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23 June 2013 @ 08:28 pm
Rumor Has It...  
...that Rory Kinnear has been offered the role as the new Doctor Who. Rumor also has it that the rumor is completely false.

I'm of the mind that he hasn't been given the call. Last go around, there were whispers about who had been offered the role and when they announced Matt Smith, he was a complete surprise. I'm guessing this will be much the same thing.

For those of you who are all like, "Who?" at the mention of Rory Kinnear, he is the actor who has been playing Bill Tanner for the past several James Bond movies and who starred in the Hollow Crown's Richard the II. These are just the two most recent things he's done as Kinnear is in just about everything. He always tends to play that guy in the background who isn't showy but always dependable. And then I saw him in Hollow Crown as Bolingbroke and realized he's kind of amazing. Everyone was jumping up and down about the larger names attached to Hollow Crown like Tom Hiddleston but Kinnear was incredible. His costar in Richard II was Ben Whishaw so I was privately amused while watching Skyfall when they shared a scene.

Tanner: Hey, remember when we did Shakespeare together? You banished me and I was super sad about it? That was fun, right?
Q: Totally.
Mallory (walks in): Are you guys talking Shakespeare in here?
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 24th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
Oh, I rather like Rory Kinnear. I haven't seen him in enough to know if he'd be flamboyant enough to be The Doctor. Though I agree that whoever it is will likely come out of nowhere. I do hope they go with someone older, this time. Any younger and he'll still have spots.

I could have sworn Rory Kinnear was in one of Digital Theatre's Shakespeare productions, but he isn't. I wonder if I confused him with Roger Allam in a weird sort of 'I know someone Scrib likes was in that' way.

The Hollow Crown is coming to PBS in the Fall, I am pleased!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 24th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
I haven't seen him in enough to know if he'd be flamboyant enough to be The Doctor.

Yeah, I have no clue if he can be ostentatious enough to be the Doctor. Maybe if Kinnear does tackle the role, his will be more sedate but still eccentric. I do agree that they should get someone a little older for the role now.

I could have sworn Rory Kinnear was in one of Digital Theatre's Shakespeare productions, but he isn't. I wonder if I confused him with Roger Allam in a weird sort of 'I know someone Scrib likes was in that' way.

Kinnear is doing Iago for NTL's Othello right now. Maybe that's what you were thinking of?
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 24th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)

Yeah, I have no clue if he can be ostentatious enough to be the Doctor. Maybe if Kinnear does tackle the role, his will be more sedate but still eccentric. I do agree that they should get someone a little older for the role now.


I wouldn't mind seeing a less hammy actor, actually. I love British television and actors, but subtlety is not the nation's strong suit.

Kinnear is doing Iago for NTL's Othello right now. Maybe that's what you were thinking of?

Yes! That's it. I was looking at that last night. Way to know more about my brain than me. *high fives*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 24th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
I love British television and actors, but subtlety is not the nation's strong suit.

It's weird because they used to be KNOWN for subtlety. I always associated British media and British humor as the more subtle, dry type than say, American humor. It still might be but perhaps just not in the Doctor Who show these days.

The Hollow Crown is coming to PBS in the Fall, I am pleased!

I might be in the minority but I liked Richard II the best and probably Henry V the least. I loved how Richard II was shot and the cast overall was uniformly excellent. Henry V for whatever reason seemed to drag and sag in various places despite it being a much more action packed play.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 24th, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
It's weird because they used to be KNOWN for subtlety. I always associated British media and British humor as the more subtle, dry type than say, American humor. It still might be but perhaps just not in the Doctor Who show these days.

Yeah, that's true still, I suppose. I was thinking more of Who and Merlin and the fantasy type things, I think. I imagine they are both hindered by half the things they're reacting to not being there, so they don't know how big to go.

I might be in the minority but I liked Richard II the best and probably Henry V the least. I loved how Richard II was shot and the cast overall was uniformly excellent. Henry V for whatever reason seemed to drag and sag in various places despite it being a much more action packed play.

I haven't seen any of it, yet. Mum's just finished a War of the Roses kick, though, so she should be pleased to see some of the people she's been reading about up on screen. And the cast looks amazing.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 24th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
I imagine they are both hindered by half the things they're reacting to not being there, so they don't know how big to go.

It also feels a little like a generation thing. Some of the older actors seem less prone to mixing up over the top acting with giving a spirited performance. This is sort of why I hope for an older Doctor Who this go around.

And the cast looks amazing.

It was! I enjoyed watching all the historical plays in chronological order of the events and keep in mind that Rory Kinnear eventually aged to be Jeremy Irons and father Tom Hiddleston.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 24th, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
It also feels a little like a generation thing. Some of the older actors seem less prone to mixing up over the top acting with giving a spirited performance. This is sort of why I hope for an older Doctor Who this go around.

I feel a little like modern actors are trained for the stage, and don't know to tone it down for a camera. You have to be big and shouty on stage, but a camera will pick things up without that.


It was! I enjoyed watching all the historical plays in chronological order of the events and keep in mind that Rory Kinnear eventually aged to be Jeremy Irons and father Tom Hiddleston.


Oh, that's cool! I really like stories that span generations. My mum and I have been reading all of Kate Morton's books, and they appeal to me for that reason.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 24th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
By the way, thanks for alerting me to the National Theater Live thing again. I now want to book tickets to see Othello as well as Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth in the fall.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 24th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
No worries. Digital Theatre has some good productions, too, if you're in the mood. Tate and Tennant's Much Ado About Nothing, and all of Allam's History Plays, and they've started doing opera now, as well.