movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Sat Jun 28 2014, 03:58pm | 10 comments
And that’s about all that happens in this new — and very short — teaser trailer for Season 8:
D’oh! August 23rd is the evening I’m seeing Richard III with Martin Freeman.
Thanks to Thomas for the heads-up.
can’t you DVR the Richard III thing and watch Dr. Who live?
So now he’s quoting from Hugh Laurie’s novel, The Gun Seller?
Two days before my birthday! Woo!
Yeah, but Martin Freemen would be disappointed. He’s bound to be really looking forward to seeing it with MaryAnn.
Hugh Laurie would make a good Doctor, and Peter Capaldi would have made a good Dr. House. Actually, I hope Capaldi brings a tiny bit of Dr. House to the character. I loved Eleven, but a childish, whimsical version of the Doctor can only be taken so far before we need a darker character.
I actually avoided the Matt Smith doctor mostly. I watched the first 3, was so annoyed — with stories, characters, moods — that I had no further interest. Am planning on reading the Wikepaedia synopses to catch up on cannon. I really hope we don’t have more mania. DT’s version was enough for me.
Well, the end of the last episode hinted that Capaldi’s doctor would be a lot like Peter Davidson’s. Personally, I find that a bit surprising given the number of old school fans who hated the way Davidson was made to play the Doctor as a sort of an idiot savant. But then Moffat is not exactly obsessed with pleasing fans.
As for the idea of a darker Doctor….
I’m beginning to find this obsession with constantly emphasizing a pop culture hero’s darker side a bit Harrison Bergeronian. Apparently it’s not enough anymore to rescue people and save the day; you have to be a borderline sociopath as well. Frankly, there are already enough shows catering to those viewers who are into the dysfunctional. Why keep dragging Sherlock and the Doctor into such a mess? Is there that great a demand for Dexter in Space or Timelords of Anarchy?
I never thought of Davison’s Doctor as an idiot savant. He was the most human Doctor we’ve ever had.
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