In the end it was Peter Capaldi, the bookies favourite. Well, their most recent favourite anyway.
Unless you’ve spent the last twenty-four hours under a rock you’ll be aware that, after weeks of speculation, Capaldi has been announced as the twelfth Doctor. He is a great actor, famously fierce as Malcolm Tucker but conniving and compromised in Torchwood. Although I’m disappointed it wasn’t a mould-breaking casting (the campaign to get Vicky McClure cast as the thirteenth Doctor starts here!) Capaldi is undeniably a great actor and will bring something very different from Smith and Tennant to the role.
The whole idea of revealing what is essentially just a casting decision in a live, internationally simulcast, X-factor style show is bizarre considering where Doctor Who was twenty or even ten years ago. The whole programme was a piece of insubstantial fluff, a thirty second reveal padded out to thirty minutes. It was great seeing Peter Davison, Bernard Cribbins and the other Who alumni pop up, but one did get the sense it was just to give the camera something to point at for a little while longer. But it got the job done and over six million people tuned in to watch. I rather think JNT would have loved it.
One thing I didn’t know before is how much of a fan of the show Capaldi is. But the letter to the Radio Times, the article he wrote in a fanzine dissecting Pertwee’s opening credits and the way he greeted Nick Briggs all show that this is real fandom, not just a façade put on for the media.
There are a few days left to donate to my Malawi Mission to be in with a chance to win tickets to the BFI screenings of Doctor Who “Bad Wolf” and “Parting of the Ways”. These 50th anniversary screenings are great fun and have sold out each time and tickets are hard to get hold of, so take this opportunity to get hold of some!Pin It