The world woke up to a news Doctor today and that doctor is Peter Capaldi – a very popular British actor who has had a wide range of roles in both film and TV. I was very excited when they announced it was him as he’s one of my favorite British actors.
Here’s our 12 reasons why I think Peter Capaldi will make a great Doctor.
1. A True Fan
It’s well documented that he’s been a Doctor Who fan all his life – he even wrote to the BBC when he was a child asking them to make more Doctor Who.
2. Oscar Winner
He’s won an Oscar for a short film in the 1990′s bringing a little golden Hollywood to the role. They’ve never been able to say before that the Doctor was played by an Academy Award winning actor.
3. The Thick of It
While many would argue that his role as foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker would automatically disqualify him for the role, it’s actually prepared him well. It ensures that he’s capable of the intensity needed to pull the Doctor off.
4. Because He’s Older
I’m very happy to see the return of an older and more mature Doctor. Matt Smith has been fantastic – but he’s so young it will be a definite change of pace to have an older actor play the role.
5. Because He’s a Scot
Scots make the best Doctors. If you want proof – you only need to look at David Tennant. The only question now is if he’ll keep his accent for the role or adopt an English accent like Tennant did.
6. He Knows the Ropes
He’s been in countless movies and TV roles but he’s also a Doctor Who veteran. He was in the Fires of Pompeii (where he also shared the screen with a younger Karen Gillan before she was cast as Amy Pond) as well as Torchwood: Children of Earth. He knows the rhythm of working on Who and knows what he’s in for.
7. He’s Not an Unknown
Matt Smith was relatively unknown when cast in the role – Peter Capaldi is much more well known and will bring new viewers to Doctor Who. Though this will probably be offset by people abandoning the show because Matt Smith is leaving.
8. A Less Sexual Doctor
While sometimes the pseudo-sexual relationship that exists between the Doctor and his companions can be sweet, they will have no choice but to tone it down in the future. Why? Capaldi is twice the age of current Companion Jenna Coleman. They’ll have to tone it down or otherwise it will just come off as creepy.
9. Stories May be More Adult
With the intensity of such a talented actor, perhaps the stories will be a little more adult in theme (while keeping the kiddie stuff in). I guess mature is the word I’m looking for.
10. Doctor Who Gets a Breather
While there was a big hoopla over his casting yesterday. We don’t see Capaldi step into the role until the end of this year’s Christmas special. He won’t fully suit up into the TARDIS until well into 2014. So that means that after the excitement of the 50th anniversary, Doctor Who will get a bit of a breather, which will be good for the show right now. Gives Stephen Moffat some time to think about where to take the show.
11. The Whole World Gets to Meet Peter Capaldi
Seriously, this man is a brilliant actor. Not only will he improve Doctor Who – but millions of fans will discover his previous works, including The Thick of It, The Hour and even going all the way back to the classic film Local Hero (one of my personal favorites).
12. He Knows Craig Ferguson
Not only does he know the Late Night TV show host – they’ve been friends since well before they were both famous. They even played in a band together! With Craig Ferguson basically being the biggest fan of Doctor Who in the USA – this is awesome.
Do you think Peter Capaldi will be a good Doctor? Let us know in the comments!