|A Regeneration Is Pending
||[Jan. 31st, 2017|02:00 pm]
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...
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.)
Yes, the Doc Martens might have knocked a few million years off the total.
Ace would have blown a hole in the wall. Even Cpt. Jack Harness Olivia Colman would have been a perfect choice alas.
Could be Olivia's turn this time round.
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)
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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.