Eversince Matt Smith announced his departure from Doctor Who, people all over the world have been guessing who the next Doctor will be. Finally, the BBC decided to not let us wait any longer and named Peter Capaldi the 12th Doctor during a special screening last Saturday. Since there’s a lot of controversy about this topic and everybody has their own opinion, I’ve decided to throw in mine as well.
First off, I want to say that I think Peter Capaldi is a great actor and I think he will make a tremendous Doctor, but I also have some concerns which are as follows:
Doctor Who has been running for almost 50 years now, but it reached its peak of popularity on an international level during the Matt Smith era. A lot of people these days (and I think that is a real shame) aren’t even aware of what’s been going on in the show before 2005. Now, choosing an actor who is 55 years old, really does change a lot. Not only will the companion-Doctor relationship be affected, but the entire dynamic of the show changes. There have been actors who’ve been older than Peter Capaldi, but that was before the reboot in 2005. I’m not trying to say that his age is a problem, because it really isn’t, but the tone of the show will certainly differ a lot.
Also, I really started liking the whole Clara-Eleven-chemistry and I just cannot imagine Clara still being in love with Capaldi’s Doctor. Again, something that really is a shame. First of all, they didn’t even give us a whole season with Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith together, then they had no 2-epsiode-story-arcs (which in my opinion are better in terms of character developement) and they really didn’t even give us a chance to get to know Clara that well. I thought Clara and Eleven really had a lot of potential (which they now just seem to throw away) and I am excited how they’ll do in the 50th anniversary epsiode together with David Tennant and Billie Piper.
I have to say though, that it doesn’t really bother me as much as other people that Capaldi has been in a previous episode. I mean Martha and Amy have been in epsiodes before as well and you cannot tell me that they weren’t important characters.
All in all, I probably just can’t imagine the new Doctor just yet, but I am eagerly anticipating the new series and am very interested in the Christmas special, which will be featuring the regeneration. I’m sure Steven Moffat will come up with something more or less original.
What do you think about Peter Capaldi as the Doctor? Who’s been your favorite Doctor so far and who would you have chosen as the new Doctor?