Friday, February 1, 2013

A Doctor Who Biopic?

Yes, it looks like there will be a biopic (biographical motion picture) about Doctor Who, with actor David Bradley cast to play the late first actor to play the Time Lord known as the Doctor.  Bradley previously appeared in the Series 7 episode "Dinosaurs On a Spaceship" playing a crippled, space-faring big game hunter.

Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss says that he's "been trying to do this [project] for years - I tried to do it for the 40th anniversary! And before that, really - it's taken about 12 years."

With the remaining portion of Series 7 set to air this spring, and current star Matt Smith's contract being up at the end of the year, things should start getting interesting for the first time in a while.  As I pointed out in my screencap-laden semi-review of "The Snowmen", the show is now going for a much more classic look and feel from what it's had since its revival in 2005: everything from the opening and closing CGI sequence, with Matt Smith's head appearing and the Tom Baker-era vortex effect, to the redesign of the console room, tells us that this year's 50th anniversary is gearing up to be BIG.

Doctor Who head writer Stephen Moffat, whose tenure as the show's head honcho has been marked by inconsistent story-writing and direction, says he's "a bit anxious and scared about getting the Doctor Who 50th wrong."  And well he should, for his inability to stick with his own established continuity within both the individual stories and the series-long story arcs has long been one of my bigger pet peeves.  Don't screw this up for us fans, Moffat.  If you need to hand the reigns of one show over to someone who knows how to write consistently, and consistently well, do it, and don't let the quality suffer.

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