‘Doctor Who': Why Matt Smith Needed To Leave

Thu, December 26, 2013 10:32am EST by 141 Comments
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L. B. Harlington

Posted at 5:28 AM on March 3, 2015  

I strongly dislike Capaldi’s doctor, though it is only partially his own fault. While i feel Capaldi’s acting tends to lack emotion, the biggest issue is Moffat’s writing skills. His and Gatiss’ adaptation of Sherlock is very well written, but he should never have cast an older man as there Doctor if he continues to write the part as if it is being portrayad by a twenty-something year old. Capaldi tries very hard to keep up the façade that he can act like a young guy, but it is showing that it takes him a lot of effort to do so, which weakens his performance more than it benefits hij.

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catscatchat

Posted at 6:04 PM on February 28, 2015  

I live in the States as far south and east as it gets Florida. I’m 100% Scottish, Capaldi does have marbles in his mouth. When I saw him I said old as dirt, then I found out I’m a year older. Point is the writing has gone down. That’s all that matters.

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S.M. Cronas

Posted at 10:51 PM on March 2, 2015  

Nah. I live in the states too, and my Dad was a Scots-Irish-Cornish descent, and there’s nothing wrong with Capaldi’s mouth. I’m 20 years his senior, and I think he’s given us a wonderful, complicated, difficult alien Doctor Who, the Doctor I’ve been pining for throughout all the flirty clowning and grandiloquence of #’s 10 and 11. And Moffat, concentrating on character development rather than plot as this new/old Doctor dashed about figuring out who and what he was not as well as who he was, did a great job, with several eps as good as anything in DW ever. The writing has not “gone down”. It has risen to meet the talent of a brilliant actor particularly suited to the part, and a companion, Clara, suddenly becoming real and significant before our eyes. If you couldn’t see that, I’m really sorry — you’ve missed a wonderful season. Maybe next time . . . ?

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Debra Hopkins

Posted at 4:51 PM on March 3, 2015  

What a nice post. I don’t agree with you. But I love your post. :)

 
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Dani Danny

Posted at 12:53 PM on February 25, 2015  

I think that Clara and the doctor went well during season 7, i almost understand the hold back of information about the ‘Imposible Girl’ until season finale, but season 8 was just plain wierd…capaldi didin’t hook me up as david and matt did, and then there was wierd shift in clara’s behavior, especially since she started dating Mr. Pink…

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Yoruno

Posted at 3:58 AM on January 29, 2015  

I like Capaldi. The problem is that Moffat is still here, and he continues writing Capaldi’s Doctor as if he were Matt Smith. No mentor-disciple relationship again, because Clara is still the bossy one, feeling free to slap the Doctor whenever she wants. I don’t think I’d be able to slap a person who looks 30 years older than you (and who is, in fact, centuries older). Additionally, after Smith is gone, I see some irritation creeping into Clara’s attitude. We have the new Doctor, now we desperately need a new companion, but, above all, a new writer please.

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S.M. Cronas

Posted at 10:55 PM on March 2, 2015  

Nope. The new Doc knows he’s way out of his depth *for the time being*, and he relies on Clara for cues to reasonable behavior and attitudes. That’s his choice, and not a dumb one, given a humdinger of a post-regen confusion hangover. Also, she’s still the person who jumped into his timeline last season to go around saving his life — so he trusts her, gives her lots of leeway, and loves her with the unshakable acceptance that people give to siblings they grew up loving and who they will always love come what may. Clara will work her way out of the series during season 9; ’til then, I’m eager to see how their relationship (much more complex and real-world than all that flirty nonsense with 11) will develop.

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MelodyPond

Posted at 3:16 AM on January 17, 2015  

I absolutley Love the acting skills of David Tennat and Matt Smith.I hated Matt Smith for a while and then in warmed up to him.I’m not going through that stage of crisis again like I did when they replaced David Tennant with Matt Smith!! It’s horrible! Peter Capaldi does’nt work as the “New Doctor” in my opinion! I think a doctor who season should have romance and not an old guy in it! Like really!? Don’t you think we have had enough old doctors for 50 years!? Honestly..My opinion only and maybe yours to.-Melody

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pjamese3

Posted at 5:31 AM on January 17, 2015  

Melody, who was the last old Doctor we’ve had? Unless you’re a tween who counts 40 as old, the only Doctor before Capaldi we could really consider old was the 1st one.

BTW, as far as romance, one of Tennant’s best seasons was when Donna Noble was his Companion. They might as well have been brother and sister.

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pjamese3

Posted at 11:07 AM on December 30, 2014  

I do appreciate the different actors who’ve played the Doctor. I found Tennant’s dramatic take to be perfect and I greatly enjoyed Smith’s wildness (which I interpreted as the 1st Doctor reborn into a young body.

You can’t help but compare the actors who play the character, though. It’s human nature. Just like Bond, Superman, Batman, Holmes, etc… We all have our favorites.

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j

Posted at 6:53 PM on December 27, 2014  

I have watched every episode of Dr. who since the old black and white days and I have to say that I hate to see every actor who plays the character go but have been just fine with each new one. Somehow they each make the part their own. After all it is Hokey Science Fiction.

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jodybie

Posted at 5:37 AM on November 26, 2014  

I really loved Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor. The other Doctors were all charming in their own way, but Matt hit it out of the park, the perfect mix of childlike innocent and madcap ancient professor. I just can’t seem to warm up to Peter Capaldi. The writing either isn’t as good as before or he’s not very good at delivering the lines. Since I don’t have cable and don’t get the BBC channel, I bought the first Capaldin episode through my Roku box. I watched twice but it just really didn’t grab me so I didn’t buy any more. I hope it’s gotten better.

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pjamese3

Posted at 9:59 PM on December 3, 2014  

Matt smith was good, but not as good as David Tennant. Partly because the scripts weren’t as good. Peter Capaldi is turning out to be a very good Doctor. It just took 3-4 episodes for him to grow into the role. (To be fair, Tennant took about the same time to get comfortable with the role.)

You should watch more of the Capaldi episodes. The 2nd half of the season is perfection.

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CasualObserver

Posted at 12:05 PM on December 4, 2014  

Maybe it’s being from the southern part of the United States, but to me Capaldi talks like he has marbles in his mouth. I cannot understand him. He doesn’t show much emotion. His face is ruddy and his eyes are bloodshot most of the time. I tried to watch three different episodes and just couldn’t get into it. And my nine year old Dr. Who fanatic nephew is just heartbroken.

 
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pjamese3

Posted at 8:28 PM on December 4, 2014  

Well, I’m from Texas and I don’t have any problem understanding him. He does have a strong Scottish accent, but I’ve watched a lot of BBC America so he’s understandable.

I like the actor. He’s been great in previous roles and I like the idea of a prickly, not so likeable Doctor who we get to know and actually like later into the series.

 
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mec

Posted at 12:56 AM on December 30, 2014  

I do wish fans would quit comparing Smith with Tennant and just appreciate the performances of BOTH actors.

 
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maria

Posted at 11:39 AM on January 16, 2015  

It depends on the fan. I prefer Smith & Capaldi over Tennant.

 
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Debra Hopkins

Posted at 2:14 PM on February 25, 2015  

No, thank you. I saw enough with the first two episodes. Call me when the Doctor regenerates.

 
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jim

Posted at 8:28 PM on December 24, 2014  

same feeling as u re: the new guy. so use to tennant and smith

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Rick

Posted at 11:57 PM on October 8, 2014  

Peter Capaldi is very good. And I like his wit. No more waving the sonic screw driver like it’s a wand. Matt was good but got boring towards the end. Clara, although she is very talented, never seemed to fit into the role as companion. Something just did not work with her character. Will be forgotten very quickly. As for the next companion? How about an episode where the doctor saves a young girl’s life as she is kidnapped from a foster home about to be sold as a slave. Something shocking like that where the doctor becomes her only hope at rebuilding her life as she travels with him. Perhaps tracking down her parents, who were forced to give her up. And learning about universe on the way? Something shocking that will touch the heart of viewers everywhere…

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Trace

Posted at 6:27 PM on September 16, 2014  

Haven’t read all the comments, but has anyone mentioned that the Ponds *did not die* but were displaced back in time beyond the Doctor’s reach by the Weeping Angels? And that they actually ended up living out a very happy life together through most of the 20th century?

Okay, now that that’s out of my system — can I say I’m really, really surprised by this outright ageist discussion over Peter Capaldi being in his mid-fifties. Brad Pitt is 50-yrs-old-going-on-51 for Pete’s sake and I would wager no one’s calling him ‘old’. Just because you’re a person of a certain age doesn’t mean sex appeal goes out the window. Even though Capaldi is older than Smith, my goodness, he’s got something going on there with those blue, blue eyes. One of my problems with Matt Smith as the Doctor was that he exhibited not a smidgen of sex appeal (for my tastes – not saying he doesn’t turn on anybody else). Capaldi has a sneaky sex appeal — and wow, his Doctor costume is the ‘coolest’ I’ve seen since Nine walked out of the TARDIS. So, yes, this lady Whovian is quite happy with his casting as Twelve. Woot!

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Debra

Posted at 8:07 PM on September 16, 2014  

Capaldi has the sex appeal of a lamp. First of all, Brad Pitt may be 50 but he’s very good looking. Capaldi is not. Capaldi’s “blue, blue” eyes are always bloodshot. His complexion is ruddy. It makes me wonder if he drinks. But more than all of that, HE CANNOT ACT. He talks like he has marbles in his mouth. I offered to buy season eight episodes for my 9 year old niece. He watched 20 minutes of the first episode and lost interest. I didn’t make it that far. Dr. Who has gone from my favorite show to a non show for me. I’ll miss it.

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Sara

Posted at 6:47 PM on October 14, 2014  

Good riddance.

 
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jim

Posted at 8:30 PM on December 24, 2014  

Haven’t been able to watch the new guy. maybe in rerun mode it will be more appealing

 
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