Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi announced as 12th Doctor.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Doctor Who has a new Doctor: Peter Capaldi. As this was trending all over Twitter (along with 10th Doctor David Tennant), I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now. What’s most interesting is that the series decided to not only go with someone older (which is a bold move, considering the young demographic Matt Smith reached out to), but also someone seen in previous Doctor Who related roles. Not only did Capaldi co-star in the episode that also gave us Karen Gillan (“The Fires of Pompeii”), but he was also a key figure in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
Now on to what this post is really about. My thoughts. When I saw the announcement (I’ll admit, I didn’t watch it on TV, but on Twitter), I was disappointed. I really thought that this might be the time for someone to take on the role that wasn’t female or at least not white. I’ll admit that I was hoping for the Doctor’s own philosophy on how all creatures are equal be put into play here, but that, sadly, did not happen. I know some disagree and think the Doctor should always be white and male. But I find this sort of thinking the same type as those who believed that the U.S. would never have an African-American president. It’s outdated.
However, once I got over that disappointment, I was happy that the Doctor was older than me again. I think we’ve missed the sort of experience that an older actor can bring to the role. One of my favorite classic doctors is William Hartnell, after all. I hear that this is actually something people are complaining about, too. So it is a bold move, considering that the show reached its height of popularity partly due to Matt Smith’s young age (a young boy at a con once told me that he liked Smith because he was like him – a kid). It will be interesting to see if that affects the fanbase, although I’m seeing that a lot of classic Doctor Who fans are especially excited about Capaldi stepping in to the role.
Of course, we won’t know what sort of Doctor Capaldi will be until we get some new episodes. But I’m feeling relatively optimistic about his capabilities as an actor to pull it off with ease.
What do you think? What are your thoughts on the next Doctor?