Published on July 6th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley
Matt Smith’s Not Going Anywhere
Den of Geek has kindly provided us with further reasoning to back up the belief of Kasterborous (and anyone else who has any sense) that Doctor Who has not taken a nose dive into the void following The Big Bang.
In particular, the site focuses on Matt Smith, who, maddening and ridiculous as it sounds, has fallen under fire by certain entities of the media as to whether he should continue holding the office of the Doctor.Â I’m looking at you, William Hill.Â Do you actually believe, as you’ve predicted, that Smith has 9/2 chances of getting sacked?
Den of Geek responds to this by stating:
“Seriously? Is anyone actually pushing for this to happen?
“Letâ€™s make this utterly clear: Matt Smith should definitely carry on. Firstly, itâ€™s surely not even remotely serious that his tenure is being questioned, given that heâ€™s given an astonishingly varied performance across his first series in the role (bringing in a little of the cantankerous charm of Patrick Troughton in the process).
“Most seem to be in agreement that heâ€™s a strong actor, and an outstanding casting coup, and the show is all the better for having him.”
The only “argument” that the Smith decriers have is that the ratings have “dropped,” and even that isn’t reasonable.Â Figures for The Big Bang, which initially depicted a mere 5.1 million, were far from final.Â Since then, the tally has increased by a million viewers, allowing for a current score of 6.12 million.Â That’s not even including the BBC HD audience, which has yet to be added.Â Nor does it accommodate the 0.72 million who caught up on Sunday on BBC Three.
If you’re going to criticize an actor’s performance, don’t back up your statements with the fact that the potential audience is out enjoying the rare treat of British sunshine, knowing full well it can catch up later via DVR, iPlayer, or Sunday repeat.Â Sunlight and acting are two completely unrelated entities (I mean really, have you seen how pale Matt Smith is?Â He looks as if he hasn’t been outside in days!Â But no complaints here, because he’s still quite talented at his job), and go together about as well as fish fingers and… okay, I won’t go there.
This Den of Geek quote sums up the point:
“The show, as many seem to agree, has rarely been in better hands. And if anyone at the BBC is seriously considering replacing Matt Smith, then these three words are for you: youâ€™re a fool.”
News organizations:Â If you’re looking for a controversial story, stick with scandals about politicians.Â Don’t touch Doctor Who, because that will just make us all angry with you.Â Don’t make us twist into our Smiler faces.