The Clock Strikes Twelve : Peter Capaldi named next Doctor
After much speculation, in a telecast today on BBC it was revealed that Peter Capaldi, probably best known for his work in “In the Loop” and “The Thick Of It,” will be taking over the role of the Doctor in the long running sci-fi program.
According to USA Today:
Capaldi, 55, becomes the 12th man to play the Doctor since the cult show debuted in 1963 with star William Hartnell and the fourth Time Lord since executive producer Russell T Davies rebooted Doctor Who in 2005, following Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Smith.
Executive producer Steven Moffat had considered Capaldi when they were casting the 11th Doctor. “There comes a right time for the right person to play it,” he said.
“We all had the same idea and it was a quite different idea,” Moffat added. When he and his team made a video with Capaldi, “everybody saw it and was like, ‘That’s the Doctor.’ “
It would appear that Moffat and company are skewing older with their new Doctor, compared to the youthful Matt Smith who brought the physicality of a small child stretched into adulthood by some sort of cosmic taffy-puller. The internet was quick to explode into reaction, with some decrying the casting of yet another white, male actor in the title role. Many had hoped to see a person of color take up the sonic screwdriver, or a woman, or something spectacularly out of left field. While he fits the profile of what most would expect from the Doctor, Capaldi is a strange choice in that, like Karen Gillan who returned to play Amy Pond, he has already put in a turn on the show as a minor character in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii.” Not only that, but he had a multiple episode stint on Torchwood.
But Capaldi is an interesting fellow, having won a BAFTA and an Academy Award for his short film Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life in 1995. He also played in a punk band with Who aficionado Craig Ferguson, so we can expect him to show up on The Late, Late Show sooner rather than later. Whether or not his take on the Doctor will resonate with fans has yet to be seen, but he certainly has a distinguished pedigree that goes a long way in establishing him as a credible wise ancient time-lord.
I will personally reserve judgment until I’ve seen him in action a few times but I will say that, if nothing else, he should stand apart from Matt Smith and David Tennant in a way that will make the next series seem fresh even if it really isn’t. I am starting to grow weary of Moffat’s style of writing and though Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman have done wonders with the scripts I am hoping that Capaldi can swing things in a new direction and bring me back into the fold.