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Anthony J Lombardi
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Posted: 30 January 2017 at 3:59pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Capaldi has announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of this coming series. 
Doctor Who returns April 15th


I'm really disappointed that we didn't get at least one series without Moffatt.


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Posted: 30 January 2017 at 4:40pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Bummer. Capaldi has been my favorite Doctor Who, and even though I really liked the Moffat episodes, I still wanted to see how he was with a different showrunner. 
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Posted: 30 January 2017 at 6:16pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I also think he's going a year too soon. I like having a Doctor who's older than I.
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Posted: 30 January 2017 at 7:58pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Well, the series return is an early birthday present (mine is April 18) But I'm not happy at all that he's leaving. I was hoping he'd stick around an extra year.

I'm hoping this doesn't mean the companion sticks around before the Doctor isn't. But that's likely exactly what it means. I'd like to actually see a companion go when the Doctor does.


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I'm trying to think of whether there has ever been a Doctor I liked this much who rarely had a decent script to work with.  Sylvester McCoy maybe? 

Would have really liked to see what Chris Chibnall could have done with him. 

Going back through the Capaldi episodes, there are maybe three that I can watch and re-watch.
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Posted: 30 January 2017 at 10:14pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Disappointing for fans, but I don't begrudge Capaldi this decision. They might as well drop Nardole and Bill in the Christmas special, too.
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Posted: 30 January 2017 at 10:23pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

As much as I've grown to like Capaldi, I hope that his departure coinciding with the showrunner leads to what we got between 10 and 11, and the show is just completely reimagined.  New logo, new opening, new Doctor, new companions, new everything.One of the things I found most disappointing about Capaldi's tenure is that his first season was mostly wasted as an epilogue to Matt Smith.  They don't need to saddle the next guy with the same.
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Posted: 30 January 2017 at 11:10pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I would like the next Doctor to be light hearted again. I've had enough of the Doctor being tormented over the Time War. 
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Posted: 31 January 2017 at 7:46am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Cue debate over the Doctor being a woman.
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Posted: 31 January 2017 at 8:47am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Cue debate over the Doctor being a woman.
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Already started - and on the BBC no less:


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Posted: 31 January 2017 at 9:13am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Off of that list, if they really want to go with a non-white actor, Sacha Dhawan would be a really good and interesting pick, and I don't think would produce the earth history time travel issues in the same way many actors would.

And seeing what Tim Roth would do with the role fascinates me.  Though I think he would be better as the Master in a subsequent regeneration.
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Posted: 31 January 2017 at 11:22am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Of that list:

David Harewood would be an interesting choice, but he's busy with Supergirl right now. I don't see them letting him go to play the role.

Russell Tovey? Well, he's on Quantico right now. But that doesn't necessarily mean he couldn't do it. Of course, if he did play the role we'd have to get another quip about the ears after regenerating.

Hayley Atwell is doing Conviction, but from what I've heard its not likely to be renewed.

Emma Watson? Ummm....no. I'd rather not see anyone associated with the Harry Potter franchise anywhere near Doctor Who except in a one-off guest starring role. 

Andy Serkis and Tim Roth would likely be good in the role. But I'm with Steve. Roth would be a better Master than Doctor.

I'm not that familiar at all with any of the other women listed besides Hayley Atwell and Emma Watson. But I'm also against the Doctor being a woman, unless they avoid jokes about the gender switch after the first episode and don't do a reverse companion romance deal. (ie, male companion who is attracted to the Doctor)

Won't happen, but I'd love to see either Sean Pertwee or Idris Elba as the Doctor. Either would also work as the Master, but I'd rather not see Pertwee as that character.

I'd also suggest Jamie Bamber and Sam Riley for the role. The latter would also work as the Master.


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We already have a female Master,we don`t need a female
Doctor...would they fight with Sonic Handbags?
As for that list,a fair few i would guess are too
expensive for the BBC!
I wish they`d stop suggesting established actors,why not
an unknown like David Tennant or Matt Smith?
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Posted: 31 January 2017 at 3:19pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Correct, Bill, no woman would ever use a screwdriver.
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Bill, that's the sort of statement that will only result in a barrage of abuse online.

To be honest, I could see it happening, with the reasoning being that the Master is a woman and the\at has played on the Doctor's subliminal regeneration. Not saying I agree they should go that route but I could see them taking it.
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Posted: 31 January 2017 at 5:03pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

David Tennant was hardly an "unknown" when he was cast Bill.


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Russell Tovey is openly Gay. The internet would melt under the unleashed force of fanboys unable to leave that alone!

I like the Andy Serkis idea.

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Posted: 31 January 2017 at 5:48pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Cast Bootsy Collins as the new Doctor. 
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I was joking!(Maybe the handbags are bigger on the
inside,which means Mary Popins may be a Timelord!)
As for David Tennant,all he`d done of note was a small
part in a BBC2 comedy called Rab C Nesbitt at the
time,he got the part after Russel T Davis cast him in
Casanova,which hadn`t aired when he was cast as Doctor
Who,i remember watching it just to see who Tennant
was,so yes he was! My point is,the ones mentioned who
ARE well known bring too much baggage with them!
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Tennant was also in 'He Knew He Was Right', 'Blackpool' and 'The Quatermass Experiment' all in the year before he started as the 10th Doctor. His role in a BBC two-parter called 'Secret Smile', which aired shortly before his first episode as the Doctor, in addition to 'Casanova', increased his profile in America, as both of those programs did well here, perhaps partially due to publicity about 'Doctor Who'. 
And even his turn a Barty Crouch, Jr. made him known to Potterphiles long before any of that other stuff!
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For Bill: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0855039/
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I don`t need to Google/IMDB a list of his previous work
to know that in the majority of people`s eyes,at the
time he was not well known.My original point,was that
rather than go for known faces,an unknown would be
better! Even better would be if they totally avoided
stunt casting!
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David Tennant was hardly an "unknown" when he was cast Bill.
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Tennant was an unknown when he was cast. He may have been in other things. But I never heard of him. Neither had my son or anyone else I knew who watched the show. 

His being unknown to me really worked in his favor. It allowed me to completely buy into him being the Doctor. There was nothing else I could associate him with so it was easy to see him as only the Doctor.


As to the Doctor being a woman. There is only one way I would sign on with that. If Catherine Tate were cast in the role I'd be for it.


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No-one is saying Tennant was a household name but to claim that his only role of note prior to Doctor Who was a 1993 episode of Rab C. Nesbitt is patently absurd. Casanova may not have aired when he was cast but it did go out just before his casting was announced. Aside from the prominent TV roles that Brian mentioned, he was also nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (Best Actor) in 2002.
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 QUOTE:
he was also nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (Best Actor) in 2002

In other words, an unknown. 
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