Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The End Of The Doctor?

The End Of The Doctor?

At the beginning of the year over on the BBC we got to see the end of David Tennant as The Doctor on the long standing British Sci-fi program Doctor Who. With him ending their run on the very time travel heavy show was the very gay friendly writer Russel T. Davis who was the show runner/head writer. And considering how some of his stories really had a lot of potential but petered out at the end with some half assed resolution, it can only be a good thing that he's gone.

RTD, for short, was really predictable. So much that there's a sort of Doctor Who bingo for the following stories. It's a sort of guessing game. i guess you can take a shot or a drink whenever you mark one off and the person who wins gets to win whatever wager you make before. There's only two because, let's be honest, you're more than likely a nerd if you're watching Doctor Who and if you have more than one person over.. I'd be surprised.

But as all things happen, they'll knock four times and you'll have to move on. So what's next for David Tennant? Well, this Scottish born actor who not only was The Doctor, but you yanks may know him from his role as Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I'm going to assume you never seen the Royal Shakespeare Company or their take on Hamlet, so let's just move on from there you uncultured swine.

But any how, David Tennant is moving to a place where I'm not too happy about right now. NBC. Yes, with the new 10pm slot open, it seems that there's a lot of prime time real estate up for grabs and this show is an attempt by NBC to get back in the game. So what's it about? The premise is rather simple;

"The show, from Universal Media Studios, follows Rex Alexander (Tennant), a big shot Chicago lawyer who starts "suffering panic attacks and takes up coaching clients to represent themselves in court." Tambor is going to play Rex's psychiatrist. He is a specialist in anxiety disorders but he also suffers from them as well. To compound their relationship he starts a fling with Rex's mother."

It will also feature such as Jane Curtin and Jerry O'Connell.. Yes, that fat kid from Stand By Me will be playing Rex's best friend. Which was oddly enough going to be played by the actor who is Mohinder Suresh from the TV show Heroes. But it looks like he won be jumping off that sinking ship any time soon.

Now you may be wondering how David Tennant, a man who has a heavy Scottish Accent, will be able to pass as if he was an American. Worry no more. As the following youtube will give you an idea as to what Tennant will sound with an American accent. It's an exert from an audio-book he did called "The Beast of Clawstone Castle".

I have to say that I'm excited for this show. Here's hoping that NBC doesn't screw it up. It has a funny concept. But not to mention that this brings David to L.A. and the chances of me meeting the Doctor increase a great number. It means I don't have to go to London in order to hopefully come across him.

Though, the idea of the Doctor being a slightly less girly Ally McBeal is both interesting, in that I hope it means that NBC will pick it up, and at the same time I'm not sure if I'm going to be proud to be saying I watch it. Either way, the next step is that NBC needs to approve it. So far it's been getting some strange reactions from the test screenings it has had.

While NBC has a lot of holes to fill with Leno back at the tonight show, it seems that NBC is in a holding pattern with the show. It's not commenting on if it's a go. An NBC rep declined to comment, but a Peacock source insists Rex remains under consideration for fall. “The sets are on fold-and-hold,” maintains the insider. “They will still be available if the show is picked up for the fall.”

So.. who knows. I suppose it's just a matter of seeing what else NBC has to offer in terms of shows, because really.. they don't have much else.

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