January 06, 2009

What Peggy Said

I'm going to miss David Tennant as Doctor Who. Really, really miss him. I could go into great detail as to why, but y'all don't really need that information. Suffice it to say that I have a thing for enthusiastic tall guys who always look like they're thinking. And Scottish accents. And--


Peggy at Biology in Science Fiction put up a great post about one of the other reasons I'm disappointed to see Tennant replaced--the replacement himself.

Some of the rumors were that the eleventh Doctor might be played by a black actor such as Chiwetel Ejiofor or Paterson Joseph (who would have been my pick) or a woman like Alex Kingston or Catherine Tate. It doesn't take more than a glance at Smith's photo to realize that he is neither a woman, nor black. Maybe he'll be the greatest Doctor ever, but even if he is, I'm still a bit disappointed that he's a super young white dude.

Peggy's post digs into the history of Doctor Who to show that there's no reason that a Time Lord can't regenerate with a different gender or skin color. It's just stodgy conservatism on the part of the producers. They could have deliberately set out to make a more interesting choice, something that would have changed the dynamics of the show in interesting ways, but they didn't.

Bored now.


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