Doctor Who: The New Doctor
Doctor Who celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year with a special episode that will see David Tennant reprise his role as the Tenth Doctor for a brief time. At the end of the year the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith will leave the show and a new actor will take the top job in Sci-Fi.
Major spoilers about the identity of the Twelfth Doctor are to follow.
The BBC has since revealed the identity of the actor who will play the Time Lord is Peter Capaldi, best known for playing Malcolm Tucker in “The Thick of It“. Doctor Who Executive Producer and current “Who Supremo” Steven Moffat said, “I can describe the new person playing The Doctor in three words: different from Matt.” Capaldi was cast after a secret audition at Moffat’s home.
Capaldi certainly is that, being the oldest actor in the role since the First Doctor, William Hartnell who was also 55 when he took the role. This contrasts sharply to Matt Smith who is the youngest actor cast as the Doctor and also followed the relatively young David Tennant. Many assumed that the new actor would be significantly older because of the youth of Tennant and Smith.
Capaldi has something of a history with Doctor Who and has appeared in the show. He played Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii and has also appeared as under pressure Government Minister John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
In addition, Peter Capaldi is a lifelong fan of the show, having written to Radio Times magazine when he was 15 asking them if they would celebrate Doctor Who’s 25th Anniversary in 1988.
I think he is an excellent choice for The Doctor, though I never would have considered him initially. I can’t wait to see what he does in the role and I think while it is easy to call him a safe pair of hands it would be difficult to find somebody better as the Doctor.
So we know he can act, we know he’s got enough geek credibility to satisfy the fans and we know he’s been in it before. The big question now is what kind of Doctor he will be. Will he be eccentric or reserved? Childlike or serious? How long will be be on the show? All these questions and more will be answered in good time. For now, we have the 50th Anniversary special and the exit of Matt Smith to look forward to this year, not to imply I will be glad to see him go of course.
But what does this mean for Doctor Who? Apart from having a new guy running around fighting aliens of course. It means the writers have a new character to work with, which will change so many things. Different Doctors have acted in wildly varying manners, some have shown mercy while others have been merciless. A different Doctor means approaching adventures and enemies in a new way. It also means the dynamic with the companion will change. Jenna Coleman’s Clara often had a flirtatious and playful relationship with the Eleventh Doctor and all that will have to change. Older Doctors have often become paternal figures to their companions such as the Seventh Doctor and Ace. If River Song is still about that relationship will change. I always found it rather unsettling that Alex Kingston was old enough to be Matt Smith’s mother and having an actor closer to her age might lessen that effect for me.
So in summation, I’m very much looking forward to more Doctor Who adventures and I’m very much looking forward to seeing Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. What do you think he will bring to the role? Do you agree with the casting?
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