Though The Doctor has been through a number of incarnations since the television show debuted 50 years ago, the announcement that Matt Smith is stepping down, once again has the Intardwebz in a kerfuffle. But the prospect of the How and Why and What Happens Next should be a bigger draw than that bemoan the fact that change is occurring…right?


Are you excited about the coming of a new Doctor?

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  1. Not really, I was finally warming up to Matt Smith as the new Doctor, plus John Hurt will forever be the evil Prime Minister from V from Vendetta in my eyes…

    I really think casting a well known actor as the Doctor is a bad move, I feel it’s detrimental to the character.

  2. Scholar Question (Mathew?)

    The first Doctor – is he in the body he was born in or is he the first regeneration?

    • Unless there’s been a retcon I wasn’t aware of (or, if you interpret “The Brain Of Morbius” a certain way), the First Doctor is the FIRST Doctor. But, they could change that, easily, given the impetus.

      • I believe in ‘Nightmare in Silver’ the Cyber Planner notes that the Doctor is the eleventh incarnation, as well, seemingly re-affirming the numbering.

  3. Not really, since I’m afraid they’ll have to reboot something else I enjoyed about Classic Who and find some ridiculous work-around for the regeneration limit or drop it altogether. Either way, it’ll feel like another “we’re fixing this lame thing from the old show” occasion that misses the point of what made the old show so good. So even if they hire a great actor & use a great hook, it’ll still feel blech.

  4. I said yes, but I just want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Smith’s tenure, just as I enjoyed Tennant’s and Eccleston’s tenures. I am always curious about what a new actor can bring to the table.

  5. SmarkingOut Adam on

    Not at all. I tried to get into Dr. Who, watching a season and a half (Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant) and it just wasn’t for me.

  6. Yeah, a new Doctor is always interesting, and offers a chance to re-invent the show, take it in new directions, slough off certain bits of baggage, and make certain clean breaks.

    The twelve regeneration limit was never going to stand as a piece of canon once the show successfully relaunched and the relaunch Doctor only lasted a single season.

  7. Seems like you’re jumping to the conclusion that John Hurt is going to be the ongoing new Doctor. I think he’s going to be explained in the 50th anniversary show aa a one-shot. The Matt Smith Doctor seems to refer to him someone out of his past, not his future self. My vote would be for Chris O’Dowd or Summer Glau.

  8. I’ll miss the hell out of Matt Smith, but I’m excited for a new Doctor. Part of me wants them to tell me who the new guy (or gal) is NOW and part wants them to keep it a secret until the Christmas special.

  9. I’m not really excited, but I’m not disappointed either. 3 or 4 seasons seems to be an average run of a Doctor actor.

    But I am a little excited for what will come next. Every incarnation of the Doctor is a little different, and that extends to how they react to situations during their adventures.

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