Who will be the next Doctor?
Get your popcorn in for Saturday’s geekfest
“No comment.” As the current season of Doctor Whoswings inexorably toward its grand finale, that is pretty much the universal tight-lipped response from the BBC and all its agents.
Minimal advance details on the up and coming episode. No advance play tape. The latter, of course, have an unhappy history of being leaked and creating spoilers.
For those who are not already ardent fans of the Doctor, the current series is ending with a three-episode blockbuster that brings back old enemies the Daleks as well as past companions and almost every spin-off character ever conceived. Sarah Jane Smith, Torchwood, Captain Jack, Rose Tyler - all present. As for foes, Davros himself has been dusted off and returned from the past.
The penultimate episode finished with an old-style cliffhanger. The Doctor is hit by a Dalek death ray, the injury appears to be fatal; he starts to regenerate. Or does he?
Cue closing credits and no advance trailer for next week.
Shock! Horror! Could it possibly be that David Tennant, who has done so much to restore the reputation of the Doctor, is soon to depart?
Perhaps. Or then again, perhaps not. The various Who fan sites on the web are a-twitter with a mixture of grief and uber-geek analysis of the minutiae of the script. As one fan so calmly puts it: “He’s going. No! How can I live without him?”
Others have focused on the plot detail. Why does the camera move in on the Doctor’s spare hand (the one in the jar) just before his regeneration begins? What does the ‘abomination’ mean when it refers to the “three-fold” man? And so on.
Even the Wall Street Journal is getting in on the act.
If all this appears a little over the top, some of the blame must be placed at the door of Russell T Davies, long time Doctor Who fan and writer on this last story. RTD – as fans refer to him - has a reputation for tricky and obscure word games and twisting plot, and a very bad habit of unpicking events that were understood to be done and dusted.
Since the reappearance of Doctor Who, stories have increasingly resorted to devices such as parallel universes and temporal paradoxes to allow the impossible – and then simply go back and pretend it never “really” happened.
So is David Tennant really departing? What we do know, barring serious misinformation, is that he will be back in December for the usual Christmas special.
He will also be back in 2009, in three one-off specials, as the series takes a rest prior to its return in 2010. Has he signed a contract for that next series? According to PRs Taylor Herring, who handle BBC publicity for Doctor Who: “No comment.”
Which brings us almost back to the start. The BBC expects a season record audience of over ten million to tune in to the final episode this Saturday. We understand that it is due to air at 6.40 pm, and will be a record-breaking 65 minutes in length.
If you really can’t wait until then, you can watch the lone trailer put out so far (unfortunately, no spoilers).
And if you wish to add to speculation about who might be the post-Tennant Doctor, you could place a bet with William Hill. Current favourite for the role is Robert Carlyle (2 to 1), with Billie Piper quoted as 33 to 1 outsider. ®
Did anyone else notice?
In the beginning of the penultimate episode of the last series of Dr Who, one of the people who appeared to make a comment on the effects of the Earth being moved was Dr Richard Dawkins, who is a lecturer at New College, Oxford University, England. His wife was formerly known as the actress Lalla Ward, who played Romana in past episodes of Dr Who. Strange that she did not appear as one of the past Doctor's companions...
So there will be a new Doctor!!!
"Hated the last Doctor as the Doctor is not suppose to be some sort of Chav trying his best to fit in with society. He is old man with a predeliction to young girls (gotta love the guy) who sticks out like a sore thumb."
That's it then...
the next doctor will be Bruce Forsyth for sure when it happens.
My apologies to the eminently slap-able Catherine Tate (AKA Donna Noble)... I have an excuse. I don't do TV... I haven't seen most of the recent Dr Who episodes.
Having watched part2 (journey's end) on BBC ipap I found also a link to the prequel (left turn) and am compelled now to re-watch part1 (the stolen earth), closely followed by a review of part2. I conclude that this does indeed make for an excellent Dr Who series extended script and has in fact prompted me to start seeking out the last two series that I missed in their entirety. Sadly, I must also now seriously consider trying to get my hands on as many "Sarah Jane Investigates" and "Torchwood" episodes too. (Well, that's how it was for me with StarTrek so why not?).
Very well acted, very plausible and a thoroughly welcome hug to the additional crew, especially Elizabeth Sladen (always a place in my heart you gem) and Davros (the ultimate in evil).
However, I stand by my earlier comment - I should be "considering a career in script writing". R.T.D., I forgive you, but don't get complacent and you have no right to be cocky; you took far too many liberties and you could have done an awful lot better.