So, we have the first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (yes, I know it’s been a couple weeks). I have to say, I was intrigued by the choice to go with an older actor. However, I fully reserved my opinions until I saw him in action. I have seen the Series 8 premier and my patience has been rewarded. Peter Capaldi is an excellent choice to succeed Matt Smith.
I have to say, that I embraced the move to an older doctor pretty much from the start. I haven’t seen much of the Classic Who, but what I have seen of Doctors 3 and 4 are rather good. Capaldi also does well at capturing the essence of the Doctor. Once his brain gets starts to fall into sync, he displays the same plain-as-day, matter-of-fact demeanor when making certain points, as we often saw with Christopher Eccleston, and to a lesser degree Matt Smith. We see the wide-eyed craziness that David Tennant brought to the show when the Doctor decides that exiting through a door is boring, and definitely “not me.”
I also see some some of the sternness from Tom Baker, John Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, and William Hartnell. The early Doctors had much more of a fatherly/grandfatherly feel to them. This is much different style than was seen with Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith. Capaldi gives me the sense that he will bring some of the classic feel of the character back to the show. It helps, I think, that Capaldi has watched the show for a long, long time.
I very much look forward to this new Doctor, with his new look, sort of new T.A.R.D.I.S. control room, and the new series. I especially can’t wait to find out who put the advertisement in the paper and how Stephen Moffat explains Capaldi’s “reappearance” in the Who-niverse.
Are you looking forward to the rest of Series 8? What are your thoughts on Peter Capaldi? Do you think we will see any new enemies? How many of the old ones do you think will return? Who the bloody hell is Missy? Leave your thoughts in the comments!