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02 January 2010 @ 10:19 am
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Happpy new year!

And I'll start it by saying that the David Tennant era has now ended. I'm going to save my review of the Tenth Doctor for later, but in short it's not entirely positive. The Tenth Doctor had some great moments, but he was not a great Doctor. It will be interesting to see how Matt Smith copes.

When Eccleston regenerated into Tennant, fans around the world tried to work out what the Tenth Doctor would be like based on ten seconds of footage and a couple of lines of dialogue. Fans are now trying to do the same with Matt Smith... and I'm cautiously positive. Take a look for yourself at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lWBiONUfAI&feature=related. If you've not seen the episode (I haven't), the Doctor is slowly dying of radiation poisoning; so slowly that he's the first Doctor ever to get to say goodbye to all his former companions. But he can't put off the inevitable, and the regeneration proper starts at around 6 minutes into the clip.

The new Doctor gets a little bit of dialogue before the episode ends - generally not very good dialogue, though I like the comment on his nose - 'I've had worse.' Smith does as well as he can with it, and I suspect a good deal better than Tennant could. Anyway, roll on the new season, when Smith's trial really begins.