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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. whitson77

    whitson77 Active Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Tennant, Eccleston, and Smith a distant distant third. Tennant had the best storylines and that certainly helps him. But Smith's doctor was creepy.
  2. TonyTheTiger

    TonyTheTiger Pro Troll Magnet

    Dec 22, 2006
    I pretty much agree with all of this, except that by a long, long way, McCoy is at the bottom of my list! I actually gave up watching him and Ace's exploits. Too corny and comicy.
  3. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    Before Broadchurch, I would have said Eccleston and Tennant are tied, with Smith way behind. I am ashamed to admit I haven't completed all of the Smith episodes yet -- too much real life got in the way just as I got my streaming powers calibrated -- so it's possible things will change. Smith is charming and fun, but his character oscillates too much between buffoon and strangely cocky despite being a nincompoop and lucking his way through life. I don't know if they are going for Columbo or not, but if they are, they are missing the mark by a huge margin.

    Now that I have seen Broadchurch, and thus have finally seen both Eccleston and Tennant in other roles, I am more impressed with Tennant's Doctor. It is clear that he and the Doctor Who team had a specific, well-defined vision for what the Doctor was like during this era. Seeing Eccleston in other roles, it seemed like his Doctor was more Eccleston than The Doctor at times. Yet, I still really enjoyed it even during the bad episodes (and in the first season of the new era, there were many)
  4. wprager

    wprager Active Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Ottawa, Canada
    I actually didn't even realize it hasn't played out in its entirety on BBC America (we don't have that up here). I just read several tweets (from Americans) who said it "was" fantastic and it never occurred to me it has not finished its run "here" yet.
  5. sushikitten

    sushikitten 143 down, ??? to go! TCF Club

    Jan 27, 2005
    DC-ish Suburbia
    I didn't have to think and got the same results. :)


    I grew to not hate/tolerate Smith, but I definitely never loved him.
  6. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Fair enough.

    However, if I saw a tweet that said something along the lines of "Broadchurch was fantastic" I wouldn't deduce that the show had concluded. The tweeter may have used the past tense because they had watched the episode earlier than the tweet (i.e. the episode was complete by the time the tweet was written).

    In other words, yes, the "was" implies completion of some sort, but IMHO it needn't mean the entire run of the show was completed.

    Tweets in particular are treacherous because at 140 characters there isn't much room for context.

    Note too that if asked I might tell someone "Max Headroom is fantastic!" despite the fact that the show concluded long ago.
  7. zordude

    zordude WDW Fan TCF Club

    Sep 23, 2003
    Nashua, NH
    There are many facts that contradict that statement :p
  8. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Maybe I'm pulling this out of thin air but I get the feeling that women tend to like Tennant a lot more than Smith. Is that because Smith is one weird looking dude? Or am I totally wrong?
  9. MonsterJoe

    MonsterJoe ♪♫♪♪♫♪♫♫♪

    Feb 19, 2003
    Central MA
    I think that is completely contrary to how they were selling smith as his run began.

    I've never /watched/ Doctor Who - but in the spirit of this thread, I have started at the beginning.

    I keep falling asleep before the ep is over - but I go back to it, so it may grow on me.
  10. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    None of which have any bearing on the linguistic analysis I posted. :p

    Are you suggesting that women can't tell which person is a better actor, and only go by how a person looks?

    Isn't that ... a guy thing?

  11. Langree

    Langree The Gimp

    Apr 29, 2004
    Max Headroom was very good, early on.
  12. MonsterJoe

    MonsterJoe ♪♫♪♪♫♪♫♫♪

    Feb 19, 2003
    Central MA
  13. kdelande

    kdelande TiVo-Wobble

    Dec 17, 2001
    Thanks for this Agatha, it sums up my feelings precisely. Couldn't have summarized how I feel any better than this. I've tried twice to watch the Matt Smith eps, and I keep stalling out after the 4th or so. And it saddens me b/c I was so into this show after being put on to it shortly after the Eccleston reboot. I longed for each new episode, especially the Tennant ones. And I'm aware of the interesting plots to come under Smith (River Song, et al) that I would like to see but I am suffering from Doc Block.
  14. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    Though I mostly agree as well, I will say that he does grow on you at least a little bit -- to the point that you can enjoy episodes despite his portrayal.

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