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Existential Friday: Who



There is much talk about who will become the next incarnation-regeneration of Dr.Who now that Matt Smith has announced he will be leaving the role. This is especially of interest because it is the 50th anniversary of the series. The media hype is even greater now that there is a huge increase in popularity of the show in America.

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People speculate on the age, gender, race and actor’s profile/level of celebrity. Who will be the next Dr. Who ? All sorts of rumours and attempts to generate increased news media attention have been happening across the internet. Keep in mind the Mass Media Principle – All Mass Media have business interests – check out How To Predict The Next Doctor Who.

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To keep all this media hype & existential pondering in context, consider the video provided. Some choose to walk on the bridge, while others use the rope. Who is better centred in their sense of Self ? Who indeed ?


7 responses

  1. lucywilliamspoetry

    Am so excited about the 50th anniversary episode, mostly because my favorite doctor is going to be in it (Mr Tenant) .

    June 15, 2013 at 4:56 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks for dropping by. I think both Tenant & Smith both managed to capture ongoing aspects of the Doctor’s character very effectively. That is always the challenge of any actor in the role; have their own unique take while suggesting/alluding to echoes of the previous versions. I never felt that Christopher Eccleston was as successful at that aspect of the role.
      As a David tenant fan, make sure to see The Decoy Bride (2011 British romantic comedy). Just saw it recently, really well done. The pacing is British, not Hollywood, and it has the typical quirky small community elements that the Brits do so well. 🙂

      June 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      • lucywilliamspoetry

        Ooohh yes I saw he was in that but haven’t watched it yet. Saw him in Broadchurch and that was amazing!!

        June 23, 2013 at 4:32 am

  2. Exciting times for Dr. Who.
    I can say I recognize 4 of the men who played him. Of course I recognize them from Dr. Who. Have any of them done anything after Dr. Who of note? Does it help or hinder their future. There have been several James Bonds, all of them have gone on to be more well known.

    June 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

    • elmediat

      The older ones have all had lengthy successful careers . Interestingly, the ones who have had the shortest runs as the Doctor have had the most success ( in terms of name recognition) outside of England, Christopher Eccleston & Paul McGann.
      The British approach to professional acting seems much more fluid than in the States. The actors move more easily between television to movies, stage & radio. They may not gain the Hollywood celebrity status, but they are better trained. If we had better developed Canadian television & cinema production & distribution , I think our Canadian would have more home-grown recognition.

      June 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

  3. Something tells me I’m probably not going to be the next Doctor.
    Which is kind of sad, because my English accent is so good.
    And by ‘good’ I mean truly awful.
    So, on second thought…
    yeah, never mind.

    June 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

    • elmediat

      You could be the Un-Doctor from an alternate universe, Who travels through time & space leaving behind pieces of artwork . 😀

      June 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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