‘Doctor Who’: Peter Capaldi Revealed as Twelfth Doctor – What Do You Think?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 5th, 2013 at 6:46 am,

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A new Doctor has been found and, now, has finally been revealed. After much speculation as to who would replace Matt Smith in the iconic role, famed Scottish actor Peter Capaldi was revealed on Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor as the next actor to become the Doctor. Should fans be excited to have an older Doctor?

Capaldi, who starred in the spin-off series’ Torchwood: Children of Earth, was actually on the short list of actors many thought might fill the role. In the UK, he’s most famously known as the star of the long-running comedy series The Thick of It, which is in the vein of HBO’s Veep. Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurtiwtz was at one time enlisted to create an American adaptation.

Of course, fans aren’t likely going to have issue with a well-known comedic actor stepping in to the legendary role; it’ll likely be his age. Capaldi, who is 55, isn’t the oldest actor the play the Doctor but… not by much. William Hartnell, who played the First Doctor at age 55, is still the oldest actor to play the character, besting Capaldi by just a few months. But will the switch from Matt Smith, the youngest actor to play the role, to Capaldi appease the series’ ever growing fanbase?

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Although a few might think it’s odd to have an older actor step in to the role of the Doctor – especially with its young audience – there are more than enough reasons to be excited about what’s to come, and what Capaldi can bring to the role. With the younger Smith, grand adventures of exploration is what best fits the character. Sure, Smith can deliver a dramatic monologue like the best of them, but the overall series was at its best when he was able to take advantage of his youthful exuberance.

With Capaldi stepping in to the role, Moffat will be able to make the Doctor more introspective, more aware of his actions. And since age equals experience, audiences are more likely to believe it, thus allowing Moffat to more earnestly explore the weighted past of everyone’s favorite Time Lord without having to worry about writing “run, you clever boy” all too often. And after this season, perhaps a change will be good for the series overall.

In Doctor Who season 7, though it had quite a few fantastic, standalone episodes, the overall story-arc was weak, and the use of editing tricked audiences into believing that answers to long-standing questions were going to come in the next episode (and they never did). So while some may not yet be on board with Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, everyone should be excited about the fact that Moffat and Co. have a new muse, allowing them to take the character in many new directions that they previously couldn’t.

Still, fans of Smith have the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary and the Doctor Who Christmas Special left, allowing everyone some time to get used to the fact that he will no longer be on the series. And though no one really knows what to expect from the upcoming, final adventures with the Doctor, Moffat surely won’t disappoint.

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Doctor Who returns for its 50th Anniversary Special on November 23

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  1. no offence to peter capadi he may be a great guy but why have the bbc not cashed in by having another young but good looking hunk that would get girls and gay men watching but no a older mediocre looking guy how stupid

    • I think bring in a much more mature looking actor is a great idea as it returns to the image of the 1st Doctor. Then it depends on this particular Doctor’s temperment as each had their own little quirks (Peter Davidson?). Goof attitutes or being a draw for gays should had never come into the mix and shouldn’t had been as it became with the newer series reboot.

  2. What is he going to do? Run around in a mobile wheel chair? So not interested in this guy being the Doctor……

  3. The fellow who plays Sherlock, (name escapes me at the moment) would be the BEST 13th doctor reminiscent of the 8th and in keeping with David and Matt, and so we shall let the 12th have go at it, I for one remember when Matt came on board, I loved him right away but for may it took time… give it time, if the writers are up to the task this fellow has the chops to bring a great series another step along the way

  4. Sorry, but I really don’t like the new Doctor. Dull and boring. Hope he regenerates soon. Luved the last two. Another Doctor that I wasn’t fond of was Colin Baker. Was glad to see him go too ! My alltime favs. were Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. The stories have always been great ! I’ve been watching Doctor Who since Jon Pertwee. I was hooked ! I have seen them all. Or at least I think I have. The companions have been great too. I can’t tell you any that I didn’t like. Lots of favs. Lots od awesome adversaries ! the Original Master ! A show that id luv to see go on for a long time ! Wish I could regenerate so that I can watch them all ! Thanks BBC for finally bringing him back for us.