questionsdid you hear that matt smith is leaving doctor…

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I've been waiting for that announcement. I am excited about the potential actors out there.

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I loved Christopher Eccleston immediately, and was super bummed when he left after only one year so as not to be typecast.
David Tenant rubbed me the wrong way at the beginning, but he really grew into the part quickly and made it his own and I ended up liking him very much.
When they went with Matt Smith as his replacement, I was a bit surprised, as I had watched him in Party Animals, and thought he was very different than any of the previous Doctors in my memory... He was fine, but to me he always seemed like he was playing a broken Doctor, or a child Doctor, or something just a little off.
I can't wait to see in what direction they go next!
-=C=-

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Could you imagine Benedict Cumberbatch or Damian Lewis as potential doctors?

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I have not been watching lately. How did they solve the regeneration problem(Not being able to)PS I watch it on BD or DVD so I am always behind in the story line.

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@xarous: Neither one would suit the Doctor personality but they are some of the best actors in show business.

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How about Craig Ferguson "talk show host" as the doctor. I know it is a Joke but I am hoping for a unknown or less known actor to do the role of doctor.

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@mybestuser1: Keep seeing John Hurt rumors posted. I wouldn't mind it, but that would be a crazy step back to go from younger, younger, youngest, and then twice as old. I liked 8 and 9 so much though, I hope they go that route.

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@xarous: Hurt is a possibility but I suspect they want to keep inside a certain budget and such a prominent actor would probably be too expensive.

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@mybestuser1: Hell, if it was me, I'd be honored to play such an awesome role. No matter how successful I was, or will be.

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Well, $#&%@!! I'm in the middle of watching the special about The Fifth Doctor and feeling all happy that I've finally really begun to like Matt... and now he's leaving??

DANG!

It makes sense, though, given the little cliff-hanger at the season finale. It just felt as though something was about to happen, and not an especially good something.

As for who might be the next Doctor, I haven't even the tiniest idea of who would be suitable, but I agree that it's highly unlikely to be John Hurt. Hmmmm....I wonder if Tom Baker feels like leaping back into harness.

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Back before Matt Smith was announced I read rumors about Paterson Joseph being in the running, and I loved him so much as Johnson in Peep Show that my meaningless vote is for him. Also, it might help shut up people who say Doctor Who is a racist show. But I would also accept Matt King in character as Super Hans, so I may just be on a Peep Show kick right now.

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@mybestuser1: I'm fairly certain when River saved the Doctor in Let's Kill Hitler, she passed on her remaining regenerations to him. This is why she died in The Forest of the Dead.

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I never really got into Matt Smith as the Doctor. I only watched a few episodes of the 5th season before stopping. I prefer my protagonists to not be so camp and kooky. After being exposed to the absurdly talented acting range of David Tennant, as well as Eccleston's borderline psychotic/depressed Doctor, everyone else pales in comparison.

However, I did like Moffat's direction with the series in regards to the writing.

I think Moffat will make the next Doctor a female. As to who it would be, I'm hoping for Dame Helen Mirren.

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The Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/doctor-who-verdict-matt-smith-1927413 is running the odds of various actors being chosen as the new doctor.

Helen Mirren is currently 20/1, while Derek Jacobi is 8/1. I'd enjoy Jacobi immensely in the part (he's actually been a Doctor participant in some of the audio programs that ran in the UK), but at age 74 I'm not sure how well he'd go over with younger generations.

Hugh Laurie is running 33/1. Dr. House becomes Doctor Who. Now that would be an interesting reincarnation.

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@magic cave: I'm going to readjust the odds for Derek Jacobi to zero. You and I have better odds of becoming the next Doctor. Literally you and I, as in we alternate playing him from episode to episode. People may want it, and I agree he would certainly bring something to the role, but his playing the Master kinda takes him out of the running. Someone else said it would be jarring to have John Hurt, because the Doctor seems to be getting younger and younger...but I personally hope they don't choose a 12 year old this time. Even River Song herself commented on that. Now, I'm not casting my vote for John Hurt (although a season or two of Evil Doctor might be nice), just saying the Doctor should be someone who can grow facial hair, for Rassilon's sake.

I'm hoping we can find someone who has experience, but is relatively little-known, so he doesn't bring too much baggage to the role. Someone who will stay awhile, give us some stability.

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PS: Toby Jones would be funny as hell, AND he's Ginger, AND he played the Dream Lord, which turned out to be an aspect of the Doctor. Just sayin'.

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@xarous: Someone willingly admits they like the 8th doctor, who was only in a failed pilot? Wow, surprising.

For me, I am not too concerned over who they go with, but I am worried about what this means. Timelords can only regenerate so many times.

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@hellmark: They've written SO MANY possible paths to follow that leads to more regenerations for the Doctor that it would be hard to even begin to list them. Add to that the fact that the writers all lament that everyone seems to remember one little tiny factoid, mentioned in passing, that was never established to be true in the first place (the Master reached his 'final' regeneration and regenerated at least THREE TIMES after that).

For every 'proof' of this '12 is the limit' urban legend that can be produced (just ONE), there are 100 disproofs. Remember, this came from the mouth of The Doctor, and was only one of three DIFFERENT numbers he has given...and keep in mind what Rule One is.

http://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/809/is-it-true-that-the-doctor-bbcs-doctor-who-can-only-regenerate-12-times

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/oct/12/doctor-who-immortal-reveals-bb

http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Howling:%22he_can_regenerate_more_than_12_times_-_a_lot_more!%22

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@stile99: I'm with your assessments totally. I've loved Jacobi ever since Claudius and Brother Cadfael, and I think he'd make a terrific Doctor, but it ain't going to happen.

Personally, while I absolutely can NOT see a female Doctor, I could be persuaded to consider it if it could be River, who I think is the best character the series has had in many years.

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@hellmark: It is true that Timelords can only regenerate so many times, but if you have seem all of the episodes in season 7, then you know we have a long way to go before the show is finished. That is, assuming they film until The Doctor dies.

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I'd love to see Colin Morgan (from Merlin) as the next Doctor. He was already in an episode of Doctor Who back during Tennant's run but there's a long history of actors having minor parts on the show and later going on to bigger parts (mostly companions). Plus Merlin finished up not long ago so maybe he'll be looking for a job....

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@hellmark: I also like McGann, and wish they'd let him be a BBC Doctor and not just a Fox Doctor. He kinda got shafted and it would be nice to pay off his loyalty, at least just once.

And surely you recall the Time Lords once offered the Master a whole new set of regenerations, right? When he was already on his 15th body on so? To say nothing of the fact they rebooted the whole universe from Amy's memories, and maybe she just didn't know about that little fact.

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@curtisuxor: I don't know, if they want a female timelord we already have ROMANA. I don't see why we can't bring her back/give her a spinoff/whatever. I liked Romana; in fact, I liked both Romanas! Or reimagine Susan.... Moffat's fairly traditional as far as the Doctor is concerned, I think, and also really interested in bringing in older elements of the show, so I don't think he'd make the doctor female when there are, in fact, female Timelord options available.

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I have done some thinking and perhaps they can get Hugh Laurie for the doctor.