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Eccleston vs Tenant vs Smith (Doctor Who)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Philosofy, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. zordude

    zordude WDW Fan TCF Club

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    900 years is a pretty big age difference.
     
  2. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    LOL
     
  3. wprager

    wprager Active Member

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    Pretty sure you know what I meant.
     
  4. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

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    I'm not familiar with Smith, but I love how Tennant can brush off an eternity of pain and sorrow and live in the moment.
     
  5. gweempose

    gweempose Active Member

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    I've only watched every episode once. So from the perspective of someone that hasn't gone back and revisited the Doctors, I'd rank them:

    Tennent
    Smith
    Eccleston

    I really enjoyed Eccleston, but Tennent stepped it up a notch and was fantastic. Part of this could have been the writing, but I think a good deal of the credit should go to Tennent. I remembered being totally bummed when Eccleston left the show, but Tennent quickly assuaged any concerns I had. In my opinion, the guy was simply born to play that role.

    The switch from Tennent to Smith was even more jarring. I had become so used to Tennent, and Smith's take on the role was entirely different. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to make of him at first. It took a bit longer than it did with Tennent, but I ultimately came to love Smith's version of the Doctor. It certainly helped that he was given perhaps the best companion of all time in Amy Pond.
     
  6. Philosofy

    Philosofy Super Duper Member

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    There was that great episode where Rose met Sarah Jane. I think an even better episode would be when the Ponds meet Rose.
     
  7. Church AV Guy

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    That was an excellent episode, especially the scene where the two women were comparing the "bad guys" that they both had faced, trying to out-bad the other. I thought Tennant did a superb job of being referee to their one-ups-man-ship, and stopping it before it got too far. I STILL laugh about that scene. And it was nice to see K9 again, even though in the original series K9 didn't join the show until after Sarah had left. They never met, in the original show.
     
  8. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    "School Reunion" -- one of my all-time favorites.

    "The Ex and the Missus!"
     
  9. JoBeth66

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    "I'm the tin dog???"

    Also one of my favorite eps.

    Tennant...Eccleston.....................................................................................Smith.

    Matt Smith is only slightly behind Colin Baker as my least favorite doctor ever, and I've seen every episode since Troughton, who was my first doctor. Tom Baker was awesome, and I loved Peter Davison, Pertwee was fantastic. I loved the reboot, and Eccleston did a great job of reminding us who the doctor was. Tennant built on that beautifully. Smith just went straight to buffoon and stayed there. I would've watched the Centurion Rory & River Song show every night of the week, though. Amy was meh.

    I'm looking forward to Capaldi, to remove the horrid taste that Smith left. He certainly can't be worse.
     
  10. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    Here's the thing, though. Moffat and company cast Smith for a reason, and once they had him, presumably wrote to what they perceived as his strengths. Presumably Smith was delivering the kind of performance that they wanted from him; otherwise, they could have booted him in favor of someone else.

    How much can any actor salvage crap writing? No matter what an actor delivers, he has no control over what takes they choose in the editing room.

    So while my response to Smith leaving is "don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out", I put 90% of the blame on Moffat.

    [hijack] Really enjoying watching David Tennant and Arthur Darvill on Broadchurch, though. [/hijack]
     
  11. wprager

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    OMG, I didn't even realize that was him (Darvill/Rory, I mean, not Tennant). Shame on me. The whole time through Broadchurch (and what do you mean "enjoying" -- it's only 8 episodes, you should be in the past tense already) I kept thinking he looked familiar.

    Where's the "hits himself in the head" smiley?
     
  12. JoBeth66

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    Agreed - but just because Moffat was crap for the writing doesn't make Smith a good choice for me. :)


    ME TOO. (And not in the past tense for me, either - I've only seen the first 2 episodes of Broadchurch at this point, we've been out of the country visiting hubby's family. )
     
  13. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    But only 5 eps have actually aired in the US.
     
  14. wprager

    wprager Active Member

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    "Aired" to some is a lot like "commercials" to most, here, as in "what's that?"
     
  15. TonyD79

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    Except an awful lot of Who fans don't think it was crap writing or crap acting. In fact, a lot of Who fans I know went from casual to hardcore fans with the River Song saga.

    You want crap Doctor Who, watch the Colin Baker years. As for Matt Smith, his Doctor is much like Patrick Troughtons mixed with Tennant.
     
  16. gweempose

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    What??? That's blasphemy! ;)
     
  17. Langree

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    No, but they were together in the spinoff K9 and Company, So SJ having one was not totally retcon.
     
  18. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    I don't mean this in an unfriendly way, but --

    [things that annoy me]

    EXCUUUUUSE me for watching it on BBC America. :p

    I haven't seen the end yet. So ixnay on the "you should be in the past tense already" BS, okay?

    Seriously, on a forum where we have DVRs, and people timeshift, the idea of being behind someone else's timeslot of live TV should not be foreign to you.

    [/things that annoy me]

    As for your not recognizing Arthur, then good for him, eh? That's why it's called -- acting.
     
  19. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Active Member

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    Didn't realize acting changed looks. That is called --- makeup. ;)

    But seriously, Arthur looks like Arthur in both series. Character is different and he is doing that well but his face looks exactly the same.
     
  20. LordXenophon

    LordXenophon Lord of the Sofa

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    881 years, thank you.
     

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