I Still Miss David TennantBut Matt Smith is terrific as The Doctor and has picked up the pieces of me that David Tennant - and John Noble from Fringe, Jensen Ackles from Supernatural, and Nathan Fillion from Firefly and Castle - left behind. Smith is exuberant and adorable and has a firm grasp on the depth of the character, seemingly on par with Tennant already. I'm hardly ever so impressed with someone so quickly, except for the above mentioned people and a few others, such as Robert Downey Jr.
Tennant's portrayal was tragic and joyous, kind and vengeful, humble and know-it-all arrogant. He invested his whole heart in such a beautiful, fearless way, making the character and stories feel real and relatable. It seems that Smith has the same level of talent. Hopefully, he'll be with us just as long as the last Doctor, if not longer, the delay into 2013 notwithstanding.
By the way, how awesome is it that DT is in Fright Night? In an ideal world it would be as good as he deserves and he would have a satisfying amount of screen time, which is asking a lot. I probably won't get much for my $10, but I'll be happy to pay it.
But what I really want is for him to be on TV again with another essential part in a series that I'll get to see every week. He almost had that with Rex is Not Your Lawyer. I was pissed when it didn't get picked up last year. Could have been a fun show.
Even if they had gone with someone else, say Emmett J. Scanlan, I would have given it a shot.
If you came across this through a search with a strangely written summary, please know that I was in the middle of the very rough draft when I accidentally clicked the publish button. I deleted it immediately, but Google got to it first. And then I decided to break the way too long post into bite-sized chunks and split this off into its own thing. So watch out for a series of posts showcasing Tennant and Smith.