. He's an excellent actor who I think brought a lot to the role, and I was hoping for a chance to see him stretch his wings without Moffat's ego.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-31 07:36 pm (UTC)
Capaldi is an very good actor and it would have been good if he'd done a season without Moffat. On the other hand I think I'm happier for there to be a completely fresh start- new showrunner, new writers, new cast.

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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-02-02 03:15 am (UTC)
Disagree about completely fresh start -- I prefer some continuity, as when Billie Piper stayed on with Tennant. Assuming she's not a total wreck, I hope Pearl Mackie stays on as companion for some continuity.
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