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(Radio Times)   New Doctor Who showrunner: J. Michael Straczynski?   (radiotimes.com) divider line
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2021-08-02 2:15:07 AM  
21 votes:
In a New York minute. Straczynski is awesome.
 
2021-08-02 2:20:56 AM  
17 votes:
Great Maker, now that sounds awesome.
 
2021-08-02 7:00:04 AM  
9 votes:
I wish.  It would be nice to have someone in charge who actually knows how to set up and execute a multi-season arc.
 
2021-08-02 2:26:04 AM  
6 votes:
Time machine indeed
 
2021-08-02 2:42:42 AM  
5 votes:
Yes, please.
 
2021-08-02 5:49:00 AM  
5 votes:
All of you guys said the same thing about JJ Abrams and Star Trek./how'd that turn out?
 
2021-08-02 6:28:27 AM  
5 votes:
I'm sure Neil Gaiman isn't doing anything.
 
2021-08-02 7:09:28 AM  
5 votes:
"(Well, technically two heartbeats, since two hearts...)," he added.

I realize that applies to both Time Lords and Centauri.
 
2021-08-02 11:45:13 AM  
5 votes:

zeroflight222: As long as he was allowed creative input, I'd love to see Richard Ayoade for awhile.  Even as just an alternate reality version or something.  It would be a return back to the bizarre and tongue-in-cheek humor of the older Who and less of the modern epic ballad.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the modern but they lost me after awhile when they put themselves into the corner of having to constantly outdo themselves.


He's got experience writing for Doctors:

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2021-08-02 5:38:54 AM  
4 votes:
Not Limey enough.
 
2021-08-02 6:56:50 AM  
4 votes:

Snapper Carr: Confabulat: PartTimeBuddha: Confabulat: I'm sure Neil Gaiman isn't doing anything.

If only.

I'm sure given his love of the franchise if the BBC could offer him more than 100 pounds and a holiday ham, he'd be all over it.

He preemptive declined the job

https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/sci-fi/n​eil-gaiman-doctor-who-showrunner-newsu​pdate/


Well to be fair, we do get a Sandman show out of the deal. Even the Doctor will want to watch that one.
 
2021-08-02 8:58:48 AM  
4 votes:
As long as he was allowed creative input, I'd love to see Richard Ayoade for awhile.  Even as just an alternate reality version or something.  It would be a return back to the bizarre and tongue-in-cheek humor of the older Who and less of the modern epic ballad.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the modern but they lost me after awhile when they put themselves into the corner of having to constantly outdo themselves.
 
2021-08-02 3:45:52 PM  
4 votes:
Whoever they get for the next showrunner, I think they ought to stick with a female Doctor for awhile. Even though nearly everyone agrees Whittaker was unfairly saddled with bad writing, if the series immediately goes back to featuring another dude, it'll still leave the impression that making the Doctor a woman was a mistake. And that would be unfair.

Besides, it's canon that Time Lords often imitate the appearance of others when they regenerate. Do a few seasons of Karen Gillan as the Doc. It would be worth it just for the one inevitable episode where she bumps into Amy Pond again.
 
2021-08-02 6:44:30 AM  
3 votes:

PartTimeBuddha: Confabulat: I'm sure Neil Gaiman isn't doing anything.

If only.


I'm sure given his love of the franchise if the BBC could offer him more than 100 pounds and a holiday ham, he'd be all over it.
 
2021-08-02 6:53:31 AM  
3 votes:

Trik: Confabulat: I'm sure Neil Gaiman isn't doing anything.

Didn't he recently get #METOO'ed?


No.  He broke Scotland's lockdown rules during quarantine.  It was a minor kerfuffle and he owned up to it.
 
2021-08-02 8:32:11 AM  
3 votes:
Hesitant yes.

I say hesitant because I saw what he did to Spider-Man comics. Horrible crap like the "spider-totem" origin for his powers, or killing Spidey and having his corpse form a cocoon and then come back with new powers (He can control spiders now! He has wrist-popping stingers kind of like Wolverine! He can stick with any part of his body!), or retconning Gwen's death to have her boinking Norman Osborn behind Peter's back before she died. JMS did some terrible, horrible, no-good things to Spider-Man just for the sake of "changing things", and most of them were so incredibly awful that they had to retcon them by having Pete trade his marriage (and the last several years of JMS' writing, the part they were really exorcising) to Mephisto to save Aunt May.

JMS is a good writer when he's not trying to "change things up". If he could have Gwen farking Norman Osborn, then I hate to see what he'd do to River Song.
 
2021-08-02 2:24:29 PM  
3 votes:

WilderKWight: Hesitant yes.

I say hesitant because I saw what he did to Spider-Man comics. Horrible crap like the "spider-totem" origin for his powers, or killing Spidey and having his corpse form a cocoon and then come back with new powers (He can control spiders now! He has wrist-popping stingers kind of like Wolverine! He can stick with any part of his body!), or retconning Gwen's death to have her boinking Norman Osborn behind Peter's back before she died. JMS did some terrible, horrible, no-good things to Spider-Man just for the sake of "changing things", and most of them were so incredibly awful that they had to retcon them by having Pete trade his marriage (and the last several years of JMS' writing, the part they were really exorcising) to Mephisto to save Aunt May.

JMS is a good writer when he's not trying to "change things up". If he could have Gwen farking Norman Osborn, then I hate to see what he'd do to River Song.


I'm in favor of him running Doctor Who not just because he's a great writer who knows the importance of planning ahead, but also because he has proven that he is extremely familiar with the logistics, trials and tribulations that come with running a TV show. When you hear him talk about a lot of the issues they ran into producing Babylon 5, it becomes very apparent that he had a plan for just about every contingency, and was always thinking in terms of how easily they could pull off whatever story ideas they came up with when the time came to actually film it.

TV show production can often be like herding cats, with competing interests between budget concerns, time constraints, and unexpected personal issues among both actors and crew. JMS has definitely shown a knack for balancing these concerns, and I think that'd make for a valuable asset if he brought that talent with him as a showrunner for Doctor Who.
 
2021-08-02 5:44:35 AM  
2 votes:
fark yes

Doctor Who has been poisoned by British mediocrity for too, too long. To start with it was kind of dumb and charming, but it's been boring as hell for a decade now.
 
2021-08-02 6:54:47 AM  
2 votes:

Confabulat: PartTimeBuddha: Confabulat: I'm sure Neil Gaiman isn't doing anything.

If only.

I'm sure given his love of the franchise if the BBC could offer him more than 100 pounds and a holiday ham, he'd be all over it.


He preemptive declined the job

https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/sci-fi/​n​eil-gaiman-doctor-who-showrunner-newsu​pdate/
 
2021-08-02 7:02:50 AM  
2 votes:
That would get me back.
 
2021-08-02 7:45:34 AM  
2 votes:
The guy who managed to fark up Superman harder than Zack Snyder. and just smokebombed out of it? Sure, what could go wrong?
 
2021-08-02 9:03:02 AM  
2 votes:
By the way, you know the BBC will never hire an American to run Doctor Who.

And they damn well should not.
 
2021-08-02 9:04:32 AM  
2 votes:

zeroflight222: As long as he was allowed creative input, I'd love to see Richard Ayoade for awhile.  Even as just an alternate reality version or something.  It would be a return back to the bizarre and tongue-in-cheek humor of the older Who and less of the modern epic ballad.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the modern but they lost me after awhile when they put themselves into the corner of having to constantly outdo themselves.


That. Is. Brilliant.

/to better times
 
2021-08-02 6:40:07 AM  
1 vote:

Confabulat: I'm sure Neil Gaiman isn't doing anything.


If only.
 
2021-08-02 6:46:28 AM  
1 vote:

Confabulat: PartTimeBuddha: Confabulat: I'm sure Neil Gaiman isn't doing anything.

If only.

I'm sure given his love of the franchise if the BBC could offer him more than 100 pounds and a holiday ham, he'd be all over it.


Perhaps they'll throw in a Hot Cocoa Sampler Box.
 
2021-08-02 7:17:23 AM  
1 vote:
That could be incredibly good or horribly bad.
 
2021-08-02 8:07:48 AM  
1 vote:
I've been having a pretty shirty Monday, and the thought of this has brightened my mood considerably. In the loquacious manner of Kosh, "Yes".
 
2021-08-02 8:34:45 AM  
1 vote:

Burra: The guy who managed to fark up Superman harder than Zack Snyder. and just smokebombed out of it? Sure, what could go wrong?


Oh, shiat.... I didn't realize he was picked for that. Was this after he made Gwen Stacy into a Green Goblin-farking trollop and gave Spider-Man Wolverine claws?

JMS is a big part of why I stopped buying comic books. What did he do to Superman? I mean... How do you fark up Superman?! Even John Byrne couldn't fark up Superman too much.
 
2021-08-02 9:12:21 AM  
1 vote:

WilderKWight: Burra: The guy who managed to fark up Superman harder than Zack Snyder. and just smokebombed out of it? Sure, what could go wrong?

Oh, shiat.... I didn't realize he was picked for that. Was this after he made Gwen Stacy into a Green Goblin-farking trollop and gave Spider-Man Wolverine claws?

JMS is a big part of why I stopped buying comic books. What did he do to Superman? I mean... How do you fark up Superman?! Even John Byrne couldn't fark up Superman too much.


After Spider-man.

JMS only lasted four or five issues before he abandoned his twelve issue run, so we could go for one of the multiple times Superman grabbed 'wrongdoers' and shook them high up in the air to stop them from doing whatever they were doing. Or the time he tried to kick hidden aliens off the planet.

But really the best one is the time Superman walked in to a drug dealer's neighbourhood, set fire to all the houses that contained stashes and then just walked off after declaring his new motto of 'truth, justice and fark those other people'.

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2021-08-02 10:17:23 AM  
1 vote:

WilderKWight: Hesitant yes.

I say hesitant because I saw what he did to Spider-Man comics. Horrible crap like the "spider-totem" origin for his powers, or killing Spidey and having his corpse form a cocoon and then come back with new powers (He can control spiders now! He has wrist-popping stingers kind of like Wolverine! He can stick with any part of his body!), or retconning Gwen's death to have her boinking Norman Osborn behind Peter's back before she died. JMS did some terrible, horrible, no-good things to Spider-Man just for the sake of "changing things", and most of them were so incredibly awful that they had to retcon them by having Pete trade his marriage (and the last several years of JMS' writing, the part they were really exorcising) to Mephisto to save Aunt May.

JMS is a good writer when he's not trying to "change things up". If he could have Gwen farking Norman Osborn, then I hate to see what he'd do to River Song.


I feel like Dan Slott was able to make some lemonade out of the Spider-Totem lemonade with Spider-Verse, though.

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Morlun is still kind of a goofy villain, though. I find it hard to take his low-rent Dracula cosplay seriously.
 
2021-08-02 10:17:57 AM  
1 vote:
*Spider-Totem lemons, I mean
 
2021-08-02 1:19:31 PM  
1 vote:

Trik: Snapper Carr: Trik: Confabulat: I'm sure Neil Gaiman isn't doing anything.

Didn't he recently get #METOO'ed?

No.  He broke Scotland's lockdown rules during quarantine.  It was a minor kerfuffle and he owned up to it.

No, there was something about him cheating on his partner of someone #metoo'ed him.
Not that long ago.
3 months maybe a bit longer.


Not to my knowledge.  He and his wife were having difficulty last year and they had separated (with Amanda Palmer announcing that they were divorcing but that was walked back) but as far as I know, they reconciled and got back together earlier this year.

And as far as any cheating - it's doubtful since they've both confirmed that their marriage is open.
 
2021-08-02 3:35:12 PM  
1 vote:
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Time for Marvel to step in.
 
2021-08-02 6:45:40 PM  
1 vote:

WilderKWight: EdgeRunner: Whoever they get for the next showrunner, I think they ought to stick with a female Doctor for awhile. Even though nearly everyone agrees Whittaker was unfairly saddled with bad writing, if the series immediately goes back to featuring another dude, it'll still leave the impression that making the Doctor a woman was a mistake. And that would be unfair.

Besides, it's canon that Time Lords often imitate the appearance of others when they regenerate. Do a few seasons of Karen Gillan as the Doc. It would be worth it just for the one inevitable episode where she bumps into Amy Pond again.

I just want the next feminine Doctor to be a bit less perky and bubbly. Maybe go for someone older, gruff, and snarky instead. Jennifer Saunders, perhaps?


There's nothing wrong with perky and bubbly so long as it's coupled with the Doctor's trademark irascibility. It worked for Baker, Tennant and Smith.
 
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