Skip to comments.BBC Announces New Dr. Who (AND HE'S 26!)
Posted on 01/03/2009 10:40:45 AM PST by Molnar
The BBC today announced that Matt Smith has been cast in the role of the Doctor in the iconic BBC series Doctor Who. Smith will be the eleventh Time Lord and will take over from David Tennant who leaves the show at the end of 2009. He will be seen in the forthcoming fifth series that will be broadcast in 2010.
The fifth series will also have a new lead writer and Executive Producer in the form of the BAFTA award winning writer Steven Moffat who is taking over from Russell T Davies. Moffat will be joined by Piers Wenger who will be the new Executive Producer for BBC Wales making the show.
Following David Tennant's decision to step down at the end of 2009, the team behind the new series set about casting the new Doctor so that new adventures could be created and scripts written with Matt in mind.
The identity of the new Doctor was revealed on a special edition of Doctor Who Confidential that was broadcast on BBC One on January 3rd at 17.35hrs. In it Smith revealed his initial reaction at taking on such a legendary role and his thoughts on what direction the Doctor might now be going with him playing the part.
Matt Smith said of his new role "I'm just so excited about the journey that is in front of me. It's a wonderful privilege and challenge that I hope I will thrive on. I feel proud and honoured to have been given this opportunity to join a team of people that has worked so tirelessly to make the show so thrilling.
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I have read, Heinlein, Azimov, Clarke, Bradbury, etc. I have watched Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, etc.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, I have read and viewed so much science fiction fantasy and comic book heros......
....but I dont get nor will I ever understand Dr. Who. It must be a “..its a British thing, you wouldn’t understand” thing.
This is bullcrap, Dr. Who is supposed to be older. He is supposed to be a mentor to the young people he totes about the universes. I don’t watch any of the newer episodes although my 16 year old daughter likes them.
When I was a kid, Dr. Who was good, campy fun. The shows were real kitschy at times and obviously produced on a shoe string budget. But the actors who portrayed Dr. Who back in the day - especially IMHO Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker - and the Companions made the show fun and exciting for kids.
Now, well, the show looks cleaner and sharper than ever, but the writings seems so typically politically correct, preachy, pro-gay (yeah, I’m serious), and it’s lost all its campy fun.
Just my opinion. Others here love the new show.
The good doctor...
The newer series is far, far more watchable than, indeed, the ‘it’s a Brit thing, you wouldn’t understand’ classics. Though, you know, you watch a little Red Dwarf, some Blake 7, you remove some of that mystery to the classics. But no matter, you can certainly enjoy the new Doctor Who series if you feel like giving it another shot.
Youngest Doctor ever. Peter Davidson was 28 when he played the fifth doctor. I was sure the BBC would cast a black man to play Doctor Who in honor of Obama. Apparently that was a head fake by the BBC.
I never really watched Dr. Who but did catch it a few times, and I do believe you are right. Somehow these guys don’t understand a shoe-string budget can be appealing, it makes one feel somehow closer to the guys, like ‘hey, they’re one of us’.
When the money finally hits the showbiz guys, what will happen to this slick new show?
Best part about Dr. Who is the theme, IMHO.
I used to watch the video tape recorded Dr. Who series with Tom baker and Peter Davidson years ago because they were campy and kitschy. Now it's too slick and not even good Sci-Fi.
Of course, there's no good place to view good Sci-Fi now that the Sci-Fi channel has become the Scary Reality and Ghost Chasers Channel. Time to start dusting off the classics. I think I'll start with Niven's Known Space short stories and novels.
David Tennant should have played a Hobbit. Very expressive face and all that, but too shrimp-like.
At least the Daleks were creepier.
I used to agree with you. I hated Dr. Who. After all, it was never supposed to “be” anything but campy kid’s fun. However, this new series has aspired to something a bit better in its writing and I think it now approaches fairly good sci fi.
I always liked the theme too!
Every few years, when there was a new guy playing the Doctor, they would update the theme without losing the essential quality of it. Neat idea.
He looks more like he’s 17, not 26. How much authority can he command?
(Not that I care, but I know people who love Dr. Who, and they say, boo, hiss.)
We never watched much after Tom Baker left the series, but when Tennant started playing the Doctor, we started being fans again. I thought they’ve done really well these last few seasons with plots and characters. They did a brilliant finale bringing back old characters, (Sarah Jane, K-9, etc.) and keeping the newer companions (Rose, Martha, Donna) in the same episode.
Somebody mentioned Red Dwarf...we were huge fans of that show, have all the DVD’s...it was quirky but very funny!
The Doctor is centuries old. His physical appearance isn't really tied to that.
Dont like these either.....
I don’t know—so much is in the voice. I watched the BBC interview with him, and he has a very distinctive voice. His mannerisms are quite animated! I think he’ll do well. I also love that his experience in big productions is minimal—this could be very interesting!
I felt the same way until the “modern” Doctor Who started on the BBC in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston and later David Tennant. Much of it is literate science fiction at the highest level.
It owns the dramatic-presentation Hugo award every year. The third-season episode that took place in a society where everyone is born and lives their entire lives in one enormous, unmoving traffic jam, is as good as any written science fiction published in the last 20 years.
Wikipedia says 30
I loved Blakes7. One of my fondested quotes from the show was the episode where the men were fighting the women. It went something like this.
“You can have war between races, religions and brothers, but when you have war between the sexes, you eventually run out of people.”
Wish I could remember the exact quote, but it stuck in my mind.
We'll see if Smith can make his own mark on the series.
so when are we getting new episodes?????
Go to the public library and request the video "Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death".
Absolutely hysterical, featuring Rowan Atkinson as the Ninth Doctor and Jonathan Pryce as The Master. There are other people in it, but if I told you who, I'd ruin some of the fun. Really.
Okay, he's got some work ahead of him if he's going to pull this off.
And to think that folks wanted Anthony Stewart Head (Giles from Buffy, who was a villain of a previous episode). Geez, was this guy even alive when Buffy was on the air?? (don't answer -- rhetorical)
He is NO Peter Cushing.
I have a problem with the accents sometimes when they talk fast, talk over each other or there's loud background music or sound effects. (Yeah, that's probably most of the time.)
Star Wars is adolescent nonsense; Close Encounters is obscurantist drivel; Star Trek can turn your brains to purée of bat guano; and the greatest science fiction series of all time is Doctor Who! And I’ll take you all on, one-by-one or all in a bunch to back it up!
It is on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xkZhAtjT8U
I am a fan of Harlan, and will agree with him on that very point. Nevertheless, Star Wars still trounces Lord of the Rings, and Kirk will ALWAYS be better than Eurotrash Picard...
yes the very same Harlan Ellison who prostituted himself to Roddenberry writting Star Trek episodes and wound up with a dose of Herpes.
Please.......you can't be serious.
....and Kirk will ALWAYS be better than Eurotrash Picard...
What can you expect, Picard is French Eurotrash
Heck, if they portrayed Picard today, he probably be a French Muzzie
my favorite ST series is Enterprise and my favorite episodes are Carbon Creek and Through a Mirror Darkly.
Enterprise had the distinction of not having the Woosy Prime Directive.
(the worst ST series without a doubt is Voyager with the exception of the presence of ‘7 of 9’, or ‘Rack of 9’ as I like to call her)
Star Wars 4,5 and 6 rule....with 4 & 5 being the best and 6 being a bit pathetic with those annoying little Ewoks.
Star Wars 1 bites the big brasciole. 2 is ok and 3 is pretty good.
LOTR: A bunch of (expletive) dwarves WALKING AND WALKING AND WALKING to a mountain! I would rather have a reverse circumcision than have to sit through the Rings trilogy ever again.
Okay, now Harlan Ellison is now exactly a disinterested party when it comes to making pronouncements like this one!
The best three Star Trek movies are, of course, the Wrath of Khan, the Voyage Home and Galaxy Quest.
Galaxy Quest....starring Hans Gruber as Spock....heh,heh.
That's where I started watching, and was a loyal viewer. 'Threw out the TV awhile after the show got a new Dr. Who.
Sometimes it was difficult to follow: should have had subtitles. :)
Yeah, I know it’s rhetorical, but you’re really making me feel old, especially considering that I’m younger than this guy and I was in the target audience for Buffy (and he probably was too)! Although, it’s not THAT old, it only ended in 2003 IIRC...
Although, I have to disagree with your assessment. My reaction on seeing that picture is definitely nothing like ‘ewww’ =P and from what I could see of the BBC video, he looked like he’d do fine for the part. In any case, this is the biggest non-soap show in England, and Moffat could have probably gotten pretty much any English actor he wanted, so there’s got to be a good reason why he picked this guy.
On another note, I’m looking forward to Moffat taking over! No more little annoying ‘Look! This character is gay!’ moments, and lots more suspense and scary monsters! YAY!
I remember that great scene in Clerks 2. Absolutely nailed LOTR. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AxAEo3CWeq8
Check out a classic DW serial like Infero. It wil l have you hooked. Star Wars isn’t even Science Fiction. It’s a hokey Wild West shoot out in space.
Which of the new ones have you seen? The best of them are terrific and as good as any SF on TV. The old series wasn’t low budget by choice. They would have made them more slick if they ahd the money to do so.
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