Thursday, September 16, 2010

Doctor Who and The Phonies


Right, so this afternoon I was looking up novelty betting on Paddy Power (always good for a nosy) when I came across a couple of rather disturbing sets of movie-related odds. The first of these involved a certain Time Lord taking his Tardis state-side.  Now I do realise that talk of a Doctor Who film isn’t really news, but the last I heard the BBC had stated it was all speculation. Yet it seems bookies are still laying on prices for who’s going to play the man himself…hmm, very concerning.

Aside from the fact that a Hollywood remake is simply a bad idea- most of the show’s quirky charm comes from the fact it really doesn’t take itself too seriously, something that would probably be lost on the big screen-  it’s the actors who are being linked with it that are especially troubling. I’m sure a lot of you have already heard about Johnny Depp’s possible involvement. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got absolutely nothing against Mr Depp and that pretty little face of his. In fact, like most girls, I’ve been pretty much in love with him since I was 14. Look at that picture above, how could you not be!  He’s not bad at the whole acting carry on either. But he’s just not The Doctor.  Though when you look at who else PP are putting in contention for the role you realise it could end up much worse:

Hugh Grant? Orlando Bloom? Robert flipping Pattinson??? Nooooooooooo!!! Give me Johnny and his dimples any day over that lot. At least there’s some real Doctors in there, my personal favourite being Christopher Eccleston. (Am I the only person who thought he was the best of the most recent bunch?) Still, the whole thing’s really quite worrying.

Even more alarming, however, are their predictions regarding another big screen adaptation, this time regarding one of my all time favourite reads- The Catcher in the Rye. Obviously Mr Salinger’s passing has opened up bidding for the movie rights,  but some books just aren’t meant to be made into films and I honestly think this is one of them. Believe me when I tell you that bookies KNOW STUFF. Their business depends on it. And when one of the biggest names in the business is putting Jaden Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Bieber and even bloody Michael Cera into the running to play Holden Caulfield, I think my fears are justified. Please, please, please just leave this one alone! 


D.Suplicki said...

Noooooo! Hollywood can't butcher Doctor Who... it's one of the few untainted things left for me in the entertainment world. :( If they were to put that brat from Twilight in it, I'd be forced to fly across the country and start some sort of revolt.

I love Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor for his general crazyness, his laugh and the deviant look in his eyes, but David Tennant and his Converse make me swoon every time. ;)

Róisín said...

lol I'll join you in your uprising, if you like! And as for Mr Tennant, I don't think you're alone. My sister'd fight you for him. Personally I prefer my men hairier but I do see the appeal :)

JJ Beazley said...

What's wrong with Hugh Laurie? He can do everything else. Too old, maybe. You make good points though, Roisin. I'm still reeling over what Disney did to Rupert Bear.

Róisín said...

Well the Doctor is around 800-years-old so I don't think Hugh Laurie's age is important. Like the rest of them he's already too famous to play him though if you ask me. How about Russel Crowe or Tom Cruise? That'd be a laugh!

JJ Beazley said...

Just as long as it isn't Hugh 'Mr Plastic Pretention With Exta Ego' Grant.

My choice would be Barry Humphries.

Anthropomorphica said...

I'm old school, Tom Baker was my favourite hands down. I think the delicious Mr Depp could pull it off, but maybe he's just too pretty... sigh ;)

Anthropomorphica said...

Barry Humphries :D that'd be traumatic ;)

TheAmazingFoxworthBlog said...

I never got Dr. Who at all so it might as well be a Jonas Brother for all i care.

And Róisín - i am appalled you mentioned Justin Bieber's name on here - i never thought a child of Danú would ever stoop so low as to mention that devil child!!!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Hello darling you! I knew catching up tonight here would be the very very best! I glass of wine and adoring your posts with everything from dragonfly jewels to bears to Johnny! Yep, you are my kindred girl! Glad to know this place and your fun outlook! Blessings and light.

Mickie Mueller Art said...

I'm a Dr. Geek too, and you're not alone, although David Tenant did grow on me, I would have loved to see a few more seasons with Christopher Eccleston, I thought he made an excellent Doctor, and I think his edgy mad portrayal was fantastic! A movie?! I dunno, gotta think on that. Geekily, yours, Mickie

TheAmazingFoxworthBlog said...

stop slacking off & do more posts!!!

Róisín said...

Hello there you lot! Sorry for going AWOL for a while and taking so long to reply to your comments. Thanks for stopping in, by the way! Must get a wee visit to all your places now when I have a chance :)

Melanie- I concur on Johnny being a bit too pretty for the part, that was kinda my reasoning against it too. I also agree on Tom Baker as the overall best, he really was iconic.

Amy- Hi there! I'm so glad you enjoyed the posts :) And I must say, you conjured up such a cosy atmosphere with your comment that I too now fancy a wee glass of vino while I catch up with everyone's blogs!

Mickie- It's good to know there are others out there! Aye, David Tennant grew on me with time too, kinda like this latest one has, but a few more seasons of Ecclestone's madness would've been sweet.

Declan- I'm surprised you're not a fan. Hell, you're quirky enough to play the Doctor yourself! Sorry for slacking, by the way :(

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