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Season 14; Russell T Davies Returns



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,911 ✭✭✭✭ B.A._Baracus

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,914 CMod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp

    You'd imagine so; can't see Davies being entirely happen to run with Chibnall's pretty big swing to upend the entirety of the Doc's backstory. Wouldn't rule out a convenient universe reset around the first new season with Davies at the helm.

  • Registered Users Posts: 448 ✭✭ nuttyboy79

    New Doctor announced, I have to say never heard of him but hadn't heard of Matt Smith either and he worked out ok.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,882 ✭✭✭✭ TheValeyard

    No idea he was 29 in sex Ed!

    Very different choice alright. Definitely trying to win back the younger audience.

    BTW, search function for forum not working.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,914 CMod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp

    Most immediate reaction was curiousity they didn't have a big chatshow announcement; or did they? They really dragged the àrse out of a few with a big glitzy chatshow format. Don't miss them mind you, they were a bit inane IMO.

    As to the actor; certainly the ethnicity isn't a surprise, it felt like it was overdue at this stage. It'll make the historical episodes interesting if the writing is honest. As to the rest it entirely depends on whether the actor can bring his own personality to the role. Another Generic Brand Doctor would be crap.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,742 ✭✭✭ FunLover18

    I'm very excited, he's fantastic in Sex Education.

  • Yep he's got fantastic comic timing but also has plenty of dramatic depth in Sex Education. He's definitely a rapidly rising star imho.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,228 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy

    Since I heard his name said on an interview I figure I'll just post here. Pronounced Shooty for anyone wondering.

    Haven't watched Sex Education yet but I do see comments saying he's good in it.

    I was wondering if he would be the youngest but Matt Smith was 28 while Ncuti is 29.

    Seems he's known since February.

    Capaldi got the revel special on BBC. Jodie got a video. Ncuti got a tweet.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,914 CMod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp

    WTF is he even wearing? I feel like half of actor-celebrity fashion these days is based on some unreleased 70s Sci-Fi porno.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,228 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy

    He's auditioning for the MCU for the parts of both Cloak and Dagger.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,504 ✭✭✭ TheIrishGrover

    Haven't seen that sex education series and have heard nothing about it. He looks the part. And I'm assuming he has the drama and comedy chops. Will be interesting to see

  • Registered Users Posts: 57,490 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson

    Announced on a random Sunday afternoon via a random twitter interview seems a strange way to announce it.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,914 CMod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp

    I know nothing of the guy and haven't watched Sex Education, so maybe he'll be a revelation - but I think I might be done with Dr Who. Haven't bothered with the Sea Devils episode and I'm not even 100% I'll bother watching the regeneration episode - which feels almost a heretical thing to say. Just burned out from something that has increasingly felt dragged out by a station intent on keeping it going, endlessly recycling; and if I hear good buzz from RTDs return I may swing back but I really hated his work in the back half of his prior time as producer.

    I'm honestly a little disappointed Jo Martin hasn't been given a proper shot as well. Not sure how that would have worked, continuity wise but seems a tad unfair to be a kinda doctor.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,225 ✭✭✭✭ gmisk

    Really interesting choice...he is brilliant in sex education. No clue he was 29...I thought early 20s

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,882 ✭✭✭✭ TheValeyard

    Reddit rumours are it was to beat a leak that was expected.

    But he definitely deserves more fanfare for the role.

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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 17,896 Mod ✭✭✭✭ ixoy

    I'm surprised at just how good a choice they've gone with. He's excellent in 'Sex Education' where he demonstrates two important traits of the Doctor - manic energy and the ability to also do compassion and those moments of quiet drama. I know it won't be quite his 'Sex Education' character in space but they should hopefully take some of those traits and use them. It's got me more interested in the upcoming RTD (v2) era.

  • He's very good, honestly. I'm not one for diversity for diversity sake casting so it's an honest take to say I've some excitement here

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,777 ✭✭✭✭ fritzelly

    Getting Jo Martin for a full season would have been amazing - even from the little screen time she had she embodied the Doctor

    Don't remember seeing anything bad being said about her, quite the opposite, and could have been a nice break to forget JW's tenure as the doctor and then start afresh with a new doctor as a continuation the following year

    But from what people are saying here looks like the new guy could be good too

  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 17,896 Mod ✭✭✭✭ ixoy

    From what we saw, Jo Martin would have been a better choice than Jodie. Great screen presence and, as an added bonus, would have been fun switching from Capaldi to an older black woman just to see the outrage on some folk.

    However, what we're getting is still a good thing. Sure, there's probably some politics in play with the ethnicity but doesn't change the fact he's the potential to do very well with the part.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 27,228 ✭✭✭✭ CastorTroy

    Saw something about Davies commenting on a Gatwa Instagram post or something along those lines.

    So was he even in any lists of a possible doctor?

  • I couldn't give a crap about ethnicity or orientation of the character.

    Would still preferred the Dr have stayed male as there is a dearth of "action" shows with a cerebral male lead, but that's just me.

    I'm just happy that Chibnall is gone and a very good actor is stepping up

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,914 CMod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp

    Fair enough; my apathy isn't down to the casting I should add - Matt Smith, as it happens, was the last time I was genuinely negative towards a casting & sure I was proven wrong with Smith turning out to be a top 5 favourite.

    I think my patience for the show overall has been blown out; Chibnall's reign has been so mediocre it failed to hide the fact this was a show going through the motions. 13 seasons! That's already half the length of the original series. The return of the Master was a bit of a straw that broke the camel, looking back: how the show didn't even care about its own internal emotional arcs, completely negating what had been a fantastic send-off with Missy in The Doctor Falls. After all this time we saw the Doctor finally get through to his longest relationship; Missy realising the value of empathy, love and loyal... oh, nope. Here's a new Master, isn't he evil? There's a lot of chatter about the controversial change to the Doctor's history - but how we got there with the Master's plan that converted all of Gallifrey to Cybermen equally stupid.

    Said it before, but mostly in hope: the series should just be rebooted at this stage. RTD is another factor for me eyeing up the escape pod, but if he has any sense he'll do what he did before, only more codified this time. Forget what came before, pull the plug and reset the universe. Multiverses are very in, maybe we can have some shenanigans where we swap doctors in universes?

  • It's a time travel show, there are constant branches forming.

    Very very easy way of doing what you say is to have a massive time event (say a different TARDIS being destroyed) at a critical juncture cause a NEW fixed point in time and that point has made massive differences to everything. The Dr. can remember how things were but this is the new reality and realises that he has no right to change the new timeline (even if he could)

  • In one breath I say that I prefer if The Doctor had remained a man but here I will say that Michelle Gomez was fantastic as Missy, and feel that Jodie Whittaker was completely wasted.

    So while my preference was as stated, I was happy to roll with it. So my, honest, ambivalence to current Who (I've not even watched the most recent season) falls squarely on the showrunner and writing team

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,914 CMod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp

    Of course time travel is the answer - especially given the Master doesn't have a definitive timeline of incarnations - but with Missy it felt like taking a character to a natural "end", insofar as one can. Two Masters, the older one finally embracing the Doc's philosophy even though it doomed her. Was such a great finale IMO. That the series so quickly had Master return, more evvvvvvvvil than ever, just left a sour taste in the mouth. They could have left the character be "dead" for a few seasons, instead they had to up the stakes even more into the clusterfúck of that finale.

    It was RTD that kinda created this crazy escalation of narrative stakes; will be interesting to see if he tries to dial that back, now they he's back, older, more experienced and not commanding the same resources as last time.

  • Nope, I'm agreeing with you 100%

    The way I saw to lock in a change to internally soft reset the show was to create a fixed point in time which does not get undone. Doctor remembers both old and new timeline but everything has changed/rebooted in the new iteration.

    Allows RTD to wind back on the excesses of the past several seasons (if, as you worry, he even wants to)

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,204 ✭✭✭ ebbsy

    Good points made there.

    Martin would have been interesting.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,914 CMod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp

    David Tenant and Catherine Tate to return to film scenes to air in 2023 as part of the 60th anniversary. Multi doctor story?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 57,490 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson

    If Bernard Cribbins at 93 is still up for a bit of acting I'd love for him to appear with them.

    Maybe regenerate the new Doctor from the 10th and uncannon Moffat & Chibnall