The 12th Doctor.
I have some reservations. I felt all along that Twelve should be older. For one thing, The Doctor has gotten progressively younger with each regeneration, all the way back to the 60s, but to go much younger than Matt Smith would mean to recruit teenagers. Yeesh, no thanks. I like the classic series and the different flavor having an older Doctor brings to the stories. And I am beyond burned out by fangirl companions like Martha and Amy. So, in that sense, I was definitely pleased that Twelve is older.
Also, I’m totally over everybody who is upset that The Doctor isn’t female. Making a change that big would be very hard to convincingly swing, and I don’t see how it would serve the storytelling. Yes, as millions of fans have pointed out, it can be done. I’m not even saying it shouldn’t be done ever. But really, isn’t it enough of a leap to accept a different actor in the place of the same character without also having to deal with convincingly switching genders? And anyway, this strong desire to see a female Doctor sounds like the need for validation. I’m totally fine if the Doctor is never female. Doesn’t threaten my femininity one bit. So I’m even okay that Twelve is a man.
On the other hand….
Nothing against Peter Capaldi, nothing at all, but really, a guest star? They were able to swing it with Freema Agyeman (“Martha,” who they covered by saying her guest stint was her identical cousin) but I have no idea how they’ll be able to convince all of us who have watched the series repeatedly to suspend our disbelief - that some random dude in Pompeii just happens to look identical to The Doctor, in some incarnation. And then there’s the matter of Torchwood, where Capaldi had an even more prominent role.
So no matter how you slice it, choosing Capaldi specifically for the role is…odd. He’ll probably do a fine job, I don’t mean to suggest he won’t. But…I hesitate. I will need to be convinced. I’m not sure I want to be.
What are your thoughts? Are you good with Capaldi? Did you have anyone you were hoping for instead? Am I the only one a little sad that Twelve isn’t ginger?