May 15th, 2004


So Who is this guy?

Just learned that, a month ago, the ninth "Doctor Who" was cast for the new television series in production (tenth if you count the recent animated webcast starring Richard E. Grant as a canonical story). The actor's name is Christopher Eccleston.

There's an interview with him here:

He says he doesn't want his character to be "foppish" and "distant" from where the audience is coming from. Erm, isn't that supposed to be the point of the Doctor? He's an alien; he doesn't quite act like your average Joe! We shall see, I guess.

But who is Christopher Eccleston? Former "Doctor Who" star Colin Baker says that he is excited by the choice, because apparently Eccleston worked previously with new DW producer Russell T. Davies on something called "The Second Coming" which Baker describes as "one of the best pieces of television in the last decade."

Well, it will be interesting to see how it's handled. There hasn't been a TV series of Doctor Who since 1989 (there was, of course, the Fox TV movie with Paul McGann in the early 1990s, which is considered part of the "canon"), and the viewing public certainly will be more demanding when it comes to production values. But the really interesting thing is that it's practically been a whole generation since there was a series. Will teenagers in the UK want to watch something that they only know as a remake of some old show that their parents and grandparents watched?

Oh, I also just learned that this past week, actor Anthony Ainley passed away. He played The Master in "Doctor Who" from 1980 to 1989.