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Was Jodie Miscast?


Regardless of the gender debate....

Do you think that the wrong actress was chosen for the role?

There were claims that she "aced" it in her audition...

But has she "aced it" for you on the screen yet?


Are you team Jodie...?

Or not?


Please explain your choice.....

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I am going to go with miscast....

I think the Doctor, whatever the gender, is completely miscast. Can we really believe that there is 2000 years of wisdom behind those eyes and that Yorkshire accent?

Or that she could ever have been born on the planet Gallifrey?

Jodie's performance, also, seems to me to too easily fall back on a series of mannerisms and pulled faces.

Add to that a huge lack of presence and charisma, to the point where the companions have to collectively point out that she is in charge and I think this was a huge mistake in casting.

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I agree, Jodie was miscast. In fact, I think she was the first one to BE miscast. Everyone else who was chosen to play the Doctor has been ideal for their version of the Doctor, but with her they fumbled the ball. Maybe they were too preoccupied with making sure the pick was female instead of checking whether or not that person could actually ACT? And to be honest, I heard she was crap in Broadchurch, or her character suited her few abilities more there.

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I'm unsure if its her or the writing or a mix of both. I wasn't a fan of the women who fell to earth apart from the doctor but then just felt 13 has been the over the topness of 10 and 11 with the human side of 5. The problem is that nothing else has been added so i don't know yet what type of doctor she is

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The Woman Who Fell To Earth didn't sell me on Jodie either. A new Doctor's first episode in New Who seems to take a standard approach. Doctor crashes to Earth, is still a bit concussed and confused from regeneration. Stumbles about a bit, accidentally encounters a villain, gains their wits enough to see the villain off, tries on their costume for the first time. Invite somebody they met along the way to be a companion.

When Tennant, Smith and Capaldi all did this it felt right somehow. You're still getting used to the new Doctor, but there's the odd moment here or there when they begin feeling like The Doctor. In the final confrontation between The Doctor and Tzim-Sha, I didn't feel it. Jodie just didn't have the gravitas to give a big speech, and scare off an alien threat. She came across as whiny rather then commanding.

The writing doesn't help either. This last series Doctor Who feels more like it's about a person and her mates in a TARDIS, rather than about a Time Lord and her companions. The writers seem to be trying to make it an ensemble piece. Nothing wrong with that to an extent, but The Doctor has to stick out and be different/more intelligent/more alien than his companions. Jodie feels like one of the gang too much. If anything, Bradley Walsh's character feels more like the leader of the group. Another example showed in The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, when The Doctor ordered Graham to return to the TARDIS, and Graham refused. It made The Doctor look weak. Can you imagine that scene playing out with Eccleston, Tennant or Smith? No way they would've just let their companion refuse to return to the TARDIS on finding out they intended to kill. That was more about the writing than Jodie's performance of it, but it again underlined her lack of gravitas. Almost as if the writers were allowing for it.

Jodie does very well with the more light-hearted, childish alien aspect of The Doctor. But I don't think she has the ability to pull off the scenes were The Doctor needs to be assertive.

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2,000 somebody [spoiler]missed some Doctor Who episodes, or haven't watched them yet[/spoiler]

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In general, I think she's a poor actress.
The writing being dreadful didn't help, either.

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No. She was good.

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Not sure, wouldn't say she aced it though.

Too much 'gurnying'.
Too indecisive.
Not enough presence.

Having said that, most of the storylines were poor, which didn't help.

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