It’s been announced that Peter Capaldi will be playing the next Doctor after Matt Smith leaves in November. I don’t know much about Peter, so here’s what I’ve got:
I’m okay with returning to our roots, here. The Doctor can be old, people. He’s not a sex symbol, he’s an immortal, shape-shifting god with a disturbing penchant for young girls. What made Matt Smith so great was his old-man-in-a-young-body vibe. Also, he was weird-looking, which was awesome. David Tennant was wonderful because he had the “I want desperately to be a real person with real relationships” yearning and a sexy, sexy face.
I’ll be interested to see what Capaldi brings, because so far what he has going for him is that he doesn’t look like a strange, quirky man at all. Frankly, he looks like a middle-aged banker. Or a low-ranking government official. Which is basically what he played in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
He was also basically a low-ranking Roman official in a previous episode of Doctor Who called “The Fires of Pompeii.” And for those of you bitching that it disrupts the timeline to have had him appear in the show already, may I remind you that the same episode featured Karen Gillan as a soothsayer, so eat it, y’all.
Also, if we’re not allowed to make previous Who characters become the Doctor, then there’s no hope for Anthony Stewart Head, which is a travesty I shall never accept.
Steven Moffat is Scottish, so it’s no surprise to me that he would go with a Scottish actor for the new Doc. After all, Karen Gillan is Scottish and she was allowed to keep her accent and her fiery Scottish identity (?) or whatever. So, we’re branching out here at least a little.
Now, we’ve had a Scottish actor before.
But David Tennat played a Doctor who spoke Estuary English, and only feigned a Scottish accent for one episode. I’d be really intrigued to see if Moffat let Capaldi play his real accent. That would be sort of progressive. After all, the Doctor is typically an old white Brit. The most we’ve shaken it up in 50 years is to make him younger, attractive, and once from the North.
I would have liked to see a woman play the Doctor. I would find it hilarious to have a teenage Doctor who struggles with people not taking him seriously. I’d really enjoy a Doctor with a different skin color. But even to fully endorse a Doctor from “the colonies” would be a nice step for England, (although I don’t ever expect them to make a Welsh Doctor.)
So yes, Capaldi is sorta bland-looking, older and Scottish. I freely admit that I know little else, But I do know one more thing…
1. STILL Not a Ginger