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John Byrne

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Posted: 20 March 2018 at 1:07pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

A comment I made just now in the Christopher Eccleston thread prompted a thought/question:

Aside from the obvious reason (different actors) why would the Doctor's accent change with each incarnation? This is more or less a recent affectation, as the early Doctors had approximately the same posh accent, but since (and including) Tennant, there has been a wider range.

But does that make sense?

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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 20 March 2018 at 6:29pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Not to me, I preferred the posh thespian approach to him, but then a lot of things got done that don't make sense to me over the years. I'm sure the first hand-over to Patrick Troughton, a shorter actor than Hartnell, had some viewers switching off unable to reconcile that. I can't see why the Doctor now is doing something only the 'Master' of all his race has been known to do... change gender. Could Romana as easily have been male? If these characters could be that wide-ranging in identity do they cease to have actual character? Might as well be Scottish (McCoy), or loud (Colin Baker), or practice Venusian Judo (Pertwee).

I guess you just have to try to overlook the dodgy bits and wobbly things or simply not bother. Sometimes I've just not bothered. I'll give the new gal a chance, but it'll be a heck of a trick to keep me for very long I think.
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Eric Morin
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Posted: 21 March 2018 at 9:30am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Speaking of Venusian Judo, that seemed to come and go
with the third doctor. That skill could have come in
handy for future Doctors.
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Bob Simko
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Posted: 21 March 2018 at 10:01am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Didn't 12 use it in the finale 2 parter?
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