We’re in that weird period that Doctor Who goes through anytime there’s a regeneration and a new actor playing the time lord. For the most part, Whovians seem to be less skeptical about Peter Capaldi than they were about Matt Smith, which is understandable since he’s a better-known performer and it doesn’t take much research to discover that he is, scientifically speaking, awesome. But even with that being the case, we still don’t really know what his Doctor will be like. And what about his relationship with the fans? That’s a huge part of taking on the role of the Doctor: interacting with fans, especially those young enough that they don’t entirely understand the divide between fantasy and reality. For them, the Doctor is simply the Doctor, but now he has a different face. Well, regardless of what his Doctor proves to be like, Capaldi’s encounter with a young autistic girl has proven him more than worthy of carrying the torch.
The introduction of a new actor in the role of the Doctor is always an exciting time for Who fans, introducing a new take on the centuries-old time lord. After a pair of younger actors in David Tennant and Matt Smith, the Doctor is showing his years a bit more with the newest incarnation, played by Peter Capaldi. The new Doctor is said to be a darker take on the character, and we here at GFR are really excited to see what he brings to the role. But could his tenure inside the TARDIS be shorter than anyone imagined?
That’s the crazy Who rumor of the day, as reported by The Mirror. Granted, the fact that it’s coming from The Mirror suggests we should take this all with a Gallifrey-sized grain of salt, but the story does at least include an alleged reason as to why Capaldi will supposedly only be sticking around for one season of the show. The Mirror’s Richard Beech says he’s hearing that Capaldi’s Twelve was specifically intended as a transitional Doctor “in order to steer the show in a new direction and pave the way for an even more radical (and possibly more controversial) choice for the role.”
It’s one of the great traditions of Doctor Who fandom: meeting a new Doctor, and a new actor portraying him. But as the old saying goes, the clothes make the man, and each Doctor’s wardrobe has played an important and iconic part in establishing the character. We’ve had Tom Baker’s scarf, Peter Davison’s lapel celery, and Matt Smith’s bowtie. While we’d previously seen shots of new Doctor actor Peter Capaldi filming his episodes, we hadn’t gotten a glimpse at his defining duds. Now the official Doctor Who Twitter has finally revealed the Twelfth Doctor’s costume. a sleek black outfit that definitely suits the actor well. You gotta love that snazzy red lining. And Doc Martens, no less! My high school self heartily approves.
Last year, when the BBC and Doctor Who announced Peter Capaldi as the twelfth incarnation of the venerable Time Lord, there was quite a stir among fans of the long-running space and time adventure. We got our first glimpse of the new Doctor in December in the Christmas special, “Time of the Doctor.” Regardless of you take on Capaldi and his rendering of the beloved character, one thing is certain, the man is a huge fan of Doctor Who. How big? Well, we stumbled across some Doctor Who fan art, by none other than Peter Capaldi, from 1976.
Io9 found this image, which first appeared in the May, 1976 edition of the Doctor Who International Fan Club Magazine. I’m not entirely certain what it is supposed to show, but it looks to be the Doctor’s preferred method of time and space travel, the TARDIS, hanging out in some rugged mountains, most likely on some remote alien world. Then again, he could be hanging out in the Himalayas with a crew of Yetis. I wouldn’t put it past him.
With Peter Capaldi stepping in as the latest incarnation of the Doctor, the show will be diverting from the path it’s followed in its “modern” run so far. David Tennant was in his 30s when he took on the role. Matt Smith was in his 20s, and as the first of the revamped show’s time lords, Christopher Eccleston was in his 40s. Capaldi, however, is 55. He certainly isn’t the first older actor to take the lead of Doctor Who, but his age will be a major change for fans who only got hooked on the show in the era of dashing young “sexy” Doctors. But aside from letting his centuries of experience show a bit more, what can we expect from this new Doctor? According to executive producer Steven Moffat, this new “kick-up-the-arse Doctor” is designed to “flip the show around” and establish that Who will be taking a very different direction during Capaldi’s tenure.
There would be little point in making as radical a change as we’ve made unless you’re going to go quite different with the Doctor. The last two Doctors have been brilliant, and have been your ‘good boyfriend’ Doctors. But the Doctor isn’t always like that. There is the sort of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston end of the spectrum, where he is mad and dangerous and difficult.
If we’d cast Ben Whishaw, you’d know what we were doing. You’d think, ‘Well, that’s another quirky young man with entertaining hair!’ And he’d be a brilliant Doctor, but Clara would just think, ‘Okay, you’ve rearranged yourself a bit…’
Filming on Doctor Who season eight has begun, the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is on the scene, and he’s looking positively dapper next to companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in the first season eight set pic released by the BBC. If you recall, the new Doctor’s introduction in “Time of the Doctor” left him and Clara in rather dire straights, but thankfully it looks like they’ll get everything sorted out and not die horribly. Sadly, this first look doesn’t reveal the new Doctor’s outfit, as he’s still dressed in Matt Smith/Eleven’s duds (although he did switch ties). Presumably it won’t take long for him to pick out a new look, certainly longer than it took him to switch kidneys.
There also don’t appear any secrets to be revealed here, other than possibly that there’s something funny over there. ← The official press release says:
The new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, stepped on set today for his first full day of filming as production begins on series eight of the hit BBC show.
10.2 million tuned in on Christmas Day to get their first glimpse of Capaldi in one of TV’s most iconic roles in the festive special The Time Of The Doctor, which saw Matt Smith hang up his bow tie after four years in the role.
Capaldi was revealed as the Doctor in a live BBC One show in August, after months of speculation about the next Doctor’s identity.