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Farewell Ten - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
Farewell Ten
From the BBC website: David Tennant has announced he will leave Doctor Who after filming a string of special episodes next year.

Link to full article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7698200.stm

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor was what really got me into this show. Joe's a lifelong fan; he remembers the old episodes and the first eight doctors (erm, from repeats, natch). I actually came into it sometime during the Ninth Doctor's time, but I doubt I would have loved it half as much if David Tennant hadn't turned up shortly after and brought so much to the role.

On the other hand, there's a surprising amount of people losing their minds about the change, and that makes me wonder... are they aware of what show they're watching? This is Doctor Who, a show which was FOUNDED, and SURVIVES on, the central concept of a character who evolves in personality and appearance. The Doctor literally changes every so often and this, in my mind, is the most unique and fascinating aspect of the show. I believe this is the one factor that has kept Doctor Who fresh for almost fifty years.

And through all his evolutions, the Doctor is still the Doctor. Each actor, no matter how they approach the role, carries a little spark of oddball Doctor-ism with them.

If you want to see what happens to a show with a quirky central character who never changes or grows in any way, check out House... that is, if any of you are still watching it. So many programs fall into the same trap: the stories spring from the oddities of their central character, but through what that character experiences, they should be growing and changing signifigantly, but IF they grow and change signifigantly they will no longer carry the same oddities and therefore the show will have nothing to draw upon. But if they DON'T change they begin to read as unnatural, forced and ultimately boring. Catch-22... generally this is why I approve of shows that are planned with a set lifespan in mind, a'la Avatar.

As far as I'm concerned, Tennant will always be my Doctor, and Rose will always be my Companion, but I look forward to the next evolution of the show with eagerness. I'm keen to get to know the Eleventh Doctor, and I'm especially keen to see what direction the show will take when the most excellent Stephen Moffat takes the helm in 2010.

David Tennant gets the last word on how he played the Doctor:

I don't think there's a better character on television. He gets to be everything - he gets to be funny and intense, he's a hero but he's also a bit of a clown, he's an anarchist but he's strong and dependable and crazy. Like mercury one minute and like steel the next.
-- David Tennant
11 have fought ~ fight the power!
spotweld From: spotweld Date: October 30th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it just me, or does it seem that we are running though doctors with a rather disconcerting speed. I can deal with it.. I just wish they'd take their time about it.

Personally, i would like to see the show find an actor who looks like a young William Hartnell and run a few episodes with a earlier doctor. (But he can visit today's London, of course.)

Failing that, I want to see Jenny end up with the pocket watch that is the physical repository of Donna's "doctor-ness"
scoutlostthewar From: scoutlostthewar Date: October 30th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
My friend Owen just texted me the news. I'm fairly gutted. :( :( :(
tania From: tania Date: October 30th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah... :\ Optimism about the next Doctor aside, like I said, this one will always be 'my' Doctor, the one I think of when I think of the show. Plus it's highly unlikely they'll find someone who combines that perfect balance of quirkiness and hottie-boomalottie factor. Hopefully the next Doctor is awesome in some different way to avoid comparisons.

If you could cast the next Doctor, who would you pick?
dutchmouse From: dutchmouse Date: October 31st, 2008 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd go with an American comedian to play the Doctor. Now that would stir the pot, wouldn't it?

Mike Birbiglia as...the DOCTOR.

Yeah. I'd watch that.
dreamsofglass From: dreamsofglass Date: October 30th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's just it.. I don't mind them changing. But we're going through one every season or 2! Having said that, I missed Chris E at first, he was so atypical for doctor who. To lose David is going to be a bit shit. Every new actor is like a wildcard and I think we may have had all the aces in the deck.

tania From: tania Date: October 30th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd like them to get a comedian in for the next one. Someone like Simon Pegg. The thing I notice about a lot of actor-comedians - the British ones, anyway - is that they seem to have a large emotional range and they do a good job at the serious stuff too.

I think they change faster these days because everything changes faster. It's a Gen-Y world. The actors do Who, their name gets put out there to a whole new audience, and suddenly they're more sought-after than ever for theater roles and films. I have to admit, if it was me, and I'd been playing the Doctor for a few years, and if the job is anything like as taxing as I've heard it is, and I started getting offers for simpler jobs which paid just as well... I'd probably leave too! I don't begrudge him. I do agree that it's a shame and, as I said above, for me there will probably never be a better Doctor. Ten is MY Doctor. ;)

I'm still interested in getting to know a new one, though!

Maybe now that Who has become a semi-mainstream hit again, the BBC needs to start offering more moneys to their actors? Because yeah, it'd be awesome to see a Doctor have a really good run, like some of the old ones. I mean, there's kids who grew up back then knowing just one Doctor!

Christ, you know who might be a really interesting Doctor, hearkening back to the grouchier mode of the original Doctor? Hugh Laurie. He's already taken, though. The good ones are always taken. :(
dreamsofglass From: dreamsofglass Date: November 1st, 2008 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I like your idea...

From: haakonspet Date: October 30th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
For me, M*A*S*H also does it, and not necessarily with actors leaving, althought that does help. The characters did grow and change and were impacted by there surrounds and the war.

Very few shows I find achieve that and you are right Tanya, the change of the Doctor and the companions at various times makes a difference to keeping it fresh, as well as dealing with one time bad guys and also the re-occurring bad guys.

The only issue I have with the New Doctor Who is the shorter timeframe to tell the story in, even though some of the stories felt drawn out to meet the original timing of the story. Guess I can't have it both ways :P
sigmoidal_suseq From: sigmoidal_suseq Date: October 30th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
ahhhh! *explodes*

but he's - so - damn - cute

Doubly excited now to see him on the stage. The hamlet poster is so silly though.
tania From: tania Date: October 30th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
People keep telling Joe he reminds them of the Doctor. Hmm... a little hair-dye for him, a pinstriped suit, and for me a blonde wig... oh god, I'm thinking about cosplay.
dutchmouse From: dutchmouse Date: October 31st, 2008 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom Baker's always gonna be my first choice for the Doctor, even though I saw Colin Baker first.

You realize, we've gone though ten Doctors. This means, we got three left. He can only regenerate 12 times, unless of course he somehow gets out of it like the Master did...
11 have fought ~ fight the power!