Re: The Day of the Doctore Review Thread (Spoilers?)
The Mirrorball Man wrote:
Thats not to say, of course, that I don't like Hurt or his performance as the War Doctor. I do, and he did extremely well - it was the rare stunt casting that worked, and thankfully for that. Can't complain on him, he did more than solid.
That's because it was not stunt casting, it was simply casting. As someone famously said, stunt casting implies that you cast someone solely because they are popular with your target audience. Now, I'm not really "down" with the kids anymore, I don't know a lot about hippity hop and Snoopy Snoopy Dog Dog, but I am fairly certain that most kids don't hang around the playgrounds discussing how cool John Hurt is.
Thats because kids weren't the sole target audience for The Day of the Doctor
. And most everyone over 16 knows who John Hurt is, if their pop-culture knowledge is worth a damn.
And he was
stunt casting, because he was an all-new Doctor, written with John Hurt in mind. To say it was anything else is wishful thinking.
"Spock...?" Kirk said, whispering.
"I am... most pleased to see again, Captain" Spock formally replied.
McCoy shook his head in disgust. "Oh, for crying out loud, Spock. Its been eighty years!"
"Seventy eight point four years, Doctor."
The Holy Three meet again, in The Return