We’ve been waiting for A Young Doctor’s Notebook to mosey on over to these here United States from the UK for an eternity, and last night, it finally premiered. Thankfully, the show is exactly as great as I wanted it to be and is only outdone by its lead actors, Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, who are both exceptional. Good for Jon, but wow really good for Daniel because he’s finally made me stop thinking of him as Harry Potter. It used to be that whenever I watched something of his, I’d want to draw a thunder bolt on my screen where his forehead was, but I didn’t have that urge even once! That’s a real feat, considering I’m one of those people who have to remind themselves that actors only pretend to be their characters and aren’t actually them. It’s been a long time coming, but this miniseries marks Daniel’s official departure from the World of Witchcraft and Wizardry and little round glasses.
The storyline is told in a sort of flashback way, guided by the medical journal entries of the Older Doctor (Hamm) and acted out by the Younger Doctor (Radcliffe). In these flashbacks, The Older Doctor is usually present to the younger version of himself, but obviously never to the other people around him because they would probably burn them both at the stake for being witches. But, alas, there are no stakes or witch burnings (so far). Instead, we see Daniel fumbling through his first days as a real doctor as opposed to a med student, like he’s used to. To say that he he’s inexperienced is an understatement, which is important since it takes place during a time where going to the doctor meant that you’d either be cured or be killed.
Daniel has pretty much chosen characters who are fairly different from one another with each project, but my brain is stubborn and is always just like, “Oh look, Naked Harry Potter and a horse. Hey, it’s Harry Potter and and a Columbia University murder.” So I really figured that this would be just another version of that. But he really blew me away and didn’t even have to cast a spell to do so. So, way to go. Also, my apologies to Emma Watson who’s been having the hardest time shaking Hermione Granger, no matter how hard she tries.
I’ll definitely be watching this show again because it’s nothing like I’ve ever seen before. I wish that it was an hour long, instead of the half-hour length that it currently is, but that’s just me being greedy and demanding. And, while it was kind of odd at first to see that Dan and Jon would be in this together, I really can’t think of a better pairing. The premise of the show is good on its own, but the guys make it all the better. Proud of you Daniel Radcliffe and Don Draper, ya did good. See? I didn’t call him Harry because he’s Dan and my eyes have un-fogged and are able to see that now. Wow, we’re embarking on a new era, here, folks.
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