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Who’s Next?

trifectaI am pretty certain that being a fan of Doctor Who is a prerequisite for boarding The Cool Ship. In fact, I may be the only Cool Shipper who has not written at least one article about our time traveling hero.

Today feels like a good day to rectify that. Like most Americans, my Doctor Who exposure began with the 2005 (which I did not watch until 2011) revival. At first I enjoyed the contrasts of light and dark concepts. I saw the series as The Outer Limits but with reoccurring characters. Christopher Eccleston  (my first Doctor) was also full of contrasts, at once whimsical and brooding.

I just finished rewatching the 7th series, and with the impending departure of Matt Smith and the red herring that is John Hurt, I cannot help but wonder who’s next.

Selecting the next Doctor must resemble the Conference of Cardinals except the Catholics are probably easier to please. The Internet is all abuzz with “so and so took a meeting” and  “so and so has denied being interested” (which has been true of both Tennant and Smith). Even fellow Cool Shippers have speculated on the next Time Lord’s identity.

nobleWith that in mind I could not resist trying my hand at picking the next Doctor:

John Nobel:

Maybe I just miss Fringe, but John Nobel would make a great Doctor. Before you say it; Yes Nobel is old. Smith is the youngest actor to ever pilot the Tardis, and though his Doctor is quite different from Tennant’s, there are certain similarities. Nobel would be a new direction for the character. All previous incarnations have been British, and yes, Nobel is Australian, but they have the Queen on their money, right? To purists and the BBC this might seem a bit of sacrilege, but to me as an American it is hardly a deal breaker.

 

 

grintRupert Grint:

A quick IMDB search shows Grint doing a lot more film work than I had realized. The shooting schedule of a weekly series may be beyond his ability. Making the Doctor a “ginger” would be a great twist to a long running joke. Ron Weasley is younger than Matt Smith and could serve the show for quite a while.

 

 

 

Alexander Siddig:

alexander_siddig_1Siddig hits right in the middle of the possibilities as far as age. A veteran of seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine his sci-fi street cred is already established. With a lot of talk swirling about the possibility of the first black Doctor or the first female Doctor, Siddig would be the first Sudanese Doctor. As an actor his range is very broad. He could embody all of the previous incarnations while bringing a new reverence to the character.

 

 

 

 

Which leads me to a few actors who have no business being the Doctor:

Simon Pegg:

I don’t know why every time a role like the Doctor comes along names of actors who are already experiencing success in feature films get tossed into the mix. Personally I think Pegg would make a fine Doctor. His comic timing would be a welcome addition to the character. However, I fear the scripts would be too joke heavy in order to capitalize on this ability.

Russel Brand:

DEAR GOD NO!!

Daniel Day Lewis:

LewisThere is no part that Daniel Day-Lewis cannot play. Anytime there is a discussion amongst my friends as to who should play any role I always throw Lewis out there. In reality he would be the most expensive doctor in history, and when we reach the end of his run the show would also be no more; I mean who would follow him? Also as a character actor Day-Lewis doesn’t just play a part, he inhabits it. Imagine if Day-Lewis lived as The Doctor in his off time. It would almost be worth whatever it cost to get him to consider it.

 

 

Just a few suggestions for people who should and should not play the Doctor. Who do you like for number 12?

 

 

 

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Doctor Who Series 7 Themes

Thar be spoilers ahead, matey.  /endpirate

Doctor Who has aired only two episodes so far in season 7, but themes have already started to emerge. What they mean and how they pan out, I can only guess, but Steven Moffat and the Who writing team always seem to have a surprise or two up their sleeves. So, I’m just going to list some of the themes I’ve noticed thus far. Let me know if you’ve noticed other recurring themes or if you think I’m just a quack.

1. The Williams/Ponds are involuntary companions.

In “Asylum of the Daleks,” Amy and Rory were kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest enemies and forced down onto the asylum planet to accompany our favorite Time Lord. In “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” the Doctor just materialized the Ponds/Williams into the Tardis with barely even a greeting.

As much as they both love The Doctor (and as much as Amy says she craves excitement), I don’t think that the Ponds are too keen on traveling with him anymore. You’ll notice during “Dinosaurs” that Amy and Rory are extremely competent during the space adventure, but they don’t seem to be finding a whole lot of joy in it. Not like Brian, Rory’s dad, who seemed blown away by the wonder that was space and time travel. The Ponds aren’t overly impressed anymore.

The conversation near the end of “Dinosaurs” between Amy and the Doctor points to something interesting, too. The Doctor mentions that Amy and Rory and he will be together until something happens to the Doctor; Amy replies something to the effect of “or something happens to us,” which the Doctor laughs off.

This is either foreshadowing that something bad is going to happen to the Ponds, or perhaps they are trying to ween the Doctor off them. Or both. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them gets hurt due to the Doctor drafting them involuntarily into an adventure.

2. Flickering Lights.

Remember Amy’s dressing room in “Asylum?” And then, there was Rory and Brian trying to fix the light in “Dinosaurs.” Lights often represent thoughts or ideas, which brings me to…

3. The bad guys don’t remember/know who the Doctor is.

Oswin Oswald erases the Doctor from the Daleks’ collective “memory” in “Asylum,” and Solomon has never heard of the Doctor in “Dinosaurs.” Plus, the Doctor doesn’t appear in Solomon’s special scanner database thingy.

My theory? I have two.

Theory A: The Silence have figured out some way to infect the Doctor with their forgetting properties. If  not the Silence, then someone else has. Memory loss is already a recurring theme this season, like when Amy couldn’t remember that she and the Doctor had the same conversation 4 times. Do the lights point to the Ponds forgetting about The Doctor?

Theory B: The flickering lights pertain to the Weeping Angels. If that’s the case, then they are actually foreshadowing what is going to happen to Amy and Rory.

Theory C: Both things happen, and it’s scary!

4. The Doctor gets violent.

Exploding Daleks. Exploding Solomon. The Doctor hasn’t been afraid to erase his enemies from existence this season. Again, I think this points to the Doctor’s enemies figuring out a way to erase him from existence as well.

Okay. What did I miss? Am I completely wrong in my theories? Is everything just the angry ghost of Adric coming back to have his revenge on the Doctor that couldn’t save him?

Ehh… probably not.

 

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