More On The New Doctor Who & His (Possible) Assistant

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 5:38 pm,

doctor who title p More On The New Doctor Who & His (Possible) Assistant

As we all know, Matt Smith was tapped as the new (11th) Doctor Who, replacing David Tennant.

When it was announced, people weren’t sure the announcement was accurate. Doubts (and worse) started to fly. Avid Doctor Who fans seemed dubious but took the “wait and see” approach, giving the new guy a chance and having some faith in the creative forces behind the show.

Then there’s the other side of the coin. The more common reaction was that Smith is too young and that they felt betrayed by the producers regarding what they expected of the franchise.

Some are worried that his youth may drive sexually charged episodes, others think he needs to keep his glasses on and avoid the Edward Scissorhands look. Others are more direct and say he is the worst choice ever.

In short, opinions are all over the board.

So be it. I get both sides. I do believe the franchise should not be written off by first impressions in production choices because he did “wow” the producers of Doctor Who on his first audition. Period. As one television cook would say: BAM!

Or as it was put by Councilor Tim Hadland (Con, Weston) who said about their local man, Smith:

“This is one of the highest profile acting jobs in the country. He was selected by people who know what they’re doing and I’m sure over the coming years we’ll become more and more proud of him.”

So what is Smith doing in the meantime?

The 26-year-old Matt Smith is tackling his newest role as an ambitious young policeman named DS Dan Twentyman in a new BBC series called Moses Jones. It’s an original series written by Joe Penhall, (The Firm) and is a three-part drama about a brutal tale that questions our cultural assumptions.

The show started on BBC Two last Monday, February 2nd.

As far as upcoming shows go, the next Dr. Who special will be “Planet of the Dead” and airs during Easter in Britain. When the next full season starts, we’ll have the new season, the new Doctor with a new lead writer and executive producer.

Russell T. Davies will be handing over the keys to the Tardis to Steven Moffat. Moffat has written several episodes including the award-winning “Girl in the Fireplace” (2006) and “Blink” (2007) episodes.

All in all, not bad for Smith to land what’s considered the biggest role in British television. Funny to imagine that Matt thought he was destined for a career in professional football. All this after a back injury that led to his applying to the National Youth Theatre and a persistent drama teacher at the Northampton School for Boys.

Not bad at all.

Tap, tap, tap… Oh… wait… I think I forgot something, didn’t I? Dr. Who’s assistant! How could I forget his traveling companion?

Let me start out by saying, DO NOT HOLD HER PAST AGAINST HER because Michelle Ryan, who suffered through the massive NBC flop Bionic Woman, plays the mysterious Lady Christina de Souza in the Doctor Who BBC One Easter special, “Planet of the Dead.”

Russell T. Davies dropped some hints that Lady Christina has a mysterious past who will have a huge impact on the Doctor.

Some sites are reporting that she IS the next assistant, but from what I can tell, it’s only conjecture, or hope! The rumors are swirling about that she will be playing the full-time assistant when Matt Smith takes over in 2010. But we can’t count out the other women who are potentially linked to the role: Kelly Brook and Lily Allen.

So for now, those are the rumored potentials, but as we’ve learned from the selection of the good Doctor, some decisions can still come out of left field.

We can always hope, right? Do we think Ryan would make a great assistant on Doctor Who? I’d like to “see” her in the role. What about you?


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  1. Honestly, they guys over at Doctor Who know what they’re doing. I like the choice of the next Doctor, and I like the possibilities of the next Companion, especially Michelle Ryan.

  2. Hotty is all I have to say. She looks great. I honestly have never watched the show but it may be on my list now.

  3. No kidding Popcorn, no kidding!

  4. a. michelle ryan is way older and acts usually in a more mature way than the new 26 y.o. actor. also the doctor’s character has usually nutty, creative moments which i cant see how she’ll match up against. she did a terrific job at “jekyll” and has some good potential.
    b. a lot depends on script
    c. im glad russel is going. i have full appreciation for his reboot effort and i will forever owe him for bringing back the doctor and doing it, in the beginning at least, very very well (christopher eccelston is still my favourite choice). HOWEVER – he obviously influenced the doctor into new realms of homosexuality, sentimentalism and many times – ridiculous scripts which have no internal logic or cohesive story line, but are driven solely to punch the viewer in the face very clearly with the moral or ethic of the story. in short – they got dumb. i think doctor who has an intelligent audience who deserves better. much better.
    d. indeed moffet has showed us several times his craft, so i am optimistic in general. its about fraking time. ;-)

  5. and oh – regarding scripts getting dumb, thats also why they chose such naive, innocent, big eye companions – because those are your only options. you can always explain a dumb thing only to a companion whose dumb and helpless enough to believe everything you tell her (and not connect the dots). Roze was, pardon me, very wide eyed – wondering whats going on and OH could the doctor please explain me (aka 8-12 y.o. audiences) in plain words and with full paragraphs the whole story, so i wont get lost ?? *batting huge eye lashes*.
    Martha was much better (a doctor) – but still it felt the whole show was aimed at the damsel in distress who doesn’t have a clue, so here comes the doctor and explains e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.
    mind you – i dont mind the basic relationship between the doctor and his companions, but there are subtle ways of exploring it and using it in a script.

  6. I adore Dr. Who show. It’s so imaginative, fun and exciting, and would recommend it to all sci-fi fans out there. I am just sad that David Tennant is leaving, he gave the Doctor that special kind of charm that’s not easily replaceable. I hope Alex Kingston will be the new companion, if you watched the episode Library, you’ll know what i mean.

  7. I think that younger actors playing The Doctor are good for the current series. Peter Davison as The Fifth Doctor made this much possible and maybe resorting to older Doctors after him started the original series’ decline. Matt Smith sparks my curiosity for The 11th Doctor and I’m intrigued by Michelle Ryan, who I for one liked as the Bionic Woman, and what kind of female companion she’d make.

  8. I don’t really know for sure. I reckon we should give him a chance, to say the least. And Michelle Ryan might make a good companion, so long as she isn’t romantically involved – honestly, the constant use of women who love the Doctor like that is overused in the Tenth Doctor’s era! I hope Georgia Moffet reprises the role of Jenny, actually. That would be funny – her dad looks old enough to be her brother, HAH!

    HOWEVER, I am sick and tired of the ‘single-main-companion’ approach! When are we going to go back to the days of a full Tardis, when the Doctor has AT LEAST TWO main companions who last the entire season – the last one to do so was the Fifth, and all the Nine and Ten companions (Jack, Mickey, Martha in season 4 and Rose in season 4) only stay for one or two bleeding stories! I WANT A FULL TARDIS FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON, AND I WANT IT NOW!!

    Is there any way I can send the production team a letter or e-mail and ask for that, please! SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS!!!! And if there is, let me know HOW!

  9. Tennant and Baker are my favorite Doctors. If Tennant stayed on he would probably be my #1 (as long as he remained hetero).

    So far I haven’t warmed up to any of the “assistants” on the new series. The love interest thing makes for good drama, but I think is essentially a mistake for Dr. Who, whose role should be more messianic than human.

    With the new guy it might be kind of cool to pair him up with a really smart 12-year old to keep things off balance. Bringing his daughter back might be OK too…as he would have to act fatherly in that instance too.