Today is a very special edition of Whovian Wednesdays! A time event has occurred that was so massive, it shifted everything out of order! While we get that all sorted out, let me explain to you just what happened. The Twelfth Doctor has been announced! It goes without saying that there are MASSIVE SPOILERS ahead for those of you who have somehow managed to avoid the world screaming the new Doctor’s name from the internet’s proverbial rooftops.
Without further delays, let’s take a look at the new face of that mad man with his magic box!
Here he is Whovians! Our new Doctor, Peter Capaldi! Nothing in the world can even begin to express the knots in my stomach and just how hard my heart was pounding as the moments ticked down to the live announcement of the answer to what we have all been asking. Doctor Who? The influx and range of the thoughts and emotions I felt as I watched the live interview came to one conclusion. I am excited to see what he can do.
You very likely recognize him from a few different places in the Whoniverse. First, we saw him as Caecilius from The Fires of Pompeii. The father who bought the TARDIS from the market as a new piece of art for his home. He was saved from the disaster by the Doctor and Donna after she convinced The Doctor to alter history for just that one family. Those of you who took the time to invest in Torchwood will also recognize Peter as John Frobisher from the final season: The Children of Earth. He was the liaison between the British government and the alien entity referred to as the 456 and he actually stood out as an excellent character. You really didn’t want anything bad to happen to this simple man and his family, because unlike the government, and UNIT, all this man wanted to do was protect his family.
I was a little disappointed with some of the Whovian community that immediately made comments like: “Why is he so old?” or “I can already tell I won’t like the new Doctor.” Like…how? I’ve seen very little of his work, and even by the end of the interview I had begun to warm up to him. Granted there will still be that awkward start where we have to get a feel for the Doctor and his new face. Stephen Moffat has even said that the actor really starts to steer how he writes them after some time. I for one am really quite excited to see how Peter Capaldi will act out the Doctor. If you look back at the first few episodes with Matt Smith, you can still see some of David Tennant in the writing and I think that is so special how that works out. The regeneration process allows for the writing of this new man to find out who he is. The Tenth Doctor even explains that until hes gotten a feel for himself he has no idea what kind of man he will be.
Even in the basics of the “look” that this new Doctor will take on, I find excitement. will he be clean shaven, will he have scruff? Will he style his beard in a specific way that will eventually be universally recognized as “The Doctor”? How will he dress? Will he be refined and classy, or relaxed and modern? What about a mix of both? On the subject of his look, I want to go back to people complaining of his age. Moffat said that even in the casting for the 11th, Peter Capaldi had crossed his mind for a brief second, but it didn’t feel right for the show at that time. Now, as the 11th Doctor’s life comes to an end, something about Peter must have felt right to Moffat. It’s not as if he wont be able to act the part brilliantly because hes too old, he’s only 55. Willaim Hartnell, The First Doctor, first took on the role at the age of 55.
People were also complaining that they were “recycling” actors at this point, but really, come on. In the main storyline of the Whoniverse, he played an obscure character in one episode about Pompeii when Donna was traveling with the Doctor. How many Whovians do you know that can look you dead in the eye and honestly say that Donna Noble was their favorite companion? Besides, I have seen some pretty wild theories of how the writers could work that into the storyline. Perhaps the characters we have seen throughout the Whoniverse played by Peter Capaldi are the Doctor who had used a chameleon arch to be a human at different points in history. Both men are very caring fathers at heart and essentially do anything for their families, they are good men. Another, more silly, but equally as possible(in terms of personality but, it really wouldnt work with the story) option is that Caecilius was actually just the Doctor having a bit of fun by interacting with his past self and Donna. Really, I can’t see that they will give it any more than a fleeting mention that he maybe “looks like a bloke he met in Pompeii once,” if it is even mentioned at all.
In any case, the days are numbered until we celebrate Doctor Who’s well deserved 50 year reign on television and then the Christmas Special where the 11th Doctor meets his end at the hands of an unknown danger. Peter Capaldi has already tipped his hat to the fans, saying “The real reason that Doctor Who is still with us is because of every single viewer who ever turned on to watch the show at any age, at any time in it’s history, and in their history and took it into their heart. Because, Doctor Who belongs to all of us; everyone made Doctor Who”
Earlier in the special, they played a prerecorded interview with Matt Smith asking about his successor. You could tell in his voice that he was really going to to miss it, but he felt it was time to move on and pass on the reigns. At the close of the interview with Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith delivered a special message to him, and it was really kind of touching. He wished him all the luck in the world and he was genuinely so excited for Peter and for the fans. He promised Peter that he would have a blast, and something in that made me so happy and sad to hear at the same time. With all the excitement over the identity of the 12th Doctor it also comes with the solemn realization that Matt Smith is still leaving. He seems to think that The Doctor is being put into good hands, though, and if Peter Capaldi has Matt Smith’s vote, then I believe he is going to be brilliant.
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