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January 5, 2009 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | January 5, 2009 |

I watched the first season of the BBC’s revamped “Dr. Who” and dug it well enough. I especially enjoyed Christopher Eccelston and, even though he wasn’t to be in Season Two, I had every intention to keep watching. Road to hell, good intentions, etc. Fast forward several years, and I’ve wound up missing the entirety of David Tennant’s run as the Doctor

For those unfamiliar with the show’s premise, the Doctor is a time traveler who regenerates, allowing different actors to take on the role. There have been ten Doctors since 1963, and now there will be an 11th, as Tennant’s successor has been announced. The hotly anticipated announcement came over the weekend, and the generically named Matt Smith (trivia - there are 41 Matt Smith’s listed on IMDB), a 26-year-old Brit who’s done an eensy-teensy bit of TV across the pond, will be jumping into the telephone booth.

There were several bigger names thought to be in the running for the role, but showrunner Steven Moffat decided to skip all those folks and go young, with Smith well being the youngest guy to play the part. I have no opinion on the casting, since I’m so out of the loop on the show, but the opinion on the Nets seems to be one of general disappointment, but a willingness to trust Moffat (he’s earned my trust after “Coupling” — the good BBC one — and the excellent “Jekyll”). I dunno about all that, but I will say that this dude looks like a Twilight tweener who’d be more comfortable writing poems about dead birds than playing a Time Lord. But I guess *ahem* time will tell.

He looks like he'll steal your puppy / Seth Freilich

Industry | January 5, 2009 |

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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