Monday, 5 August 2013
Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor
After my post this morning, in which I praised Peter Capaldi's acting abilities, but doubted he'd really be cast as the next Doctor, the BBC only went and announced tonight that he will indeed be playing the latest incarnation of our favourite Time Lord. Both Sarah and I were overjoyed at this fantastic, and brave, piece of casting. I say "brave" because this is a reversal of the recent trend of younger and younger actors taking on the role. Peter Capaldi is ( amazingly ) actually the same age as William Hartnell was when he originated the role way back in 1963. I didn't necessarily have a problem with young actors in the role, and definitely felt that Matt Smith was totally convincing as a 900-year old alien in a 20-something body. But the return to an older-looking Doctor seems like a challenge to all the fanboy/girl hysteria that has grown up around the last two incumbents of the part. I'm sure the show will both lose and gain viewers over this issue... even though it really shouldn't be an issue. The main thing is that the future of the show is yet again in the hands of a highly talented, charismatic actor who will no doubt do great things. I just hope he'll be up to all that running...