(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Monday, March 29, 2004
Doctor Who?!?

Okay, so Christopher Eccleston is cast as the new incarnation of the Doctor in BBC's revival of Dr Who next year. An interesting choice, but at least someone who we know can act. However, in terms of companions, it seems that no one learnt anything from the major problems with the Dr Who film, especially in terms of companions! The BBC News reports:
Ex-pop star Billie Piper is in line to play Doctor Who's female companion in the revival of the sci-fi show. The 21-year-old, who is married to Chris Evans, is said to be favoured by the new series' executive producer Russell T Davies. A BBC spokesman said the role will not be finally decided for another eight weeks, but Piper is in the running. ... The Doctor's new sidekick will be called Rose Taylor, and is described as "feisty". Davies, well-known for writing Queer As Folk, said that he wanted Doctor Who's latest incarnation to have a Buffy The Vampire Slayer-style right-hand woman. A screaming girly-style companion is unacceptable nowadays," he commented. ... It is also speculated that there will be quite a sexual chemistry between Taylor and the Doctor, while she will possess psychic powers. Piper, 21, first came to prominence as a pop star, scoring a debut chart topper with Because We Want To in 1998.
The Doctor can't have romance with a companion. Can't. Ever. I'm sorry, but surely the shudder that went down millions of spines as Paul McGann's filmic Doctor locked lips with a companion was enough to show that companions don't work as love interests! And while I'm a big Buffy fan and like the idea of a companion who can look after herself (like Ace, the 7th Doctor's last companion), I hear the words Billie Pipers and ex-Pop Star and sigh. Besides, if there's a Buffy-like companion, won't that make the Doctor Giles-like? And surely no one wants to see Giles and Buffy gettin it on?!?


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