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Time traveller lands in Cannes [Dr. Who]
BBC News ^ | May 14, 2009 | Victoria Lindrea

Posted on 05/14/2009 4:20:55 PM PDT by smokingfrog

As he prepares to step into the role of Doctor Who, Matt Smith is just months away from becoming a major star, continuously stalked by the paparazzi, Whovians, et al.

But, for now, he is keeping a low profile in the French Riviera, as he promotes the short film Together, which opened Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.

The 26-year-old star has bundles of charm. I am under strict instructions not to ask questions about the new series of Doctor Who (his agent hovers close by, growling), so I try a leftfield approach: No, he did not travel to the French Riviera in his Tardis, Smith reliably assures me.

He came on board his private jet with John Travolta in the pilot seat.

OK, so it was a budget airline, but at least he has a sense of humour. On this showing, it can be hoped that Smith will retain David Tennant's ebullient approach to the role of The Doctor, rather than returning to Christopher Ecclestone's darker portrayal.

And no, he has yet to meet any Doctor Who fans on the Croisette.

In fact, there is a quality of mischievousness to the young actor - a lightness and an energy that echo Tennant. Though Smith has plenty of his own style, not least a flock of hair that is rapidly becoming his own personal motif.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cannes; doctorwho; drwho; mattsmith
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1 posted on 05/14/2009 4:20:56 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

And he landed in the can? What did he do...oh, he’s from the UK where anything the towelheads complain about can get you incarcerated.


2 posted on 05/14/2009 4:23:32 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: smokingfrog

Interesting looking fella, reminds me of a cross between the fourth doctor, Tom Baker and the eighth doctor, Paul McGann.


3 posted on 05/14/2009 4:29:45 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: smokingfrog

Being a rather recent Dr. Who fan “my” Dr. Who has been David Tennant (although I started with Christopher Eccleston).

Are there debates about which was “best” like there are for James Bond?


4 posted on 05/14/2009 4:30:59 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003
Are there debates about which was “best” like there are for James Bond?

Cross the James Bond debates with the religious, sci-fi obsession of Trekkers and you have a fraction of the Dr. Who nerd debates. :->

5 posted on 05/14/2009 4:37:45 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

>>Cross the James Bond debates with the religious, sci-fi obsession of Trekkers and you have a fraction of the Dr. Who nerd debates. :->

Yikes!


6 posted on 05/14/2009 4:41:01 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: smokingfrog
The thread is, as they say, useless, without pictures. ;o)


7 posted on 05/14/2009 4:41:15 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: freedumb2003

“Are there debates about which was “best” like there are for James Bond?”

There is no debate, it’s Tom Baker. Any one who disagrees with that is a infidel!!!

;-)

And Sarah Jane Smith (and K9) is the best companion.


8 posted on 05/14/2009 4:42:41 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: freedumb2003
Are there debates about which was “best” like there are for James Bond?

No debate; Tom Baker! ;o)

9 posted on 05/14/2009 4:47:15 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: freedumb2003
oh yes... everyone has their favorite doctor. my original was tom baker (lots of brown curly hair, long scarf, and silver cardboard monsters). tennant is my #2 favorite... partly due to the improved show quality.

At 26, Smith is three years younger than Peter Davison when he signed up to play the fifth Doctor in 1981.

peter davison was just horrible... and could arguably have been the reason the series started to die in the early to mid 80s. colin baker, tom's son, was brought in to try and save it... but the death blow had been struck.

eccleston did a fantastic job of reviving the series... brooding over his roll in the demise of the timelords. and now with tennant leaving, a shame really, we'll see how it lands this time.

i hope it does well... i'm definitely a revived fan.

and for ANYONE that hasn't seen the show... you MUST watch this episode: blink, #186 series 3 episode 10 (try to avoid the spoilers)

it's a fantastic episode and gives the first time viewer a proper seat as the mystery of what the show is about is revealed.

oh yea... and watch it on a dark night with the lights very low.. preferably on a windy and stormy night :)

10 posted on 05/14/2009 4:47:34 PM PDT by sten
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To: GreenLanternCorps

LOL! I hadn’t read your post before my response. I’ll have to say there’s a toss-up for me re: Companions. I liked Sarah Jane, but I also liked Leela.


11 posted on 05/14/2009 4:48:36 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: sten

>>oh yea... and watch it on a dark night with the lights very low.. preferably on a windy and stormy night :)

Heck YEAH! One of my favorite creepy and scary episodes.


12 posted on 05/14/2009 4:50:23 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: sten
peter davison was just horrible... and could arguably have been the reason the series started to die in the early to mid 80s

That was a bad bit of casting. I really enjoyed him as Tristan, the younger brother of the veterinarian in "All Creatures Great and Small"

13 posted on 05/14/2009 4:55:10 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

That's who he looks like to me.

14 posted on 05/14/2009 4:56:01 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003; mnehring
Dat's no lie. At least we Trekkers occasionally get laid. (Hey, show me a pudgy Dr. Who bimboid who can fill out an Yeoman Rand mini-skirt like a Trekette.)


15 posted on 05/14/2009 5:01:09 PM PDT by Viking2002 (This tagline for rent.)
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To: Viking2002

Triumph the insult dog’s take on Star Wars nerds... (small but funny ST:TOS reference)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugk37TvIR8E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCtz4trJr_g


16 posted on 05/14/2009 5:05:42 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Viking2002
show me a pudgy Dr. Who bimboid who can fill out an Yeoman Rand mini-skirt like a Trekette.

Well, we have Martha

Oh, but there is also Rose.

Then.. the mystery companion from next season.

17 posted on 05/14/2009 5:07:40 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Martha fan myself, with Rose a close #2...


18 posted on 05/14/2009 5:10:06 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

Ditto, Martha was the bomb.. and hotttttttt!


19 posted on 05/14/2009 5:11:44 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Tom Baker (#4) made the series. No doubt about it.

Jon Pertwee (#3) was reasonably good, as was the original, William Hartnell. I can’t remember the name of the #2 Dr. Who but he was annoying. Peter Davison (#5) was a tolerable twit, but after him ... forget it.

I used to stay up on Sundays nights for Pertweee, Baker and Davison (especially Baker). After that (e.g., Sylvester McCoy) forget it.

I still have a Tom Baker poster and scarf packed away somewhere in my basement. Enough of a Dr. Who Nerd?


20 posted on 05/14/2009 5:16:58 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: mnehring
Hey, I wasn't talking about in front of the camera. I know Billie Piper is finger-lickin' good.


21 posted on 05/14/2009 5:20:09 PM PDT by Viking2002 (This tagline for rent.)
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To: Viking2002

You are on a roll today..

Mein Skol,
Dein Skol,
Alle Vakkera Flikka Skol.


22 posted on 05/14/2009 5:21:43 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Tom Baker, of course, but Ace could totally take Sarah Jane in a fight...


23 posted on 05/14/2009 5:33:33 PM PDT by discomatic
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To: SuziQ

Yikes, he’s ugly!


24 posted on 05/14/2009 5:59:20 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: freedumb2003
Being a rather recent Dr. Who fan “my” Dr. Who has been David Tennant (although I started with Christopher Eccleston).

Are there debates about which was “best” like there are for James Bond?

They were all pretty good in their own way. Blaise Pascal knew The Doctor personally and described him thus:

All history is one immortal man who continually learns.

Thus to pick any one incarnation of The Doctor is to pick them all. Anything else is to admit to being insane as that which is whole cannot be divided.

25 posted on 05/14/2009 6:14:03 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (I know writers who use subtext and they're all cowards.)
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To: neocon1984

“I still have a Tom Baker poster and scarf packed away somewhere in my basement”

KEWL!!!


26 posted on 05/14/2009 7:41:56 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: SuziQ

“LOL! I hadn’t read your post before my response. I’ll have to say there’s a toss-up for me re: Companions. I liked Sarah Jane, but I also liked Leela.”

I was a desperate and dateless college student in the mid ‘80s when I got hooked on Doctor Who. My first episodes were 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane, so I will always have a soft spot for Elisabeth Sladen.


27 posted on 05/14/2009 7:44:59 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: discomatic

“Tom Baker, of course, but Ace could totally take Sarah Jane in a fight...”

I’ll admit Sarah Jane is not good in a fight, though her screams could inflict ear damage on an opponent.

However, could Ace take down K-9?


28 posted on 05/14/2009 7:47:32 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: freedumb2003

Nah, Lyle looks like he’s been rode hard and put up wet. ;o)


29 posted on 05/14/2009 8:49:03 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

>>Nah, Lyle looks like he’s been rode hard and put up wet. ;o)

Other than that, they look pretty similar to me. I don’t think Martha or Rose would fall for the latest guy. Heck, not even Donna Noble...


30 posted on 05/14/2009 8:51:03 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

Just to echo the others ... no question about it, Tom Baker WAS the Doctor! (And he could run through the exact same tunnels each week like nobody’s business! :)


31 posted on 05/14/2009 11:02:37 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (Psssssst! ... PETRAEUS IN 2012 .... Pass it on!)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Hmmm, it depends on if K-9 is actually functioning or not...


32 posted on 05/15/2009 1:47:01 PM PDT by discomatic
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To: sten

Davison may have been the single best actor to play The Doctor in the original series! And Colin Baker is not Tom Baker’s son. Unless you meant that as a joke.


33 posted on 05/24/2009 1:39:20 PM PDT by Borges
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To: sten

And, the promising thing, is that Moffat, the man behind Blink is the new guy in charge of the show.

Makes one hopeful that he has an idea and a plan with these younger actors that might work.

Moffat was also behind the one with the gas mask kid with Eccleston, and the lady in the fireplace in season two. He’s behind virtually all my favourite episodes of new who.


34 posted on 05/29/2009 10:05:36 AM PDT by Eurotwit (WI - CS)
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