I don’t usually reblog DOCTOR’S WIFE Fan art, but this is too good not to, with its beautiful Idris and baffled William Hartnell First Doctor…
It’s always been my contention (well, always since, um, 2008, I guess) that the First Doctor is the only one who can be replaced with another actor. And not just because it already happened once.
First, it just seems…OK. Maybe because he just seemed like a cranky old man…and that was pretty much it. Most TV adventure shows back then, the characters were a bit…thin. The fact that the Second Doctor was so interesting was unusual and welcome.
However, I can also understand if people disagree with that view of the First Doctor.
So, who says that we have to pop in on the First Doctor as an old man? What about as a younger man? A younger man who has been growing increasingly cranky with TL rules but, at that point, is content to be with his family.
I could go on into fan fiction territory, but that’s not the point of this blog entry.
The point is that I could easily see a First Doctor cast with a younger actor, preferably David Walliams. Although, Walliams, at about 6’3”, might be too tall. William Hartnell was about 5’8”. Of course, that’s the sort of thing that could be overlooked.
And Walliams could probably pull off old age makeup to make him more Hartnell-y.
Okay. Get on that, people.