SEE WHAT I DID THERE.
Anyway, apparently (well, I say "apparently", but it is a BBC press release; the wires, however, don't seem to have got hold of it yet) Peter Kay is going to be in Doctor Who. Hm.
Here's the thing. I love That Peter Kay Thing. I love Phoenix Nights. And I love the first two standup tapes, too. Were it the Peter Kay of Phoenix Nights being cast, I'd be well chuffed. As it is, though... Kay seems to have metamorphosed into something far more terrifying these days. "Amarillo" was a part of it, of course, as was the catastrophe that was Max and Paddy. He's become, far too early in his career, an all-round "cuddly entertainer" type, and I do wonder if casting someone like him is really the way that New Who ought to be going.
Then again, I wasn't happy with the casting of Billie Piper until Rose first aired, either. If Russell T Davies genuinely believes he's the man for the job, and if it turns out that he really can turn in a great, serious performance (since he's supposedly playing a "serious" role, not a comic one), then fair enough. It just seems a bit... well, I hesitate to use the word, but - "stunt casting"... to me. I've no objection to special guest stars when they're of the quality of Simon Callow, Richard Wilson or Tony Head. But Kay is first and foremost a comedian, not an actor. Hmmm.