Sunday, November 9, 2008

What A Face, What A Waste.

The rumors about whether or not David Tennent will be leaving Doctor Who can now cease. BBC has confirmed that the actor will indeed be leaving the series at the end of the 2009 specials.

Tennant made the announcement after winning the outstanding drama performance prize at the National Television Awards.

“When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me,” he said. “Now don’t make me cry,” he added. “I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don’t take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you’ll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair.” ‘I’ll miss it’

In an exclusive interview with BBC,Tennant said that three years was “about the right time” to play the role.

“I think it’s better to go when there’s a chance that people might miss you, rather than to hang around and outstay your welcome,” he said.

Russel T. Davies, the show’s executive producer who will be stepping down as showrunner when the fifth season returns in 2010, said the following about Tennant stepping down:

“I’ve been lucky and honoured to work with David over the past few years - and it’s not over yet, the Tenth Doctor still has five spectacular hours left!
“After which, I might drop an anvil on his head. Or maybe a piano. A radioactive piano. But we’re planning the most enormous and spectacular ending, so keep watching.”

Steven Moffat takes over as show-runner for the fifth season in 2010. BBC has not announced who will replace Tennant, but rumors are swirling around the net that has Paterson Joseph as a possible replacement. Others rumored include David Morrisey, James Nesbitt and John Simm.

I am terribly saddened by this, but my only ray of hope is that I can cling to the remote possibility that John Simm could be The Doctor. It seems far fetched as he was The Master, but, wouldn't that make is more interesting? Plus he is dreamy... not David Tennent dreamy, but Life on Mars dreamy is good enough for me! I vote down David Morrisey, Paterson Joseph and James Nesbitt for their lack of dreaminess.

Russell T. Davies is a bit sad to see go as well as it will change the dynamic of the show greatly, but this may be a good thing... time will tell. Many of Russell's episodes (that he wrote) are rather silly and outlandish (flatulent aliens who wear humans as suits, anyone?) So it could take on a more serious and possibly singular-plot driven show. Again, time will tell... if only the Doctor were here, he'd know what's going to happen.


  1. I was thinking about this while eating breakfast this morning.

    Puffins. Honey Rice. Vanilla hazelnut Rice Dream rice "milk."

    Shup. It's good.

    I was watching the last episode, all bummed out 'cause I knew it was the last episode, but then I read this and find out it's *not* the last episode. Unless it is. I'm confused about the "five spectacular hours left" part. If that means I gets five more spectacular hours with David as my Doctor, then I'm aright. His reasons for leaving are stupid - I'd never get tired of him. I don't know what a "bath chair" is, and I don't care. If I have to watch him in his precious "bath chair," then get the man a god-damned "bath chair." Maybe I'll get my own "bath chair" and watch the show while sitting in it, doing whatever you do in a "bath chair."

    The more I type "bath chair," the more I think I know what a "bath chair" is, and the closer I get to typing "bath chair" without quotes.

    Ok. I get it. Bath chair. Yeah. Ok.

    John Simm *is* dreamy. I'd like to see him come back, even as the Master. There's been a fair amount of hiring among previous special-guests and extras (Gwen Cooper from Torchwood (and, obviously, Mahfa Jones)). They could write around it. As I watched the Tardis drag the Earth back whence it was plucked by the Daleks, I realized they could write around *anything*.

    Simm might be a little too together - like a Doctor James Bond. The Doctor should be fun. I liked Chris Eccleston, but he wasn't very fun. Everybody likes Tom Baker because he was fun. The Doctor needs to be fun. Simm could be fun. I'm just saying.

    The others... not so much. I feel weird saying it, but I want my Doctor to be a sexy, fun white guy with a full head of hair. That's not racist or uglycist or whvr. It's like what we were talking about regarding the Who girls: they ought to be sexy space trollops who win the 18-70 male audience. I was all right with Donna by the end, but it was mainly because of all the hot ass that beamed in from other dimensions or whatever happened.

    Likewise, I want my Doctor a certain way. I'm sure I could be convinced otherwise - I never thought Tom Baker would be replaced by a better Doctor (Tennant), but it happened. I'm only scared because there aren't many TV heros I can relate to. In the Doctor, I found that hot, brilliant, sexy, hawtt, genius, hot guy in whom I could see myself (not like that).

    As for Davies, I don't quite know what to think. I agree - his episodes tend to be the wrong kind of strange. It's only the strength of the acting and special effects that rescue things. Mainly the acting. Specifically, the Doctah and Rose and Mahfa. The way they look, I mean. And talk. Especially everything about them.

    Something I hope stays is the not-always-subtle homosexuality. I like the I'll-doink-anything attitude Jack brings to the show. Aside from making the show better, it gets it in front of the kids (supposedly, this campy show about outer-space and cat-nurses is for CHILDREN - that's so funny - HA HA HA HA HA HA HA).

    If there was some awesome show that was on when we were growing up that had all kinds of I'll-doink-anything, we might see a little more tolerance for those who would doink their own sex.

    Regardless of who runs the show, they need to get that writer back who did the Sontaren episodes. Those were some of the best episodes ever made ever. Of anything. Just episodes in general.

    I loved them because the Sontaren people(?) were such gentlemen about war. It actually creeped me out. They were so eager to die - they, for reals (not for real "for reals" - it's a STORY), had absolutely no fear of death. That's much more scarier than, say, a human. A human will usually try to blow other people up without blowing himself up. Because of this, he'll sometimes refrain from blowing you up. But not the potato-people. Oh, no. No. NO. They blow it all up. They don't care. You, them, the planet, their big scary spaceship - all of it: Blowed. Up.

    I need to take the trash out. It's Trash Day. You don't have Trash Day, 'cause you have that big compacter. Sometimes I think about taking my trash and flinging it into the Belmont Dairy's trash boxes things. I don't do it because BD management tends to be a little on the nuts side, and I'm sure they record - and watch - all activity out by their enormous trash storage devices. I also don't do it because I'd have to walk farther than I would if I were to just use my own Trash Day containers. Overall, it's a really stupid plan (the one about the Dairy).

    Ok. I'm going now. Trash Day only happens once a week, and I don't want to miss it.

  2. The doctor is here to tell the folks what is coming! Or not.... But, nice writeup!
    Um, sorry to invade your space, but we are both members of a certain "internet site", and also both read the Portland Mercury. Since that site lacks the ability to send messages, I searched up your name, and Voila!, I am here reading your blog (which is pretty damned neat, if I must say).
    I can be found at!
    Come send say hello.
    Have magic, and keep on writing.