The New Doctor Arrives

publicity photo of Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi – the twelfth Doctor. Image credit: BBC

Finally, some good news has passed under my nose. Of course, it has nothing to do with politics or economics:

Peter Capaldi has been announced as the Twelfth Doctor, succeeding Matt Smith as star of Doctor Who. The 55-year-old star is the same age that William Hartnell was when he first appeared in the TARDIS back in 1963. The actor is best known for his role as Malcolm Tucker, the cantankerous and foul-mouthed spin doctor from The Thick Of It, as well his role on the ’60s BBC newsroom saga The Hour.

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I like that he’s an older actor. The one complaint I had about Matt Smith was that he seemed too much like a kid, rather than a 900-plus year old who has seen just about everything. He grew into the role, I think, and by Series 7 he was fun to watch, but at first he seemed more brash than world-weary, a stark contrast to his predecessor David Tennant. It’s tough to play someone as experienced as the Doctor when you’re barely done being a kid. It’s to his credit that Smith was eventually convincing in the role, but I’d prefer not to go through that learning period again.

From his long and varied resume, it looks like Capaldi won’t have any trouble fitting into the role.

I’m looking forward to the new season.


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