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08 January 2009 @ 06:25 pm
If you look Matt Smith up on IMDb, he is actually the eleventh "Matt Smith" listed. I am easily amused.

I don't know whom I would have cast in the part (I went back and forth between "ooh Paterson Joseph would be cool!" and "hmmm, that's even weirder than the whole Adeola/Martha thing!"). But now that Smith has been cast, I think it would be hilarious if he were completely indignant about the regeneration process and how he'd come out looking so young. After Ten's "just walk about like you own the place," lots could be done with a Doctor who isn't automatically accorded respect, since he looks like a teenager, and how he'd have to work harder to get around that.* He'd be like a time-traveling Doogie Howser. I could see how that could get annoying fast, but done once or twice I think it could be an interesting way to use Smith's age.

*This would also be the case, and more so, if they'd cast an actor of color or a woman. Or both. But work with what you've got, eh?

In kind-of-related news, a friend of mine went to England and brought me back a Doctor Who souvenir--and he specially went looking for, and found, something with my Martha on it, which made my day.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Neaneadods on January 9th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
What did he find? Even at Forbidden Planet, Martha was sadly hard to see.
tempestsarekind: martha jones is a startempestsarekind on January 9th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
A magnetic book with Ten and Martha. I have no idea where he got it, though.
Neaneadods on January 9th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Great! The more stuff with her sells, the more likely there'll be more someday.
tempestsarekind: martha londontempestsarekind on January 9th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I certainly hope so!
stoplookingup: fragile squeestoplookingup on January 9th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Ever since someone (don't remember who) said it would be a hoot if people kept confusing the companion for the Doctor, I've thought they really could do something good by making his youth a running joke. But if they go that route, I hope they do it right by making him really Doogie-ish -- i.e. not cool and sexy but nerdy and a bit clueless. Otherwise, it's just mixed messages -- but I suspect that's exactly what it will be.
tempestsarekind: ten has a secrettempestsarekind on January 9th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Yes--I always liked it when Ten was genuinely dorky. And, especially given the fact that Matt Smith's age has already become an issue, I think that could be a good way of turning a potential liability into an asset. Though I suppose the other way they could go is the "old soul in a young body" route, which could itself be a funny juxtaposition if everyone else just sees the young body. I guess we'll have to wait and see...
stoplookingupstoplookingup on January 9th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
The old man approach could be amusing -- like if he has One's personality and keeps lecturing people like they're all naughty schoolchildren.
tempestsarekind: martha + ten + TARDIStempestsarekind on January 10th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
That would be fun!
Brianzbg97 on January 11th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
He's not THAT much younger than Davison was, when Davison was cast... Though, admittedly, he does look even younger. I am amused, though, that they started with a high level of frenetic energy with Christopher Eccleston, got even more frenetic energy with David Tennant, and seem to be moving even further up the scale with Smith. How long before the TARDIS spontaneously combusts?
tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on January 11th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
True--and the pictures of Matt Smith with the TARDIS, with the emo hair and the skinny jeans, aren't helping him look any older.

As for the energy level--hee. I remember thinking at the time that Christopher Eccleston was really energetic (and I remember the TWoP recapper referring to the Ninth Doctor's "cosmic ADD"), and when I look back at him, after Ten, I can barely see it anymore. :) If they do go for manic with Matt Smith, I'm kind of afraid to see what it would take to top David Tennant!