|Who is this guy? I have no idea!|
In the midst of all of this, award-winning author and writer of the equally award-winning Doctor Who episode, The Doctor's Wife (and the very slightly disappointing Nightmare in Silver), Neil Gaiman, was asked whether he would back Sir Ian McKellan (Oh come on!) in the role of the Twelfth Doctor. He gave a very interesting reply over on his Tumblr. It's well worth a read in its entirety, but here's the salient point:
I like to see The Doctor as The Doctor, and an actor who doesn't bring baggage is a grand sort of thing. A star waiting to happen. ... I want to see The Doctor. I want to be taken by surprise. I want to squint at a photo of the person online and go “but how can that be The Doctor?”. Then I want to be amazingly, delightedly, completely proven wrong, and, six episodes in, I want to wonder how I could have been so blind. Because this is the Doctor. Of course it is.I'm inclined to agree. Matt Smith is a very fine actor. I think we're pretty much all agreed on that, however we feel about the Stephen Moffat era of Doctor Who in general. Even so, one of the greatest things about his transition into the show was not his performance in itself, but the fact that he was a completely new face. He was fresh out of the box (TARDIS?), so to speak and we had no idea what we might expect from him. Consequently he has surprised us from the start. That he goes on to surprise us is a sign of his talent and I'm sure any A-lister might be able to do as much, but there's something to be said for those first few episodes, when everything is unknown and we look at the screen and don't automatically think, 'Oh look, it's Miranda!', but instead see The Doctor in all his (or her) chaos, wisdom, hubris and glory.
|John Hurt as...oh right, you can read.|
How about you? Would you like the next Doctor to have a fresh face, barely seen on screen before, or would you prefer to see someone established? Has anyone suggested the Queen yet? She's a fan, right?