Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Excuse me while I nerd out for a moment.

There have been talks for a Doctor Who feature film recently but nothing has happened yet. Speculation about the next season puts the future of the franchise in doubt. Not that we won't get new episodes but more that we'll get less episodes. Some are predicting we get a short season consisting of a few long specials like what was done during David Tennant's last season. 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who which means we could have an awesome season. I don't think that will happen.

I think we'll get a full season next year which will lead into a 50th extravaganza in the form of several long specials or a feature film. You can't have an extravaganza without including all 11 doctors. The only problem there is you have either dead or very old and fat actors that are no longer up to the task appearance wise. The real trick is finding suitable actors to fill the roles that can't be filled by the original actors which is a shame but also an opportunity to do something incredible.

This is my fantasy cast.

1st Doctor
William Hartnell died in 1975. He was the oldest looking Doctor and I think Patrick Stewart would lend the gravitas needed to play numero uno.

2nd Doctor
This one was a tad tougher. Patrick Troughton is also dead having left this world in 1987. I had a tough time with the "intergalactic hobo" until I spotted Gary Oldman. He's a great villain but he's also shown to work well at the other end of the spectrum.

3rd Doctor
Jon Pertwee is the last of the dead doctors. He passed in 1996. The "Dandy Doctor" wasn't one of my favorites but you can't have an 11 Doctor reunion without all of them. After a lot of deliberating I came to the conclusion that Bill Nighy would knock it out of the park.

4th Doctor
Tom Baker is still alive but there's a lot more of him and it's all really old. He still has his stellar voice but having him at the other end of a phone call would be dumb. Alan Rickman would own this part. He's got the voice and could pull off the look as well.

5th Doctor
This is where it starts to get tricky Peter Davison is very much alive and recently showed the world he can still play the Doctor. I'm a little hesitant to recast him. If I had to I'd go with Cary Elwes for no reason other than looks and accent.

6th Doctor
Colin Baker has also swelled up considerably. Unless we are to believe his Doctor hit the Jelly Babies a little too hard he'd have to be recast. Being that he's regarded as one of the worst Doctors I think it would a good place to give number 6 another shot at being awesome. Colin Firth has the chops to keep it serious and I think he could pull off the look. I'm not sure if the technicolor dream coat is a keeper.

7th Doctor
Sylvester McCoy puts me in a tight spot. After some careful thought I came to the conclusion a little hair dye should do the trick. He's the perfect actor to play himself. He's old but I think it fits with his Doctor.

8th Doctor
From here on out it's easy. Paul McGann has been playing the Doctor since his TV movie in 1996 via audio plays. They recently spent some money on a makeover for him which could signal a potential return.

9th Doctor
Christopher Eccleston didn't leave happy but I think he'd be willing to give us an encore. I know most people wanted to see more of his Doctor. He'd have to do it without Rose though.

10th Doctor
David Tennant would do it in a heartbeat I'm sure. The ladies would appreciate this one.

11th Doctor
Matt Smith's Doctor would of course be at the center of it all since he's the current Doctor. He could very well use a project like this to make his departure.

12th Doctor?
The problem with giving it everything you've got is that you're not left with anything for the ride back. Doctor Who isn't too big to fail as we've seen in the past. Is it better to burn out or fade away? Try this on for size. (You purists are going to hate this one.)

Smith's Doctor is mortally wounded as most Doctors are prior to regeneration. There is a tearful goodbye from Rory and Amy then we get the flash of light followed by another TARDIS fire. Amy and Rory flee looking back just in time to see the TARDIS vanish. Smith finishes his transformation into Hugh Laurie who has just enough of his marbles to hit the brakes and land the burning TARDIS. "3900 YEARS LATER" flashes on the screen with an exterior shot of a large building. A soda machine materializes in front of River Song's prison cell. River rises to see door open. Doctor 12 steps out, says a confident, "Hello sweetie." He then points his new sonic screwdriver at the prison lock, immediately opening it. The Doctor dips River Song for a passionate kiss then they run back into the TARDIS. Her guards arrive at her cell just in time to see the soda machine change into a blue, police box before it disappears. Roll credits.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not so sure on the ending. But I do think your casting choices are pretty damn good!