Thursday, August 02, 2007

Hey, it's Davros, so it is. Awright, big man?

Saw this story in today's DAILY FURTHERANCE OF MURDOCH'S EVIL AGENDA this morning and chuckled heartily. Even though I'm taking it with a healthy pinch of salt, this story could have been designed to appeal to me: it insinuates that my favourite DOCTOR WHO writer is on the verge of taking the reins as series producer, and that an Ulsterman is taking over in the lead role. That said, why not? The character has had strong regional accents before.

*update* Steven Moffat has turned up at a fansite messageboard to repudiate the story. "The James Nesbitt story is a total fabrication. Made up. A fantasy. Just a guy sitting at a desk and just inventing stuff. I wasn't going to say anything, but I'm getting embarrassed for the deeply wonderful Jimmy Nesbitt. So tell everyone please, cos it's getting very silly". Understandable, 'cus poor old Jimmy was getting a lot of (borderline racist) abuse over this.


geoff said...

nessie'd make a good doctor. trouble with getting a "big name" is that they never stay - look at mcgann and eccleston

Mark said...

Och, well, McGann never got the opportunity to stay, and I think Eccleston made it clear to the production team right from the off that he'd only do one series (with this part of the masterplan kept from the fans for maximum effect publicity-wise). Or maybe I'm reading it wrong, and he just got freaked out by the sheer weight of the mainstream press's coverage of the series.

I did get the sneaking feeling that the lingering shot of McGann's image in John Smith's diary in HUMAN NATURE was some sort of foreshadowing by Davies and his team, though. He's done plenty of WHO work for BBC radio since, and is currently in a big TV drama on BBC1, TRUE DARE KISS. I could easily imagine seeing him being slipped in by the cover of darkness into an epic capper for RTD's last series. It was McGann's Doctor that fought in the often alluded to Time Wars, after all.