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by Kevin Rigdon (@pralix1138)



Sunday saw the revelation of the Twelfth Doctor. Unless you’ve been on a complete internet fast you are aware that Peter Capaldi will be filling the shoes of our favorite Time Lord. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, the 55-year old Capaldi is no stranger to the Doctor Who phenomenon. He starred alongside the 10th Doctor, and the future Amy Pond, Karen Gillan, in the episode, “The Fires of Pompeii,” and has been a huge fan of the show for a very long time.

It was a well kept secret, to be sure, and I must admit to being quite surprised that they’re going a little old-school, if you’ll forgive the pun. Since Eccleston, the Doctor’s regenerations seemed younger and younger. You can’t get much more baby-faced than Matt Smith really. With Capaldi, there’s a hearkening back to the origins of the show that I think is really interesting, and should prove very, very good.

After my initial reaction of disappointment that Richard Ayoade wasn’t named (come on, Maurice Moss as the Doctor = brilliant), I have to completely agree with Moffat who said, “He’s got those Doctor eyes.” Oh, yes he does. It’s one of those things that seems indefinable, but when you look at Peter Capaldi, you can certainly see him as the Doctor. Capaldi was really the only name the creators thoroughly considered, which bodes well, I think, for a unified vision.

I’m excited for what Capaldi is going to bring to the role. I’m eager to see just how well the 12th Doctor and Clara get on-and hopefully Vastra, Jenny, and Strax-and what kind of stories they will tell. But in all of the new, we have to say goodbye to the old. It seems weird using “old” and Matt Smith in the same thought. I’ve really enjoyed Matt Smith’s incarnation as the Doctor. I completely get the devotion that David Tennant’s incarnation has engendered, and love him also. But there’s been something about Smith’s time as Doctor that struck a chord with me that wasn’t there with any of the other Doctors. The only way I can put it, and I think Whovians will understand the sentiment if not necessarily agree with it, is that he’s my Doctor. And my Doctor has to leave to make way for the new one.

I can’t think about that yet, though. I can’t think about the regeneration that’s coming. I can’t think about it happening on Christmas Day. For today, a beautiful day in the beginning of August, I can look forward to the continuation of Doctor Who, knowing they have a tremendously talented actor taking over as the Doctor, a lovely and clever companion, and a team of incredible storytellers. The future of the Doctor looks very bright indeed.

What was your reaction to the announcement of the new Doctor? Other than Richard Ayoade, who was really the obvious choice, who did you expect to see in the role? How do you think this new Doctor and Clara will get on? Share your thoughts in the comments for a chance to win a custom, hand-made Doctor Who Little Pony Plushie from Geeklore.

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    60 Comments

  1. Alex DixonAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Richard Ayoade or Chris O’Dowd would have been fantastic choices! I never expected Peter Capaldi at all… I seriously thought Rory Kinnear was going to get the part, or it would be someone we’d never heard of before! Really excited to see how ‘Malcolm Tucker’ will play the role… and whether he’ll stay Scottish or “do a Tennant” and put on an English accent!

  2. Ben LiebowitzAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I’m really excited! Loved the nod Peter Capaldi gave to William Hartnell with the hands on his lapel. Can’t wait for the xmas special and for series 8!

  3. Ivy HoAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I can’t help but keep thinking that he was already on an episode of Doctor Who but I’ve heard that he’s a great actor so I look forward to seeing him as the Doctor. The fact that he’s older makes me curious about the companions. If there’s going to be romance will the companions be older or will it just be platonic. There’s so many possibilities. I’m excited! 🙂

  4. SueannAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I really think he will be a great Doctor. From the little I have seen him in he seems like a great actor and, in my opinion, he kind of has that “Doctor look”. I wish him all the luck and hopes he has fun with it.

  5. brendaAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Im excited for the new doctor. Will be cool to see an older man play the role againa and esp after the 50th anniversary.

  6. AnyaAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Excited to see what he’ll be like. I feel like he’ll have a nine-vibe.

  7. Jessica DwyerAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I’m excited by this! It’s a return to old a school whodom! He’s also a fan.

    Here’s the core of what I hope comes from this from something I wrote:

    Eccleston’s Doctor was a story of redemption and Tennant’s was a story of loss. I see that 11 was a return to a sort of innocence for the Doctor a cleansing youth that he needed after how dark 10’s life became at the end. The 11th Doctor found the belief in him within Amy and Rory, the love and complete acceptance of River Song. That’s what he needed to renew himself. He found that belief in Clara too, even at the darkest point of his tenure at his own grave and it led him back to himself.

    And perhaps that’s where 12 will come into the story, a Doctor who knows exactly who he is and what he is. A Doctor who is strong and experienced and won’t take the universes guff. Capaldi has shown that he has the gravitas for such a role. He’s also shown he’s got charm and can pull off comedy like a champ. So I am more than excited for this new entry into the Whoniverse.

  8. Mike N.August 6th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I was also surprised, but given his body of work I am excited. I think an older doctor will be a refreshing move that should be beneficial to the show. The dynamic between Clara and the new doctor will be fun. I don’t think they will get along and it will be a source of conflict that will be entertaining. I was surprised that Idris Elba did not get the nod (although I guess he may have turned it down). I think he would have been great as well. I honestly don’t think that of the people that were considered you could have done wrong. The universe and the writing is so sound that I think I could have been a great doctor!

  9. CharissaAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    When I first heard Peter Capaldi’s name as the frontrunner for the Doctor I was a little skeptical. He’s a terrific actor and I am sure he will be a brilliant Doctor, I was just hesitant about the casting of an actor who had already played such a prominent role on Torchwood. His appearance in “The Fires of Pompeii” didn’t bother me (after all, Karen Gillan was in that episode as well) but Frobisher’s final moments on Torchwood were haunting, and I was having trouble reconciling that with the idea of him being the Doctor. However, after watching the special and seeing him talk about being a fan I am fully prepared to embrace him as the Doctor.

  10. Linda N.August 6th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Wasn’t sure what to expect with the new doctor because they are very good with mis-direction. I watched Doctor Who as a little kid and when the series rebooted I was SUPER EXCITED!! I liked Eccleston but my favorite was Tennant! It took a little for Matt Smith to grow on me but I am glad he did. I felt there was a romantic vibe between Clara and the Doctor, makes me wonder if the will go a different direction now with the new Doctor. Looking forward to the new episodes though.

  11. Danielle TaylorAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I was not really surprised when Peter was introduced as the 12th Doctor but I did find myself a little heartbroken. I enjoyed Chris, loved David and listed over Matt. I have enjoyed the younger, sexier Doctors who flirt with the companions, even unknowingly. I feel the new Doctor and Clara will have more of an obvious father/daughter type relationship. Matt’s Doctor has tried to protect her and they had a brother/sister type thing going on a lot. I would have loved to see a woman get the role just to see how the writers dealt with something so new. Girlie girl or tomboy, the decisions could have been amazing.

    I’m just hoping they give Peter some sexy appeal for those of us that fell in love with the newer Doctors.

  12. Jessica DwyerAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I think he’s going to be amazing. It’s a return to classic Whodom. Here’s the core of what I take from this from something I wrote when it was announced:

    Eccleston’s Doctor was a story of redemption and Tennant’s was a story of loss. I see that 11 was a return to a sort of innocence for the Doctor a cleansing youth that he needed after how dark 10’s life became at the end. The 11th Doctor found the belief in him within Amy and Rory, the love and complete acceptance of River Song. That’s what he needed to renew himself. He found that belief in Clara too, even at the darkest point of his tenure at his own grave and it led him back to himself.

    And perhaps that’s where 12 will come into the story, a Doctor who knows exactly who he is and what he is. A Doctor who is strong and experienced and won’t take the universes guff. Capaldi has shown that he has the gravitas for such a role. He’s also shown he’s got charm and can pull off comedy like a champ. So I am more than excited for this new entry into the Whoniverse.

  13. Laura YatesAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Since Doctor Who was re-booted in 2005, the actors to play the doctor have all been relatively young, so I think it will be interesting to see what Capaldi brings to the role with him being older than Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith. I personally cannot wait to see him take on the role.

  14. Dimple PAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I think Peter Capaldi is going to be a great doctor! The previous doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith, were very good. I think they portrayed the doctor as energetic, sweet, nerdy and lots of fun to be around. I think Capaldi will bring something new and interesting to the role. I think they are going to make his doctor very serious, more sinister and dark. I can’t wait to see Capaldi as the Doctor. He is a fine actor as is Jenna Louise Coleman.

  15. HMaffAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I didn’t have a favorite choice. I was afraid that they’d go with a younger guy who couldn’t pull off the part to appease the new fans (especially in the US) but that is the brilliant thing about the series, it’s really an actors part. I love the devilish glint in Peter’s eye and am really looking forward to what he’ll bring to the role. I’d love to see them switch it up a bit more and bring in a male companion (like in some of the classic series).

  16. Luis AlvarezAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I’m excited, he’s a superb actor and a fan of the show for many years now. I’m looking forward to the theme of the show going back to an older doctor that would help deviate away from the doctor companion romance storylines. But that’s just me.

  17. RDLenixAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I’m pleased with the choice. When I heard Matt Smith was leaving, I told my friends “I hope they pick someone older.” I don’t know why, but I’m sort of ready for an older, graying Doctor.

    I have to agree about the eyes thing. Capaldi has a certain look to him that screams “DOCTOR.” He also sort of looks like Nine and Ten came together and had a baby. He’ll be good, and as long as the writing is up to par and improves…he’ll be great.

  18. HannahAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I am very impressed and keen to discover the talents of Capaldi as Twelve. I was happy to discover that we get an older Doctor again. The incessant crushes and love triangles were becoming quite bothersome. I am a 20-year-old college student who adores ‘those young ones’ as the Doctor however many of the lovestruck companions I could do without.

    For the people upset about a regeneration and the cycle of hatred already commenced I have but one thing to say: At least our show is not cancelled. The Doctor lives on and I am excited for every second of it.

    I must also interject that Eleven regenerates on my birthday. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas from Moffat. We love, and despise you, dear sir.

    -Hannah

  19. AliceAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    While I am sure Peter will make an excellent doctor, I must say I was rather enjoying the string of young Doctors we were having (and by string I mean 2 really). I was actually secretly hoping for a ginger this time around! That being said I do look forward to some elements of the earlier Doctor Who years returning with an older Doctor!

  20. FloraPosteAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I’m really excited about Capaldi. Full confession: David Tennant was my doctor and I never fully cottoned onto Matt. He did a wonderful job, but I’m excited to have an older doctor and maybe get away from the storylines where every companion falls in love with him.

  21. EAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Although I find it difficult to have a Doctor who was previously another character on Dr Who, I think he will be a good choice. He does have those “Doctor eyes.” An episode where the new Doctor ends up stuck in Pompeii without the TARDIS would be awesome. Maybe River “borrowed” it from him for a bit. It could explain why he was there the first time, with some flashbacks to Tennant’s Doctor. And once he is safe, River comes back to get him. As I am still getting caught up on the most recent episodes, I can’t really comment on how I think his relationship with Clara will be, but I am looking forward to all of the new episodes!

  22. Karen N.August 6th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Matt Smith is also my Doctor and am so sad that he going, but I am really excited to see how Peter Capaldi will do with role. I was hoping they would go a little older and I think Moffat can do amazing things with that. I never seriously considered any actor in the role because I figured they would pick a male British actor that I didn’t know and that is exactly what happened. I was hoping for a woman, maybe next time 🙂

  23. Sarah GravesAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I think it will be a good contrast to have an older Doctor after the younger Matt Smith. It will make his relationship with Clara unique. I’m excited to see a more mature even grandfather-like Doctor. I was really hoping for Ben Wishaw but I’m exited for Peter to take Matt’s place. I’m hopeful about his potential and what he can bring to the role.

  24. KathrynAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I’m not that happy to be honest. It’s not even about his age, so much as the other Doctors have had a certain amount of charm that have made them appealing, and I just dont think Peter has that. It’s a shame, really. I wish the BBC hadn’t done the whole spectacle and just let us find out when the doctor regenerates. Otherwise now it’s hard to not judge before he’s started. I mean, for Matt, I didn’t watch the firsy part of Series 5 because I wasn’t ovet Tennant, but now I love Matt. So okay, maybe my opinion will change. We shall see.

  25. YoSaffBridgeAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I’m excited and scared. But I was excited and scared about Matt also and that turned out great. I have faith in the writers and in Moffat. I don’t know much about Peter Capaldi but they wouldn’t have chosen him if he wasn’t awesome! I’m still really sad about Matt leaving but I’m excited to see where this roller coaster goes.

  26. TiffanyAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Peter Capaldi was a name I had never heard of before. That’s why I love watching Doctor Who and other British television and films (as well as other foreign films/TV shows). As an American, I’m opened up to worlds of various actors from around the globe.
    I’m relieved that the creators have chosen to go a more seasoned route with Capaldi. My personal choices for the new Doctor were wide-ranging. From Harry Lloyd to Richard Armitage to Idris Elba, I finally settled on Idris Elba. However, I know he’s extremely busy with making films, but it was a nice little dream, wasn’t it?
    I think the reason I wanted Elba was because I craved a dynamic that can only be achieved with a more mature Doctor such as Capaldi (or men his age).
    I’m hoping to see the Doctor become more of a father-figure to Clara. Though he *is* the same man that I had seen chemistry with between Clara and 11, I think that can easily be converted to bonds of deep friendship. I love platonic relationships, because not everything has to be “shipped”.
    Matt Smith, as 11, was *my* doctor, but I welcome Peter Capaldi, as 12, to bring something new and exciting to the role while embracing the fact that he will always be the same Doctor…just a new twinkle in his eye and a different pep in his step.

  27. LauraAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I’m also happy with the casting. Though I remember his guest role on Who, I’m otherwise unfamiliar with Peter. I’m excited for what he’ll bring to the role and I’m very pleased that he’s a lifelong fan of the show. I agree, there is something in him that reminds me of Tennant; a familiar intensity. This is my first “real time” regeneration experience with Doctor Who. I was playing catch-up with all the others so this is a new experience for me. I will miss Matt a lot but I’m excited for what’s ahead.

  28. TrillianBlackAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I tried to keep away from the speculations. With all the previous Doctors and Companions they’ve never cast anyone that I was familiar with prior to Doctor Who, so I never have any expectations for the casting announcement. All I know is that whoever they’ll cast will be great. I was so sad to see David Tennant leave and still Matt Smith managed to win me over within the first ten minutes of his first episode. That is one thing Doctor Who is great at: it breaks your heart over and over again by taking these beloved characters from you. And then it somehow manages to make you fall in love all over again with the next regeneration or the next Companion. I’ve actually decided to not watch anything with Peter Capaldi in it right now. I don’t want to form an opinion about him before he shows up on my screen as the Doctor. I’m sad to see Matt Smith go but at the same time I’m excited for this new Doctor and can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to the show.

  29. BenAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    My knee jerk reaction is I’m not excited. To be fair, I was a huge David Tennant fan and wasn’t excited about Matt Smith, but I totally warmed up to him and really like him. I’m not super familiar with British actors, so I’m not sure who I would have picked instead. Another concern is the dynamic between The Doctor and Clara. I don’t think there is much chance of a continued flirty romance. I’m open to loving it though. I swear!

  30. Jodie H.August 6th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I’m really excited to see what Capaldi brings to the role. Some of the characters he’s played (both in the Whoniverse and out) have been pretty horrible people, but I’m holding off judgment until I see where he takes The Doctor. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t bring some diversity to the role, so I still hold out hope for a new spinoff focused on Gallifrey before the time-lock.

  31. CurtisAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I’m a fan of the new doc.

  32. NikkiAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I, too, was going to be disappointed by the choice of anyone except Ayoade. That being said, Peter Capaldi seems a good pick. I’ve only seen him in the Pompeii episode with #10 and Donna, and in the Vicar of Dibley (as Tristan/m Campbell, Songs of Praise). He does have a Doctorish look about him, but I will sorely miss #11. I already feel some tears coming on. :'(

    Good article, as always, by @pralix1138! 🙂

  33. Sam KelleyAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I don’t like that he was already in the “The Fires of Pompeii”. I know Misha Collins hinted that he may be the next Doctor, but it obviously turned out to just be a prank.

  34. Liz JacksonAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I, honestly, haven’t been a big fan of Matt Smith as the doctor. Almost to no fault of his own though. The stories since he’s taken over just haven’t had the same feeling as when the series was first rebooted. I was shocked at the announcement of the new Doctor mainly because I really expected someone on the age comparison of Smith or even Tennant (who is my favorite). But other than that I didn’t have an opinion on who should be the next Doctor once Matt announced he was leaving. I think Clara’s character is so fluid and ready to just go with the flow they’ll work out just fine. Here’s to the new Doctor and the new series!

  35. Sammi PungAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I am not sure about him yet. I liked him “Fires of Pompeii” and in Torchwood so I have high hopes. I am curious to see how the chemistry is between him and Jenna Coleman (Clara). Each regeneration is a blessing and is the reason this show is celebrating 50 years. No matter who the next Doctor is, it usually tends to be the perfect fit.

  36. Lissie AguilarAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I started watching the New Doctor Who this year. I started with Eccleston who is so great and honestly Fantastic. I feel in love with his portrayal which made it really hard to go onto Tennant. I waited as long as I could (About a week) before I decided to give Tennant a chance.. Now does one describe David Tennant as the 10th doctor. I again fell in love and when he had to regenerate, my heart broke.

    I refused to see Smith after the way Tennant was taken away but I eventually gave Smith a chance and he was great. Not my favorite by any means but he brought something to the role that needed to be there. It fit.

    When I found out about the 12th doctor, I was excited. Peter Capaldi is a wonderful actor and I’m looking forward to seeing what he brings to the role. I see great things ahead for the 12th doctor and is companion.

    P.S. Sorry for the long comment. I just had to share my journey and my love for this amazing & historic show 🙂

  37. jessAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I’m thrilled that they went with and “older” Doctor. I’m very interested to know how the chemistry will change between The Doctor and Clara. “10” is my Doctor, but I have a feeling, that Peter might be able to change that. I also agree with the eye thing and that I hope the writing improves.

  38. CharisaAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I’m super excited! I am hoping that he’ll be sassy like nine was.

  39. McKenzieAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Never in my wildest dreams did I expect Peter Capaldi to be named the twelfth Doctor… probably because I have never heard of him… I would have really liked to see a woman Doctor… but, after watching some clips of Capaldi he seems very capable and intriguing.

    As Whovians, we all have our “favourite” Doctor, someone who we think the next will never be able to replace. I’ll admit, I am sad to see Matt Smith go, as he is one of my favourites. But, us Whovians must press on…

    I think Capaldi will bring something fresh to this role, and I can’t wait to see how Clara reacts to him. I bet she will go through the motions, much like us, but in the end, there should be a spark and all will be right with the Universe. Super stoked for new episodes!

  40. MichelleAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Matt was definitely my Doctor so I’m still pretty sad about losing him. I honestly had no idea who they would cast, they always manage to surprise me. However, I was a bit shocked that they went for someone so much older. But I think every time we do this I feel apprehensive but then ultimately enjoy it. I’m guessing the dynamic between the Doctor and Clara will probably change, less flirty. But I can’t wait for the 50th Anniversary Episode!

  41. F_AAugust 6th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    If you had asked me, who I wanted to be the next Doctor, I’d said: British, male, older than Matt, about the same height as the previous Doctors and a brilliant actor. I got exactly what I wished for. I couldn’t be happier with their choice. I also think that Peter and Jenna are a good match and I’m looking forward seeing 12 with River.
    I was grinning like mad for hours after I got the news. 😉 I’m so excited for next season.

  42. VinnieAugust 6th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    When I first saw Peter Capaldi walk out onto stage, I was quite skeptical. I was like he’s too old compared to Matt Smith! But then I realized that’s how it is. You love the person that was there last, in this case, Matt. And when they leave, you’re devastated and can’t imagine the show without them. So when the new person is announced, you immediately compare him to the last person and think there’s no way he could be just as great. But he proves you wrong. You eventually learn to love the new person as much as the last. It’s happened at every regeneration and new companion and it’ll continue to keep happening. THAT’S Doctor Who.

  43. SteveAugust 6th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I don’t want to really judge until I’ve seen him in at least 1 episode as the Doctor. He reminds me of Barry Manilow though.. hehe

    At the same time, I wonder how this older version will be since the past 3 have been younger and more energetic. Less running perhaps?

  44. Ashley MAugust 6th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I think Peter Capaldi was a brilliant choice! The Doctor had to be older so that we wouldn’t be constantly comparing him to Smith. Where Smith was a spazzy young guy with an old heart, I feel like Capaldi will be a spazzy old guy with a young heart. Especially since the end of Smith’s tenure showed an older, more crotchety Doctor. Capaldi seems like a logical next step. I’m really excited to see what he brings to the show!

  45. Amber WestAugust 6th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I’m excited to see what Peter Capaldi will bring to the Doctor. I’ve seen him do comedic and dramatic roles, both very well, which is one of the things I loved about Tennant. He seemed to portray the various sides of the Doctors effortlessly and I think Capaldi will do the same.

    I’m also hoping that the older Doctor may push the writing away from the doe-eyed “simpler” companions I’ve seen as of late. I really enjoyed Matt Smith’s tenure, but have been less than impressed with the Amy Pond and Clara as written.

    And, total wishful thinking, but could they let the Doctor have a Scottish accent this time? I know it won’t happen, but it’s seems a waste not hearing Capaldi in all his Scottish glory. 🙂

  46. Janet GormanAugust 6th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I can already see him as the Doctor! Was not surprised when I saw him walk out! He is a nod back to the classic Who I just hope that he captivates the younger whovians as well as Tennant and Smith did! Not sure why people were shocked by his age it was obvious Moffat would cast older! I think he will be able to pull off the serious aspects as well as the humorous ones I hope they keep some whimsy involved I always enjoyed that aspect and felt that the new TARDIS took a bit of that away so we need a lighthearted Doctor to pull it off!

  47. TeresaAugust 6th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I guess I’m not disappointed about Peter Capaldi being the new Doctor,I’m just sad that Matt Smith is leaving.
    So I can’t really say what I think about 12,I am actually really curious about his character. BUT I can’t also say that I can’t wait for Matt to leave..you know,it’s a lot of mixed feelings: curiousity+sadness.
    The only thing I’m sure about is that I will cry a looooot of tears. A.Lot.

  48. bill norrisAugust 6th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    i dig the choice…. but are they going to explain his previous apperances in the WHO Universe? Episodes of both WHO and Torchwood had him in them…..

  49. SamAugust 6th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I was very glad they went with another actor on the other side of forty years old again, but I wasn’t particularly happy to see an actor who’d had such a large part on Torchwood: Children of Earth, which is in the same universe. I don’t have a problem with Peter Capaldi having played a part in Fires of Pompeii, since there is precedent for an actor who appeared in an episode of Who to come back an play the Doctor (Colin Baker). Still, I know that Capaldi is a very good actor, I trust Steven Moffat, and I look forward to seeing the Twelfth Doctor on my tv.

  50. JeanettaAugust 6th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I was completely beside myself waiting to hear who it would being. Knowing also that there was a better than not chance that I would have no idea who the new actor would be. None of the English actors that were coming to mind seemed to fit the bill. When Mr. Capaldi was revealed, I thought “OH he’s perfect! Who is he?” He’s Who of course. He does have the Doctor’s eyes and I think I may love him already. I can’t wait for Christmas episode. I’m sure I’ll cry but be ever so happy to know that the Who Universe goes on.

  51. NikiAugust 6th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I was surprised they chose Peter Capaldi but I am optimistic that it will turn out well. Looking at it from the beginning we are never really sure how the “new guy” will fill the shoes of the Doctor. I am looking forward to Clara’s reaction and how her relationship with “12” will progress. I am also hoping the new season will bring back Vastra, Jenny and Strax.

  52. MaramaAugust 6th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I’m actually pretty happy with the new Doctor. I’ll be honest, I was ever so slightly disappointed at the moment of the reveal – I’d hoped for something a bit more radical, perhaps a woman, or a different ethnicity – but once I got over that I found myself quite pleased with our new Doctor. I think it’s time that we had an older Doctor. The whole “Doctor ages backwards” thing that people were thinking bugged me, since it’s never been the case.

    I feel like we’re going to get a good sci-fi adventure with Twelve. And I love that he himself is a fan – I find that to be an invaluable quality.

    In all, I’m simply looking forward to the new adventures we’ll get to have. Because that’s what Doctor Who is.

  53. CelenaAugust 6th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I was not sure who to expect when they were casting the new Doctor, I personally was hoping for a ginger this time though. I know with every doctor that I have watched I have fallen in love with them as the doctor. They all build on each other so I know that Peter Capaldi will be excellent. I am excited for a new Doctor but I am more excited to see the 50th anniversary special to see how we celebrate that.

  54. Traci LeeMarieAugust 6th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I love Peter Capaldi. I can’t wait to see him as the new Doctor. I’m currently conflicted with not wanting Matt to leave but wanting to see Mr. Capaldi can bring to the Doctor Who world.

  55. TimAugust 7th, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Capaldi is a great choice. We’ve seen his acting chops in a few things in the Who Universe and elsewhere. While I have to wait to see how he grows into the role as with the previous incarnations, I think he will do an excellent job with the character we’ve all grown to love over and over. I’d love if the costume designers decided to take some sort of a special idiosyncrasy to the costume that holds well like the old Doctors often had.

  56. Dani JAugust 7th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    My first reaction was, “oh, interesting, I don’t know that guy, but he seems like a good fit!”. I like the idea of an “older” Doctor, kind of completes the circle. Looking forward to the new episodes!

  57. StephanieAugust 7th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I honestly hadn’t decided who I “thought” should be the Doctor. No matter what I believe most fans dislike the new Doctor at first. He’s different. He’s not what we’re used to. He doesn’t sound the same or move the same or react the same. But then he grows on us. Sometimes it takes a little as coming out of the TARDIS dressed in PJs and having a sword fight. Sometimes it takes wearing suspenders and a bow tie. But in the end we all accept him because he’s the Doctor.

  58. AngeliqueAugust 7th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I am scared, nervous, excited, and curious about the new doctor – all at the same time. It will be interesting to see how it works out. I didn’t have anyone specifically in mind for the Doctor – but I was expecting someone a bit younger, based on the last two. Having given it serious though, I think I’m okay with the new Doctor and look forward to how he interacts with everyone, especially Clara.

  59. CeliaAugust 7th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    He’s old. But can he run?

  60. Victoria PoulsenAugust 7th, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I love Dr. Who and am confidant that the 12th doctor will be wonderful. Mr. Caribaldi has a sophisticated air about him and we must remember that the Dr. Moves in time and space and thus an older doctor will bring us a fresh perspective and reintroduce an older doctor experience for some of us who may not have experienced the Doctor in the previous decades.

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