Why is it a problem for kris to be the next doctor?
The problem isn’t with Kris Marshall as a bloke. I’m sure he’s a nice guy. From what I’ve seen of him, (and if you don’t think I went and watched some Death in Paradise or some My Family or…those…BT ads…to check him out the second his name popped up months ago, you’d be wrong), he’s an okay actor (emphasis on the okay, he’s neither exciting nor inspiring imo), but this is about what it says about the state of the show.
When Peter Capaldi was cast, it was a bold move. It might not have been the bold move people on here wanted at the time, (a man of colour/woman/woman of colour would have been…well..great), but this was a show making the choice to lose its dashing young lead and replace him with an older actor. What this said about the show is that it had confidence, it was willing to make bold creative choices, which I thnk was then reflected in the bolder, more psycologically complex series 8-9.
Doctor Who has, since then, waned a tad in terms of its public perception. Not neccessarily a fault of it’s own! As years have gone by, it has, naturally, subsided from the public eye. At the brink of a new era, ushered in by a new showrunner, now is the time, more than ever, to capture the interest of a 2018, modern day audience. I don’t think it’s controversial to say that you do that by being new and forward-looking,bold and confident.
Kris Marshall fits snugly into the David Tennant mould. He’s a mid-40′s, slightly quirky, slightly good-looking white man. He’s the definition of a no-confidence, safe choice. If he’s cast, we’ll be looking at a show trying desperately to recapture the storming mainstream populism of the Tennant years, which ended nearly a decade ago. We’ll be looking at a show intent on looking back instead of looking forward. We’ll be looking at a show, and a showrunner, who is more pre-occupied with finding a casual audience than it is with telling new, creative stories. And that’s something to be sad about, I think. Given what Doctor Who is. Given its optimism, its boldness, its dependance on change and renewal and moving on, I really, truly, do.
Also, he would be the 13th white man to play the doctor in a row and after 54 years and multiple seasons of increased diversity, representation, and set-up from Steven Moffat for a female Doctor (River Song, Clara’s arc, Missy, The General’s regeneration, literally the whole of World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls), it would be not only thematically inconsistent, but an utter shame for Chibnall to throw that all away at the start of what he claims to be a “bold new era”.