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Old May 8 2013, 03:29 PM   #46
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^ I'll respect his choice either way. I have loved him as the Doctor but understand that he needs to do what is best for him.

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Old May 8 2013, 03:42 PM   #47
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Does anyone know when the next series has been confirmed in the past? Is this unusually late? Or, does it just feel that way?

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Series two was confirmed in March 2005, four days after "Rose" aired, while series three was confirmed in June 2005, two days before "The Parting of the Ways" aired. Series four was confirmed in March 2007, shortly before series three aired, while the specials and series five were confirmed in September 2007. Series six was confirmed in March 2010, shortly before series five aired, while series seven was confirmed in June 2011, just after the first half of series six finished. As you can see, generally the announcements are timed to publicity for episodes that have just aired or are just about to. (The specials and series five were announced at an odd time, because the RSC's announcement about Tennant playing Hamlet forced the BBC's hand.) It's been a while since the last announcement, but that's only because series seven and the anniversary special are being broadcast over such a long time. Same with the two and a half years between the specials/series five and series six announcements.

If they're not filming any of series 8 this year, there's not much cause to formally announce it until around the time of the anniversary and Christmas specials. If it's going to start filming this autumn following the Christmas special, they'll probably announce it before too much longer. There's also the question of whether they'll have to include the revelation of a new Doctor in the announcement...
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Old May 8 2013, 10:18 PM   #48
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They're not splitting it up this time, it was announced. They said it was "an unsuccessful experiment".
When did they say this? I can't find anything on Google.

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Hopefully we'll get a new showrunner next season.
I think Moffat is confirmed for season 8.
I can't remember now, but I can remember it for sure. Unless I dreamed it, but I'm pretty sure they said that.

Unfortunately, yes. He' on board. Luckily though, it's his last series. So hopefully he'll have little if any involvement in choosing the 12th doctor. I think he's pretty bad at casting other than Smith himself. River to me wasn't right for Smith. She's too strong a character and would have worked so much better with Eccleston. Then again, I think she was cast in mind that the 11th doctor would be older as that was Moffat's original intention. Didn't like the casting of Amy and Rorry either, and loads of the back characters also suck I think. I like Clara though.
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Old May 8 2013, 11:54 PM   #49
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^ I'll respect his choice either way. I have loved him as the Doctor but understand that he needs to do what is best for him.

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I've loved him in the role too, and hope he stays for a little while yet!
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Old May 9 2013, 12:11 AM   #50
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I'll bet Series 8 is contracted for by the BBC and it would have to be to lock in it's star (Matt) before he would go off to do other things. WE are just not privy to that information.
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Old May 9 2013, 03:42 AM   #51
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I think he's pretty bad at casting other than Smith himself. River to me wasn't right for Smith. She's too strong a character and would have worked so much better with Eccleston. Then again, I think she was cast in mind that the 11th doctor would be older as that was Moffat's original intention.
Moffat didn't have anything to do with casting Alex Kingston as River. That was handled by RTD and his people when they thought Tennant would be sticking around long enough to have a few adventures with her.
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Old May 9 2013, 04:33 AM   #52
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Moffat hit a home run with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Jenna Louise Coleman. Those 3 successes are enough for me to say he's pretty good at casting.
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Old May 9 2013, 05:52 AM   #53
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^ Bingo!
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Old May 9 2013, 06:53 AM   #54
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Honestly, Matt Smith is the first Doctor I'm in no rush to see go. Maybe it's because he's just now getting his second companion, or new costume, or the redesigned Tardis, but they've managed to keep things fresh with him. Aesthetics aside, I just think he's got it. He plays childish/endearing and dark/world-weary much better than Tennant or Eccelston did in my opinion. I think my favorite moment of this was in "Asylum of the Daleks" where the Supreme Dalek states they've arrived at the planet, and right before the Doctor asks where, he sort of closes his eyes with this "I'm so tired of this" look that last just a brief second. Gold.

This also seems the first Doctor who's had major character development. Eleven's gone (as another poster pointed out) from being a father-figure to Amy, to being almost like a long-lost son to her and Rory. He's also learned to stay in contact with his friends (checking up on Craig, Amy and Rory, etc) rather than leaving and never looking back.

Not that I expect Matt Smith to stay in the role forever, but I wouldn't mind another two years at least. There just seems so much he can still do with the character. It's definitely going to be a sad for me when he does leave.
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Old May 9 2013, 08:34 AM   #55
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I think he's pretty bad at casting other than Smith himself. River to me wasn't right for Smith. She's too strong a character and would have worked so much better with Eccleston. Then again, I think she was cast in mind that the 11th doctor would be older as that was Moffat's original intention.
Moffat didn't have anything to do with casting Alex Kingston as River. That was handled by RTD and his people when they thought Tennant would be sticking around long enough to have a few adventures with her.
And of course in another reality River looks suspiciously like Kate Winslet

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Honestly, Matt Smith is the first Doctor I'm in no rush to see go. Maybe it's because he's just now getting his second companion, or new costume, or the redesigned Tardis, but they've managed to keep things fresh with him. Aesthetics aside, I just think he's got it. He plays childish/endearing and dark/world-weary much better than Tennant or Eccelston did in my opinion. I think my favorite moment of this was in "Asylum of the Daleks" where the Supreme Dalek states they've arrived at the planet, and right before the Doctor asks where, he sort of closes his eyes with this "I'm so tired of this" look that last just a brief second. Gold.

This also seems the first Doctor who's had major character development. Eleven's gone (as another poster pointed out) from being a father-figure to Amy, to being almost like a long-lost son to her and Rory. He's also learned to stay in contact with his friends (checking up on Craig, Amy and Rory, etc) rather than leaving and never looking back.

Not that I expect Matt Smith to stay in the role forever, but I wouldn't mind another two years at least. There just seems so much he can still do with the character. It's definitely going to be a sad for me when he does leave.
Yeah, people go on about how shouty he is but he can be very calm and quiet when he wants to be. I love his goodbye to Amy when he's about to fly off in the Pandorica, and later when he st's by little Amelia's bed. He really is a great Doctor.
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Old May 9 2013, 04:37 PM   #56
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Yeah, people go on about how shouty he is...
Do they? Was that not the common cry of the Tennant-bashers?
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Old May 9 2013, 04:41 PM   #57
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Yes (and in fairness he often was) but I've heard people make the same complaint of Smith.
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Old May 9 2013, 04:44 PM   #58
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The biggest problem with his performance is not his acting but being asked to do the same couple of things over and over again. It does show up the limitations of the role from a variety of acting challenge perspective.
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Old May 9 2013, 05:55 PM   #59
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Yes (and in fairness he often was) but I've heard people make the same complaint of Smith.
What's funny is when they bash Smith for it, while talking up how great Tennant was
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Old May 9 2013, 05:59 PM   #60
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What's funny is when they bash Smith for it, while talking up how great Tennant was
Or when people praise Smith for doing things they bash Tennant for?
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