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Updated: It’s Official! Doctor Who‘s Twelve Is Peter Capaldi


You may have heard (unless you live under a rock) that from 2:00-2:30pm EST there was a live, special broadcast to announce the identity of the Twelfth Doctor.

So who’s the actor whose life has, as of now, forever been changed by Whodom? That would be Peter Capaldi.

When Capaldi steps into the Doctor’s shoes it’ll actually be his second time on the show; he appeared in the episode “The Fires of Pompeii,” the same episode Karen Gillan appeared in as an extra before she was cast as Amelia Pond. Interestingly, he’s also appeared in Torchwood. His most well-known role to this point is as the political spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in BBC’s The Thick Of It and the Oscar-nominated film In the Loop. Other credits include World War Z, The Hour, and Skins.

Now to editorialize for a moment: I have to admit I’m a bit sad at the missed opportunity that is the Doctor being another white dude, but if Twelve is going to be another white dude, I’m thrilled that it’s Capaldi. He’s a great actor and I think he’ll bring something really original to the role. If you’re not familiar with his work I’d recommend looking up some Malcolm Tucker clips on YouTube, though be warned that all videos will be extremely NSFW for language. (Seriously, the show has some of the best cursing.)

Welcome to the show, Capaldi! Good luck from us at The Mary Sue!

Updated: Here’s an official pic posted by the BeeB on Twitter:

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  • Fisty

    Good job on the quick posting. Love him on Thick of It and I’m glad if he’s going to be a white dude he is an older white dude.

  • Fisty

    Good job on the quick posting. Love him on Thick of It and I’m glad if he’s going to be a white dude he is an older white dude.

  • Malise Angie Hulme

    “I have to admit I’m a bit sad at the missed opportunity that is the Doctor being another white dude, but if Twelve is going to be another white dude, I’m thrilled that it’s Capaldi” <– This. Yes.

  • Malise Angie Hulme

    “I have to admit I’m a bit sad at the missed opportunity that is the Doctor being another white dude, but if Twelve is going to be another white dude, I’m thrilled that it’s Capaldi” <– This. Yes.

  • Thomas Hayes

    Now all they need to do is fire Murray Gold, give Clara a personality, stop the writers from drinking bleach and rein in Moffat’s insane preference for convoluted and pointless story arcs, and I might start liking the show again.

  • Thomas Hayes

    Now all they need to do is fire Murray Gold, give Clara a personality, stop the writers from drinking bleach and rein in Moffat’s insane preference for convoluted and pointless story arcs, and I might start liking the show again.

  • Calum Syers

    I do like that they’ve gone with an older actor. He has the world weariness of the earliest incarnations of the character, and it also scuppers any obnoxious romantic chemistry he may have with his companions, which saturated Tennant’s run at the character. Good choice, I say.

  • Anonymous

    I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of fans suddenly cried out in rage and called Steven Moffat a douchebag

  • Suzanne Larsen

    He was in Lair of the White Worm. That’s good enough for me.

  • Suzanne Larsen

    yeah but millions of fans calling Moffat a douchebag only means its a day that ends in “y”

  • John W

    Now if we could only bring the same writers from the Thick of It.

  • Anonymous

    A Facebook friend pointed out that Capaldi’s role in World War Z was “W.H.O. Doctor”. :D

  • Anonymous

    “We’ve had unprecedented international success with a string of younger, more attractive doctors. And our fans are clamoring for a more progressive casting choice this time around. So let’s take a giant step BACKWARDS and pick this old white guy.” Boo.

  • Valerie C.

    I’m
    anxious to discover him playing the 12th Doctor but my only concern is
    can he keep up the pace we’ve been used to for years? Doctor Who
    involves running a whole lot and action.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    I’m disappointed really. Yet another white man. BBC has again pussied out and appeased the whingy fanboy contingent. Way to go Beebs!

    I’ll give him a chance to win me over, I always do. And at least it’s an older guy. But still, more fans want change than the whiner. The Beeb needs to grow a spine.

  • Thomas Hayes

    I for one hope it means less running around. The show has become to keen on the Doctor running around like a headless chicken.

  • Bear TheDad

    What is with that crazy grammar in the title? That is just bananas.

  • JJ

    So the Doctor once was in a punk band with Craig Ferguson and did Acid with him? #MindBlown

  • Anonymous

    He’s 55. If he had trouble running around, I’d be very concerned.

  • Lapin

    I’m glad they went with a middle-aged Doctor for a change. (Although I do wonder if him not being young and hot will affect merchandising, or how certain fans react to the show. I’m gonna go with “no”, since I’d like to think fans aren’t that shallow, but idk.)

    Obligatory comment about how I wish Moffat would step down so I could care more about the news, and so Capaldi would actually have a chance with good scripts.

  • Bear TheDad

    Interesting use of “pussy” for someone complaining about gender equality.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Twelve is being used as a name there. It’s like saying Doctor Who’s Doctor is…

  • Ruby S.

    +100

  • http://samebirthdaygirl.tumblr.com/ Ibong Apoy | PusaCat

    Wait, WHAT?

    Islington in Gaiman’s Neverwhere? Sid Jenkins’s dad Mark in Skins? Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It/In The Loop?

    Heck, John Frobisher in Torchwood and bloody Caecilius during the tenure of my favourite Doctor, Christopher Eccleston (Nine)?

    I hoenstly was hoping for either a female Doctor or a person of colour Doctor, just because.

    All the same I wish Capaldi well.

  • Anonymous

    Man, that comment about how a female Doctor would be like casting a guy for the Queen. ಠ_ಠ

    (I hope Prince Charles sends him a pissy letter)

  • Rebecca Pahle

    “People want the Doctor to be a woman, ha ha that’s so funny, I’ll make a stupid joke about it, ha ha ha!”

  • Rebecca Pahle

    FATE.

  • Anonymous

    As long as Moffat is still running the show, I really wouldn’t have wanted a POC or female Doctor. I can just imagine how badly that would’ve been handled. So what I’m saying is call me when he regenerates into a different showrunner.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I think on balance Who fans are into the show enough that having a middle-aged Doctor wouldn’t drive them away even if they don’t like it. Or I hope so, anyway.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Matt Smith is called Eleven, David Tennant is Ten…

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    And insult Helen Mirren’s body of work at the same time.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    SPACE cursing!

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Ugh, Moffat, go away.

  • Anonymous

    Especially when she’s a better actor than he is a writer…

  • http://samebirthdaygirl.tumblr.com/ Ibong Apoy | PusaCat

    This. I would love to see Armando Iannucci take on the character.

  • Lucine

    I had been holding out hope that he wasn’t a complete douchebag. However, after that comment I threw in the towel.

  • Anonymous

    Capaldi just spent four seasons playing The Master, and now he’s going to be The Doctor. …hells yeah.

  • Valerie C.

    I just mentioned it because I noticed he wasn’t exactly spry on the BBC set earlier.

  • Laszlo

    Why is it a backwards step? Well, other than that’s how earlier Doctors were, but from a progressivity standpoint I don’t see it being backwards at all.
    But anyway, I’m glad for any step in any direction from young, thin, “adorkable” white guy.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    He ran his ass off during a scene in In the Loop. It’s probably just been an exhausting few days for him.

  • Anonymous

    Yes!

  • Anonymous

    It’s disappointing that they didn’t pick a non-white Doctor, but I don’t see how it’s a step backwards to not have a Doctor that’s “young and attractive*”.

    (*Also he is pretty attractive.)

  • Anonymous

    Sounds right…

  • Valerie C.

    I’m unfamiliar with his work but I look forward to watching him in action then! Been binge watching all 7 seasons of Doctor Who on my holiday. lol I’m ready for November.

  • Lindsay Beaton

    I held out zero hopes for Twelve being a woman, so I had three criteria for the new Doctor: older (please, please older), guy, and an actor who looks like he can pull off a Doctor who might go darkside without too much provocation (I think they’re leading the Doctor straight down the rabbit hole). I got three out of three, so I’m satisfied. I just hope the writers give Capaldi the chance to bring some weight to the character, because I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with Twelve.

  • Bear TheDad

    Ah, I see. I retract my earlier comment. Thank you for making that make sense to me.

  • Ospero

    “Fires of Pompeii” was Tennant, not Eccleston.

  • Joanna

    I dunno… Considering their fanbase I thought it was a huge risk to NOT cast an adorable weirdo like Tennant or Smith.

  • Anonymous

    “Well, other than that’s how earlier Doctors were…” — That’s why.

    Granted, we’ll have to wait and see how he and the writers handle 12. But my initial reaction is that this smacks of the same mistakes being made with the Bond franchise. Mixing up the status quo results in huge success and critical acclaim…so quick, let’s put everything back the way it used to be ASAP!

  • Hollyanna

    Hmm.. Well maybe they’ll let him play it in drag.

  • .GONNY

    Capaldi in drag — I ship that now.

  • frodobatmanvader

    Still not a ginger? Sigh…

  • Rebecca Pahle

    No problem!

  • Hollyanna

    I admit I don’t know the guy, but google images led me to this:

    http://fuckyespetercapaldi.tumblr.com/post/10614955641/pcap-in-drag-gotta-love-it

    I wear lipstick now. Lipstick is cool.

  • Gordon Borland

    “don’t you ever call me the Oncoming Storm. I’m so much worse than that”

  • Anonymous

    He played a trans character in Prime Suspect.

  • Alex Young

    i’ve got one girl on Facebook complaining that he’s “unattractive” and that he won’t be able to run about, she think’s they’ll lose the youth audience “especially the girls”. *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    The whining contingent came out in full force with Smith, too. If that is any indicaction, when Capaldi leaves they’ll be all “HE WAS THE BEST DOCTOR, I’M QUITTING THE SHOW FOREVER”

  • .GONNY

    IN LOVE

  • Mike Perry

    Comments like that make me glad he didn’t pick a women. That was definitely a moment when I said to myself “Go fuck yourself, Moffat.”

  • brilance

    One cool thing they could do with this (not that I’m holding much hope during Moffat’s tenure) is give him an older female companion as well. Ideally without romance.

    I think it would be cool to see a bada** older woman as a companion, and maybe someone with more life experience would be more likely to call the Doctor on his b.s. It could be like RED meets Dr. Who. :)

  • Hollyanna

    Thanks. I’m trying to find out where the pictures I’m seeing are from. It seems like maybe there’s been more than one project where he’s in drag? Anyway, I think it’s a perfectly fine choice for the new doctor’s attire.

  • Mike Perry

    And then there’s the group that go into it as always with hatred because it’s not “their doctor” so they’ll always hate him. So just as before he’s going to have to earn the respect. Kinda makes me facepalm…

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Ugh. Well she can leave if she wants, she’ll just miss the Capaldi magnificence. *hair toss*

  • Craig Forshaw

    I take it you’ll now quote Moffat in the same way you quoted me, given that it is the same joke?

  • .GONNY
  • Katy

    I had the same criteria. While I was secretly hoping for a woman or a POC or a woman POC, I’m happy with this choice. I just hope they don’t create a creepy young Clara and older Doctor relationship, but the way Moffat has been writing companions lately, it wouldn’t surprise me. I don’t think we’ll be seeing a woman Doctor during Moffat’s run. On the announcement show he made a joke about Dame Helen’s hope for a woman doctor. He said “I like that Helen Mirren has been saying that the next Doctor should be played by a woman. I would like to go on record that the Queen should be played by a man.” I wish I could have heard him say the quote though, because to me it doesn’t sound funny, it reads like an insult to the Queen and Helen Mirren.

  • Nat

    Psh if there’s gonna be romance GIT THAT SILVER FOX CLARA

  • Nat

    Does this mean we can get Craig on the show?

  • Anonymous

    But previous to that he confirmed that the Doctor could regenerate into a woman. I know people have said before it was possible, but now we have the current head writer on camera confirming it. That’s pretty important and deserves some focus.

    But yeah, Moffat makes another dumb statement and I’m hoping he’s about to regenerate soon as well.

  • Katy

    Eccleston was 41 when he was the 9th, fans love him. Yes, Capaldi is 55 (?) but I think there is a diverse enough base that he will be accepted.

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    Can I say, though, that his romance with River Song would have made a hell of a lot more sense in this incarnation?

  • Anonymous

    Between the offended soapboxers and the offended fangirls demanding someone wankable it seems that Capaldi may not be off to the best of starts, but I’m… cautiously optimistic. Moffat is still in charge, though, which I feel is the biggest problem with the show right now, but maybe HOPEFULLY an older Doctor means someone who will actually behave with some degree of maturity and not like a caffeinated bee in a jar. I’m also hoping they’ll back off from the shippy aspects. And hoping that the don’t simply flip a switch and make it all grimdark all the time. …That’s a lot of hopes on a not-very-reliable foundation. I’d settle for just having him be a bit more mature, though.

    I bailed on the show during Smith’s run (blame the stories, not Smith) but maybe I’ll give the show another chance. In gleeful defiance of all those who are pissed about not getting things THEIR way.

  • Anonymous

    Of course I’ll give him the chance but my major problem right now is that if he isn’t Malcolm Tucker I’m going to be disappointed.

    And let’s be clear, he isn’t going to be Malcolm Tucker. The phrase “He’s as useless as a marzipan dildo” will, in all likelihood, not be uttered on a family show.

  • Anonymous

    Aw, I like Murray Gold. But yes to all the rest.

  • Anonymous

    Yesss.

  • Suzanne Larsen

    “caffeinated bee in a jar”
    yes that is exactly perfect for how the last few seasons have been.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the casting of Capaldi!
    Now if we can just recast the showrunner…

  • Alex Young

    haha, i had a restrained rant at her that included the fact he’s an oscar/bafta winner and that since a lot of girls want a female doctor (whether that’s a good idea or not) his looks probably don’t matter to them. as one friend said, matt smith looks like an easter island head and christopher eccleston is conventionally handsome either so not sure what her complaint is!
    she says she’ll still watch it but doesn’t have high hopes. you just can’t please some people.

  • Anonymous

    That’s entirely possible. I don’t recognize the picture in Gonny’s link, but the ones you linked to are definitely from Prime Suspect. (Bit of a downer choice, because both the episode and the interrogation end in an extremely nasty way.)

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome. :)

  • Calum Syers

    I’m right there with you, my friend. That sounds like a capital idea.

  • Sade Wilson

    Will he be saying fuck a lot? lol either way I welcome you with open arms and an open mind. :)

  • Gerald Kirby

    Steven Moffat is to Doctor Who as Dan Didio is to DC Comics; they both had alright starts, but have long past worn out their welcomes.

    (Also, both are apparently misogynistic jerks.)

  • Mark Matson

    Huh. From BBC: “At 55, he is the same age as William Hartnell when he was cast in the role as the first Doctor in 1963.” I guess 55 was a lot older back then.

  • Thomas Hayes

    I haven’t seen many complaints to be honest. Where are the fangirls whinging?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen it on twitter and heard reports of it on tumblr. Some of the soapboxers are on this thread, too. I wonder if someone will do a screenshot of all the gripers…

  • Anonymous

    Gods yes, please. Give Capaldi some stories worthy of his abilities.

  • Anonymous

    Are you familiar with the rest of Capaldi’s work? Just curious.

  • decibell

    CAFFEINATED BEE IN A JAR. Thank you. It’s so satisfying to see an apt metaphor that describes how I feel watching the show. Very entertained and yet irritated.
    Entertirritained.

  • Anonymous

    Let me get this right: Picking a female Doctor good. Picking a PoC Doctor good. Picking a gay Doctor good. Picking an older Doctor bad.

    Please explain to this middle-aged person (48) how that last statement is not discriminating against Capaldi simply based on his age.

  • Anonymous

    Some: Neverwhere, and his Who and Torchwood stuff. He’s clearly a great actor, don’t misunderstand me. That’s not the problem here.

    The problem is that giving the world a new kind of Doctor worked like gangbusters. And now they had the chance to do it again, to take another step forward and give us David Harewood’s or Alexander Siddig’s or Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Doctor. And instead they decide to kick it old school. We’ve seen 40 years of father-figure Doctors. It was time for something new.

  • Anonymous

    But I wanted Peter Capaldi to be Spider Jerusalem!

  • Anonymous

    Because we’ve been there, done that already. See Doctors 1-8.

    But I guess you have a point: older white males have it really rough in our culture.

  • Alyson L

    One of my young cousins friends stated that Doctor Who is now ruined for him now.

  • Anonymous

    It never fails to amuse me how racism and sexism are bad, but somehow ageism is OK because, well, us old geezers just need to scuttle off somewhere and die so that you more progressive young’uns can run things.

    Let me ask you this: If Helen Mirren was picked, would you be complaining about her age. Or would that somehow suddenly not be an issue?

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’m sure she’ll be back. She said “spoilers” in her last appearance and this IS Moffat.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    It’s really weird, I’ve seen more people on Tumblr mentioning people complaining than I’ve ACTUALLY seen people complaining. I just follow good people, I guess. :) But from what I’ve seen the reaction’s been fairy positive.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    But… but it’s not really a family show anymore, it is? I mean, it’s gotten really scary with the Weeping Angels and all, maybe they’ll take it in a different direction and…

    ….no, you’re right, I’m just trying to make myself believe. *sigh*

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Can you say Twelve is going to be a “father-figure Doctor” just because he’s middle-aged, though? We literally know NOTHING about his character (other than the general, of course). And father figures aren’t generally Capaldi’s jam. I agree with thatwordgrrl below; I think assuming certain things based on his character because he’s older smacks of ageism.

  • Anonymous

    That’s like my Tumblr feed as well. Most of my feed has been “Sad that it’s not a woman or POC, but we like HIM!”

  • Rebecca Pahle

    “Socially progressive” =/= “linear progression through time,” though.

    How is it more socially progressive to cast a 26 year old (the age Smith was when he got the role) than a 55 year old?

  • Anonymous

    Helen Mirren, as you may have noticed, is not an older white male.

  • Katy

    Caffeinated bee in a jar! LOVE IT! I think (hope) that the casting of an older Doctor will lead to some sort of dark turn, but with playful elements. Smith’s first year with Amy and Rory had potential and Smith was able to create moments of darkness and playfulness (though nothing compared to Tennant’s What Kind of Man am I comments in The Christmas Invasion), but then the stories just got dumb and the new companion dumber. Here’s hoping that Moffat will try something other than “Doctor gives a passionate speech about how he is the Doctor, enemy runs off, and Companion stares in awe.”

    As for Capaldi being wankable, give it time, there is a sizable list of men over 50 that are considered wankable.

  • Anonymous

    “Granted, we’ll have to wait and see how he and the writers handle 12.”

  • Katy

    With a show runner other than Moffat, I would be cheering along with you. With Moffat at the ropes, the love between the Silver Fox and Clara would be weird. Let River Song take a crack at him instead. That could be fun!

  • Anonymous

    I’d be equally pissy about yet another Tennant/Smith. Step forward = show me something new.

  • Katy

    Men older than Capaldi can run about quite well. Maybe someone should show this girl footage of Mick Jagger during a Rolling Stones concert. He’s older than Capaldi and he can still run about and several women still find him attractive as well.

  • Anonymous

    Well, he certainly doesn’t look like Jaime Murray.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really excited because Capaldi is *very* talented, and I think could really bring something excellent to the role. I’m also a little sad that his time as the Doctor will change the experience of watching him as John Frobisher on Torchwood. I don’t mind when they mine minor roles for actors, but I think Children of Earth (that only time Torchwood was unambiguously excellent) re-watches will be harmed by Capaldi being the Doctor as well.

    But better new Who is more important than keeping re-watch quality high.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been giggling about that since the announcement was made.

  • Amy C.

    Usually actors take very good care of their bodies. I’m sure he’ll be great.

  • Anonymous

    Oh he definitely has his own contingent of fangirls who are into older men and the rest of them will probably come to lust after him, too, but I have seen a couple of comments from people angry about how old he is. One memorable comment from twitter said something to the effect of “Now the TARDIS is going to smell like a nursing home!” LOL! Although I think that was a fanboy. His timeline was full of ragey tweets about needing a younger hotter Doctor.

  • Beverly Ann Nelms

    Ageism, geezers. I’m sure you’ll get the connection any moment now.
    Sorry, I get pissy without my geritol.
    Will I watch an older doctor? I don’t know, Depends.

  • Beverly Ann Nelms

    I really wasn’t sure I would like the new Dr. Who or the new Doc. I was totally in love with Tom Baker.
    Then Christopher said to Rose “Run for your life!” and I was hooked. I fell hard for him.

  • Flitzy

    He passed my “oh god I want to run my fingers through your hair test”, though. *-*

    Seriously, though, the amount of sass to come from Clara and Twelve will be just perfect!

  • Katy

    Haha! I didn’t realize 55 meant you had to go to the nursing home! In fact I’m pretty sure most people are still actively employed and 5 to 10 years away from retirement at 55. That fanboy was probably a supporter of Alexander Vlahos as the Doctor. Really if they continued the trend of making the Doctor dramatically younger (Eccleston was 41, Tennant was 35, and Smith was 26 (?)), Clara’s next Nanny job would have been for the Doctor.

  • http://chachilovesvinyl.blogspot.com/ SaraLeah

    Really??? Do they think 55 is so old that Dr. Who will be getting around in a Hoovaround? Also, that attractive factor for me is that damn accent. And Capaldi has a nice one.

  • Dan Toland

    Hartnell only beats him in “Oldest Doctor Ever” by about six months.

  • Suzanne Larsen

    Holy crap that would be amazing

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    I held out zero hopes for Twelve
    being a woman, so I had three criteria for the new Doctor: older
    (please, please older), guy, and an actor who looks like he can pull off
    a Doctor who might go darkside without too much provocation (I think
    they’re leading the Doctor straight down the rabbit hole). I got three
    out of three, so I’m satisfied. I just hope the writers give Capaldi the
    chance to bring some weight to the character, because I’m really
    looking forward to seeing what he does with Twelve.

  • Melynda

    I’m reserving judgment on this guy because although I’ve seen a lot of things with him in it, he doesn’t really stand out in my mind. I’m glad that he’s older. Not so glad that he’s another white guy.

  • http://smoke.livejournal.com/ Smoke Tetsu

    If by having a bit more of the doctor’s old day’s feel to it that means more Sci-Fi serial and less Fairy Tale I’d be down with that. Hell, even just more of a return to the tonesci-fi’ness of the 9th’s season would be OK by me.

  • Anonymous

    No, not Doctor Fate. Doctor WHO.

  • Guest

    So is nobody on the internet going to talk about Moffat’s comment that Doctor Who can’t possibly be a woman?

  • Charlie

    I was extremely taken aback by his Queen comment… It was like he was laughing in our faces.

  • Sabrina

    Maybe they can sneak in some mild kid-friendly swearing. lol

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    When did he say that? I’ve only seen him say he CAN be because it’s already established in canon.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    I have one, I’m allowed to use it as a prejorative. Deal with it.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    Also, oh Moronic one, I wasn’t complaining about gender equality either, I was complaining about safe spineless casting.

  • http://arewerobots.libsyn.com/ DarthBetty

    Does anyone else think that he’s going to be the most cursing/yelling doctor ever, because of In The Loop?

  • Jamie Jeans

    Dude, I completely agree… since moffat took over, the writing has really gone downhill. Russel may not have been perfect, but you could tell there was a lot more diversity when HE was running Doctor Who.

  • TheChief

    For all those that wanted the Doctor to be a woman or a POC, why? It seems to me the reason is one of those “just because” kind of things. If I am wrong about that, I apologize. It is not like women or POC’s have been underrepresented in recent times in the show. There have been several strong women/POC’s characters in the show. Even the LGBT community has representation with Captain Jack.

  • Jennifer Faucher

    I, for one, was looking forward to seeing the Doctor hit puberty and the inevitable fetus at the helm of the T.A.R.D.I.S.

    Seriously, I am thrilled with the choice of Peter Capaldi. He was excellent as the Angel Islington. I can see him making an excellent Doctor and am beyond thrilled that he is older.

    Even if it had been someone that I was all “wtf?” upon announcing, hey, it’s Doctor Who… you don’t always get what you want and what you get may surprise you.

    Still, I would have LOVED to see Chiwetel Ejiofor, but such is life.

  • Charlie

    I have to admit despite being British and watching Dr Who when I was little. (From Colin Baker through to now.) TV isn’t really my fandom, not like gaming. I don’t know much about Moffat as a person but that really shocked me. It seemed like something someone would say in the fifties or something. ‘PFFT A woman are you MAD’ etc.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think I’d mind the “just because” nature of it if it stayed in the realm of “wouldn’t it be neat if…” but the idea that the Doctor NEEDS to be a woman/POC “just because” or implying that the show is somehow racist or misogynistic when they don’t make the Doctor one/both of those things really bothers me. The show isn’t being offensive by choosing “another white guy” for the role, it’s just sticking with the standard and/or picking the best person for the job. If the show as a whole was oppressing women and minorities then I could see having a stronger basis for argument about it, but this one decision doesn’t taint the whole thing and it isn’t, to me, a straw-and-camel situation.

    That said I agree that there are a lot of stupid, tired reasons why the Doctor hasn’t made that huge a leap in regenerations and I also agree that those stupid, tired reasons need to be looked at and discarded. Eventually. I personally would rather wait until after Moffat is no longer in charge because getting a woman/POC in the Doctor’s shoes is only half the issue, the other half is getting the good stories to support her/him. Let’s face it, that’s something even Capaldi will probably be struggling with and does anyone honestly expect that Moffat would do justice to a lady Doctor or someone of color? I sure don’t.

    Would it be awesome if a woman and/or POC was given the role of Doctor? Yes. But I don’t think it NEEDS to happen and I don’t think it’s some kind of massive blow to equality just because it hasn’t happened yet.

    Something else people should keep in mind: it may not be ENTIRELY the fault of the production staff. According to Neil Gaiman’s tumblr the role was offered to a black actor… who turned it down. While I’m sure there are plenty of other non-white actors who’d jump at the role the fact of the matter is that actors are no more obligated to accept a role than producers are to offer it to them.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    I’m right with you on wishing it wasn’t another dude, but you seem to be taking specific issue with the fact that he’s older, as well. Why?

  • Anonymous

    He said something to the effect of how lovely it was that Helen Mirren thought the Doctor should be a woman and then something about how he’d cast a man to play the queen.

    And this is the guy everyone wants in charge of a female Doctor series?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Scroll up, we’re talking about it in the comments. :)

  • Anonymous

    My only anxiety about him being older is that what if he does such an awesome job that I end up finding him totally sexy even though he’s way older and not my usual type at all….Attraction identity crisis?

  • Anonymous

    I like this choice. I’m pretty sure there’ll be no cursing (sigh) but I hope they allow him to keep his accent. I think he has the potential to replace Eccleston as my favorite Doctor.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    I am thrilled. He’s a great actor, he’s not 20, and he’s a fan! I’m really looking forward to seeing what he brings to the role.
    As for the straight white male thing… well, I’m pretty sure Moffat sees the Doctor that way, and couldn’t handle the change. Next time around, he won’t be showrunner – and the world will be that much more ready.

  • http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/ Elwyne

    oh, and his hair has Tom Baker potential. :D

  • Sarah Brockman

    I’m sure this will get buried (and may have already been said, somewhere in the 159 comments):

    I don’t think, story-wise, the time was right for a radically different Doctor in terms of race or gender. I want to see one, definitely – but I want the story to be right for that character. Otherwise, the show will suffer, and the criticism will revolve around the race/gender of the Doctor rather than a weak story, which could ruin any chances of having diverse Doctors further in the series.

    Once the show moves away from the Doctor as a lover/husband and the Companion/major characters as his love interests and more towards the adventure/platonic, a more diverse Doctor would fit better.

    And please don’t take this as not approving of bi-racial/lesbian/male companion love stories in future story lines. Just, as it stands now, it would be a forced fit.

  • Sabrina

    Actually, the representation of women and PoC has been rather lacklustre under Moffat. We had several episodes that completely failed the Bechdel Test because there was literally no other woman in sight except for the companion – two alone in S7b! On another note many people are not happy with how the companions have been written. Their story arcs revolve around mysteries that the Doctor has to solve which makes them feel more as a plot device than actual well rounded characters.

    We haven’t had any POC as a companion or major recurring role since Martha and Mickey – that was 5 years ago! You could maybe count the family that Clara is looking after but most of their initially planned screentime for the series was drastically cut down so that at this point we barely know anything about them.

    Likewise Jack hasn’t been around since RTD’s era either. There is a bit of LGBT representation with Vastra/Jenny but their relationship is mostly a punchline and they haven’t even kissed on screen yet.

    So all in all there’s a lot to be desired in terms of representation which is one reason why people want more women and POC in leading roles – ideally as the Doctor – and behind the scenes. There hasn’t been a female writer since S4! It’s all a big sausage fest with Moffat and his clique of buddies at the centre. We don’t even have a female executive producer anymore.

  • TheChief

    I see your point with Moffat. I have been recently rewatching the episodes with doctors 9 and 10 so I had that in mind when I was making my initial comments. So yes, representation has actually gotten worse.

  • costelas

    Honestly, at this time and age, yes. I love Eccleston, Tennant, and Matt – and although I’m only in the first seasons of the old days, I love them too. But we live in such a diverse world, with such a diverse fandom, why not make the character as diverse as the world he is inserted in? We are used to the white male man because it’s hour default status. We identify immediately with them (me included), but the world – and the fandom – is not only male and white. There is still a lack of great leading characters that include minorities and Doctor Who seems to me like the perfect show to do so. It’s protagonist has this amazing ability to change, to die and be born someone else. Why not make it a Doctor woman? Why not make it a Black, Indian, Chinese or even Latin Doctor? All of this minorities are present on England too. I think it’s part of who we are as a society to wish for this changes, and I do believe the Doctor is an amazing character to play with this. But like I said, although Capaldi is not this diversity Doctor I hoped for, I am glad he was chosen. I do believe he’ll do a great Doctor, and I hope he has a mustache, just for the fun of it. =)

  • costelas

    I do miss traveling in time. I’m not the biggest Moffat Era fan, I’ll give you that, but I do miss traveling in time at the same time as in space. And I think that with an older Doctor – and whatever it is that it’s going to happen on the 50th anniversary – we’ll probably have a darker storyline.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Apologies, that comment was absolutely in the wrong place.

  • frodobatmanvader

    Yeah… but it wouldn’t be the same.

  • Alex Young

    haha, well im from near Glasgow so it’s not so special an accent for me! he kinda reminds be of my dad but more outgoing (and just a little bit camp) so there’s no attraction at all!

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    Actually? No.

  • Anonymous

    Hehe. Yes, please.

  • Anonymous

    Or spitting. Because spitting is almost as disgusting as stupidity+sexism+privilege+… well, a lot.

  • Anonymous

    And here I am thinking Capaldi is kind of attractive… Perhaps a minority.

  • Anonymous

    But he looked A LOT older.

  • Anonymous

    Would it?

  • Anonymous

    Huh?

  • Lapin

    I definitely don’t find him unattractive. He’s not what I’d personally call super hot (unlike, say, Christoph Waltz, who’s about the same age), but the more I look at Capaldi’s face, the more I see a certain charm in it.

  • Anonymous

    Waltz, seriously? Creepy dude. Nah, I prefer Capaldi.

  • Mark Boyes

    Here’s the original, in my opinion unflounceworthy, quotation, stripped from the iPlayer subtitles. Don’t believe the darn interwebs.

    “We’ve established that
    Time Lords can change gender so it’s completely not against the rules
    as to whether or not that’s what we are doing. That’s what you are
    watching the show for. I like that Helen Mirren has been saying we should have a female Doctor. I would like to go on record, I think it’s time that the Queen was played by a man.”.

  • Anonymous

    I was watching it on BBC, I know what he said. And yeah, I think it’s obnoxious and passive-aggressive. What’s with that “flouncing” comment?

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