Finally, someone older and sheer comic genius is chosen for the iconic lead role of England’s long-running scifi hit series, Doctor Who. Unfortunately, Steven Moffat and the gang at the Beeb had a hard time keeping it under wraps (or, as Alex Kingston would say, Spoilers!). It was leaked yesterday, and the regeneration script is dynamite! For a while such names as Paterson Joseph, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Simon Amstell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Russell Brand, Chiwetel Eliojor, and Jenna Louise Coleman were among the hopefuls tossed out there.
Matt Smith, who has played the role of the 11th Doctor for 4 years, will step down this Christmas and hand the TARDIS keys to 51 year old Eddie Izzard (best known for his comedic roles). Apparently, Izzard has wanted to play the Time Lord ever since the show was relaunched back in 2005; Tom Baker even hinted that Izzard would be perfect for the role. Moffat, however, is uncertain about his own future with the show — there are rumors flying around that the BBC is looking for fresh blood in the production department, and Mark Gatiss or Toby Whithouse would be good successors — and he may only stay on for one season of shooting for the Izzard incarnation before moving on. Doctor Who resumes production next year, and the 12th Doctor returns to television screens in Fall 2014.
No, it has to be a PR stunt as Russell T. Davies leaves the show and Stephen Moffat takes over. It’s a terrible lie, I tell you! No, the next doctor is not some goth kid who just “happens” to look like Peter Davison and Beethoven. Are they blowing the series like John Nathan Turner did back in the 80’s with Colin Baker and Sylvestor McCoy, just blowing it right the hell off television for good? Did they just choose him because his hair was “cool”? Who knows. All I know is that I would have preferred a much older actor — not a “companion” as the Doctor; they might as well have gone with Radcliffe now — maybe a black actor. Colin Salmon, Paterson Joseph, or even Adrian Lester! As a science fiction writer myself, I would have even bargained for Morrissey, Nesbitt, or Sean Pertwee. But who is Matt Smith? Well, if you look at the picture below, that’s him.
He was just introduced the other day on Doctor Who Confidential, and it appears that this man is the Doctor my son will most likely grow up to. And while I am a fan of “young” doctors (Peter Davison is by far my all-time favorite), and while I have faith in Moffat’s writings, I just don’t particularly like the wild card choice he made with some no-name talent; Smith also has a few unmemorable shows behind him. Matter of fact, Moffat and Paul Cornell’s writing in particular are some of the BEST! But Matt Smith doesn’t remind me of a Time Lord. Sorry. OK, so maybe I am jumping the gun. I’ve been to Outpost Gallifrey, Den of Geek, and every other website and forum in-between hoping the news was really just a big old PR stunt — praying that Paterson Joseph walks through the TARDIS door and says in 2010… SURPRISE!!! But at the age of 40, Tom Baker was relatively a no-name actor with only a few creds to his name… look at what he accomplished. Peter Davison was, at one time, the youngest Doctor to take on the role. He was fantastic, too, but he had a hit series like All Creatures Great and Small behind him. Acting experience! Maybe the scripts will make the difference here, not so much the “hairstyle”. Because this, to me, seems like why they chose him. That and his odd finger mannerisms. I guess we have to watch and see, eh? I mean, David Tennant made the part all his own in one season. He grew on us. But how long will Matt Smith last as The Eleventh Doctor? Will he even be any good? What are some of your thoughts on Matt Smith (aka Doctor Number 11)?
Matt Smith promo shot
A while back I held a few Doctor Who fan polls, where you could vote for your favorite Time Lord and so on. This time I have TWO POLLS… Both dedicated to Matt Smith…
Come, take TWO different DOCTOR WHO polls with me…