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Speak Your Mind: Who’s Next?

If you’re as big a fangirl as I am, you have no doubt heard rumblings of a Doctor Who movie.


This on-again-off-again-on-again production sparked some discussion in the Super Secret Teen Skepchick Batcave. It doesn’t yet have a script, but is supposed to be directed by Harry Potter director David Yates. The movie – if it actually happens – will not follow the current BBC television series that was revived by Russell T. Davies in 2005. Even the faint idea of a Doctor Who movie has spawned a top 10 list of potential Doctors. (For the record, I totally love Colin Firth, but cannot see him as the Doctor. But would I stand in line for days to watch it? Of course.)

I genuinely don’t know what to think about this. What do you think?

Are you excited by this prospect, horrified, or a little of both? Who would you like to see play the Doctor? What elements from the series would you like to keep? Is there anything you’d like to see – plot, characters, etc. – in a Doctor Who movie? Who should the main villain be?

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  1. November 20, 2011 at 3:15 am —

    It is actually a pretty cool idea. It would be kind of like the James Bond franchise, where the actor playing the Doctor would change every few movies. The problem is, a movie is big in terms of scope. The Doctor is not an action hero, he is someone who solves problem by cleverness (even Jon Pertwee’s Doctor was more cleverness than action). Will the movie format and the Doctor combine?

    As for the actor, I would go for Cumberbatch from the Sherlock show.

    For villain, I think it should be original to the movie. Then the next movie after that should introduce a famous Who villain (Dalek, Master, etc). In fact, it would be great if the movies would alternate between familiar and new antagonists.

    • November 21, 2011 at 11:41 am —

      That’s interesting. I never thought of Doctor Who as a James Bond character. But you make a good point about the Doctor as a character translating to the big screen. I think it’s totally doable. It’s all about story and character development. The Doctor is a complex character. I think there is more than enough in there for a compelling movie. But at the same time, I don’t want to find out too much about him. Acgh! I’m just rambling now. I don’t know what I want/think.

      My problem comes when I think about the canon. I’m afraid it will get confusing for there to be a movie Doctor Who and a TV Doctor Who. I’d like the two to be consistent. I love me some continuity 🙂 I do kind of like the idea of a brand new villain, though.

      Also, can I please second Benedict Cumberbatch as movie Doctor? Yes, yes I can.

  2. November 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm —

    Personally, I have never been concerned with continuity in regards with Doctor Who. Doctor Who has the most inconsistent, plot hole laden, nonsensical continuity in the world… Hold on, that prize goes to superhero comics, but still. The Daleks used to freaking work on electricity! And only for the first Dalek story ever! Then there is the whole gold dust cyberman weakness inconsistency, the whole of eighth Doctor TV movie, Davros and Master dying over and over again “forever”, Skaro not seemingly exploded (the Doctor blew up Skaro in Remembrance), the sound of drum retcon, different weeping angel powers in The Times of Angel, people forgetting about the gazillion of alien invasions from the third Doctor era, and more. That is why I prefer not thinking about them. Thinking about them will make me rage in confusion.

    And I am glad you agree with Cumberbatch as a choice. I wasn’t the first one to think of it, but it is so logical as a choice.

    • November 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm —

      I’m not very literate in pre-2005 Doctor Who (I’m just now getting to Tom Baker, and I completely skipped Jon Pertwee) so I’ll just take your word for it. But if the movie comes out while the show is still on, I think it mucks everything up. Should there be two Doctors going on simultaneously? I don’t like it. It’s like having two Batman franchises going at the same time. Or maybe it’s more analogous to a Batman cartoon and a Batman movie? Because I don’t have as big of a problem with the latter. Ugh. I’m just not sure.

      One thing I am sure of is that I think about this way too much.

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