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Poll: Matt Smith or David Tennant

I think that Mr. Tennant is a fine actor, and apparently a really nice man; I think he made a fine and enthusiastic Doctor as well and I wish him the best in his future professional and personal life (and he did a damned fine Hamlet, and I really like his work with Catherine.)

But Matt ... now Matt is hard for me to take my eyes off. He caught my eye in the two Ruby in the Smoke adaptations. And as the Doctor, he's old, and young, and elastic, and unbending, amiable and very, very dangerous, a fool and a wizard.

And somehow I think that's worth voting for. So if you are of a mind to, perhaps you might want to visit over here?* There are also some other fun votes to be played with.

(Yes, yes. I know it's shallow and silly. It's been a long day. Humor me. Or, since this is British, humour me. And I promise I'll get back to comment on my previous post soon.)


(Hmm. It looks as if you'll have to copy and paste that entire URL, since the partial link sends you elsewhere.)

*And some difficult ones. Gaiman/Rickman, anyone?

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Jun. 15th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Well, let's be honest. ANY DOCTOR YOUNGER THAN I AM IS WRONG. Peter Davison FTW. He was my doctor. He's why I wear these shoes. </p>

Do you know why Time Lords only have 12 regenerations? The 13th is too short to reach the console of the TARDIS.

Jun. 16th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
The 13th is too short to reach the console of the TARDIS.


My friend, while I understand your side-eyed glance at ANY DOCTOR YOUNGER THAN yourself, I don't have that luxury. If I held out for a Doctor older than I am, we'd be vetting Christopher Plummer for the role. (Which isn't a bad idea, mind, but you get my meaning.)
Jun. 15th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)


Really saddens me that so many people are voting for David - and that's only because I know WHY they are. It has nothing to do with his epic talent, his nice guy self or his accomplishments. It has everything to do with 'He's prettier than Matt' OR 'I HATE ELEVEN AND I SPIT ON HIS IMAGE' which sadly, seems to be how some people see this contest.

I ADORE David. I loved him in Harry Potter, I want to see Fright Night SOOOO BAD. I just...he's FUN. And he's sweet and he's damned talented.

But Matt?

Oh boy...don't get me started.

I saw his films, etc AFTER I started watching his Doctor. Just to make sure i wasn't 'seeing things'. My fav actors are chock full of personality, real sweethearts and they just OOZE NATURAL TALENT. Matt is one of those. I voted for him because he may not be the 'prettiest face of all' - but his nature, his personality just shines from his face. He can change his look with a haircut and just a switching of clothes. He IS his character - no matter what character he is. I saw nothing of 'the Doctor' in Christopher. And in the Ruby series (dammit, want that last chapter!!) he just...stole the show for me! Porter could be a prat, but he was a lovable prat. And The Womb...suitably creepy and haunting and terrible and yet, he just blew me away.

THAT is why I voted for him. But then...whenever I vote on anything, I have a tendency to weigh all the pros and cons and THEN vote. Who contest can be nervewracking for me, lol!

Sorry...oh my. Didn't mean to rant.

*Buries self under Rock again*
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
Understood. While I adore Eccleston's Doctor, I can completely grok the idea that he doesn't exude "Doctorness" which is totally a word. He, Matt and the delightful Jon Pertwee are my "My Doctors."

Wait, you can vote twice?

*eyes light up*

Be right back ....

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Jun. 15th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I was too lazy to go through the whole thing, but I did vote for Matt Smith. I liked David Tennant quite a lot, too, although sometimes I forget that. (I get stuck on the emo phase and Rose popping up every ten seconds so you could never give her a proper goodbye, and I forget all the episodes I really loved from the RTD era.)
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm a bit like you; I forget the good RTD episodes until I bring them out and enjoy them anew. The first season of New Who is a "gimme" for me, since I adored Eccleston and Piper together, and I thought the writing was incredible.

In the second season, I ended up really liking about four episodes (especially TIP and TSP), and respecting a couple of more (including, I kid you not, Love and Monsters); the third season, with poor badly-handled Freema and her potentially-magnificent Martha is the best example of me having to remember how good some of the episodes are. (I'm one of the few folks who actually really really liked the final three episodes.) With Donna on board, the entire fourth season was enjoyable for me ... yes, even the Sontarans - right up until RTD all but fridged Donna. Forgive me, still a bit bitter over that ....
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Jun. 15th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
If this were a vote between all three modern Doctors, Eccleston would win hands down for me. As it is... I think Tennant is a very talented actor. I saw him on stage last year and was completely gripped by his performance, and I loved the range he brought to the Doctor.

Matt Smith... it's an unpopular opinion, I know, but I simply could not warm to him or find his portrayal of the Doctor at all convincing. He is one of the main reasons I've stopped watching the series - I wince a considerable amount of the time he's on-screen. On the basis of seeing him in 26 episodes plus one Christmas special (I couldn't bring myself to watch the second), I have no desire to see him in anything else.

As I said, unpopular opinion and there will be plenty who disagree with me; but I did want to set out why at least some of us are voting for Tennant.
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
If this were a vote between all three modern Doctors, Eccleston would win hands down for me

Woo-hoo! another Eccleston fan. He is, as I've said earlier, one of my three "My Doctors" and I love him, and Nine, fiercely.

And, oh my goodness, I can certainly understand taking a dislike to an actor's interpretation of any role. Here's hoping that, whenever Matt exits the role (I'm sure you can understand why I hope he'll hang on a bit longer), you can return to watching the show. It's one of the marvelous aspects of Who ... it always changes.

So no worries about "unpopular opinions" (although yours probably isn't all that rare.) I've held more than a few in my long and storied life. Heh.
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Jun. 16th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
The phenomenon of "My Doctor" is absolutely a law of Who physics, and I comprehend fully!
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Jun. 15th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
I like them both in very different ways.
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Oh, aye. It's a bit like the different ways I like Nine and Eleven, or One and Three. (Hmm ... I seem to like the odd-numbered Doctors.)

Polls like this are strictly for fun ... even if I did wibble and wobble on the Rickman/Gaiman vote. Heh.
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Jun. 15th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
I think Tennant is the better actor actually, but I like Matt Smith's interpretation of the Doctor more so than Tennant's.
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
I agree with the idea that there are many, many reasons to enjoy an actor, or to enjoy an actor in a particular role. Like you, I tend toward Smith's interpretation of the Doctor, but I also have found his acting to be particularly persuasive to me in other roles.
Jun. 15th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Had to vote for my favourite fluffy-haired Scotsman. Both make great Doctors (despite clunky, anvil-ridden, shipping-obsessed showrunners in charge :p), but I too can't vote for a Doctor younger than me. ;)
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
fluffy-haired Scotsman.

This stopped me in my tracks and made me grin.

(despite clunky, anvil-ridden, shipping-obsessed showrunners in charge :p)

I've always thought the two had more in common than they had dividing them. Heh.

As for dealing with young Doctors, see my response to erikvolson.
Jun. 15th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a poll! I'm glad I didn't see round one - Rickman/Oldman and Gaiman/Fry would have short-circuited my brain.

I just realized my problem comparing these Doctors. In my brain, Tennant is Romantic, but Matt Smith is weirdly lustable, even though he's younger than my daughter and therefore off-limits (family rule, due to me being single during her late teen years). There's something indefinable about him in motion - the kinetic energy goes right through the camera to the viewer. I find Benedict Cumberbatch to be the same - neither is handsome in still pictures, but the way they look on camera, moving, grabs me.

So, how do I vote? Romantic love, with all that that trope involves, or weird lusty attraction?

Damn. I still have to figure out Gaiman/Rickman.

I'm not voting.
Jun. 16th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)

If I were going to try to differentiate between Lust and Romance, I'd probably have to choose between Eccleston and Eccleston (or possibly Eccleston and McGann, but Eccleston would probably win.)

But occasionally, watching Matt, there's that lurch in my stomach, so I fully comprehend the difficulty. And you're right; when he's in motion, he's hard to take one's eyes off.
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Jun. 17th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
For me it's the opposite: Matt Smith is good, and has had some really effective moments (problem is, they don't *give* him much to prove himself with, IMO). But to me, David Tennant is the one who's way more fun to watch, and I find his talent completely mesmerizing where Smith is just... good.
Jun. 18th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
I'm always tickled at the diversity of responses different actors prompt. I remember going on and on about how incredible I thought Humphrey Bogart was to someone, only to see polite glazing of the eyes. They then explained why they couldn't warm to him, but they did like Randolph Scott. Cue glazed eyes from me ....

...wait. I just dated myself with those Bogart/Scott comments, didn't I?
Jun. 17th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
I voted for Matt only because I knew he would be losing and could use the support. I literally don't have a favorite. All three New Who Doctors are equal in my eyes. I love them all for different reasons, they are all the Doctor to me, and I don't think I could really decide which I liked better.
Jun. 18th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
You are a Renaissance Whovian, and I salute you!
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