Sorry, ladies of my acquaintance (and gentlemen, but mostly ladies): David Tennant is leaving Doctor Who at the end of next year.
We’ve still got four more long specials over the course of next year, starting with this year’s Christmas offering, entitled (tantalizingly) “The Next Doctor,” but after all that, he’s gone. He’ll regenerate into someone else, of course, and you’ll love the new Doctor just as much as you loved David Tennant. You will. Trust me. I’ve been through this before. Back in the ’80s when Peter Davison’s Doctor courageously sacrificed himself for his friend Peri at the end of “The Caves of Androzani,” and lay dying on the TARDIS floor before turning into Colin Baker, I thought “No! Peter Davison was my Doctor! Why, oh why?” But you know what? The next week I turned on Doctor Who, and there was Colin Baker, playing the new Doctor. And by the end of the episode…. I thought he was a total asshole and hated his guts.
Okay, bad example.
Ummm… it’s like when David Lee Roth was replaced by Sammy Hagar, and then Sammy was replaced by Gary Cerrone! Everyone loves Gary Cerrone, right?
Okay, bad example.
Ah! AHA! It’s like when Jon Stewart replaced Craig Kilbourne on The Daily Show. Craig was the man back in the day – he did “Five Questions,” and he had this great, snarky delivery, and you could tell he was having a lot of fun with it. Then CBS hired him away from Comedy Central, and replaced him with…. some jerk who’d hosted a mediocre show on MTV and starred in mediocre roles in mediocre movies like The Faculty. But, eventually, we grew to love him, and now he’s pretty much the best thing on television. See?
We’ll get through this, you and I, with our cheese-tastic fan videos and our bad fan fiction and our theories about the time war. Who knows – maybe we’ll even get to see the time war in one of these specials before Mr. Tennant leaves us for better things. Maybe, when that day finally comes, he’ll regenerate into someone awesome like Eddie Izzard or Djimon Honsou or even this girl Lynn I directed in a show once, who’d be the best female Doctor ever. But, yeah. He was a great Doctor and he’ll be missed.