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02:21 pm: Betting On The Doctor

This amused me so much, I had to post it...after a weekend of watching Guys and Dolls with the boys and talking about horse races and the evils of gambling, I came across this:

Who will replace David Tennant as Doctor Who?   Click here and get a FREE £20 BET   
3/1        Paterson Joseph
5/1        David Morrissey
6/1        James Nesbitt
8/1        John Simm
10/1      Russell Tovey
10/1      Anthony Head
14/1      Robert Carlyle
14/1      Richard E. Grant
16/1      Alan Davies
18/1      Jason Statham
18/1      Aidan Gillen
18/1      Harry Lloyd
20/1      Nigel Harman
20/1      Julian Walsh
20/1      Ben Wishaw
25/1      Stephen Fry
33/1      John Barrowman
33/1      Paul Bettany
100/1    Russell Brand

I hope they do go with Paterson Joseph -- but only if they give him a booted cat for a companion.  Anthony Head would be cool, too!

I must admite I cannot imagine either Stephen Fry or Paul Bettany as The Doctor.


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Date:November 25th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Patterson would be another first for the Doctor, and I think they will bite. He's also a very good actor. (loved him especially as the Marquis in Neverwhere).

John Simm--No! He's the Master. (and I'd love for him to come back, even if he is a very different Master than the original series one)
Date:November 26th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I would totally watch either Stephen Fry or Paul Bettany as the Doctor!
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Date:November 26th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd watch 'em! I love both of them...I just can't picture them as the doctor. (Failure of imagination, I guess.)

If they pick Fry, they could show us a different Time Lord: The Butler.

Which reminds me, a friend is convinced that James Bond must be a Time Lord, because he goes through regeneration and ends up looking like different guys. To which I replied, "Of course! He's The Spy!"
Date:November 26th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)

Can't tell by the stills...

I don't know who any of the actors here are, except for John Simm the Master (see, he simply can't become the Doctor, he's pegged as the Master and that's that.)

Some look just too young and --- hmmm. Not sure of the right word. Not mature enough, maybe. The Doctor is ancient and very wise and intelligent under his jovial face. Some of these guys don't have the right look of projecting wise. Bad-boy cunning, yeah. Wise - not quite.

I liked the look of a lot of the faces, though, but I suppose stills can't tell you much about the actor's ability to be charming, wise, quirky and irritating in just the right proportions to be a proper Doctor. Peter Davison was a pretty good Doctor, but in a still he only managed to look like a puzzled first year university student.

I dunno how I feel about any of these fellows!
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Date:November 26th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Can't tell by the stills...

These pictures were the ones I chose at random, knowing nothing but their names. So, some of these guys could be a good deal older now than these picture suggest.

The picture of Paterson Joseph, for instance, is of him as the Marquis de Carabas from Neverwhere, and Neverwhere was done 12 years ago. I think the Anthony Head picture is from his days as Giles on Buffy, also some time ago.

Edited at 2008-11-26 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Date:November 26th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
I think Russell Tovey is a bit young, but I love him. And I would be perfectly happy with either Robert Carlyle or Richard E. Grant. I don't really want James Nesbitt, because for me he will always be Jekyll/Jackson-slash-Hyde.
But I'm betting it's Paterson Joseph. And I think he'll be good.
Date:November 28th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
I would like to see Paul Bettany in ANYTHING!
Date:December 6th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
My problem is that I have seen too few of these people move and speak. I would enjoy seeing Stephen Fry do the role, as I am sure that he could pull off the classic mix of gravity and camp. I have not seen to many of the William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton stories, but from Pertwee on, there was a joyous mix of serious and silly, though not in every story.

IMO, Russell Brand is a jerk that does not deserve the role.
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