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Friday, January 2, 2009 6:45 AM

SIMONWHO


Time for find out if all those Chiwetel Ejiofor rumours were true:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7807742.stm


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Friday, January 2, 2009 7:02 AM

STORYMARK


Was that ever really an actual rumor? I never saw it anywhere but here, and that doesn't really count...

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Friday, January 2, 2009 8:00 AM

HELL'S KITTEN


Quote:

Originally posted by SimonWho:
Time for find out if all those Chiwetel Ejiofor rumours were true:

I started watching the show with Eccleston's season, so I'm not familiar with the lore and cannon and all that. So, being new to the whole Doctor Who thing, I have to ask: is there a reason the Doctor has never been a female?

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Friday, January 2, 2009 8:06 AM

STEAMER


Well, there were plenty of folk hereabouts who started buzzing about Chiwetel after David Tennant announced he was leaving. I've also heard John Simm as a possibility albeit not a very likely one since his stint as the Master. By and large, it does seem as though each Doctor has appeared progressively younger than the last - elseways, wouldn't Alan Rickman positively ROCK?

I can see it now. Ten years' time, Daniel Radcliffe will be wielding the ol' sonic screwdriver with Georgie Henley alongside.

ETA: HK, I don't think that's ever been touched on - I've only seen one or two of the classic episodes, but I suspect Time Lords don't or can't change gender when they regenerate.

(BTW, if you haven't heard about the new Spanish version of the show....it's rumoured to be called 'Buenos TARDIS.' Snerk snerk snerk. )



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Friday, January 2, 2009 8:45 AM

SIMONWHO


Quote:

Originally posted by Hell's Kitten:
I started watching the show with Eccleston's season, so I'm not familiar with the lore and cannon and all that. So, being new to the whole Doctor Who thing, I have to ask: is there a reason the Doctor has never been a female?



Mostly it's the formula of the show - male Doctor, female companion (plus occasional other female/male/tin dog). There's never been a categorical statement that the Doctor has to be male (or white for that matter) and indeed Joanna Lumley took the role in Curse of the Fatal Death, a parody done for Comic Relief a few years back written by Steven Moffat (the guy who will be taking over from next year).

Chiwetel has been mentioned in a lot of articles though Paterson Joseph is the current favourite:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/4076997/Doctor-Who-BBC-t
o-reveal-new-Time-Lord.html

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Friday, January 2, 2009 11:44 AM

WAKEUPSOON


Quote:

Originally posted by Storymark:
Was that ever really an actual rumor? I never saw it anywhere but here, and that doesn't really count...



Yep, I read about it in The Independent.

See http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.asp?b=8&t=36108#662773

I posted the odds there a few weeks back.

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Friday, January 2, 2009 1:32 PM

STEAMER


Quote:

Originally posted by SimonWho:
Steven Moffat (the guy who will be taking over from next year).



Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!! In the wake of such episodes as 'The Empty Child' and 'Blink' (*shivers*), I can't wait to see where the Doctor winds up with Steven Moffat running the show. But....*sigh* Even at that, it'll be so very sorrowful to have to watch Tennant regenerate into God knows who.



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Friday, January 2, 2009 4:29 PM

FLORALBUNNY


So what time is tomorrow?

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Saturday, January 3, 2009 1:30 AM

SIMONWHO


The show starts at 17:35 GMT and runs through till 18:10 GMT which would mean from 7:35 PST to 8:10 PST, 12:35 EST to 13:35 EST.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009 7:52 AM

PHYRELIGHT


Quote:

Originally posted by Steamer:
(BTW, if you haven't heard about the new Spanish version of the show....it's rumoured to be called 'Buenos TARDIS.' Snerk snerk snerk. )

Oh. My. Gosh. You're still going on about that? *snort* :p





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Saturday, January 3, 2009 8:17 AM

WAKEUPSOON


OMG!!

It's been announced.

Unfortunately its not Chiwetal Ejiofor ... but this new one looks really good.

26 years old - youngest Doctor EVER.

Matt Smith.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1741002/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Smith_(British_actor)

I hope he does well.





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Saturday, January 3, 2009 8:26 AM

SIMONWHO


A fascinating choice - I admit I'd have been most thrilled if it had been Chewie but I'm intrigued by Matt's initial interview.

It's still six months before he'll pull on the Doctor's coat and 15 months before his first episode hits our screens so we'll have plenty of time to adjust. Can't wait.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009 8:32 AM

WAKEUPSOON


I completely agree with SimonWho. I was slightly disappointed to find out Ejiofor wouldn't be taking the role, but this Smith guy looks really good.

&& considering The Doctor's favourite Alias, it made me giggle, too.





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Saturday, January 3, 2009 10:02 AM

RALLEM


I will miss David Tennent's character.



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Saturday, January 3, 2009 10:17 AM

HOBBLEIT


Quote:

Originally posted by SimonWho:
A fascinating choice - I admit I'd have been most thrilled if it had been Chewie but I'm intrigued by Matt's initial interview.

It's still six months before he'll pull on the Doctor's coat and 15 months before his first episode hits our screens so we'll have plenty of time to adjust. Can't wait.



I was intrigued by his interview too.

I've never heard of him before this but there was something about him in the interview that made me like him immediately.

Can't wait to see what he's like as the Doctor

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Saturday, January 3, 2009 4:38 PM

FLORALBUNNY


Well, "break a leg" to him and I hope he
enriches the tradition. :;-)

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Saturday, January 3, 2009 5:38 PM

TRAVELER


Looks like he has a pair of all knowing eyes. Like there is a lot of history behind them that a young man normally would not have. And as we all know the Doctor is not young. I guess the test will be the first episode. To repeat, "Break a leg" Matt.


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Sunday, January 4, 2009 4:38 AM

SERYN


One of the specific things they mentioned in the confidential was that he seemed to have the 'old soul' quality which is why they went with him and not the older actor they set out looking for.

I just hope he remains the youngest doctor ever or they're going to have to sart raiding nursery schools for potentials.

I really liked him in the Ruby in the Smoke etc. When I was watching the Confidential I was thinking I knew him, then it dawned on me where from even before they showed clips from his previous shows (which as I said in my blog is proof that he's good enough to stand his own against Billie Pipers wardrobe - total costume groupie) and, after Donna in the last season, I keep telling myself to have faith in the Who's teams casting decisions.

I really don't like his hair though, i hope they change it - it makes him look like someone smacked him in the face with a wok.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 7:19 AM

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 8:10 AM

HOBBLEIT


I can see the backlash has already started on the internet.

This site and TV.com are pretty much the only sites that aren't completely tearing the poor bloke apart.

How can people judge when they haven't even seen him in the role yet?

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 8:21 AM

SIMONWHO


People always judge ahead of a new Doctor - he'll have been very forewarned about this. In some ways, it's a tribute to those who have gone before but really, we'll all be there when he takes over and judgement will be made then. Everything that is said now will be long since forgotten - certainly all of those who swore blind that Tennant was too young, too much of an unknown, etc, etc, have conveniently omitted their early opinion on him from their current critiques of Smith.

As he said, it is an iconic role and you have to be prepared for everything that comes with it - for example, over 6m people watched the show that announced him as the Eleventh Doctor despite it being aired at 5:35 on a Saturday afternoon.

The BBC website has an extended interview with him and I love his barely concealed delight at the scripts he has already seen:


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Sunday, January 4, 2009 10:00 AM

SERYN


I'm so glad i have this lovely (relatively) sane site to hang around on. After my initial huh? reaction I am quietly optimistic. Give him three episodes and i'm sure the majority of the hysterical hoards will be back peddling rapidly.

He did kind of mention that they'd warned him about somethings, I guess right about now they'll be handing him the cuppa and going, "Matt, look, its really not that bad, but if you want the armed guard its here for you mate..."

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 11:59 AM

IMNOTHERE


Quote:

Originally posted by seryn:
I just hope he remains the youngest doctor ever or they're going to have to sart raiding nursery schools for potentials.



He is a bit of a young whipper-snapper, but on the other hand if you the power to re-generate it would be a bit daft to turn into a 40-year-old, wouldn't it?

I just hope he's not going to reprise the cockney accent from "Ruby in the Smoke"...

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 12:26 PM

SERYN


yes... i'm hoping that they go for natural accent or even just vague english - nothing worse than forced accents!

I watched an episode of the Demons thing and it was ok enough except for the fact that i cringed everytime Philip Glenister spoke. Argh. And the worst thing was i couldn't think of one good reason why the character had to be american! Except maybe cultural exchange? A token Yank for Buffy's token Brit?

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 12:57 PM

WAKEUPSOON


Quote:

Originally posted by seryn:
yes... i'm hoping that they go for natural accent or even just vague english - nothing worse than forced accents!



But David Tennant's English accent isn't natural: He's Scottish.

And the same for John Barrowman; he's Scottish too, except he has a back story where American became his most pronounced accent, when he's not with his family of course.

I for one, don't mind a fake/forced accent, as long as it sounds natural. Thats the important part.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 1:18 PM

SERYN


oh no i mean Matts natural accent, which seemd quite nice.

The amazing thing about David was that his English accent seemed so natural you keep having to remind yourself that his own is really Scottish, which is what you want really. Theres noting wrong with putting on accents but if they're not good or justified then they are so distracting and often laughable.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 1:26 PM

WAKEUPSOON


Oh, I get you now.

I take it back, we are on the same page. xD

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 1:27 PM

WHOZIT


www.zap2it.com reports Matt Smith is the new Dr Who

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Sunday, January 4, 2009 2:32 PM

CYBERSNARK


Quote:

Originally posted by WakeupSoon:
And the same for John Barrowman; he's Scottish too, except he has a back story where American became his most pronounced accent,

And really, any slips in Capt. Jack's accent can be excused, since Jack isn't "American."

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Monday, January 5, 2009 8:00 AM

SERYN


Thats the kind of character detail some actor die for isn't it?

I wonder how hard it is to deliperetly let an accent slip from time to time?

I'm asking as a person who can't do ANY accents - not even scouse despite growing up over the mersey from Liverpool.

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Monday, January 5, 2009 11:24 AM

HOBBLEIT


Quote:

Originally posted by SimonWho:
People always judge ahead of a new Doctor - he'll have been very forewarned about this. In some ways, it's a tribute to those who have gone before but really, we'll all be there when he takes over and judgement will be made then. Everything that is said now will be long since forgotten - certainly all of those who swore blind that Tennant was too young, too much of an unknown, etc, etc, have conveniently omitted their early opinion on him from their current critiques of Smith.



And that is what really annoys me. How can you tell what a person is going to be like in the role BEFORE they have started?

He could be brilliant but some people just aren't going to give him the chance to prove himself.


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Saturday, January 24, 2009 7:42 AM

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Doctor Who to Meet Bionic Woman This Easter

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2009/01/doctor-who-to-m.html

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Saturday, January 24, 2009 12:20 PM

IMNOTHERE


Quote:

Originally posted by WakeupSoon:
I for one, don't mind a fake/forced accent, as long as it sounds natural. Thats the important part.



So, who wins the Oscar/Razzie for best/worst accent in SF then? Our shortlist:

* David Tennant
* Summer Glau (River, in "Shindig")
* James "Spike" Marsters (for helping Joss introduce the word "wanker" to the USA).
* Mark Sheppard... (yes, he is British, but how about that Arielon (?) accent in Galactica?)
* Michelle Ryan (Highlight: a Brit pretending to be an American pretending to be a Brit in one 'Bionic Woman' episode).
* Billie Piper (actually speaks more like Sally in "Ruby in the Smoke" than Rose)
* Philip Glenister (see above)
* Amanda Tapping (in Sanctuary - candidate for worst English accent by someone actually born in England)
* John Barrowman (for even pretending to be American off-set)

And the special "thank you for not trying to do the accent" award:

* Patrick "Jean-Luc" Stewart (France obviously annexed Yorkshire sometime in the 22nd century. Bet that messed up the cricket team...)






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