So we are obviously not a news blog. We do not try and get the announcements out first we just react to things that have already come out. With the announcement of Peter Capaldi there were a ton of announcements on a variety of blogs that we read. Not only were there announcements, but there has been fan reactions and discussions of what it means for the new Doctor to be Peter Capaldi.
We are super excited for the new Doctor. There is always a time of hesitation, of wondering is this person going to actual do a good job and what is the vibe of the new Doctor going to be. Many blogs have made the announcements and made comments, the two that I read are The Mary Sue and io9. The comments are really where you get some of the most interesting reactions, but the blogs eventually released their own reactions. So here are our reactions to the reactions that we heard.
Another White Male
So some of the biggest reactions that I heard was that it is another white male. There was a lot of rumors going around about the next Doctor either being a person of color (particularly Idris Elba) or the hope that it would be a woman. I personally thought it would be exciting to change up the race / gender of the Doctor because every Doctor brings its own spin so a different race / gender should not change the Doctor any more then regeneration already does. At the same time I feel like the casting going white male is not a terrible thing. It should be more important to do the best actor than trying to force a specific race / gender.
Some people obviously really wanted it to be changed up, but others do not feel that Moffat would do a different race / gendered Doctor justice. There have been complaints that Moffat’s representation of women is not as empowering as it might seem. That the women do not have motives outside the Doctor. It is an interesting theory and I do not know that I fully subscribe to the thought process. Although I was very disappointed when Amy made out with the Doctor because my favorite interaction with the Doctor is when they are more friends than romantic. At the same time Donna is my favorite companion.
So in the end it is another white male and Gaiman does make an interesting point about Peter Capaldi being a nice transition from Matt Smith as the Doctor. Not saying that a woman could not be it, but looking at what Matt Smith has been through and thinking of the regeneration as an embodiment of what that Doctor has been through is interesting with Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor. I have to say I still think Helen Mirren would be fabulous as the Doctor, she is hilarious, but can do serious and threatening very well.
Now this is not something I feel has been mentioned to often, but if you look at the line from Eccelston to Smith the Doctor, recently, has been just getting younger and younger. Thus why the guess of Rupert Grint being the Doctor was really interesting because it might go younger again and be a ginger, which is the other thing I cannot wait for. The Doctor needs to be ginger at some point because it will be hilarious, but I digress. It will be interesting to see the interaction with an older Doctor and a companion.
They have been going on such a kick of having the sort of romantic relationships between the companion and the Doctor and it will be neat to see someone who might be more of a father figure or just a friend / older mentor (again, Donna Noble, best companion). Even though the age of the Doctor does not matter technically, the visual of seeing someone who looks a certain age I think changes the interaction. If the companion is supposed to be mid-twenties and the Doctor looks like he is a 50 year old human the interaction is going to be different than seeing a guy who looks to be in his late twenties or early thirties.
The big thing is that no one seems to think that Peter Capaldi is going to do a bad job. He is reasonably well known and has even been in episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood. The fans finding Peter Capaldi’s passion for Doctor Who was really exciting. The fact that he wrote a letter to the editor, was in a Doctor Who club, and drew a picture of his Doctor just shows that he is a big fan. I feel like as a fan he has the knowledge of what the Doctor needs to be to do it right.
Here are the posts we read:
The Mary Sue
- Race & Gender: The Doctor Who Casting That Might Have Been
- It’s Official! Doctor Who’s Twelve is Peter Capaldi