Doctor Who: 12 Time Lord Reasons Peter Capaldi Is Going to Be Great

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This Saturday Doctor Who returns for Series 8 (or Season 34, if you like) and with it we get a new Doctor. I think it's safe to say that the revived series has never had anything like the excitement that is surrounding the debut of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. When Christopher Eccleston debuted, no one knew what the new show would bring, then he left so abruptly no one could really prepare for David Tennant. Then, when Tennant announced he was leaving, the huge sea of fans he'd brought into the TARDIS screamed bloody murder.

Matt Smith alone is the modern Doctor about whom people seemed to understand and accept that it was time for him to move on. Not that he was hated or disliked by anyone other than the last of the rabid Tennant fans and the odd classic series holdout that disliked him for his romance and youth. It's just, well, he said it best himself: "Times change, and so must I."

Ever since we all spent Christmas in tears over the loss of Smith, every Whovian has been eager to get as many glimpses as we could of Capaldi's Doctor, and with just days until the premiere, it's clear that he already embodies the best of all that has come before. He's got...

Carry On Sergeant
They looked at this man and said, "Yep, kids will love him."
William Hartnell's Résumé
As one of the oldest men to be cast in the role, Peter Capaldi has an acting résumé to go with it. He's arguably the most famous actor to take on the role at this point in his career. Like the man who first played The Doctor, Capaldi comes from roles that you wouldn't expect the largely benevolent man from Gallifrey to embody. Where Hartnell had a legion of soldiers, cops, thugs and other heavies on his résumé, Capaldi has Malcolm Tucker. In both cases, it allows us to see The Doctor as an older, powerful figure, but also leaves room for wonderful surprises when we see him as the hero.

Patrick Troughton's Loyalty
When most people talk of the Second Doctor, they tend to focus on his cunning mind that was often hidden underneath his clownish appearance. To my mind, though, his defining trait was his loyalty to his friends. No Doctor kept a single companion around for longer than he did, and in the brief glimpses we've seen in the trailer, it's clear that he has no intention of not having Clara by his side. He says they're going into darkness, and apparently he doesn't feel he can go without her help.

Jon Pertwee's Swagger
The Doctor's style ranges from unobtrusive to boorish, but the Third Doctor was a man who never let an opportunity to show off his dashing flair go lightly by. While Capaldi's official outfit lacks the frills and cape of the third incarnation, it's definitely all class. He can walk into any room in the universe and people are going to know he's the man in charge.

Tom Baker's Wanderlust
In a recent special hosted by Peter Davison, Steven Moffat talked about the difference between Clara's relationship with the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. With Smith, she was a part-time traveler much like Sarah Jane Smith was for the third. However, that is all changing now. As Baker's Doctor did at the first opportunity, Moffat says, Capaldi is running off and not looking back. These are not going to be quick jaunts with bathroom breaks in modern London.

Peter Davison's Skill
In addition to having a bigger résumé than most of the other actors who have taken on the role, Capaldi is arguably the best technical actor to so do. He's certainly the only one with an Academy Award to his name. When Davison came into the role, the show got a dynamic thespian who was in the best years of his career. Capaldi is in the same boat, and even though he's got big shoes to fill after the emotional roller coaster of 2013, I'm willing to bet his abilities will see him through.

Colin Baker's Disdain for Authority
The often-overlooked thing about the Sixth Doctor was his amazing counterculture attitude. He never let anyone tell him what to do, and he had absolutely zero patience even with the High Council of Gallifrey. We see that same disdain for authority from Capaldi in the short clips from "Into the Dalek" that have been released. I don't imagine there will be a lot of hands in the air pleading to the folks with guns that dominated the last two Doctors.

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When it was announced, I first exclaimed with glee "It's CAPALDI!", since I'm a huge The Thick of It fan.  Then I got worried because I felt I could never get the image of Malcolm Tucker screaming at the top of his lungs "FUCKETY BYE!" and "If you ever drive off like that again, mate, I'll shove yer meter so far up yer arse you'll be able to tell the price of yer next shit!" in my mind and that he was going to be too abrasive and dark and needed to be too serious to succeed as the Doctor.  Then  I watched that clip with him and the trapped Dalek.  Thinking to myself. Holy shit...he's good.  He's really good.  I'm sold.  Can. Not. Wait.


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Hanabi-chan topcommenter

I can't wait for Saturday!! :)

Although I read something on HuffPo UK that Jenna Coleman would be leaving the show...:(

JefWithOneF topcommenter

@Hanabi-chan I know :( In her defense, she's been on the show a long time in terms of years. 

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