And The New Doctor Who Is…August 7, 2013
The wait is over for Doctor Who fans, and those who have a cursory interest. The man who’s taking the baton from Matt Smith and going on to new adventures as the 12th Doctor was revealed last weekend. His name is Peter Capaldi, a seasoned actor currently best known as the very sweary spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker from the BBC political satire The Thick Of It. Looks like those who were hoping for a female, or black Doctor this time round will have to wait a bit longer.
Not everyone is happy with the choice. Some have complained that Capaldi is too old… at 55! It’s an understandable response from those who have grown up with the younger Doctors like David Tennant and Smith, but they need a gentle history lesson on the ages of the Doctors who came before them. William Hartnell, for instance was the same age as Capaldi when he starred in the first ever Doctor Who in 1963. Patrick Troughton, who followed him, was 46 and Jon Pertwee (my favourite Doctor) was 50. The last Doctor before the reboot in the early 2000s, Sylvester McCoy, was 44.
Some clever little thing created a great mash-up of Doctor Who and Malcolm Tucker in full flow and posted it on YouTube. If this fantasy clip became the new direction of the show for real, it would be scheduled beyond the watershed for sure. I warn you now: if you’re sensitive to industrial language, don’t watch. For the rest of you, just immerse yourself in the bile. It really is rather good.
I have great faith in this new Doctor, soon to emerge. I think he’ll do brilliantly.