Thursday, March 31, 2005

Who are you...Who Who?

After a 16 year hiatus, the BBC brought back Dr. Who last week, as the first of 13 newly commissioned episodes was broadcast.

The ratings were strong enough that 13 more episodes have been commissioned. There's one problem, though. The actor newly playing the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, has given his notice. Oddly, he noted that he didn't want to be typecast in the role. If that's the case, he's an ass. No one had mentioned to him the possibility that they'd order further shows?

The woman who plays his assistant in the latest skein will return, and Ecceleston's Doctor will regenerate into a 10th incarnation (apparently the Paul McGann's TV movie Doctor is officially part of continuity; hopefully they'll 'forget' that part about him suddenly being half-human). Actor David Tennant is supposedly the front runner.

No word, that I know of, on when and where the new skein will play here in the States.

4 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Cullen M. M. Waters said...

That's one of the things that keeps getting me. Fear of TYPECASTING? What the heck were you doing playing the lead in one of the biggest Science Fiction shows on Earth? He's going to be called "Doctor" for the rest of his life.

The other thing is Patrick Troughton. He was afraid of being typecast of the Doctor. Yet he stuck around for three years. It strikes me as being self-centered splitting after only a season.

But then again, there might be more to it than we know.

 
At 8:53 AM, Blogger Cullen M. M. Waters said...

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At 11:48 AM, Anonymous twitterpate said...

Yeah, why on Earth would you take a starring role in a sci-fi classic, with a rabid fan base, IF YOU WERE AFRAID OF TYPECASTING? Does he really think he'll be unnoticed for 13 episodes, but the 14th will put him over the wall into "convention income for life" territory?

Strange thing about actors. They constantly moan about the high rate of unemployment in their occupation, but as soon as one of 'em gets steady work, he wants to split.

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger BeckoningChasm said...

What I find strange is, based on the performance of the first episode, they've ordered more. I mean, more power to Dr. Who and all, but have they not heard of "second week drop off"?

Remember "My Big Fat Greek Life"? Opened huge, fell quickly.

 

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