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Published on April 23rd, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Better Than Tennant?

He’s been in the job for just a few episodes – can Matt Smith be better than his Doctor Who predecessor David Tennant? That’s certainly the message today from one broadsheet newspaper…

Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and David TennantMichael Deacon of the Telegraph (who are giving away Doctor Who BBC Audiobooks all this week) reckons that Matt Smith is already better than David Tennant, although how much of this is due to personal preference rather than a balanced appraisal is difficult to judge.

Says Deacon:

I would go further than any of the reviewers I’ve read to date. Indeed, I’m prepared to utter what I gather is an unpardonable heresy in the world of Whovians. Because I’d say Matt Smith is already quite a lot better as the Time Lord than David Tennant was.

All that mugging and gasping and gaping. All that sub-Frankie-Howerd squawking and groaning. All that try-hard eccentricity…He looks like Harry Potter’s camp uncle.

Which is pretty contentious stuff, I think you’ll agree. Love him or hate him, the majority of fans adored the Tenth Doctor (rightly or wrongly) but this is a considerable dismissal of 4 years of Doctor Who.

Personally, I think they’re both great, and very different. Comparing them is like comparing Tom Baker to Jon Pertwee – in 1974 Pertwee was the most popular Doctor Who to date, but this soon changed…

So far the comments to the offending article have been limited to “You mind if I rip those audiobooks to mp3 and stick them on the internet?” although we expect this to change once the post becomes better known throughout fandom…


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

One Response to Better Than Tennant?

  1. avatar Leosw4 says:

    Certainly Matt matches my idea of what the Doctor should be, but everyone sees things differently and opinions will vary.
    I sort of disengaged with David’s take from series 3 (his second) onwards, moreso to on reflection, with how his Doctor was being written, yearning for Rose and being completely dissmissive of Martha. It was something I was’nt comfortable with.With the writing becoming self indulgent to a point, it started to feel like the David Tennant show to me and I was glad to see the back of him.
    I think for me, time may prove a great healer, as with Colin Baker, I will look back on his tenure with great affection and enjoy whatever forays awaite us into Big finish and the like.

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