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Old October 24 2013, 09:52 AM   #16
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Re: High-Res First Doctor in "Day of the Doctor" Trailer: How?

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And while it's not the fault of the actors, I do think there was sort of a haphazard mindset behind the casting during the JNT era. It seemed like the mindset was less about finding the best actor and more about deliberately finding actors who contrasted with their predecessors.
Unlike Tom Baker - Jon Pertwee?

Colin Baker had a far more distinguished acting career than either of those two when he got the part and while he might have been best known for off-the-wall stuff on TV McCoy was and still is a respected stage actor.

Or to put it another way... They didn't write the scripts, design the costumes, build the sets, compose the music or turn the studio lights up way to high; so why do people act as if they were somehow responsible for the faults of their eras?
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Old October 24 2013, 12:26 PM   #17
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Colin Baker had a far more distinguished acting career than either of those two when he got the part and while he might have been best known for off-the-wall stuff on TV McCoy was and still is a respected stage actor.
That's the thing that always gets to me about Gatiss' little wisecrack. If people like Pertwee, Tom, Troughton, etc. better than McCoy and Colin that's one thing; I can see why. But the idea that the earlier Doctors are in a whole other class as performers is ridiculous. They're all (with the possible exception of Davison) second-tier comedians or character actors.
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Old October 24 2013, 12:34 PM   #18
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They're all (with the possible exception of Davison) second-tier comedians or character actors.
Washed-up former Tough Guy actor.
Obscure character actor who wanted to do it in Blackface.
Comedian with no history in dramatic roles.
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Old October 25 2013, 10:15 PM   #19
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And while it's not the fault of the actors, I do think there was sort of a haphazard mindset behind the casting during the JNT era. It seemed like the mindset was less about finding the best actor and more about deliberately finding actors who contrasted with their predecessors.
Unlike Tom Baker - Jon Pertwee?
I could be wrong, but I'm not aware of "Lets find an actor totally the opposite of Jon Pertwee" being a major motivation in Tom Baker's casting. In fact, it kind of seems like Tom Baker's bonkers portrayal was as much of a surprise to the production team as it was to anyone else. Terrance Dicks said that he wrote the 4th Doctor a bit wacky in "Robot" but just intended for it to be a brief period of post-regeneration wackyness, not the regular thing that Tom Baker turned it into.
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Old October 26 2013, 01:00 AM   #20
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I've read accounts that the showrunners wanted the fourth Doctor to be older and less a "amn of action" like Pertwee which is why the character of Harry Sullivan was introduced. The idea was to partially return to the show's earlier dynamic with the Doctor primarily as a "thinker" with Harry and Sarah handling the action aspects. In fact Bernard Cribbins was one of the actors considered, though at the time, he wasn't really that old and would have been in make-up like Hartnell.

But as we know, Baker caught their eye and those original plans were partially tossed. Harry was still introduced and stayed the 12th series as originally planned.

So, yeah, the producers were thinking about going for something purposely the opposite of Pertwee.

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