Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Three Doctors

The BBC have posted some new images from the forthcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, The Day Of The Doctor, on their official site. I particularly like this one of Smith, Tennant and Hurt, all trying to out-grump each other. Cheer up boys... it's your anniversary :-)
And here's a nice pic of Jenna Coleman and Jemma Redgrave too...

4 comments:

Richard Bensam said...

No idea what Moffat has in mind with Hurt, but it's too bad he passed up the opportunity to do something that would have been possible only this once: given the chance to team up Tennant and Smith and knowing that Capaldi was going to be the next Doctor, imagine if he'd gone with a revamp of The Three Doctors uniting a past, the present, and the future Doctor? I mean actually introduce Capaldi as the future Doctor in that story, then have Smith carry on and show the events leading up to that regeneration knowing how it will turn out. It could have been done this time, but probably never in the future. Oh well!

Apart from that, all I can say is, I hope Capaldi's Doctor is cheerful, because I'm thoroughly sick of these lachrymose, self-pitying, maudlin bastards blubbing away the whole time.

cerebus660 said...

Funny... a lot of people don't like Smith's Doctor because of his often childlike sense of glee at all the "cool" things he experiences in time and space...

For all their exuberance, each of the 21st century Doctors have been haunted by the events of the Time War - and Who (!) could blame them, after having destroyed two ancient civilizations to save the universe? I don't think the gloomier side of the Doc will go away any time soon. The heart-on-sleeve emotions of modern Who are more what people expect from a drama nowadays, compared to the more one-dimensional ( paradoxically! ) characters of the "classic" series...

Richard Bensam said...

To your first point: yes, but in fairness, a lot of people are insane. ;-D

I don't object at all to the Doctor being troubled and wrestling with painful memories. To some extent that's been part of the Doctor ever since that venomous, angry old man chastised his granddaughter after her teachers wandered into the TARDIS in the first episode. Troughton had darkness, and Pertwee, and all the rest. McCoy was every bit as brooding and distant as any of the modern ones.

It's not the sadness that bothers me, it's the weeping. Eccleston managed to convey inner pain without it. Tennant and Smith are first rate actors (could anyone claim otherwise?) who could make us see the Doctor's sadness with an eyebrow, or dragging a syllable out. The bawling and blubbing are unnecessary, but Davies and Moffat loved it to death.

cerebus660 said...

To be fair, Eccleston did shed a tear in his second episode, The End Of The World, when recalling the Time Lords. And that opened the floodgates :-)

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