Sunday, 4 August 2013

Hello, New Doctor

So the internet exploded today with the announcement that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor.
And then my inbox exploded with people who wanted to know what I think of the choice.

First, I love you guys. I really do. I'm seriously honoured that you even bother to ask me my thoughts. You have no idea how flattering that is. ♥

Secondly, I find that I'm having a very hard time putting my thoughts into words, but I'm going to try.

We've seen Mr. Capaldi's work in previous Doctor Who timelines. He was brilliant in both Fores of Pompeii and Torchwood: Children of Earth.
He was also recently seen in World War Z.
He's much more high profile that previous Doctors, and I'm okay with that.

I'm very happy that he's older, and I'm very happy that there will be no more potential romance with Clara.
I'm rather hoping that the next companion is an older woman or a man of any age.
I'd love to see the Doctor have a best friend again. I miss Donna and Amy in that regard.

I also like his face. Yes, that matters to me. Sorry.
He's handsome in an awkward way. Perfect for the Doctor, in my opinion.

Now, here's what worries me--
Can he bring the humour and fun to the role that both David and Matt has for the last 6 seasons?
Yes, I love it when the Doctor goes dark, and Peter will be amazing in those situations...but what about the childish fun? That sense of wonder that surrounds the Doctor?
I truly, truly hope that Mr. Moffat keeps that part of the Doctor's personality, and that Mr. Capaldi can play it as well as his two previous successors have.

It helps to know that he's been a big fan his whole life. We know the last huge fan turned out to be wonderful--David Tennant.

So, colour me optimistic, but cautious.
Like Matt, Peter will have to make me love him. Unlike David, it's not going to happen right off the bat.

I am very excited to see what he can bring to the role. He will be an amazing Doctor, regardless.

And that's how I feel about Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. :)


  1. I'm not saying he won't be a good doctor (or will be for that matter). The fact that he had a minor role in a previous episode is almost forgiveable, but his role in Torchwood makes him too much of a familiar face / character in the Whoniverse to become the Doctor. Although it would open up an interesting possible story line where John Frobisher actually WAS the Doctor. Though the continuity issues would be staggering.

    1. This is getting a lot of mentions, and I honestly don't understand the issue.
      Colin Baker, Romana II, Freema, Karen and Eve Myles all had roles in previous Doctor Who episodes before being cast in their starring roles.

      It was never an issue before. Why now?

  2. Hi just found your blog and just wanted to add my thoughts.

    After all the hype I'm just kind of meh about the choice. It just seems really safe. Yes, he's an excellent actor, yes I'm sure he'll bring depth and emotion to the character but I'm just not excited about it. With David Tennant and especially Matt Smith there was a sense of the unknown, what were they going to do with the part, would they live up to the role. In choosing Peter Capaldi you know just what you are getting, I can't really see there being any surprises in his approach. It feels like coasting. Plus in the UK the papers had already printed that he was a cert for the job the day before and the betting shops had stopped taking anymore bets on him, so that took the shine off things.

    OK I admit I am a bit of a Matt Smith fangirl and that might influence my feelings a bit, I'm just glad we had the whole John Hurt thing to get excited about before this.

    Anyway hello, I'll be going now.

    1. Thanks for adding your thoughts!
      While I disagree, I can see why you'd feel he's a 'safe' choice.

      I hope you stop by again sometime!