The Twelfth Doctor

Doctor who?

Peter Capaldi… that’s who.

Credit: Yahoo! Canada
Credit: Yahoo! Canada

Yes, ever since Matt Smith announced his pending departure from the much-loved science-fiction television show back in June — which will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a special program this November — Whovians the world over have been perched on the edge of their seats wondering, debating and asking who the Twelfth Doctor will be.

The rumour mill has churned out everyone from Luther’s Idris Elba, to Academy Award winner Dame Helen Mirren. Recently, the likes of BAFTA winner Daniel Rigby and Aneurin Barnard of The White Queen have been the bookies favourites. There have even been those such as Barnard who have explicitly stated their interest in the role.

However, today’s unveiling of Peter Capaldi live on BBC1 means that the Tardis will play host to the man who has previously starred in shows such as The Thick of It and even Doctor Who itself, back in series four. Capaldi will join another recent addition to the cast, Jenna Coleman, who after only one season as Clara, the Doctor’s companion, will be the show veteran of the duo.

I began watching Doctor Who when Matt Smith landed the role, meaning Smith’s upcoming exit is bound to be a sad one for me. Smith’s charisma, timing and charm over the past few series’ have made the program hugely enjoyable to watch and resulted in myself becoming a really big fan — not to mention his performances earned Smith a BAFTA nomination back in 2011 — meaning he will be leaving a significant gap to fill.

Smith has a two episodes to go — a 50th Anniversary and Christmas special — before handing the Sonic Screwdriver over to Capaldi, who will fully take control of the role when series eight hits television screens around Easter 2014. The immediate reaction to Capaldi’s selection as the Doctor has been a positive one, and although I personally have not seen too much of him, I am sure he will be a hit on the show.

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Author: Adam (Consumed by Film)

I'll be at the cinema if you need me.

6 thoughts on “The Twelfth Doctor”

  1. Great news for the elderly fans out there. He can do Geratol commercials – denture cream – medicare supplement insurance – funeral homes. The sky is the limit here.

    This is going to ALIENate the younger audience.

    1. Strong views!

      I agree it’s a fairly bold move appointing a significantly older Doctor in a time where the younger generation (so to speak) are used to the likes of Smith and Tennant.

      I’m going to reserve my judgement until i see Capaldi in action, but he comes across as a big fan of the show and, at this early stage, i’m hopeful he can get the job done.

    2. The younger Doctor’s didn’t alienate me… why should an older doctor alienate the younger crowd? It’s not exactly the first time a man in his 40s / 50s has played the Doctor.

      1. I’m not the best person to debate this about as i’m only used to seeing the one Doctor (Smith), but i am leaning towards your side.

        If Capaldi is a good enough actor – which i’m assured he is – then it’ll all work out for everyone.

  2. So, I’m still yet to watch a single epi of this. HOw does it work? Are actors only scheduled for a set amount of series/episodes or is it random? HOw often is the Doctor portrayed by the same person (as seems to be the case here)?

    All my friends seem to watch this, but I haven’t gotten snagged yet. Maybe it’s inevitable, though?

    1. Funnily enough I only started watching when the last Doctor (Matt Smith) began his stint. What happens is, they normally hire an actor for a specific amount of series, and then bring in fresh legs at the end of said time frame. The story has continuity – even though the Doctor has been portrayed by different actors, the character is still the same person.

      It actually started in the 60s and ran up until 1989, then went on hiatus until 2005 where they revamped it all but kept the continuity. There have been 11 ‘different’ Doctors, and Capaldi is the 12th. I think the new series airs in late summer-early autumn here in the UK.

      I’ve only seen Matt Smith’s three series as the Doctor, but apparently the guy who played the character before Smith, David Tennant, was an amazing Doctor.

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