The Missed Opportunity of the New Doctor

Spoiler Alert:

I am about to talk about who is the next person to play Who.  So do not be offended (for stating who it is) when I state his name and give my two cents.


Actor Peter Capaldi has been announced as the new star of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.  The 55-year-old Glasgow-born star will be the 12th actor to play the Doctor, replacing out-going lead Matt Smith.  Capaldi is best known for his role as foul-mouthed spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series The Thick of It.

Peter Capaldi is the oldest actor to fly the TARDIS since the first Doctor, William Hartnell, in 1963.  He will replace Matt Smith, the youngest ever Doctor at 26 when he was introduced in 2009.  You might think that age is where my main concern is coming from, but you would be mistaken.  I only have issue with the age of Capaldi because of how the modern Doctor has been painted with his companions.  Almost everyone has had either an all-out love feeling for the Doctor, thank you Ms. Rose Tyler, or at least a flirty relationship with his companions.   This might strike some as odd but when a near 60 year old guy hits on a 20 something most of the world doesn’t exactly find that cute.  But to be honest it’s not that big of a deal for me something else is.


The main issues I have with the decision of to place Peter Capaldi is about what he is not and that is either a woman or a person of a different race.  I feel like the creators of the show had an opportunity to make a statement, a bold statement at that, that a person with amazing powers doesn’t need to be a white dude.  There are so many amazing actors in England that could have had their names be called for the show that would do a stellar job.  One such name is Idris Elba, best known for his role on Luther.  I believe he would have made an amazing Doctor.  He is a super polished actor and already a well-known actor.  The show’s producers could have “shocked” the world when the Doctor regenerated and there sat a black man at the helm of the TARDIS.  An even bigger statement would have been stated if the doctor was played by a woman.  Two great choices that even fit into the same age bracket as Mr. Capalidi are Helen Mirren and Tilda Swinton, again two great actors that could have added a different dimension to the story of the Doctor.  Sadly though with Steven Moffat as one of the head writers of the show I don’t think we will ever have a truly strong consistent female character on the show regardless of if she is the Doctor or not.   River Song is the only strong female character that he has wrote and she ducks in and out of the show more than a prairie dog on a hot day.

Helen Mirren and Tilda Swinton

Do not mistake my ramblings as any ill feelings for the show or Mr. Peter Capaldi, I actually think that he is going to be a great Doctor.  He brings a certain element of danger to the show that we didn’t get with Matt Smith.  I just feel that the creators of the show had an opportunity to make a statement about race or gender and didn’t capitalize on it to their full capability.  So with all that said who can’t wait for the Christmas Episode and a kick off of another season of Dr. Who?


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