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Old April 30 2013, 09:50 PM   #31
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Meh. It's nice to have a change. I did want someone a bit older, but I wanted them about about Ecclestons age when he signed up.

My top three choices were Idris Elba, Damien Molony, and Jason Flemyng. Andrew Lee Pots is also in my top whatever list of doctors.
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Old April 30 2013, 10:17 PM   #32
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Whistleblower now reports that Matt Smith isn't leaving, and that one of the incentives for Smith to stay is that he'll direct an episode.
According to Whistleblower, Smith will direct the Doctor-lite episode. However, the problem here is that the reason for the Doctor-lite episodes is because they need an episode that can be filmed simultaneously with the other episodes to meet the production deadline. They go with the Doctor-lite shows since the Doctor and companion(s) need only be in a minimum of scenes, the bulk of the episode can be filmed while they're off doing another episode. Having Smith direct a Doctor-lite episode would defeat the purpose of that since he can't very well direct an episode at the same time he's supposed to be off filming another one.
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Old April 30 2013, 10:24 PM   #33
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He's too old.
He's 48 not 148.

The squeeing fangirls will just have to learn to cope.
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Old April 30 2013, 10:28 PM   #34
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They'll never cast another actor older than 35 for the role again, IMO. If they do, it's only because he looks younger than 35.
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Old April 30 2013, 11:28 PM   #35
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Fangirls seem plenty happy to squee over Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Jackman, etc.
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Old April 30 2013, 11:40 PM   #36
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It's worth remembering that the first two Doctors were both older men, and they both had younger male companions to handle the action and sex-appeal stuff -- Ian, Steven, and Ben for the First Doctor, Ben and Jamie for the Second. (And to some extent Mike Yates for the Third, though he could handle his own action well enough. And Harry Sullivan was introduced when it was thought the Fourth Doctor would be less physical and would need an action sidekick, but it proved unnecessary.) And even Eleven had both Amy and Rory as companions. So if they did cast an older Doctor, they could always give him a younger male companion again.
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Having Smith direct a Doctor-lite episode would defeat the purpose of that since he can't very well direct an episode at the same time he's supposed to be off filming another one.
I wondered about that. If what Whistleblower says is true, which it very possibly is not, then I suspect the Doctor-lite episode won't be double-banked, it will simply be in a separate production block of its own. Instead of a 36-week shoot for series 8, they may have a 38-week shoot to accommodate Smith's directorial debut.

To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if Smith wrote the episode as well.
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Old May 1 2013, 04:45 AM   #38
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If what Whistleblower says is true, which it very possibly is not, then I suspect the Doctor-lite episode won't be double-banked, it will simply be in a separate production block of its own.
Wouldn't be the first time - the same thing happened with "The Girl Who Waited".
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Having Smith direct a Doctor-lite episode would defeat the purpose of that since he can't very well direct an episode at the same time he's supposed to be off filming another one.
I wondered about that. If what Whistleblower says is true, which it very possibly is not, then I suspect the Doctor-lite episode won't be double-banked, it will simply be in a separate production block of its own. Instead of a 36-week shoot for series 8, they may have a 38-week shoot to accommodate Smith's directorial debut.
Or we're getting shorter seasons now, and scheduling is less of a problem.
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Old May 1 2013, 02:22 PM   #40
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Having Smith direct a Doctor-lite episode would defeat the purpose of that since he can't very well direct an episode at the same time he's supposed to be off filming another one.
I wondered about that. If what Whistleblower says is true, which it very possibly is not, then I suspect the Doctor-lite episode won't be double-banked, it will simply be in a separate production block of its own. Instead of a 36-week shoot for series 8, they may have a 38-week shoot to accommodate Smith's directorial debut.
Or we're getting shorter seasons now, and scheduling is less of a problem.
But then another reason for the Doctor-Lite episodes is to give Doctor and companion a bit of a break. Example in season 1 the main reason Adam tagged along in The Long Game was so they could have him off doing his own subplot with guest actors and give Eccleston and Piper a break. I would guess giving Karen Gillan a break was a similar reason for why in season 5 we had the Amy-lite The Lodger. I suppose it's possible and likely they could do a Doctor-lite episode just so Smith could get the chance to sit in the director's chair, but it's just as likely he'd spend this time taking a deserved break instead.
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Old May 1 2013, 02:37 PM   #41
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But then another reason for the Doctor-Lite episodes is to give Doctor and companion a bit of a break. Example in season 1 the main reason Adam tagged along in The Long Game was so they could have him off doing his own subplot with guest actors and give Eccleston and Piper a break.
Less so they could give them a break, and more so they could catch up after filming on the initial three episodes went way longer than originally scheduled...

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I would guess giving Karen Gillan a break was a similar reason for why in season 5 we had the Amy-lite The Lodger.
Or they simply commissioned scripts so that they could double-bank if they needed to (as had been done in all four previous series).
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Old May 1 2013, 02:50 PM   #42
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I would guess giving Karen Gillan a break was a similar reason for why in season 5 we had the Amy-lite The Lodger.
Or they simply commissioned scripts so that they could double-bank if they needed to (as had been done in all four previous series).
I thought double-banking was only done with seasons 2-4 because they had to accomodate Christmas specials. Since season 5 didn't need to do that (Christmas Carol would have been filmed with season 6) there wouldn't be any need for double-banking.
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Old May 1 2013, 03:49 PM   #43
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I thought double-banking was only done with seasons 2-4 because they had to accomodate Christmas specials. Since season 5 didn't need to do that (Christmas Carol would have been filmed with season 6) there wouldn't be any need for double-banking.
They didn't "fully" double-bank episodes until series 2, but it had also been done to an extent in series 1 with parts of "The Long Game" being filmed with Adam while "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" were still being filmed with the Doctor/Rose.

There wouldn't have been any double-banking in series 5 if everything went according to schedule. But the show had a brand new production team, who knew about the difficulties back in the first year. It would be reasonable for Moffat to have commissioned "double bankable" scripts with an eye to that being a possibility if the schedule ending up slipping as it had in years past.
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Old May 3 2013, 03:09 AM   #44
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Anyway. Yeah, Ben Daniels. What about him? Has he done anything since C3PO?
HA HA HA HA!! Awesome! I wonder how long it'll take for someone to bite?

Aaaaaaand two posts later:

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Anthony Daniels plays C3PO. Ben Daniels was the senior crown prosecutor (the Sam Waterston equivalent) in the first four seasons of Law & Order: UK -- with Freema Agyeman as his junior prosecutor, so it would be kind of a turnabout thing if he went from L&O:UK to Doctor Who. (Not to mention that after he left, Peter Davison took over as the DA-equivalent character!)
Don't you ever change Christopher! LOL!

But yeah, Ben Daniels would be cool.
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Old May 3 2013, 08:34 AM   #45
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I'm trying to remember, but did we hear rumblings of "Matt Smith is the Next Doctor!" before they announced it years back? or were completely unawares?
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