But consider that, according to the series own logic, only another two actors can ever be cast as Dr Who before the series comes to an ultimate end. Therefore Christopher Ecclestone's limits the run of the series, which is why it matters far more than, for example, Pierce Brosnan leaving the role of James Bond (who could be played by different actors ad infinitum)
I've never been convinced by this end of the world scenario. Surely the BBC's infinitely talented writers could manage to find a justification, consistent with the internal logic of the show, for extending an entirely arbitrary (although well known) figure for reincarnations if they were pushed? After all, how many fans are going to protest too loudly if the alternative is the end of the Doctor?
Oh dear, I'm suddenly anonymous. What happened to the "other" category for leaving comments; suddenly it has no name attached? Louise H.
According to the series own logic, cybermen can only be killed with gold. Except when they go down to gunshots. According to the series own logic, the doctor can never meet his previous incarnations. Except when he does. The daleks are the result of a nuclear war, or selective breeding, or the work of an insane scientist called Davros. Dr Who "continuity" quite simply isn't. There can be as many doctors as there need to be.
Indeed. Explaining how "twelve regeneration cycles" (or whatever the original bit of one-off doubletalk may have been) doesn't have to equate to just twelve character replacements is left as an exercise for any half-competent GM or hack space opera writer. It's below trivial.(Anyway, weren't there a lot more "past regenerations" flashed up on screen somewhere during the psychic duel with the Morbius or whatever the not-defunct-timelord-reduced-to-just-a -brain was called in that not-Frankenstein-ripoff story way back when?)Mind you, I do think that either Ecclestone is telling the truth, in which case he was a very silly person to take the job in the first place ("actor who plays long-running series character in potential stereotype" shock), or he isn't, and he has some other reason to quit, which is unfortunate.
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