I'd normally do some jokes about the high concentration of Gatiss scripts had broken his resolve, but no, they're pretty decent this year.
Oh, I suppose I should have seen the signs. All that bollocks about the Fall of Eleventh, hacking off River Song like a diseased limb, the old standby of doing lots of flashbacks and multiple Doctor stories to remind us all that the latest Doctor is just that - the latest. And then Smithy goes and gets his head shaved, just to rub it in. But, and this is where you piss me off, you promised you'd be back next year! PROPERLY PROMISED! PRESS STATEMENTS AND EVERYTHING!
...and the next person to use the quot "rule 1 the Doctor lies" will win its lucky poster an all-expenses paid trip to an intensive care unit...
You realize this means my brilliant predictions are...
...yes, THREE YEARS OUT! THREE!!! It was too much to expect the bastard to match Tom Baker, even with these half-year seasons! YOU QUITTER SMITHY! NO FIST! YOU MAKE ME SICK! EARLY RETIREMENT IS NOT - FUCKING - COOL!
You realize the shit we're now going to be stuck with from nutters like Mad Larry, sparacus, Kyron Mallet, er... no, I think all the others are dead now, actually... but still! Those surviving brain donors of Eye of Horseshit want Billie Piper's boyfriend to be the Twelfth Doctor, and THEY DON'T EVEN LIKE BILLIE!
There should not be a black Doctor, just as there shouldn't be a female Doctor. The Doctor is a white English male and anything else would change the character and the ethos of the show too much. The character of the Doctor has always embodied a sense of eccentric Englishness. He has always been played by a white, male actor. Casting a black, asian or oriental actor would be rather akin to casting a black actor to play Henry VIII. Casting a woman would be even worse.
A woman? Absolutely not. Under no circumstances. No.
As I've said before, I think that Trevor Eve would make an excellent Doctor as he proved with 'Shoestring' that he can play an eccentric hero. If they want a younger actor then Ben Whishaw would be fine. Sir Ian McKellen would be superb as an older Doctor.
Trevor would turn the show around from this populist, 'race to the bottom' direction its been on since 2005 and give it real gravitas and serious intent. Doctor Who could be a great show that deals with serious historical and science-based issues within an entertaining framework. Trevor Eve is best remembered for his role as Eddie Shoestring, a character that was almost a rehearsal for the part of the Doctor. Eddie Shoestring & the Doctor have a lot in common : eccentricity, a passionate sense of justice and a very individual approach to life. I suggest that, together with Trevor's Doctor, a new showrunner be appointed.
True, Trevor has repeatedly stated in interviews how much he despises Doctor WHo, but he was making the valid point that populist shows such as Top Gear and the post 2005 Doctor Who get more resources and money thrown at them than quality or edgy drama shows. This is a completely valid point and he was not attacking Doctor Who itself, just its current direction. With Trevor Eve as the Doctor and a new showrunner we could see a real great era of Doctor Who.
- the Emperor, approximately 0.59 seconds after the news broke.
He has these things kept on standby, you know...
The same week that DW & Race has come out condemning the Peter Davison era as a war crime because the very concept of "cricket" is thunderingly racist, we're going to have more people demanding ethnic minorities play the Doctor rather say BECAUSE THEY CAN ACT!
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!? THE LAST THING I REMEMBER WAS SEEING THAT GODAWFUL LIGHT SHOW AT CIRCULAR QUAY! GAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!