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Steven Brake
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Posted: 03 September 2017 at 8:43am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The title says it all really, and why not?

I was watching Atkinson recently in Maigret, and there was, to me, something very Doctorish about him in his patience and sense of intelligence, and - and I don't mean this disrespectfully! - he is, or can project, the genuine sense of oddness and eccentricity that The Doctor really needs.

It's unfortunate that Atkinson's previous crack at The Doctor was in the spoof The Curse Of The Fatal Death, as, if he were announced as being The Doctor, lots of Whovians would make a point of groaning that he'd turn the part into a joke. I suppose there's also the problem that Atkinson is quite a quiet, reserved character, and perhaps he wouldn't want a role like The Doctor?

Still - does anyone agree that he'd be a nice fit?
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Posted: 03 September 2017 at 9:56am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Totally. Also, once upon a time, John Cleese.
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Posted: 03 September 2017 at 11:21am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I wonder if Michael Palin would've been a good Doctor? He's a fine actor, but he's perhaps just too normal for the part.

Billy Connolly might've been good too - here in the UK, he's probably still thought of primarily as a comedian, but he's a good actor, and he'd bring a nice combination of humour and anger to the role.

The problem is that I think he'd get itchy feet too quickly - and certain aspects of the British press would be in a moral uproar over someone who's historically used "colourful" language being given a role like The Doctor (or perhaps not? This didn't seem to impede Capaldi in any way).
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There's been such a wide spectum of British actors during the Doctor's time. My imagination flies to extremes. Imagine the kind of Doctor we'd have gotten from Sidney James! Alec Guiness coaxed onto TV. Patrick McNee. Patrick Magoohan.
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Peter Cushing.
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Uhm, Michael........
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Oops!
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DRACTORWHOULA?
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Steven Brake
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Posted: 05 September 2017 at 6:39am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

A Sid James Doctor? What female companion would feel safe living in the TARDIS with him?!

I've never seen James outside of the Carry On films - I don't mean this to be snarky, but could he act? In the CO series, he was pretty much just the dirty old man with a filthy laugh.

Agree, Guinness would be superb - when was he not? - and I think Ian Richardson (corrected from Ian McKellen, as I originally and erroneously posted!) would have been very good too; his turn as Joseph Bell in the "Murder Rooms", while obviously meant to echo and foreshadow Holmes, felt very Doctor-ish to me.

Edited to add: Yes, a McGoohan Doctor would have been great - I need to built my own TARDIS to go back and convince him to succeed Tom Baker!

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Sid James was a competent enough actor. He just slid into the easy roles and stayed there.

The James I'm envisioning as the Doctor is the street-wise don't-mess-with-me character he would sometimes play.

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