Okay, it’s official. David Tennant is stepping down as Doctor Who, and will not be returning as the TARDIS Timelord when the regular series eventually returns. This doesn’t really come as a surprise to anybody, of course. After all, the next season was basically delayed so that Tennant could pursue other projects, and it sounds as if he’s decided to keep on doing that. In the new season’s place, we’ll be getting 5 one-off episodes throughout 2009 and into 2010, including the usual Christmas special, all of which Tennant will star in.
Exactly how and when the switchover to the new Doctor will happen, and who it will be, are still unknown. Among those in the early running are James Nesbitt (Jekyll from Jekyll), David Morrisey, and Paterson Joseph (Benjamin from Jekyll) — who would be an interesting choice as the first black Doctor. (Note: Jekyll was created by Who‘s new head writer, Steven Moffat.) I’ve definitely loved Tennant’s run with the role, but won’t mind seeing what somebody else can do. After all, it’s the unique nature of The Doctor to die and be reborn every so often, right?
I know it’s been a few weeks since the last one of these. What can I say — vacation and end-of-summer plans got in the way. But I’ve written up scripts for a handful of these, which I’ll be parceling out over the next week or two. So check back often.
And keep an eye out for the addition of a new character in #015!
This is a project I started working on a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t really want to share it with the world until I’d proved the concept to myself. Ten installments later, I think I’ve done that. From here on, I plan to crank out one of these a week. Unless it just turns out nobody’s reading it and/or the people who are reading it don’t think it’s funny. So let me know what you think …
You just knew these last two Doctor Who episodes of the season — “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End” — were going to be legendary as soon as the opening credits rolled. David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler). At this point, you knew things couldn’t possibly be boring. But it didn’t even stop there. Because Captain Jack is joined by Torchwood members Gwen and Ianto, Sarah Jane by her adopted son Luke, and Rose by ex-boyfriend Mickey and mom Jackie. In short, it’s a free-for-all, with each team of Doctor-inspired heroes doing their part to save the universe. This finale was Russell Davies’ last big hurrah as head writer of the series, and as such, it ties up just about every loose end from the past four seasons, while at the same time bringing new life to an old foe.
Even though it’s easily in my Top 5 List of shows right now, for some reason, I don’t ever get around to posting about Doctor Who. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it’s on Fridays, but I sometimes don’t get around to watching it till Sunday, and in any case, I’m already distracted by other things on Monday, and it just doesn’t occur to me. Or maybe because it’s so good and clever and funny and well-written that I’m afraid I can’t do it justice, so I don’t even try. Regardless, this week, I have to post about it. Because the latest episode (here in the States anyway), “Turn Left,” was just SO good that I can’t stop thinking about it. Continue reading →