Thursday evenings edition of the Mark Radcliffe radio show featured regular guest ex-Slade singer (now a successsful radio presenter) Noddy Holder with his regular tv review. This week, Noddy focussed on the new series of Doctor Who.
The item opened with the “unmistakeable, one of the great tv theme tunes I think” – in Mark Radcliffe’s words – before Noddy confessed to not often seeing the show in the past due to gigging. Noddy believes the new show is a great family experience, a show that can be watched while eating. Noddy and Mark both agreed that Billie Piper’s performances have been good (having achieved a transformation from teenybopper and “celebrity wifelet”!), however for Noddy Holder, coming to the show as he says “as a new viewer”, the let down is the show’s star, Christopher Eccleston!
Basically, Noddy Holder isn’t comfortable with Eccleston doing funny lines; while he is happy to admit to his quality as an actor, Holder simply doesn’t find the Doctor “quirky” enough. This is a point with which Radcliffe agrees, suggesting that the Doctor isn’t quirky enough, that he is “just too cool and a bit ordinary”, and that his grinning is slightly that of “a village idiot”. Following a clip from Rose, they then discussed Eccleston’s departure – to which Noddy Holder wondered whether this was due to the actor having seen his own performances…
Mark Radcliffe mentioned that he found Aliens of London slightly cliche-ridden, (“Roswell”-style crash landing, examining the pig-alien on a mortuary slab etc.) although they both agreed that the tone was much lighter than the previous week. The overall opinion however was that the show is of course aimed at children, that the episodes are enjoyable and entertainment for all the family.
While eloquently discussed and containing well formed opinions, the matters raised in Thursday evenings show raise several interesting points for the first time in the mainstream media regarding Eccleston’s portayal (having been discussed at length in various places online).