January 6, 2009 |
The BBC says little-known actor Matt Smith will take over the title role in the long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who." The 26-year-old is the 11th actor to star in one of Britain's most popular TV shows -- and the youngest. Smith has appeared on the London stage and starred in the political TV drama "Party Animals," but is a relative unknown. The new role will make him a major star in Britain, where "Doctor Who" regularly draws 10 million viewers per episode. Current star David Tennant plans to leave the show after four special episodes this year.
April 17, 2010 |
That necessity is the mother of invention is nowhere more evident than in science fiction, where invention regularly breaks the bounds of what's possible in order to accomplish what's necessary. ( If we reverse the polarity on the atomic thruster terminals, Captain, maybe we can get this microwave oven started again .) In the case of the long-running sci-fi adventure series " Doctor Who," a cult hit here and a national phenomenon at home in the U.K., the practical matter of replacing the lead actor inspired what has become the hallmark of the series, and of the character: The Doctor dies, then regenerates: the same man but different; a different man, but the same.
January 5, 1995 |
In "The Jungle Book," Disney's live-action version of the Rudyard Kipling classic, the Indian boy Mowgli grows up among jungle animals and must learn about love, greed and firearms after the British colonialists discover him as a totally buff and sensitive young man. (Rated PG) * They've seen the Disney cartoon. They've even read the book. But three friends agreed the live-action movie version, complete with real elephants, tigers and bears, tops them all.
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March 26, 1997
"A Latino, Yes, but Not From Inside LAPD" (Column Left, March 20) ironically brings out the problem in Los Angeles and more specifically surrounding the hiring of a high-profile official. Why is it that the next police chief has to be Latino? Should we not be looking for the best candidate possible regardless of race? We need to look beyond color and choose based on character, experience and a solid plan for a safer Los Angeles. MATT SMITH Manhattan Beach Since the decision was made not to extend Chief Willie Williams' contract, can't we find one sensible and intelligent person to end the bickering among all the parties involved?
August 7, 2013 |
This just goes to show that if you give "Doctor Who" fans something they want to see, they'll come out for it, even on a Sunday afternoon in August. BBC America's "Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor" -- a 2 p.m. special formally introducing Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the next star of the perennial sci-fi series -- was the No. 1 telecast Sunday across social media (not including sports). It didn't do too badly in the TV ratings, either. "Doctor Who Live" scored 895,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen.
August 6, 2013 |
There is a new Doctor nearly in town: The 55-year-old Scots actor Peter Capaldi, best known this side of the Atlantic for Armando Iannucci's BBC series "The Thick of It" (loosely the model for HBO's "Veep") and film spinoff "In the Loop," and, going back some, for Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero," has been named as the next star of "Doctor Who," succeeding current Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. (If you aren't familiar with the franchise, every new Doctor is identical with the last; only the actors change.)