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Old 08-04-2013, 20:58
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I've tried to like his portrayal as the timelord but with each passing episode I'm losing patience with it. It's hard to pin point exactly why I don't like him but I feel everything he does just irritates me.
The whole show since David Tennant & Russell Davis left has seen a drastic drop in the quality of interesting storylines.

Maybe I'm in the minority, maybe I'm not.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:00
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I feel the same , he is my least fave Doctor , but dont fret, because we are lucky in that if we dont like one portrayal, there will be another one along soon enough
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:02
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I dislike him as well and want the actors with gravitas back.

But be prepared for the Dr Who can do no wrong crowd arriving as I post!
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:02
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I used to hate him but he's grown on me a lot lately
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:03
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I feel the same , he is my least fave Doctor , but dont fret, because we are lucky in that if we dont like one portrayal, there will be another one along soon enough
Won't be soon enough! Hopefully before they make it so bad that the BBC rest it for another 14 years.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:03
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I used to hate him but he's grown on me a lot lately
I've been hoping that would happen but sadly it's been the opposite.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:05
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Won't be soon enough! Hopefully before they make it so bad that the BBC rest it for another 14 years.
Not going to happen with these ratings
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:05
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It took me until about The Vampires of Venice before I'd fully embraced him as The Doctor, but then I have to say I was hooked. He delivered his first impressive performance in Vincent and the Doctor for me.

By comparison, David Tennant didn't click with me until Fear Her, of all episodes, and didn't impress me until The Runaway Bride.

I guess it's each to their own Maybe you'll see a different side to him if he outlasts Moffat. Or maybe you'll come to prefer the eventual Twelfth Doctor
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:07
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He makes the show unwatchable for me i tried to give him a shot but he is just so bad!!!!!

With Tennant and Eccelston i believed their emotions believed their fight in what they were doing but with Smith he just cartoons everything in such a stupid way that is just not attractive to watch and engage in!

With any luck he'll be gone come November or December!
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:14
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He "cartoons" everything...

Including the many epic speeches he has had to deliver, the performances he gave in The Big Bang, The Rings of Akhaten... those were cartoony?

I think I'll stay away from whatever it is you're drinking...
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:21
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Matt's portrayal reminds of William Hartnell's. Problem?
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:24
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Matt's portrayal reminds of William Hartnell's. Problem?
Hartnell, Troughton, Tom Baker....a hint of McCoy.

Interesting that a guy who didn't grow up watching the show actually seems to grasp the vibe of classic series Doctors so well.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:26
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Hartnell, Troughton, Tom Baker....a hint of McCoy.

Interesting that a guy who didn't grow up watching the show actually seems to grasp the vibe of classic series Doctors so well.
I think that's because he did the sensible thing when he landed the role and watched a lot of classic stuff, hence his liking for Troughton and his love for the show today is greater for that.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:30
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I think that's because he did the sensible thing when he landed the role and watched a lot of classic stuff, hence his liking for Troughton and his love for the show today is greater for that.
Yes, it was great to hear about how much Matt loved Tomb of the Cybermen when Moffat was speaking about the episode at the bfi screening, how much he absolutely raved about pat Troughton. I think coming to the show later in life has given him a greater appreciation of the classic series in some ways.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:42
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I've tried to like his portrayal as the timelord but with each passing episode I'm losing patience with it. It's hard to pin point exactly why I don't like him but I feel everything he does just irritates me.
The whole show since David Tennant & Russell Davis left has seen a drastic drop in the quality of interesting storylines.

Maybe I'm in the minority, maybe I'm not.
Actually I feel the storylines have far improved since RTD and David left.

I think Matt faces multiple problems as The Doctor.

- He's following one of the most successful Doctor's in the show's history. Lets not deny it; David brought in a lot of viewers to the series whom had never watched before. He is THEIR Doctor and they don't fully embrace (and in many cases don't particularly want to) the change in the show's lead and overall format under Moffat and Matt.

- Ten was a very humanised Doctor. Infact, Ten didn't come across as very alien at all. He was a very emotional Doctor and a lot of the audience where able to connect with that. Matt has been quite the opposite up until recent episodes. With the end of the Ponds and The Rings Of Akhaten we've been able to see a more emotional side to Matt which hopefully will bring some of the viewers round to his side.

- Eleven is a very alien Doctor. And no, this isn't the opposite of what I've just said about Ten and his emotions. Matt plays the role as a strange alien and seemingly, an older Doctor. Ten seemed like the average guy from down the road with added knowledge and gave a feeling of safety and familiarity. Eleven comes across as a generally older character and someone who's certainly not from this World.

- EVERYTHING changed when RTD and David left. We didn't just get a new Doctor. We got a new TARDIS, a new companion, a new opening theme, a completely new score (though thankfully still Murray Gold and a score which I think has really peaked with s5/s6 so far); the whole production of the show changed. Now, it's tough enough for casual viewers to cope with a simple production change, let alone a new lead and assistant at the same time. There's not been anything to really bridge the gap between the two eras besides the odd line here and there; hopefully the anniversary special might bring back and retain some of those viewers who were put off by the changes when RTD left.

- A lot of people dislike Moffat's storytelling style. Many of the stories we get now are far more complex than those we had under RTD. Of course, for viewers like myself, this is a wonderful thing. However, casual viewers and many fans simply don't like the new style. The other problem this creates is that when we have an episode which doesn't follow this new style a lot of the viewers that do prefer the complex stories feel that the episode hasn't quite been up to the standard they are expecting. I'll agree, heavy story archs like that of s6 do alienate the casual viewers as they can't jump in and out like they may have done during earlier series. I think this is the main reason s7 has so far been done the way it has; you don't really need to watch each episode to keep up with the story.

Of course, these are just what I personally believe, I'm sure many people will agree with me but just as many will disagree. I love the current era and I'm actually dreading Matt leaving the role as I've really enjoyed his portrayal of The Doctor; something I didn't really get with David. I do love Moffat's style of stories too and I think he's a great showrunner but I have to say, I probably won't be too disappointed when he leaves as I think it's good for the show to get some fresh blood every few years. That said, I think he's done a lot of good for Doctor Who. Erasing some of the RTD invasions from the timelines, pushing The Doctor back into the shadows and keeping things much more small scale whilst keeping the same degree of threat are just some of the things I think the show will really benefit from and I'm glad Moffat has had the courage to implement them.
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Old 08-04-2013, 21:55
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I blame the bad writing. Matt isnt the doctor nor look like one. Wish they would just have a older actor do it.
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:03
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Actually I feel the storylines have far improved since RTD and David left.

I.
you are not alone.
When Matt was announced I was disappointed as wanted an older doctor but feel Matt has done a good job.
but you are right too many people DT is doctor Who and think he is having same problems Peter Davidson had after Tom Baker
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:06
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you are not alone.
When Matt was announced I was disappointed as wanted an older doctor but feel Matt has done a good job.
but you are right too many people DT is doctor Who and think he is having same problems Peter Davidson had after Tom Baker
*coughs* Davison *coughs*



To be fair, i think it's only a small but vocal minority, lots of people who especially liked Tennant I know also like Matt alot too.

but for a small hardcore number, they seem to find it hard it conceive of the show actually existing outside of Tennant at all. I've seen some say that Eccleston "doesn't count" for example (lord knows what these peoples awareness of the classic era is).
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:10
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*coughs* Davison *coughs*



To be fair, i think it's only a small but vocal minority, lots of people who especially liked Tennant I know also like Matt alot too.

but for a small hardcore number, they seem to find it hard it conceive of the show actually existing outside of Tennant at all. I've seen some say that Eccleston "doesn't count" for example (lord knows what these peoples awareness of the classic era is).
What I don't understand is why there are so many negative posts about Matt Smith now? This is his third series... I could understand people being resistant to change in his first series but surely there's been time enough to get used to him by now.

Actually I'd like a poll too. Can we have a poll about whether to have a poll or not?
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:15
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What I don't understand is why there are so many negative posts about Matt Smith now? This is his third series...
As was noted up thread, it's likely because Tennant is suddenly being thrown back in the mix for the 50th anniversary. It's stirred up a vocal minority of people that never got over Tennant leaving in the first place. It's sad really, some people that claim to be fans of his would at the same time shackle him to a role that he has moved on from (in the on-gonig sense) no matter how much he loved being part of it.
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:18
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OP, you definitely are in the minority. Even a lot people who hate Steven Moffat with a passion I've seen say they think Matt Smith is good.
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:25
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I love matts portrayal of the doctor. I think if he had some of the quality episodes that DT had then he would be by far my favourite doctor. DT was a bit more human and I personally prefer the way MS is playing a bit more alien and eccentric.
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:55
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OP, you definitely are in the minority. Even a lot people who hate Steven Moffat with a passion I've seen say they think Matt Smith is good.
this surprises me..

i remember when i passionalty hated matt smith i even stopped watching because of him..... he's grown on me now he's quite cute aswell
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:57
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So if you don't like Mat then you are anti-Dr Who?

Says it all about how blind some are in the obsession with Matt Smith.

We are in fact real Who fans and want to save the show.
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Old 08-04-2013, 22:59
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aw i miss tennats faces they were quite funny
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