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1st-Jun-2013 03:20 pm
Well, I'd been idly wondering since Matt Smith rolled into his fourth year playing the Doctor if we'd see an announcement like this: Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who. And here we are.

I think Smith has been a superb Doctor, even if I sometimes wish he'd been given better scripts to work with. (Or, I think I do. I have not been keeping up with the current season as obsessively as I have seasons past, although I can't quite put my finger on what seems to be missing for me. It may be that nothing's missing at all, and this is just part of the natural ebb and flow of my fannishness. In the nearly 30 years that Doctor Who has more or less consistently been my favorite television show, I've noticed that now and then I need to step back from it a bit.)

Anyway, what do I hope for in Doctor number twelve? As I think I said last time the casting was up for grabs, I'd like them to go for a somewhat older actor. Not because I think older actors are inherently better for the job, but because we've had a few now on the younger side, and I think it would be nice to restore the balance. Doctor Who has often provided excellent actors who weren't classic "leading man" material a chance to be leading men, and I think perhaps we risk losing that.

I'd also be delighted if they cast an actor of color.

Yes, Patterson Joseph still ticks all my boxes. Failing that, I don't have any other names that spring to mind. Given past casting patterns, it'll be someone I've never heard of, and they'll be brilliant in the part. I guess we'll see.

I wonder if they'll really do the regeneration in the Christmas episode, though. Christmas episodes are usually so fluffy and feel-good, and a regeneration will have us all crying into our eggnogg. I wonder if this is a tiny bit of misdirection, and the regeneration will actually happen in the 50th anniversary episode. And when Smith says he'll be back for the Christmas episode, he means the pre-credits reprise of the regeneration sequence, or some flashbacks, or something. Given Moffatt's penchant for wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff, we could easily have a post-regeneration episode featuring both the new Doctor and his current incarnation. That could be interesting.
2nd-Jun-2013 01:43 am (UTC)
I'm still hoping for Tilda Swinton. :) But very sad to see Matt Smith go - I think he's been my favorite of the modern Doctors, and did such a wonderful job of playing a very old soul in a young body.
3rd-Jun-2013 05:15 am (UTC)
Tilda Swinton would be totally fine with me. ;-)
2nd-Jun-2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
I agree that Smith has done really well with some pretty poor scripts. I really hope this cast change means that we'll see some stronger writing, too. :p
3rd-Jun-2013 05:12 am (UTC)
Perhaps we will - I think one of my issues with the recent scripts is that big arc-y event stuff has been emphasized, perhaps at the expense of making individual stories satisfying in their own right. I expect a lot of that stuff to be tied up with Eleven's regeneration, perhaps making room for a different style of storytelling.
4th-Jun-2013 06:52 am (UTC)
I've been following the speculation on who might be cast as Twelve for at least a year now. Just tonight I was reading yet another article on why it would be wonderful to have a female doctor this time, and one name stuck out: Emma Watson. Assuming the writers have intentionally been casting younger and younger actors, she's probably my favorite choice for an actress in her 20's. She plays intelligent (and badass but unassuming about it) really well, obviously.

If you're curious about the article: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/06/03/matt_smith_leaving_doctor_who_the_12th_doctor_should_be_a_woman.html
4th-Jun-2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
Emma Watson definitely has the confidence and the acting talent to pull off the role, although when we start bringing in Harry Potter actors as possibilities, the one who immediately springs to mind is Helena Bonham-Carter. Now there is a woman who can play an alien badass.

The article does raise the interesting question of whether we'd really want our first female Doctor to be written by Steven Moffatt. I think that Moffatt has actually written some awesome female characters - I would reject the characterization of River Song and Amy Pond as "sad and broken" (as a woman quoted in that article puts it). But he's not always the most subtle in his handling of gender issues. And we'd pretty much be guaranteed a post-regeneration boob joke, or something equally crude.
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