Originally Posted by HDMe2
Patrick Troughton was also in the original Omen... as a monk...
But seriously... no big deal here... the only odd bit here is that Karen Gillan was also in that same Pompeii episode. This is the first time I'm aware of that both the Doctor and a companion appeared previously on Who in the same episode before being cast as Doctor/companion.
Not really the point: The point is that I don't remember any of those aforementioned "one off" guest appearances - those were all background (and frankly forgettable) characters. OTOH, John Frobisher was a memorable
series long gig in the DW/TW universe ... Mr. Capaldi is going to have to hit a grand-slam homer in his first episode to erase the memory of JF. I don't really know him from anywhere other than TW:COE (although I'm sure he's been in other TV shows a/o Movies that I've seen.)
More to the point:
1) It doesn't matter how many "Hamlets" or "Broadchurchs" that Mr. Tennant does, he's still always going to be the Doctor. (to me.)
2) Eve Myles is always going to be "Gwen."
3) Barrowman is always going to be "Capt. Jack."
4) Freema is always going to be "Martha Jones" no matter how many episodes of L&O: UK she does, or how much slumming around she does at "The CW."
5) Karen G. .... Amy Pond.
6) John Simm ... DI(DCI) Sam Tyler or The Master ... it's a toss up.
Yes I realize there's a long tradition, in Theater, of one actor playing several roles (in the same play!) but that's not quite the same thing.
Clearly, the choice is not a show stopper, but it will require some recalibration.
Again the fact that Mr. Capaldi's much more meatier role in TW:COE has not been mentioned in the press packets or the live "reveal" show leads me to believe that TPTB might also be a wee bit concerned that it might cause some confusion.Edited by HDTVChallenged - 8/5/13 at 11:14pm