Mr. Bean: An Origin Story?

 

I have never hid the fact that I played a lot of video games and watched a ton of TV/movies in my youth. Before my parents upgraded to the elephant sized satellite dish whose movements tracked broadcasting signals beamed down from some celestial satellite in the sky; we were stuck with the normal 80s and early 90s TV stations: CBS, Fox, NBC, and my favorite PBS. PBS wasn’t just the channel that entertained and educated me through Sesame Street and Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood but PBS made me laugh. Shows like Are you Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances caused me to wake up my parents multiple nights from the laughter that would come from my laughter that broke the quiet in the house. PBS brought me to sci-fi comedy shows like Red Dwarf and introduced me to a show that would become one of my favorites, Doctor Who. But after that giant satellite dish was planted in our backyard, I found a familiar face on HBO: Mr. Bean.

Atkinson_RowanDuring the early 90s my family stumbled across Mr. Bean, as the sketches would be released throughout the early 90s. The British sitcom, created by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson (the man that portrays Mr. Bean), was based the show after a character that Atkinson created while he was working on his master’s degree at Oxford University. The ‘child in a grown man’s body’ and his teddy are seen in the show solving various everyday problems, while causing disruption with the unusual solutions to the seemingly simple tasks. Mr. Bean rarely speaks in the show and this adds to the hysterical interactions with the people around him.

Mr_Bean_in_Serbian_(4333769801)During its five-year run, Mr. Bean only produced 15 episodes; but the show itself has not only has been sold in 245 territories worldwide, it inspired an animated cartoon spin-off and two feature films that found Atkinson reprising his role as Mr. Bean. Atkinson has appeared countless times as the Mr. Bean character in other venues: Countless sketches for Comic Relief, a performance at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, and even a Snickers commercial. The show has definitely had its impact in the world of Pop Culture, because the two most popular TV shows according to Facebook fan likes is The Simpsons and…you guessed it: Mr. Bean. Despite the show’s regular run ending over 20 years ago, Mr. Bean is the second most liked TV show on Facebook at 61.5 million as of 2015. Here’s some perspective…The Walking Dead, whom some in the Pop Culture community would consider one of the most popular shows has about half of the number of Facebook likes as Mr. Bean. And Game of Thrones has half of that!

So…besides my adoration for the show, what fuels this blog today you may ask? As I was re-watching the series for the umpteenth dozen time, a thought crept into my mind of Beanandteddywhich I had never even imagined. Who is Mr. Bean? Rowan Atkinson himself likened the Bean character to that of “…an 11-year-old boy who’s given the responsibilities of an adult but hasn’t learned better.” “There’s always this sort of feeling of a childlike innocence combined with a childlike vindictiveness and selfishness and instinctive anarchy.” So what is the origin of this naive comic hero? Don’t laugh too hard at this or scoff too loudly but I think that Mr. Bean…is an alien.

Mr._bean_title_cardNow I know that I might have lost some of you on this one but bear with me for a second. Just take for instance the opening credits of the show where Mr. Bean falls from the sky in a beam of light, while the fall is accompanied by the heavenly Southwark Cathedral Choir singing Ecce homo qui est faba which is translated as “Behold the man who is a bean”. Later episodes show Bean being dropped from the night sky in a deserted London street against the backdrop of the St Paul’s Cathedral. That’s not enough for you? How about at the end of episodes three and six, he is shown being sucked right back up into the sky in that same bean of light. Still not convinced? Well even Atkinson himself admitted that Mr_bean_animeBean has a “slightly alien aspect to him”. In the animated series episode “Double Trouble”, the alien aspect of him was brought to light when he was sucked up into a ‘UFO’ with aliens who look exactly like him. At the end of the episode he is even sent back ‘home’ in the same beam of light and similar accompanying choir-esque music.

Bean_Budapest_(5044219305)Though Mr. Bean is never actually outed as being an extraterrestrial, the evidence is there to think about and adds another dimension to the character when you re-watch the episodes, imagining that the experiences are that of an alien…trying to live in an alien world. Or if he was a man whom aliens abducted, tested upon, and is again and again re-abducted for the aliens to best observe life on this alien planet. Many fan theories out there agree with my hypothesis and in a 1993 interview Atkinson himself places more weight on the fan theory that Mr. Bean is in fact an alien. Atkinson explains that referring to the Bean character in an un-produced Mr. Bean episode,

“He sees this spaceship landing in a field and he stops the car. He looks up and suddenly the door (lowers) and this bright light comes out of the spaceship and a Mr. Bean walks out of the spaceship…and then another Mr. Bean and they all shake hands and then 25 more Mr. Beans all come out of the spaceship and pat him on the back and say ‘very nice to see you’. And then all the Mr. Beans go back up into the spaceship and the door goes up and that’s the end of Mr. Bean.”

SONY DSCHim being an alien could easily explain why everyday tasks like interacting with other humans, ordering food at a restaurant, driving around in his British Leyland Mini MK, or even going swimming are so hard for him. Either way the humor of the show comes from the absurd solutions to our everyday problems and the complete disregard for the people around him when he solves these problems. Or better yet his pettiness or even the malevolence. So does it matter if Bean is an alien or not? Of course not, but since Atkinson admits that he’ll never retire the character, maybe a new Mr. Bean movie or possibly TV episodes will finally reveal the mystery behind the ‘man who is a bean’.

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Mr. Bean and Teddy screenshot – Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12850641

Bean tag in Budapest by Metro Centric – Budapest, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53778477

Mr. Bean title shot by Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24330368

Rowan Atkinson by Gerhard Heeke – Photo taken by Gerhard Heeke., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=226929

Mr. Bean movie advertisement in Serbia by David Bailey from Laktasi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53778490

Mr. Bean Cartoon image – Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2224196

Rowan Atkinson and Manneken Pis in Brussels by Antonio Zugaldia from Brussels, Belgium – cropped verion ofDSC00220, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2757565

Mr Bean on a Mini by Nathan Wong – originally posted to Flickr as Mr Bean at Goodwood, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9681387

 

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The Purposeful Behavior in Romeo and Juliet

Romeo_JulietIt could go without saying that when someone says ‘love story’ that you will more than likely think of Romeo and Juliet. The story has represented the image of true love and romance since it was first performed at the Globe Theater in 1595. The story has been and is retold in many forms; while the story itself is quoted and referenced throughout Pop Culture in movies like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Princess Diaries, songs like “Love Story” by Taylor Swift and “(Just like) Romeo and Juliet” by The Reflections, or even a TV show like Doctor Who. So I think that we would be foolish if we said that the story has not had a considerable influence on not only Pop Culture but our society in general.

So what about the actual story in Romeo and Juliet? Writers explain that there are only seven basis plot types in literature: overcoming a monster (which has existed since Beowulf and Biblical stories like David and Goliath), rebirth, a quest, voyage and return, rags to riches, comedy, and in our case…the tragedy. So if we think about the story itself, what causes the tragic story of these two star-crossed lovers whose death ultimately brings together the feuding families of the Capulets and Montagues? In regards to human behavior, what drove the now archetypal young lovers into one another’s arms in love and ultimately in death?

According to the principles of praxeology, humans engage in purposeful behavior. Meaning that humans and their decision-making processes are based on their preferences. In his book Human Action, Ludwig von Mises states that, “human action is purposeful behavior. …(a)ction is will put into operation and transformed into an agency, is aiming at end goals, is the ego’s meaningful response to stimuli and to the conditions of its environment, is a person’s conscious adjustment to the state of the universe that determines his life.” Is it possible to say that the love between Romeo and Juliet, demonstrates a tragic display of what happens when the forced behavior of humans meets the chaotic complexity that is life?

Act_II_Scene_VIAn ‘action axiom’ is defined as something that ‘embodies a criterion for recommending action’, and essentially states that ‘if something holds, then the following should be done.” Despite any last-ditch-efforts, the families in Romeo and Juliet could not rectify or correct the chaotic turn that their chosen behaviors had taken. Their love could be nature itself repairing the predetermined course that their families had chosen for them. It is definitely defendable that the love, and regretfully tragic death, of Romeo and Juliet is merely the result of the family’s predetermined action axiom. Although the meeting of Romeo and Juliet at the ball was happen stance; the push and pull of the Capulets and Montagues to keep them apart was the the cause of their love. Even through the families had fought to achieve a desired result; who would have thought that the result of their choices would have been the death of two love-struck teenagers? Sadly the result of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic story is based on the actions of some other ‘Human’s Action’. 


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Featured image: Sir Frank Dicksee’s 1884 Romeo and Juliet painting by Frank Dicksee – http://www.odysseetheater.com/romeojulia/romeojulia.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=896519

Romeo and Juliet 1879 poster available from the US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1648057

Romeo and Juliet, Act II – Scene VI by Sir John Gilbert – Melhoramentos Edition, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1455599

Cinematically Significant Garb

When we think of all of our favorite iconic movies, our first thoughts are the big named stars that brought these characters and situations to life. The details that make these characters come to life are so vastly important but in the scheme of things are vastly overlooked. The locations that are painstakingly searched for. The period correct salt and pepper shakers on the dinner table that production assistants purchase from thrift store and antique stores. The 1950s cars parked outside the diner that are rented from restoration experts. Or how about the perfect fabricated jacket that completes the lead villain’s outfit?

Hollywood-Sign-croppedThe nine white letters spelling out the word ‘Hollywood’ stand proudly over the chaotic cacophony of multifarious movies and TV shows that are constantly competing for our attention. But movie producers have to pay special attention to the details because in this day and age, we pop culture buffs watch for the discrepancies. We search for the on screen mistakes, just as much as we do the homages and easter eggs. We laugh when we notice that Happy’s car in Spiderman: Homecoming was in park during the driving scenes. We scoff when we notice that Han Solo’s jacket appears and disappears when his hands are untied before being placed into the carbonite in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. We point to the screen emphatically when the gas cylinder is visible on the overturned chariot in the “Battle of Carthage” Colosseum scene in Gladiator. So wouldn’t it be fair to say that movie producers strive to have things completely correct in movies; because ultimately, I think that most movie makers want to produce a piece of art that they are proud of (not just make money). Most movie makers take their time to produce an amazing product but by doing so they without thinking take the things that would seemingly be a small detail of a character become an iconic image.

When we think of Indiana Jones, one of the first things that think about is Harrison Ford in his fedora and leather jacket right? How iconic of an image is John Belushi in his ‘college’ shirt from Animal House? Or how about Michael Jackson’s infamous red jacket from his “Thriller” video? What about Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short’s giant sombreros and sequined suits from Three Amigos!? All of these items have one thing in common…a costume designer. And in this case, specifically Mrs. Deborah Nadoolman Landis.

Deb_Nadoolman_LandisDeborah Nadoolman Landis is not just the wife of director John Landis and mother to screenwriter Max Landis; but she is one of the premiere film and theater costume designers in America. She worked as a costume designer from 1977 to 2010 and helped bring to life some of Hollywood’s most memorable characters from movies, TV Shows and music videos. Works like Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, An American Werewolf in London, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller video just to name a few. She has lectured on costume design and taught classes at multiple universities around the world which led to the five years worth of the research and design of the art exhibit “Hollywood Costume” which showcased 130 iconic costumes loaned by sixty international archives and many private collectors. The international exhibit traveled all around the world while over 265,000 visitors were able to see some of the most most memorable costumes from movies/TV. (Sadly the exhibition finally wrapped up in 2015.) The curation of this exhibition took years to create and influenced so many people. The exhibition allowed we fans to see behind the curtain in a way that would fuel the industry, as well as educate and influence future costume designers and directors.

The costume designer is one of the most important aspects of the production of a movie. The costume designer takes the script and imagines what the characters should look like and wear. What if Doctor Who, after regenerating from Jon Pertwee’s velvet jacket and Jake_Blues_(John_Belushi)frilly shirt wearing 3rd Doctor to Tom Baker’s semi-bohemian 4th Doctor, had not received that huge 12 foot knitted wool scarf from Madame Nostradamus (which in real life was done by local knitter Begonia Pope after being asked by costume designer James Acheson to create a scarf). Imagine the Blues Brothers without their black suits and sunglasses. Try to imagine if Marilyn Monroe and her walked across that New York City white halter dress in The Seven Year Itch (created by William Travilla who dressed Monroe eight of her movies) had never walked across that subway grate. Thankfully we don’t have to imagine Back to the Future II without the custom self-lacing Nikes.

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** FILE ** In this Sept. 9, 1954 file photo, Marilyn Monroe poses over the updraft of a New York subway grating while in character for the filming of “The Seven Year Itch” in New York.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman, file)



 

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Featured Image – Film Costumes in Cinecitta studios photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Federico Fellini à Cinecitta, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24669193

Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles picture by Sten Rüdrich – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=752108

A vision of Jake Blues (John Belushi), The Blues Brothers by and attributed to Julie Facine – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16072104

Deb Nadoolman Landis image by and attributed  Floatjon – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50833257

Marilyn Monroe photo pose “Seven Year Itch” attributed to and Published by Corpus Christi Caller-Times-photo from Associated Press – Corpus Christi Caller-Times page 20 via en:Newspapers.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37860629

 

I knew it was only a matter of “Time”

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600px-SDCC_2014_-_Masters_of_the_Universe_(7752978172)Sometimes the only thing it takes is just time for all of the things that you dreamed of getting as a child, to be available to you when you are older. Unless you dreamed of owning a dragon or wanted to become a super hero, then you can pretty much fulfill your childhood dreams. GI Joe fans can join the Marines. Masters of the Universe fanatics can purchase He-Man’s power sword or Star Trek’s Trekkies can learn Klyngon while wielding the infamous Bat’leth. We can cosplay as Deadpool all day long while visiting our favorite Con. If we have the money can rock a mustache and black cowboy hat while driving 100 MPH in a black 1977 Smokey and the Bandit style Pontiac Firebird or sit back playing an Atari in a 1986 KITT Pontiac Trans Am. Carpentry ready fans can build a TARDIS in their backyard. Or those of us with a big imagination can travel back in time after they hit 88 MPH in their own Delorean. Is it exactly the same as we dreamed? Definitely not. But things usually are different than they seemed when we were little. Reality usually sits in but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun a little!

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For those of us born in the 80s, the realization of fulfilling our dreams is a little bit closer thanks to O’Reilly Auto Parts. Well….kind of. Anyways, go to the O’Reilly Auto Part’s website and search for Part #121G. Trust me!!! You won’t be upset that you did.

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Featured Image: He-Man is a TimeLord image by Chris Favero from USA – He-Man is a TimeLord?, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34364586
Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am image by and accredited to Pat Loika – LBCC-1, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42451758
He-Man, She-Ra and Teela cosplay image by and accredited to Ryan Quick from Greenbelt, MD, USA – Masters of the Universe, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42384853
Knight Rider KITT car image by and accredited to Thomas R Machnitzki (thomas@machnitzki.com) – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19551841
Delorean image by and accredited to Spanish Coches – DMC Delorean, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38114628

Top Cat’s Tuesday Top 10: The New Doctor Who?

480px-wpdwUnless you have been living under two rocks in the middle of the Sahara Desert for the last 50 years, you’ve seen a blue Police Box and its two hearted occupant; “The Doctor”. Yes, I am talking about the world’s favorite time traveler, Doctor Who and his blue TARDIS.

I was introduced to Doctor Who in the early 80s while watching PBS (one of the few channels that we had on our old turn knob television set) one Sunday afternoon; when all of a sudden I came across a silly man wearing a long colorful scarf, a brown suede fedora, and having grand adventures. Throughout the 80s incarnations of this altruistic humanoid alien, I watched Doctor Whotom_baker_as_dr_who on PBS (from Tom Baker to Sylvester McCoy) until my parents got one of those huge satellite dishes and we had more than 5 channels to peruse. Fast forward to 2006…I had graduated from college in 2005 and had a place of my own.  I also had broken down and paid the extra money for a satellite TV. Late one night that first week of having more channels to watch, I come across a beautiful blonde running around with the guy from one of my favorite movies, Gone in Sixty Seconds, now clad in a leather jacket. Needless to say I checked the show’s information and realized that this was a new Doctor Who show. After a few searches on the internet, I realized that I had missed a whole season of this reincarnation by not having satellite and that this new Doctor had already been replaced with another Doctor. So…I binged watched all of the 9th Doctor’s episodes and got caught up with the 10th Doctor’s episodes and continued along the way. This new incarnation would quickly become one of my favorite things.

tardis2As any Doctor Who fan knows, the Doctor changes. If your not familiar with Doctor Who, he is similar to James Bond and multiple characters have played the same person; except with The Doctor, a plot device was created for the show thusly allowing the Time Lords (the race of alien’s that The Doctor belongs to) to have the biological ability to regenerate their cellular structure and completely change their appearance. On the show this regeneration is how The Doctor ‘recovers’ from death but in reality it is how the originators of the show wanted the ability to continue the show, Patrick Troughton took over for William Hartnell after he became deathly ill in real life and had to leave the show. The Doctor character’s regenerations happen on screen when an actor leaves (or is fired from) the position. So far we have had 13 on screen regenerations and it would appear that when Season 10 with our current Doctor (portrayed by Peter Capaldi) is over, we need to prepare for another Doctor to take his place. Capaldi announced in January of this year 640px-2014_august_22_peter_capaldithat it was time to move on to other things despite loving Doctor Who. Since we are left with yet again ANOTHER regeneration to look forward to, that leaves me wondering who is going to be the next Doctor? I have compiled my list of my top ten potential choices based on the input and speculation over the years and the ones that I think would bring the most to the table by taking the helm and huge pop culture responsibility of becoming The Doctor.

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So here are the Top Cat’s Top 10: Who’s the New Doctor Who?:

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10. Hugh Laurie – He’s already played a Doctor on TV but just imagine the line delivery and performance from English actor, writer, singer, musician, comedian, and director Hugh Laurie. I mean…it would be Doctor House becoming Doctor Who. He’s a Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild winning actor who was in the Guinness World Book of Records as the most watched leading man on TV! I think that his acting prominence will keep him from becoming The Doctor but it is fun to imagine.

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9. Robert Carlyle – During the speculation period between Doctor’s 10 and 11, we didn’t know that Matt Smith would be our next Doctor. After we found out that David Tennant was leaving the show, there was much speculation that Robert Carlyle was going to be the next Doctor. I had only seen Carlyle in Trainspotting and 28 Weeks Later; and I hadn’t seen either of those in a long time. But as things go, he was not cast as our next Doctor but who is to say that his prominence and being the front runner in the past would put him at the top of the pick-list.

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8. Russell Tovey – If you’re familiar with other BBC shows, you’ve probably seen my number 9 choice. You may have seen Tovey as the werewolf, George Sands, on the BBC show Being Human or if your keen eye isn’t fooling you; you may recognize him from his current stint on ABC’s series Quantico. Oh. I forgot to mention that he’s been on Doctor Who before. Twice actually. He starred in the 2007 Christmas Special as Alonso Frame and he reprised his role again in the 2009-2010 Christmas special, “The End of Time”. My speculation is high on Tovey being cast as the Doctor (despite his low placement) because in 2007, Russell T. Davies, Doctor Who’s executive producer and head writer suggested that Tovey could be the replacement for then Doctor, David Tennant. Despite currently being cast in an on-going show, the history of Doctor Who reusing ‘old faces’ and the huge recommendation a couple of years ago by the show’s executive producer….I’d say that odd’s are forever in his favor. And no that wasn’t a slight homage to the Hunger Games.

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7. Jason Isaacs – Do you not recognize the name? Well, this seasoned actor has usually played a protagonist on film (everything from voicing Ra’s al Ghul in a Batman animated film to his portrayal of the cold-blooded British commander Colonel William Tavington in Mel Gibson’s Revolutionary War action-drama The Patriot to his most famous role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movie series). That’s right. I’m suggesting that Lucius Malfoy be The Doctor! How can I make such an audacious claim? Basically…he’s a seasoned British actor whom I think could bring a darker side to the Doctor that I think we all need. A darker, edgier side that we were promised to receive with Peter Capaldi, but alas never did.

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6. Bill Nighy – Not Bill Nye the Science Guy. I’m referring to British theater, television, and film actor Bill Nighy. If you’re still clueless, he was the elder Vampire Viktor in the Underworld movies. Still not clear who he is? Well, he also starred in one of my favorite movies of all time as the Magrathean planet designer Slartibartfast in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. You still don’t remember? Jeez. Okay….last hint! He was Davy ‘friggin’ Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise! Yeah…that guy! The thing that excites me about including Nighy in our list is the fact that he starred as Dr. Black in what could arguably be one of the greatest Doctor Who episodes and by far one of my favorite episodes, “Vincent and the Doctor”. Dr. Black is a curator at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Oh did that ring some bells for you? Maybe Matt Smith’s Doctor saying that he would love to be a curator at a museum in “The Day of the Doctor” (which is another one of my other favorite episodes by the way) where at the end of the episode are joined by none other than the 4th Doctor Tom Baker who is….a curator at a museum! That’s a spiderweb of confusing back and forths but by George you have to see how that all works together beautifully. Oh I just got goose bumps writing it all down. The conspiracy works and even though the actor is in his 60s, I think that just hearing his voice retorting “I’m the Doctor” would make me squeal with girlish delight.

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5. James Norton – Speaking of girlish delight. I’m not going to talk about this guy too much because I don’t want you to get too excited about seeing this heart throb becoming the new Doctor. The reason why is because Norton and Michael Fassbender (X-Men‘s new Magneto) are in the running to become the next James Bond. I say regretfully in the running because I really enjoy Daniel Craig as 007 and Norton would bring a lot to the table if he were cast as Doctor Who. An actor of his caliber, at his age, with his sex appeal…I imagine that, even though he’s a ginger, he would probably be our next James Bond before he would be our next Doctor Who.

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4. Richard Ayoade – My cousin introduced me to The IT Crowd a short while ago and I binge watched every episode within a 3 day period. I have since re-watched every episode again because I enjoyed it immensely. Richard Ayoade and Chris O’Dowd’s on screen charisma and the show’s hilarious antics still have me cracking up to this day. In The IT Crowd, Ayoade’s character Maurice Moss quirky genius made the show. I would love to see the quick responses and quirky genius that Moss has shown in his many on screen characters and representations on Doctor Who. I think that his intelligence and quirkiness would be just what we and the Doctor needs.

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3. Chris O’Dowd – Okay. So its not coincidental that these guys are together side by side on the list. They are both amazing choices but if I had to choose, I would want to see O’Dowd because Ayoade’s Moss character is AMAZINGLY FUNNY and I don’t know if I want to see him diverting too much from that character. I am sure that Ayoade could pull off the serious bits because he is a great actor but between O’Dowd’s stint on The IT Crowd, his time on the HBO show Girls, or his heart warming role in Christopher Guest’s series Family Tree; O’Dowd has the charisma and charm that would allow him to make a great Doctor.

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2. Ben Whishaw – Ben Whishaw and our current but soon to be out the door Doctor, Peter Capaldi, have already starred together in the 2014 film, Paddington. Despite the fact that Whishaw only voiced the character, there is an existing connection. Besides this very obscure and completely unrelated connection, Whishaw is one of the top choices to be the next Doctor.

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1. Rupert Grint – Rupert Grint, or as you may commonly know him Ron Weasley, has remained relatively out of the limelight since his multi-movie appearance as the goofy best friend of Harry Potter in the Harry Potter film series. Besides the Doctor finally becoming a ginger, Grint is bringing with him a career that has spanned since he was 11 years-old. At 28, he may be young but a fresh, yet extremely well known, face may be just we Whovians need. Bringing in the Harry Potter fan base to the Doctor Who universe would also be beneficial. As stated before, he would be one of the youngest actors to ever play the Doctor…but most of all, he would finally be a ginger. I’m not a Harry Potter ‘fan’, so to speak; so my pick isn’t all that fan oriented. I mainly pick him because I think that it would bring something to the show that we haven’t had in a long time.

Honorable mentions: Chris Barrie, David Harewood, Andrew Buchan and Rory Kinnear.

Noteworthy: Here comes the part that is going to make me unpopular. You might notice that my top 10 list was void of any potential female Doctors. My reasoning behind that is that I do not think that there should be a female Doctor. Before you get all bent out of shape and think less of me, let me explain. As I stated earlier, I have been a fan of Doctor Who since I was a child and I do not think that it will be for the betterment of the character to change ‘him’ into a woman. Do I think that the actresses that have been slated to potentially take the Doctor’s place are terrible choices? By no means do I think that Olivia Coleman or Tilda Swinton would make amazing choices if it were the right time. Why not have the Doctor die and allow his daughter to pilot the TARDIS; if we’re dying have a woman take the lead in the show. In Marvel comics, Iron Man has passed his mantle over to a young black woman named Riri Williams. Was I upset? No. Because after reading the story, the move seemed right. It was written beautifully. The mantle was handed over and the characters cohesively existed in the same universe. I just think that a decision to make the Doctor a woman would be politically charged and be done for shock value, more-so than to truly be a character development for the show. That is all. I’m not a racist bigot who doesn’t allow change. I just don’t want to see something tampered with for a politically motivated reason.  So….don’t hate me for having a differing opinion; even if three of the former Doctor’s have agreed that the new Doctor needs to be a woman. 🙂

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1. Doctor Who Logo by and accredited to Manbemel – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22447638
2. Tardis and logo photo by and accredited to Edjoerv – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32937870
3. Tom Baker by and accredited to CathyL007 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20584802
4. Tardis prop photo by and accredited to the original uploader was Zir at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2747260
5. Peter Capaldi in crowd photo by and accredited to Priya Deonarain – SAM_0953, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36685357
6. Hugh Laurie photo by and accredited to Flickr user Xside. User account: http://www.flickr.com/people/estmed/derivative work: RanZag (talk) – LaurieJacobsShore.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7697330
7. Robert Carlyle photo by and accredited to vagueonthehow from Tadcaster, York, England – Robert Carlyle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34824751
8. Russell Tovey photo by and accredited to Charlotte Pritchard – Russell Tovey, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41524611
9. Jason Isaacs photo by and accredited to Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Jason IsaacsUploaded by maybeMaybeMaybe, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22896327
10. Bill Nighy photo by and accredited to alotofmillion – Bill Nighy, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3172889
11. James Norton photo by and accredited to Punting Cambridge: Website – Scudamore’s Punting Cambridge – https://www.flickr.com/photos/punting/21216646535/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45096040
12. Richard Ayoade photo by and accredited to Yusuf Laher (dudephotography) – http://flickr.com/photos/dudephotography/5510600348, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16872309
13. Chris O’Dowd photo by and accredited to Christopher William Adach from London, UK – WiPe – random_, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32538560
14. Ben Whishaw photo by and accredited to Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK – Judy and BenUploaded by tm, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27909421
15. Rupert Grint photo by and accredited to Joella Marano, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14961976
16. David Tennant photo by and accredited to vagueonthehow from Tadcaster, York, England – Russell T Davies & David Tennant, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36733382