2009 Specials, Tw: Coe, 11th Doctor and Series 5 (spoilers)


So naturally I'm curious as to what everyone thought of the last Christmas special, "The Next Doctor"...??

I thought David Morrissey was *outstanding*, but there were some slightly hokey bits about the Cybermen in that story.  And it was a shame to not see Morrissey as a possible replacement for Tennant. 

However, for a nearly 1 hour audition, I have to say, I was pretty impressed.  Morrissey could have taken over for Tennant right there and I would have had NO problem with that.

2009 is going to see quite the hiatus.  We would have been well into a new season by now, with at least 2 or 3 episodes under our belt had Series 5 continued under Russell Davies and Julie Gardner.

Russell, from what I hear, is going to be working on some other scripts and possibly movies, and Julie is set to move to Los Angeles at the end of 2009 as the new head of drama for BBC America. 

Strange how things change, hm?

David Tennant is dating his "Doctor's Daughter" co-star Georgia Moffett, and I think his timing for leaving is good.  It's about time someone else took over, though I will miss Monsieur Tennant very much!

The next special is entitled, "Planet of the Dead", and co-stars the new Bionic Woman's Michelle Ryan.  There are some very interesting scenes of the Doctor and Ryan's character on a strange London Bus trapped in some sort of ether or fog.  These scenes were shot in Dubai, and so will make for some interesting speculations.

The new specials are numbered from 4.15 through 4.18, (4 in total), continuing the original set of 13 adventures for Series 4 plus the 14th Christmas episode shown in December, The Next Doctor.

4.15 is set to air sometime around Easter (mid-April).  My guess is that 4.16 will air sometime around mid-late summer, with the final two episodes around about late fall, probably around late October, early November, so that there is not that long of a wait until the first Christmas Special.

Now here is the part I'm not sure about from a timing standpoint yet.  The last two episodes, 4.17 and 4.18 are a two-parter, so that could mean they might air right AT Christmas in order to pave the way for the new Doctor, Matt Smith, to be installed through a regeneration.

Matt Smith, BTW, has been seen in the Phillip Pullman dramatizations Ruby in the Smoke and Shadow of the North, coincidentally starring Billie Piper.  Smith is very young, mid-20s, but does have some vaguely Doctorish qualities about him. 

He was photographed in a Black sweater and black jeans when he was announced on the BBC web site early in January, but it's too soon to tell if that will be his official DW outfit and clothing.

Not sure yet, about Smith and how he will do in the role he is to inherit from Tennant.

I have yet to fully screen the Pullman shows, but you can bet I will before the end of the year, to try and get some sense of who is inheriting this role.  Both Steven Moffatt and Piers Wenger seem convinced that he is the one, over MANY other actors who tried out, so I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Russell Davies has gone on record saying that he would bet his back teeth that Moffatt's writing of Doctor Who will be much more intricate, deeper, with more of a build-up from opening to end-of-series episodes.

Certainly there are at least two stories that Steven has written that could be continued as adventures for the new Doctor, most notably "blink" and a possible prequel story to "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead" bringing in Alex Kingston's character at some point.

Meanwhile, over on Torchwood, a new mini-series, called "Children of Earth" is set to screen sometime this spring, probably either just before or just after the "Planet of the Dead" Doctor Who special.

This 5-part story will run probably one week after the other and take up some space in between spring and summer. 

It stars all of the remaining TW principal cast, primarily John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David Lloyd, along with Kai Owen as Rhys and other minor characters such as PC Andy, who may get promoted up into the Torchwood ranks.

Unfortunately, no guest starring of either Noel Clarke as Mickey Smith nor Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones, as many fans may have hoped.  There are some newer sinister players who will also guest star. 

From the trailers released earlier this year, it looks spooky, but it lacks the heft of the now deceased characters played by Burn Gorman and Naoko Mori. 

Given that JG is leaving the UK and that Russell's position is somewhat uncertain, it's hard to tell whether or not Torchwood will continue, which is a shame, because it is a great show that still has a lot of potential.

So despite the hiatus, there is still a lot of Doctor Who material to come, and more speculations as to what will happen regarding David's DW death and regeneration into Matt Smith's Doctor!

Recently the BBC screened a "video diary" of DT doing a read through of Planet of the Dead, and he announced himself as "Matt Smith".  Very droll, David...:P


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Mar 11, 2009