Let me start out by saying that I am so annoyed at the backlash from different sides of the fan spectrum. I wasn’t going to post anything about the announcement but because my hormones are in flux, I feel the need to do so.
It took my friend, C, years to get me to watch Doctor Who. But when I did, I immediately fell in love with the show. I started with the 9th Doctor, and I can still remember sweating from nervousness (I’m scared of mannequins), excitement, and curiosity while watching the first episode. So, yes, I started with NewWho. Each regeneration was difficult. You do get attached to the Doctor but it is part of the basic premise of the show. So, a little heartbreak is understood. I have watched several of the ClassicWho episodes and loved them as well. I am neither a NewWho or a ClassicWho purist. I love the show for what it is.
Rufus described it best during the announcement. Syfy allows you to look at real human problems but with a degree of distance from it. So, the Doctor’s able to talk to us about life and death and meaning. What it means to be a child—what it is to grow old—what it is to be different. We’re able to understand all of those stories, without—in a way that seems fantastic but is able to define those things are true of the human experience. And, I think that’s the power of this show.
Now, on to the rant. Ok, so I was disappointed in the first 10 seconds that it wasn’t Jim Moriarty, errr Andrew Scott. I got over it. Andrew Scott was a brilliant M so I thought that he might pull it off. But come on, we got Peter Capaldi. It doesn’t get better than that. He IS a Brilliant Actor. For those interested to find out more, look up Torchwood Children of Earth, or the Pompeii episode. For non-Who stuff, check out IMDB.
For those of you who talk about his age. Sooooo what. It doesn’t matter. Classic Who had a variety of ages as well. Yes, both young and more mature. So please don’t say that he should be older because of Classic or he should be younger because of New Who. It doesn’t matter.
For those of you who talk about fans of the show only because the actors are younger or “eye-candy.” Give me a break. Soooooo what. Let them enjoy their eye candy. It happened in some of the Classics as well. And who says you can’t find someone older attractive?! Mr. Capaldi is a charming, charismatic actor. On a similar note, whyyyyy would it be wrong for the Doctor to fall in love as well? Doesn’t the Doctor deserve to experience the most wonderful emotion in the universe? Rhetorical question.
On to personality. Granted some of the Classic Doctors scared me, sooooo what. Each Doctor has a different personality. That’s the wonderful thing about regeneration. You get surprised every time! If he leans towards a darker character, I’m sure I will love the show just as much. The next season will surely be exciting.
Lastly, Peter Capaldi was Steven Moffat’s choice to play 12. I’m pretty sure the Who-Genius knows what he’s doing.
Backlashing the show or any of the fans doesn’t do any good. Just be proud that after so many years, the show has millions of fans. It remains successful. Very successful. If you are a true fan of the show, stop the whining and backlashing—against the show and other fans. Instead, support the show and talk about how wonderful it is.
Jumping on the DW news flash bandwagon. Sunday. We’ll find out. 2p ET. 11a PST (I presume).
Don’t really like the rumored front runners. PC and IE.
After watching CC and Guardian interviews, I have a feeling that it might/could be Andrew Scott. Sherlock’s Jim Moriarty. Could be wrong if they go with a love story between RS and The Doctor this season. We’ll see.