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How would Duncan have been written out if Ailsa had lived?

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I know this happened in 2001 but Duncan's downfall started after his mother's death in 2000. 

I believed the actor who played Duncan decided to leave. 

 But if Ailsa had lived they wouldn’t have been able to write  Duncan out with the same exit of moving to Sydney to live with Morag.

Do you think they might have sent Duncan to boarding school or juvenile detention as he was rather naughty towards the end.  

Or might they have recast Duncan with the actor that played Seb as Seb was pretty much Duncan's replacement. 

So what do you reckon would happen in 2001 with Duncan had his mother not been dead. 

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On 06/06/2020 at 05:33, j.laur5 said:

Or might they have recast Duncan with the actor that played Seb as Seb was pretty much Duncan's replacement.

I'm pretty sure a big part of Mitch Firth's (Seb's) casting was due to his striking resemblance to the Alan Fisher actor, so I really don't think you can speculate that he'd have been cast as Duncan.

I agree that Seb was blatantly Duncan's replacement but I would like to think we'd still have got Seb even if Duncan had stayed because Seb was a good character with good ties to the past and a relative for Donald to have on the show. I'd like to think that but the realist in me says probably not.

I agree that if Ailsa had still be on the show, it would have been terrible writing to have Duncan leave to live with Morag without objection from Ailsa. That's not to say it wouldn't still have happened though, just that the story would have had to feature Ailsa heavily objecting to it for it to me remotely believable. It would have been good to see Ailsa and Morag locking horns one last time. Such a shame that all those years offscreen (eight years, was it?) and they FINALLY bring Morag back just after Ailsa dies. Wasted opportunity.

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