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!