Only really two shows on TV I can be bothered to watch at the moment; the 11th Doctor Who and Stargate Universe…
I never quite clicked on Christopher Eccleston‘s Doctor. He seemed like he’d had enough long before the end and he often seemed like a man itching to dance; by contrast, David Tennant’s Doctor gave him all kinds of recourse for energetic outbursts, but his portrayal was somehow shallowly duotone: either giggly daft or spital-flinging shouty. But there were some great moments (I loved Time Crash :)
I’d have to conceed David Tennant‘s as one of my favorite Doctors, though. It was easy to accept him as the Doctor, if nothing else, he believed it.
The new, 11th, Doctor is Matt Smith. For his part, I find him remiscent of some of my least favorite Doctors, specifically the annoying git Doctor of Collin Baker and the jester-like Doctor of Sylvester McCoy.
My initial sense was that this was “a gig” to him, with him trying to pick up David Tennant’s mantle. There’s still a little bit much Tennant in his character, but that could be the writers’ fault. The only reason I’ll volunteer that blame up for grabs is because the salvation of this season has, by far, been the writing.
Regardless of my irks about the Doctor’s character, the show itself has been pretty fun, and now that the writers’ have some sense of hope for the future, they’ve begun story weaving with some gusto. I hope they can break Matt Smith in soon :)
I hope that Catherine Zeta-Jones and “Chewy” are both still open to the role, though.
SG:U… The show is destined to annoy the crap out of me on one stupid point. The lack of a theme tune. On one hand, I’m glad of the extra moments of actual show time (although, what we actually get is extra moments of adverts). Is the single note they play at the end of the teaser supposed to allude to “Lost”?
And then there is the lack of forward motion of the show. Even I can’t manage that much irrelevant preamble.
Last Thursday, I was discussing the show with another disillusioned Stargate fan. My thought was the crew needed to be split up. I got my wish, but remembering the cluster-fudge of a season opener, I was convinced they would just “fix it” on last night’s episode.
Which has finally caused me some enthusiasm about this series.
There are too many characters still for me to identify a favorite. Greer is a contender, but they keep giving him these cringe-worthy dumb lines that make me suspect they aren’t comfortable writing lines for a black guy…
But the show is finally looking promising.