Peter Capaldi has been chosen to fill the role of the Twelfth Doctor on BBC’s hit show Doctor Who. The big announcement was made in a special half-hour broadcast at 2 p.m. EST on August 4, 2013, which aired nationwide on BBC America.
The announcement was highly anticipated by British and American viewers alike. By its very nature, Doctor Who involves a constantly changing cast, including the actor for its well-loved protagonist, known only as “The Doctor”. The character of the Doctor has already been highly established, as Capaldi is the twelfth actor to be chosen for the role.
Capaldi is 55 years old. His career consists of a long string of roles in TV series and mini-series, but he is also notable for his role in 2013 blockbuster World War Z.
Like his eleven predecessors, Capaldi’s position in the show will be highly debated by Doctor Who fans, even before he ever appears on screen. The fan base of the series is so dedicated to the show, every new Doctor is greeted with a mixture of excitement and skepticism. Directly following two highly popular Doctors, David Tennant (2006-2009) and Matt Smith (2010-2013), Peter has a lot to live up to. Fans expect him to play the famous Time Lord with a mixture of emotional depth and quirky fun, which could prove to be too difficult a task. However, he seems to be up for the challenge. In an interview with BBC, Capaldi stated that he was already beginning to look back and see a hint of the Doctor in his life thus far.
Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith will be returning for two episodes in 2013. He will be joined by Tenth Doctor David Tennant for the 50th anniversary special on November 23. His last episode his scheduled to take place on December 25. This special Christmas episode will involve the Doctor’s “regeneration”, at which point Capaldi will make his debut as the newest Doctor.
At 55 years old, Capaldi is somewhat older than the last few Doctors have been. In fact, he will be the oldest actor to begin playing the role of the Doctor since the Third Doctor Jon Pertwee adopted the role in 2970. It’s notable that BBC has decided to end the regression in the Doctor’s age for this regeneration. Perhaps they are attempting to move back towards the old Doctor Who, which typically featured older actors for the role of the Doctor.
Although there was a lot of buzz about the possibility of a female or African-American Doctor, BBC apparently favored the safe choice with Peter Capaldi. Like all the Doctors before him, Capaldi is both male and Caucasian. Despite the hype, polls report that the majority of Who fans favored this lack of controversy in the appointment of the twelfth Doctor. It seems that the world is not yet ready for a female or African-American Doctor yet. Perhaps things will be different when it comes time to find Doctor Thirteen.
“Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor” via BBC America
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