A New Who
by Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)
Sunday saw the revelation of the Twelfth Doctor. Unless you’ve been on a complete internet fast you are aware that Peter Capaldi will be filling the shoes of our favorite Time Lord. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, the 55-year old Capaldi is no stranger to the Doctor Who phenomenon. He starred alongside the 10th Doctor, and the future Amy Pond, Karen Gillan, in the episode, “The Fires of Pompeii,” and has been a huge fan of the show for a very long time.
It was a well kept secret, to be sure, and I must admit to being quite surprised that they’re going a little old-school, if you’ll forgive the pun. Since Eccleston, the Doctor’s regenerations seemed younger and younger. You can’t get much more baby-faced than Matt Smith really. With Capaldi, there’s a hearkening back to the origins of the show that I think is really interesting, and should prove very, very good.
After my initial reaction of disappointment that Richard Ayoade wasn’t named (come on, Maurice Moss as the Doctor = brilliant), I have to completely agree with Moffat who said, “He’s got those Doctor eyes.” Oh, yes he does. It’s one of those things that seems indefinable, but when you look at Peter Capaldi, you can certainly see him as the Doctor. Capaldi was really the only name the creators thoroughly considered, which bodes well, I think, for a unified vision.
I’m excited for what Capaldi is going to bring to the role. I’m eager to see just how well the 12th Doctor and Clara get on-and hopefully Vastra, Jenny, and Strax-and what kind of stories they will tell. But in all of the new, we have to say goodbye to the old. It seems weird using “old” and Matt Smith in the same thought. I’ve really enjoyed Matt Smith’s incarnation as the Doctor. I completely get the devotion that David Tennant’s incarnation has engendered, and love him also. But there’s been something about Smith’s time as Doctor that struck a chord with me that wasn’t there with any of the other Doctors. The only way I can put it, and I think Whovians will understand the sentiment if not necessarily agree with it, is that he’s my Doctor. And my Doctor has to leave to make way for the new one.
I can’t think about that yet, though. I can’t think about the regeneration that’s coming. I can’t think about it happening on Christmas Day. For today, a beautiful day in the beginning of August, I can look forward to the continuation of Doctor Who, knowing they have a tremendously talented actor taking over as the Doctor, a lovely and clever companion, and a team of incredible storytellers. The future of the Doctor looks very bright indeed.
What was your reaction to the announcement of the new Doctor? Other than Richard Ayoade, who was really the obvious choice, who did you expect to see in the role? How do you think this new Doctor and Clara will get on? Share your thoughts in the comments for a chance to win a custom, hand-made Doctor Who Little Pony Plushie from Geeklore.