Sunday, August 4, 2013

Welcoming Peter Capaldi to the Whovian Franchise!


They've finally announced the 12th Doctor, and to my amazing disbelief, Peter Capaldi falls into the "old and ugly" category! And I'm THRILLED!


The problem with the new Whovians (my apologies if you are one, feel free to slap my wrist) is that they limit their appreciation of the franchise to how cute and sexy the Doctor is. Uh, when was Tom Baker (Four) ever sexy? Or Sylvester McCoy (Seven)? There is absolutely no set precedent in the show stating that the Doctor must be under forty and awash with the Cute Factor.

Now, I know this attempt at the show's creators to incorporate an older Doctor may fail dismally. In fact, I halfway expect failure. But there might still be a chance of success. Perhaps the new, young fanset of Whovians will get disgusted with an "Old" Doctor and leave. Oh well. There's just as good a chance that the gap will be filled with fans of the original show who are disgusted with where the new incarnations have taken it, mainly down the romance route.

This will be a time of adapting for the fans of the new show. Doctor Who has never been limited to a specific age group but most of the fans don't get that. To them, he must be under forty, kiss his companions at least once, be they male or female, and be overall adorable. I miss those cranky Doctors of the older set that were just as awesome as the new ones!

So maybe, just maybe, Peter Capaldi stands a chance at this new incarnation. Like any change made to a popular show, we'll just have to wait and see. I'm thinking positive because if Major Crimes can make it without Brenda Lee then anything is possible!

14 comments:

  1. I think Capaldi is a BRILLIANT choice and look forward to seeing how it plays out. I am quite relieved the show is taking a break from "skewing younger" in its casting choices. :)

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    1. I am not alone in thinking this is an AWESOME choice! I mean, he could be a horrible Doctor, but the attempt at aging him again is fantastic!

      Have you ever seen the other Doctors? I mean, I love the new ones, but I think 5, 6, and 7 are by far my favorites, although 1 is actually neat too. He's such a crotchety old coot!

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    2. I've seen bits of the first four, but not 5-7 (yet)!

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    3. Ooh, then you're in for a treat! 5 is by far the nicest Doctor, 6 is by far the rudest, and 7 is up there for quirkiest. :)

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  2. For the most part, the fandom seems excited. I'm open to it. I just hope this season is good, since last season for me was a bit of a letdown. Moffat hasn't been at his best lately.

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    1. The problem could be with Clara. It would be hard to come back after having Amy and Rory for so long. Any other companion just wouldn't feel quite right. Still, maybe she'll mesh well with Peter. I remember 5 just got a new companion, Peri, in his last episode, so she transitioned over with 6 and I think was a better match for him than for 5. Weird how that works.

      Maybe if someone other than Moffat was doing it then the show would improve. He puts too much quirky gayness in his stuff for me to be entirely comfortable. Sherlock anyone? Although he's not as bad as Davies, so that counts for something, I suppose. Plus, anyone who cowrote on The Adventures of Tintin is part awesome in my book. ;)

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    2. Clara is indeed the problem. She has no personality next to Amy and Rory, so following them up with her didn't work for me. And now that we're changing up Doctors too... I don't know, this could help a lot or further hinder it. (Although it's going to be HILARIOUS to see Clara's face when her preppy, youngish Doctor evolves into a grouchy-looking middle-aged man!) I almost think it's better to introduce new companions and new Doctors together -- like they did with Amy and Eleven.

      Moffat said he's not changing his writing for the 12th Doctor. Oh, boy.

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    3. Not changing his writing style. What makes the Doctor work is that he changes and so does his personality as well as the personalities of his companions and the adventures he has, so for Moffat to be that set in his ways does not bode well.

      Well, a new companion/Doctor worked with 6 so this could work too. Except Clara has already had time with 11 and people will remember that. I don't know, it'll be an interesting transition.

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    4. i dont think he's gonna bea good doctor its not that he's old its just.... in some of his old t.v shows he was always an angry person and i'd much rather have a young fun heathy doctor

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    5. I try not to judge actors by their previous work. Have you seen Hugh Dancy in Hannibal? The man is bloody brilliant, but you would never know it if you went strictly by his prior work. Let's try to keep an open mind about Peter, and who said he wasn't healthy? ;)

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  3. I think my biggest issue with this last season was structure...I think it was a mistake to introduce a new companion (any companion, as I kinda like Clara) halfway through a season. I think that has really hurt her character's intro. Also...when news broke of Matt's departure, I was actually kinda disappointed...I would've happily had another year of Matt if they'd brought in a new showrunner. But maybe such a drastically different Doctor will help Moffat refocus. :)

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    1. I like Matt a lot, too. He's, I don't know, reminiscent of the original Doctors in some ways. Quirky and unpredictable like them without being broody like 10. I wish that they weren't changing him so soon, although I guess it's not really so soon. I missed the entirety of the last season. Just felt no compulsion to watch it because I liked Amy and Rory so much. New companions are hard, and then to have a new companion with a new Doctor. It worked with 5 and 6 (5 just got a new companion when he regenerated), but that's not the norm. I guess we'll have to just wait and see how it goes.

      So, Clara was introduced halfway through the last season? Like I said, I didn't watch it at all (my bad!).

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    2. Whoops, sorry for the bit of a spoiler on the last season then. ;)

      I LOVED the closure Moffat brought to Amy and Rory's stories. While I really liked them I thought they hung around WAY too long...I just wish they'd been able to time their exit with the end of a proper season. Either way -- I thought the show did them justice with their last episode! (I am sorta feeling like if you have a doctor for more than a year you really need a new companion every two years MAX to help keep things fresh!)

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    3. So far the only Doctor other than 9 that has only ever had a single companion is 6, at least from what I remember. I'm not all that familiar with the early, early ones. But it was always just 6 and Peri throughout his entire stint and I really loved them together. They had a great chemistry so there are times when I don't want the companion to leave. But maybe the companions shouldn't blend over into different Doctors.

      I guess I really should watch the latest season just so I know what's going on when the new season starts! I feel so far behind! I'm not even sure I watched all of the Rory/Amy episodes with 11!

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